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Famous Quotes By Randy Pausch to Cheer You Up on a Gloomy Day

Famous Quotes by Randy Pausch
What all would you want to share with the world if you were told that your days are numbered? Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) showed us just that. A computer science professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2007. Quotabulary has presented a collection of famous quotes by this truly inspiring individual.
Neha Gohad
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2017
"An injured lion wants to know if he can still roar."
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
"Have you figured out the head-fake?" is the question that Randy Pausch asks ultimately in his lecture titled "Really achieving your childhood dreams", also known as "The Last Lecture". A 'head-fake', Pausch explains, is a profound lesson learned while performing a mundane task. Like high school football players learning teamwork and perseverance while learning a three-point stance. The two 'head-fakes' he revealed at the end of his lecture were that his lecturing was about 'living a good life' and not about achieving your dreams. Everything else follows a good life, he said. And his lecture was for his three young children, and not his students.
Randy Pausch co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, wherein artisans and technologists work hand-in-hand for the creation of theme parks and video games. Pausch encouraged his students to "focus on others" and not on themselves, in life. In his lecture, he refers to the hurdles in life as brick walls and talks about how to overcome them. Pausch co-authored a book called 'The Last Lecture' based on his speech at CMU. Here are a few quotes from the published version, which will make you think, as Pausch asks rhetorically, whether you are a 'tigger' or an 'eeyore'.
Quotes from The Last Lecture
"Remember brick walls let us show our dedication. They are there to separate us from the people who don't really want to achieve their childhood dreams."

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

"Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself."

"I'm a professor - there should be some lessons learned - and how you can use the stuff you hear today to enable your dreams or enable the dreams of others. And as you get older you may find that enabling-the-dreams-of-others thing is even more fun."
Tigger quote by Randy Pausch
"Something we need to not lose the sight of, is that the inspiration and permission to dream is immense....It's important to have specific dreams."

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

"You've got to get the fundamentals down because otherwise the fancy stuff isn't going to work."

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

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."

"Respect authority while questioning it."

"Never lose the child-like wonder. It's just too important. It's what drives us."

"We keep what is valuable to us. What we cherish."

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!"

"You just have to decide whether you are Tigger or an Eeyore."
Quote about truth by Randy Pausch
"A good apology is like antibiotic, a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound."

"Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories. And they will figure out how those stories apply to them."

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

"It's important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear."

"Don't complain, just work harder."

"Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity."

"Be good at something. It makes you valuable."

"The best of the gold's at the bottom of barrels of crap."

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

If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, 'tell the truth'. If I got three more words, I'd add: 'All the time'."

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
Quotes from the Time Management Lecture on November 27, 2007
Quote about time by Randy Pausch
"Turn money into time - especially important for people with kids."

"Everything you do is an opportunity cost. Learn to say 'No'."

"You don't find time for important things, you make it."

"You can always change your plan, but only once you have one."

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."

"Being successful doesn't make you manage your time well. Managing your time well makes you successful!"

"Clutter is death; it leads to thrashing."

"Everyone has Good and Bad times. Find your creative/thinking time. Defend it ruthlessly, spend it alone."

"Never break a promise, but re-negotiate them if need be. If you haven't got time to do it right, you don't have time to do it wrong. Recognize that most things are pass/fail."

"Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think."
These were a few inspiring and optimistic quotes by Randy Pausch. Hope they cheer you up on a gloomy day, and make you push yourself harder to achieve your goals. But, in Pausch's words, remember to live a good life.