The basis of Toyota’s scientific approach is to ask ‘why’ five times whenever we find a problem. By repeating why five times, the nature of the problem as well as its solution becomes clear. […] The workplace is a teacher. You can find answers only in the workplace.
Education is a reshaping of the soul. Nature and teaching are similar. For teaching reshapes a person, and in doing so constitutes a person’s nature.
Every educator today is faced with the task of preparing young people to work together in building a society based on an honest exchange of labor. Such an aim, however, can be accomplished only in collaboration with the world of practical activity. Neither educators whose minds are turned inwards nor practitioners who exploit for their own private ends the resources and power provided by research for the general good can form a basis on which an authentic culture appropriate to our age can grow. Collaboration between educators and practitioners is thus something that goes to the roots of our existence.
If you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that you play that makes it good or bad.
Moulding clay into a vessel,
we find the utility in its hollowness;
Cutting doors and windows for a house,
we find the utility in its empty space.
Therefore the being of things is profitable,
the non-being of things is serviceable.
No one has ever created a design culture by importing design. The story of a design city is the story of when and how it embraces its own ideas and works through them to generate local cultural capital.
–Leon van Schaik
To give emphasis only to beauty makes me think of a mathematics that deals with positive numbers only. […] A long struggle lies in store for me in this field of color.
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
–Eric Temple Bell
The good thing about bad taste is that you don’t know you have it.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere.
The pessimist sees only the red light.
But the truly wise person is color blind.