25 of the Most Inspirational #Quotes

  1. What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. ~Ralph Marston
  2. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. ~John F. Kennedy
  3. What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Henry David Thoreau
  4. To be a good loser is to learn how to win. ~Carl Sandburg
  5. To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Thomas Jefferson
  7. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
  8. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein
  9. For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her. ~Charles De Gaulle
  10. True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents. ~John W. Gardner
  11. We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. ~Orison Swett Marden Continue reading
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#TEDxITT 1st Event #PassionatelyCurious

Hari minggu kemarin [11 Desember 2011], saya termasuk salah satu orang yang beruntung karena bisa menjadi salah satu dari 100 pendengar terpilih di acara pertama dari @TEDxITT.

@TEDxITT sendiri merupakan event TED independen yang diadakan oleh IT Telkom Bandung. Lebih lengkap tentang TEDxITT bisa dilihat di official website nya, http://tedxitt.org.

1st event ini bertajuk #PassionatelyCurious, diambil dari quote Albert Einstein.

“I have no special talents, I’m only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein-

Karena mungkin terlalu antusias, acara yang dijadwalkan dimulai jam 08.45, saya sudah berada di lokasi acara, GSG IT Telkom mulai dari jam 08.00 :mrgreen:. Saya langsung mengambil goodie bag dan nametag. Kemudian, saya ditanya siapa namanya mas, saya jawab, Arif. Dan disitu tertulis dari Sisfo IT Telkom, kemudian saya tanda tangan saja. Eh, malah dikira salah tanda tangan :lol:. Ya, mungkin karena saya masih terlihat muda kali ya :mrgreen:. Kemudian sesaat setelah itu saya bertemu dengan bapak Heroe Wijanto, Wakil Rektor 1 IT Telkom, sempat ngobrol sebentar, beliau bertanya² sedikit mengenai acara ini dan saya jawab sepengetahuan saya saja, karena saya juga baru pertama kali ini mengikuti acara seperti ini.

Di acara ini sebenarnya ada 8 pembicara, tetapi 1 berhalangan hadir, yaitu Pak Joko Widodo, wali kota Solo. Sehingga pembicara yang hadir hanya 7. Sesuai dengan tema acaranya, pembicara² yang hadir merupakan orang² yang memiliki passion yang luar biasa di bidangnya, dan sudah mewujudkan passion mereka secara nyata. Selain itu, mereka juga tidak segan untuk sharing ke audience tentang ide² dan karya mereka.

Deni Sugandi – Komunitas Lubang Jarum Indonesia

Deni Sugandi merupakan pembicara pertama di acara ini, beliau merupakan dosen DKV ITB. Mempunyai komunitas lubang jarum untuk Pinhole Photography, di mana kamera yang digunakan terbuat dari barang² bekas, Modus, Modal Kardus. Tidak seperti kamera² sekarang yang sudah canggih dan semua orang bisa menggunakannya, dengan kamera lubang jarum ini dituntuk kreativitas dari pembuat maupu yang memakainya. Bayangkan saja, kita bisa menghasilkan sebuah gambar/foto dari barang² bekas. Sangat unik :D. Untuk lebih lengkapnya bisa mengunjungi http://denisugandi.com/ .

Suyanto – Artificial Intelligence

Suyanto merupakan dosen Fakultas Informatika IT Telkom, beliau sudah tidak diragukan lagi untuk ahli di bidang Artificial Intelligence dan Komputasi. Di acara ini beliau menceritakan bagaimana pengalaman saat kuliah hingga tertarik dengan dunia Informatika, khususnya AI. Ada juga cerita tentang beberapa aplikasi AI yang dibuat beliau dengan rekan mahasiswa, dan nama aplikasi yang dibuat pasti ada kata Indo di depannya karena kecintaannya kepada Indonesia. Beliau juga sangat tertarik dengan ide² segar dari mahasiswa, oleh karena itu beliau lebih memilih bekerja di dunia akademisi, agar bisa lebih banyak berinteraksi dengan mahasiswa. Setelah beliau menempuh pendidikan S2 di Swedia, beliau bisa menulis beberapa buku tentang AI, Soft Computing, Evolutionary Computing, dll. Keren! Untuk lebih lengkapnya bisa mengunjungi http://www.ittelkom.ac.id/staf/suy/.

dreamBender – Aksara, Sparkins & Isara

Pembicara ketiga merupakan Leader dari tim dreamBender, Rizky Ario Nugroho. dreamBender merupakan sebuah tim yang dibentuk untuk mengikuti berbagai kompetisi. Kak Ario (ya dia merupakan kakak kelas saya sejak di SMK Telkom) berbagi mengenai pengalamannya dalam membuat beberapa project hingga meraih beberapa award, antara lain.

  • Aksara, an application of text-to-speech, language translator, and encyclopedia that gives additional information on conventional book by using the Augmented Reality technique. It can be used by the blind, deaf, or illiterate people.
  • Sparkins, a read-write system for blind people in using tablet computer, has been awarded merit award of Asia Pacific ICT Award 2011 in Tertiary Student Project category.
  • Isara,  a sign language learning application, has been awarded as the winner of Asia Pacific ICT Award 2011 in e-Inclusion/e-Community category.

Dan masih ada beberapa project lain. Lebih lengkapnya bisa dilihat di http://www.facebook.com/dreamBenders. Keren banget lah ini :).

Anantya van Bronckhorst – Girls in Tech

Pertama mendengar nama pembicara keempat ini langsung kupikir ada hubungannya sama Giovani van Bronckhorst, pemain timnas Belanda, tapi entahlah, haha. Terlepas dari itu, memang saya baru mengenal nama ini di acara ini. Dan ternyata dia sudah cukup lama bergelut di dunia IT, walaupun ternyata latar belakang pendidikannya adalah FISIP Unpad. Tapi dia tertarik di dunia IT dan bisa terus memperjuangkannya. Dia juga pernah mengikuti F8, Facebook Conference yang digelar di Amerika. Dia tergabung di komunitas Girls in Tech yang mempunyai misi mengenalkan teknologi pada perempuan :D. Dia juga mempunyai perusahaan di bidang IT http://think.web.id/. Wow! Lebih lengkapnya bisa follow di http://twitter.com/#!/anantya atau http://nantya.com/.

Aghnie Hasya Rif – Garage Sale

Aghnie merupakan pembicara termuda pada acara ini, baru 15 tahun, masih kelas 1 SMA di Bandung. Dan di usianya itu dia sudah bisa    mendirikan Garage Sale, untuk membantu teman-teman  sekelasnya yang tidak mampu dengan berjualan barang bekas. Barang bekasnya  katanya dikumpulkan dari teman-temannya yang lain atau dari donatur lain. Selain  itu, dia juga mambuat Sekolah Ibu dan PAUD. Dia memulai kegiatan ini dari kelas 2  SMP, dan berlanjut sampai sekarang. Gaya bicara selama di panggung masih terlihat anak-anak banget pokoknya. Masih polos, tetapi dia sudah bisa melakukan suatu hal besar yang mengubah lingkungannya. Inilah yang membuat audience terharu, kagum atau mungkin bisa `malu`, termasuk saya sendiri. Hal ini membuat bertanya-tanya, di usia saya sekarang ini apa saja yang sudah saya lakukan, untuk keluarga? untuk teman-teman? untuk masyarakat? :(.

Mesty Ariotedjo – Full time medical student, part time model and musician.

Mesty merupakan wanita yang multitalented, sekian. :mrgreen:

Mahasiswi Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Indonesia, Brand Ambassador 2 produk terkemuka, serta pemusik yang bertalenta. Dalam acara ini Mesty membawa dan memainkan Harpa, dan jujur baru kali ini saya melihat orang bermain harpa secara live.

Setelah dia bercerita tentang kehidupan dan passionnya di berbagai bidang, kemudian ia memainkan harpanya, seketika audience terbius oleh alunan harpa yang dimainkan Mesty, bagus banget! :D. Pesannya di event ini adalah “Tidak ada yang instan dalam hidup ini”. Dan diakhiri dengan memainkan lagu ciptaannya sendiri yang berjudul “Lukis Indah Mimpi”. Lebih lengkapnya bisa mengunjungi http://mestyariotedjo.com.

Ginan Koesmayadi – Rumah Cemara

Ginan merupakan pembicara terakhir dalam acara ini. Ginan adalah salah satu founder dari LSM Rumah Cemara dan dan juga vokalis dari band rock bernama Mood Altering. Inspiratif. Itu satu kata yang cukup menggambarkannya. Dia secara nyata membantu penderita HIV/AIDS dan Napza untuk sembuh melalui sepakbola. Dan uniknya, dia juga merupakan penderita yang sudah divonis positif sejak tahun 2000. Dan dengan kondisi itu dia justru mampu mendirikan organisasi ini dan membawa beberapa ODHA untuk menjadi juara 6 dalam liga Futsal internasional yang diselennggarakan di Paris, Perancis. Prinsipnya adalah “Keadilan Sosial Bersepakbola Bagi Seluruh Rakyat Indonesia”. Terakhir pesannya adalah, “Kadang cahaya paling terang datang dari tempat paling gelap”. Untuk lebih lengkapnya bisa mengunjungi http://www.rumahcemara.org/.

Mungkin itu dulu review buat acara TEDxITT yang pertama, pokoknya inspiring banget, ditunggu buat acara berikutnya.

*images taken from TEDxITT Album

Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein

  • “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
  • “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
  • “I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.”
  • “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
  • “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  • “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
  • “A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”
  • “I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.”
  • “God is subtle but he is not malicious.”
  • “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
  • “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
  • “The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
  • “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
  • “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  • “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  • “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.”
  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
  • “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
  • “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”
  • “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
  • “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
  • “God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.”
  • “The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”
  • “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
  • “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
  • “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
  • “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  • “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”
  • “Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.”
  • “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”
  • “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
  • “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
  • “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  • “In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”
  • “The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”
  • “Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”
  • “Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!”
  • “No, this trick won’t work…How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”
  • “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
  • “Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.”
  • “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”
  • “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
  • “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
  • “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”
  • “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.”
  • “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
  • “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”
  • “One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”
  • “…one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.”
  • “He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”
  • “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
  • “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton)

Copyright: Kevin Harris 1995 (may be freely distributed with this acknowledgement)

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