"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, "We did this ourselves." - Lao Tzu
Jamie Zawinski - The difference between people who joined Netscape in "the early days" vs those who joined later. The early people joined "to make the company great," while those who joined later did so "because the company was great" and, he felt, this was key to the later lackluster performance of the company.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life. - John Lennon
"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
If you are willing to look at another person's behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all
"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." - Albert Einstein
I conclude there are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. - Tony Hoare
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." -Cecil Beaton
Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why.
"Applicants must also have extensive knowledge of UNIX, although they should have sufficiently good programming taste to not consider this an achievement." -- From an MIT job ad
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things" - Da Vinci
"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." - Albert Einstein
The difference between a good and a poor architect is that the poor architect succumbs to every temptation and the good one resists it. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
I'm pretty much convinced that if you want a team to go fast, a feeling of momentum is more important than a sense of urgency. - Elisabeth Hendrickson
"What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter." - Albert Einstein
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
When everything in life is moving really fast, the most important thing to remember is none of it matters except for those you love.
Smart data structures and dumb code works alot better than the other way around. -- Eric S. Raymond, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"
"The best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly" - http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/12/chaos-monkey-how-netflix-uses.php
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Experience will guide us to the rules. You cannot make rules precede practical experience." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight." - Bill Gates
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -- Bertrand Russell
"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed." - Lloyd Jones
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, that's creativity." Charles Mingus
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito (in the room) - the Dalai Lama
When we were told it's impossible, we knew it's the right way to be done. - Joe Sutter (Boeing 747 team leader)
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw
I suppose if we couldn't laugh at things that don't make sense, we couldn't react to a lot of life. - Hobbes
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
"Confidence doesn't come from being the best at something. It comes from realizing you don't have to be."
Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation for success. - John C Maxwell
"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." - Jim Rohn
'Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones' - John Lennon
People who say it can not be done should not interrupt those who are doing it - George Bernard Shaw
Smart data structures and dumb code works a lot better than the other way around - Eric Raymond
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we will find a way - Abraham Lincoln
Remember that there is no code faster than no code. -- Taligent's Guide to Designing Programs
"It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out but the pebble in your shoe." - Muhammad Ali
The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven. - Mark Twain
"If it's not broken, don't fix it" guarantees that your job is going to consist of fixing.
Put your money where your mouth is. If you don't have the money, your prioritized actions.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts
"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." - Newton
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" - Albert Einstein
"If you face failure and stop, it's failure. If you continue, it's just an experience."
"Buy not on optimism, but on arithmetic." –Benjamin Graham (applied to decition making)
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself — Miles Davis.
After you burn your mouth on hot milk, you blow on your yogurt. - old Turkish proverb
The most profound kind of learning happens when you experience cognitive dissonance.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" - Albert Einstien
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth - George Bernard Shaw
"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading - Lao Tzu
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
"Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." - Thomas Edison
"If you gotta ask, you'll never know" --Louie Armstrong asked to define Jazz.
No matter what happens... somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" - Thelonious Monk
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" - Theodore Roosevelt
May you live as long as you want to. May you want to as long as you live.
Pascal: "If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter."
"Without music life would be a mistake." - - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Albert Einstein
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing - Walt Disney
If ignorance is bliss, and knowledge is power, then power is not bliss.
In theory practice should be like theory, but in practice, it isn't.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. Mark Twain
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? - Abraham Lincoln
Anger is like drinking poison, expecting the other person to die.
They did not know it was impossible, so they did it! - Mark Twain
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. ~Confucius, Analects
If a problem is worth solving, it's worth solving well and once.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo Da Vinci
"Vision without execution is hallucination" -Thomas Edison
Someday is not a day of the week. - Denise Brennan-Nelson
"Nobody can make you sad or mad without your permission"
To arrive at the simple is difficult. -- Rashid Elisha
If you can't pay for it, don't buy it. - Warren Buffet
Death is waking up on the other side of your dreams.
I don't need a quotes page, I have you! - Cassandra
"If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail."
It's better to rely on your wit than on your kit.
Life is about tradeoffs. Choose the best option.
"Never waste a good crisis" - Winston Churchill
Enough is as good as a feast. - English Proverb
You can afford anything, but not everything.
It's not a meritocracy, it's a shmoozeocracy
"Nobody knows anything." - William Goldman
Remember that stress, is an attitude.
Creativity is intelligence having fun
Correlation does not imply causation
The earth without art is just "eh"
Perfect is the enemy of good.
Done is better than perfect.
"If not now, when?" - Hillel
This too shall pass.