“I was once a standing-desk skeptic, too. But, after I made the switch four days ago, I could immediately sense a difference in how I felt: way more self-righteous.”

–Tom O’Donnell, The New Yorker


“When they call you crazy,” said Bezos, “you know you have a good idea.”

“Right” said Dean. “If they say, ‘Hmmm, good idea,’ it’s probably too ordinary.”

–Conversation between Dean Kamen and Jeff Bezos as documented by Steve Kemper in Reinventing the Wheel

“Wanted. Men for hazardous journey. Low wages. Bitter cold. Long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition in the event of success.”

–1907 ad by Ernest Shackleton for crew to explore South Pole