"In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Edward de Bono on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Edward de Bono on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Edward de Bono on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Edward de Bono on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Edward de Bono on William Shakespeare
"Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see."
"Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven."
"Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car."
"If you never change your mind, why have one?"
"Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas."