The most inspiring TED talks have a way of moving you to action. They plant a seed--within an 18-minute window--that makes you think deeply. Yet, for many of us, watching hundreds of TED talks is also a sure way to kill productivity. I have a shortcut. These quotes will help you decide if you want to watch the full session. The quote is a good summary of the main point of the talk.

1. "Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind--and the mind is adaptable." --Daniel Kish

2. "My idea of a perfect world really can't be designed by one person or even by a million experts. It's going to be 7 billion pairs of hands, each following their own passions." --Jay Silver

3. "Human relationships are rich and they're messy and they're demanding. And we clean them up with technology. And when we do, one of the things that can happen is that we sacrifice conversation for mere connection. We shortchange ourselves. And over time, we seem to forget this, or we seem to stop caring." --Sherry Turkle

4. "On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it's easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is, life is being lived there." --Ze Frank

5. "The secret to happiness is low expectations." --Barry Schwartz

6. "Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change." --Brené Brown

7. "Everybody wants to be relevant. We want to be relevant personally. We want to be relevant in our businesses." --Rick Warren

8. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." --Simon Sinek

9. "Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment, and it's not enough. Reform is no use anymore, because that's simply improving a broken model. What we need...is not evolution, but a revolution in education. This has to be transformed into something else." --Sir Ken Robinson

10. "Hip-hop is not only the voice of the youth, but we are taught as children in rhyme fashion, way before listening to hip-hop. First rhyme I learned was the ABCs." --GZA

11. "Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries." --Ron Finley

12. "Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn't make a difference in the world. I think that's just a horrible thing." --John Skoll

13. "What we're finding is it's not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time." --Shawn Achor

14. "You don't wake up one day no longer a racist. It takes generations to tear that intuition, that DNA, out of the soul of a people." --Lawrence Lessig

15. "You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that. Nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience." --David Carson

16. "There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas." --Susan Cain

17. "You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you." --Maya Angelou

18. "If you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat and tears." --Simon Sinek

19. "I am fully aware that there are many people out there in the world who don't like me. Who say mean things about me every day. But I'd rather not know. If you came up to me and you told me that there was a man that I'd never met before who was saying horrible things about me, and then you then listed all the awful things he'd said about me to my face: You're the bad guy. That person has a right to say whatever he wants about me. I've never met him before, but he can say whatever he wants; that is his right. It wasn't until you told me that I knew what was going on. You've turned it into a personal attack." --Daniel Sloss

20. "There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like." --Nigel Marsh

21. "Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage." --Brené Brown

22. "Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene." --A.C. Benson

23. "Most think the 'past equals the future.' Decision is the ultimate power." --Tony Robbins

24. "Sitting has become the smoking of our generation." --Nilofer Merchant

25. "When you look at the moon, you think, 'I'm really small. What are my problems?' It sets things into perspective. We should all look at the moon a bit more often." --Alain de Botton