33 Famous Randy Pausch Quotes

33 Famous Randy Pausch Quotes

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Randy Pausch was a professor from Baltimore, Maryland. He taught on the subjects on human computer interactions, computer science, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. After given a terminal diagnosis due to pancreatic cancer he went on to give his last lecture, “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, which was an upbeat outlook on his and others life. He died on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47.

“A good apology is like antibiotic, a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound.”

“A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.”

“All my adult life I’ve felt drawn to ask long-married couples how they were able to stay together. All of them said the same thing: “We worked hard at it.”

“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves
factor.’ If I do something, what’s the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency
plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”

“Be good at something. It makes you valuable.”

“Don’t complain; just work harder.”

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

“Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won’t have to chase your dreams, they will come to you.”

“Get a feedback loop and listen to it. … When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.”

“Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcomed.”

“I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.”

“Its important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.”

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”

“It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit…and keep moving forward.”

“Look, I’m going to find a way to be happy, and I’d really love to be happy with you, but if I can’t be happy with you, then I’ll find a way to be happy without you.”

“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.”

“Never lose the child-like wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us.”

“People are more important than things.”

“Respect authority while questioning it.”

“Show gratitude.”

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

“The best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they’re learning something else.”

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.”

“The questions are always more important than the answers.”

“Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

“We keep what is valuable to us, what we cherish.”

“When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.”

“When we’re connected to others, we become better people.”

“When you do something young enough and you train for it, it just becomes a part of you.”

“When you do the right thing, good stuff has a way of happening.”

“You can always change you plan, but only if you have one.”

“You obviously don’t know where the bar should be, and you’re only going to do them a disservice by putting it anywhere.”