— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
— Edward R. Murrow Television journalist 1908 - 1965
„You see. I don't think any new thoughts. I think thoughts that other people have thought, and I rearrange them. But Sara, she thinks thoughts that never were before.“
— Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969
Torvalds to his mother, about his sister
„A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence and refinement so they think they will impress others with their command of obscure words.“
— Barbara Walters American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality 1929
How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything (1970), p. 136.
„The concept of lateral thinking is insight restructuring and this is brought about through the rearrangement of information.“
— Edward de Bono Maltese physician 1933
Context: The concept of lateral thinking is insight restructuring and this is brought about through the rearrangement of information. Rearrangement is the basis of lateral thinking and rearrangement means escape from the rigid patterns established by experience. The rearrangement process is incorporated in the concept of the (re) laxative. The laxative is a rearranging device. It is the means whereby one can escape from established patterns and create new ones. The laxative allows the arrangement of information in new ways from which new patterns can arise. The concept of the laxative is crystallized into a definite language tool. This language tool is PO. Once one learns the function and use of PO one has learned how to use lateral thinking. The whole concept of lateral thinking is concentrated in the use of this language tool. Lateral thinking could be said to be the management of PO just as logical thinking is the management of NO. p. 159.
„If I'm engrossed in a book, I have to rearrange my thoughts before I can mingle with other people, because otherwise they might think I was strange.“
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
8 November 1943
„I think writers are the most narcissistic people. Well, I musn't say this, I like many of them, a great many of my friends are writers.“
— Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
— Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
Context: I had a great many prejudices that have since dissolved. But what I still hate about the women's movement is their insistence upon male piety in relation to it. I don't like bending my knee and saying I'm sorry, mea culpa. I find now that women have achieved some power and recognition they are quite the equal of men in every stupidity and vice and misjudgment that we've exercised through history. They're narrow-minded, power seeking, incapable of recognizing the joys of a good discussion. The women's movement is filled with tyrants, just as men's political movements are equally filled. What I've come to discover are the negative sides, that women are no better than men. I used to think — this is sexism in a way, I'll grant it — that women were better than men. Now I realize no, they're not any better.
„Managers construct, rearrange, single out, and demolish many “objective” features of their surroundings. When people act they unrandomize variables, insert vestiges of orderliness, and literally create their own constraints.“
— Karl E. Weick Organisational psychologist 1936
p. 243 ; As cited in: Dr. Adrian McLean (2013), Leaderhip and Cultural Webs in Organisations: Weavers' Tales. p. 213
— Elon Musk South African-born American entrepreneur 1971
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626