Quotes of the Week: Success, Peter Samuelson and Einstein

Mar 17, 2008 Published under Favorite Quotes, Innovation, Leadership

Peter Samuelson is one of those rare living angels who rove the earth, who never forget to treat every human being with respect, who always try to help make others better beings and better off, and daily, constantly innovating to fight suffering.  He inspired a lot of great quotes worthy of sharing.

Peter’s "profession" is as a film producer, but he is also a formidable social entrepreneur.  He created the Starlight Foundation to grant special wishes to terminally ill children, and the Starbright Foundation to use entertainment and technology to advance the needs of terminally ill children.  Among his other innovations, most recently he conceived EDAR ("Everyone Deserves a Roof") which is a mobile mini-bed/home for the homeless.  At night it turns into a bed, and during the day it allows them to keep and transport their possessions.

After Sherazad Hamit from OneVoice and I met him and several executives from Participant Productions in LA, we ruminated about the challenges for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution, and, in his traditional style, he wasted no time to try to motivate us never to give up on our quest.  He shared several quotes with us, which I later searched on the internet to confirm, and I post now below:

"Those who have never failed have never tried to succeed."

- Peter Samuelson attributed this one to Einstein but I could not find it anywhere (from anyone else) so I am attributing it to Peter

Here are some other related quotes I did find and liked:

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it"

- Henry David Thoreau

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try."

- Mike Dennison

The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human endeavour — property, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.

- Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

- Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

- Albert Einstein

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  1. Peter Samuelson said:

    The ancient Rabbis had a concept of the human Soul that comprised three layers. The top-most, the N’Shuma, was rare and not everyone has it. It is the yearning to make the world a better place…. for everyone… and the determination to share in the heavy lifting to achieve that noble goal. Interestingly, this N’Shuma is shared between those who have it at all. You do not have your own individual N’Shuma, rather you have an undivided share in the common N’Shuma. I find that when I meet someone as inspiring as Daniel Lubetsky, there is a bond of N’Shuma that is humane, moving, profound and uplifting. It is like two members of a far-flung exclusive club who meet: a “Dr. Livingtone I presume?” moment.

    Put another way, the Second Law of Thermodynamics teaches us that in any system (like a planet or our civilization) energy and help must be applied to avoid entropy, a descent into random chaos. Daniel is one of those energies and I salute his N’Shuma!

  2. Saryl Hirsch said:

    Sounds pretty impressive of a man.

  3. BluzCatKeef said:

    What are the other two layers of the soul besides (or under) the N’Shuma; according to tha, “ancient Rabbis ?” Please don’t leave us hanging, Peter!
    Peace, Love and Happiness, BluzCatKeef

  4. Shweta said:

    There are so many quotes that insripe us here sometimes we best need a good quote when things look down. For that, this Michael Jordan quote is perfect:I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.and this one:Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure. — Brian Tracy

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