Our Germs

PIIP takes inspiration from lots of places, including the following quotes:


"Sic Parvis Magna" | Latin

Great things from small things come | Translated

Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596)


"If you want to start a revolution, raise the lowest common denominator."

Steve Jobs


"Everything begins with an idea."

Earl Nightengale


"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."

Albert Einstein


"Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do things no one imagines."

The Imitation Game (2014)


"Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientous stupidity."

Martin Luther King, Jr


"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."

Thomas Edison


"The best problems to work on are often the ones nobody else even tries to solve."

Peter Thiel


"What's the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An idea. Resilient. Contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate."

Dom Cobb (Inception, 2010)


"We are the music makers,

And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers,

And sitting by desolate streams;

World-losers and world-forsakers,

On whom the pale moon gleams:

Yet we are the movers and shakers

Of the world for ever, it seems."

Extract from 'Ode', a poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1874)


"An idea is salvation by imagination."

Frank Lloyd Wright


"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones."

John Cage


"All people dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."

Thomas Edward Lawrence


“Unless a grain falls into the earth and dies, it will remain a single grain and produce nothing. But if it dies, it will yield a harvest.”

John 12:24


"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself."

Rollo May


"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1937)


"Quantum Potes, Tantum Aude" | Latin

As much as you can do, so much dare to do | Translated

Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1256), from the 'Sequence Lauda Sion'


"There is one thing stronger than all armies, and that is an idea whose time has come."

Victor Hugo


"The greatest tragedy is not the brutality of evil people, but the silence of good people."

Martin Luther King, Jr


"To succeed, you must be wiling to do what others won't do."

Les Brown


"We have taken it into our heads that to write a poem simply for the poem's sake [...] and to acknowledge such to have been our design, would be to confess ourselves radically wanting in the true poetic dignity and force — but the simple fact is that would we but permit ourselves to look into our own souls we should immediately there discover that under the sun there neither exists nor can exist any work more thoroughly dignified, more supremely noble, than this very poem, this poem per se, this poem which is a poem and nothing more, this poem written solely for the poem's sake."

Edgar Allan Poe Extract (1850), extract from essay 'The Poetic Principle'


"Artists have a duty to express and convey their work to as many souls as possible."

George Sand (1872)


"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds."

John Maynard Keynes (1935)


"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."

Swami Vivekananda


"Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine."

Nikola Tesla


"It always seems impossible until it is done."

Nelson Mandela


"..I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality does not impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, in the surreal .."

Anais Nin


"Life is not about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving."

Rocky Balboa


"Some people need a job, others need to do a job."



"Ignorance is the root of all evil."



"It may not be irrelevant to note that even very modern forms of life, like earthworms, dung beetles and fiddler crabs, have no trouble identifying the real problems they must deal with if they are to survive."

Edward Goldsmith


"One human trait with a strong genetic component continues to increase in value, more so as technology grows dominant. Humanities universal ambition for greater intelligence. No other attribute is so desirable, so useful and so varied in its application."



"A black belt is just a white belt who never gave up."



"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."

Abraham Lincoln


"The greatest impurity is ignorance. Free yourself from it. Be pure."



"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery