Category: quotes

  • Listen to your Mom

    Listen to your Mom

    “You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know, […]

  • Be Brave

    “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?” he heard his own voice saying, small and far away. And his father’s voice replied to him. “That is the only time a man can be brave.” A Song of Ice and Fire — George R.R. Martin

  • A man…

    A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson

  • Why learn anything?

    School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts? Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

  • It is a well known fact

    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: […]

  • Progressive Summarization

    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: […]

  • It’s the Grounds

    “I’m not going to ride on a magic carpet!” he hissed. “I’m afraid of grounds!” “You mean heights,” said Conina. “And stop being silly.” “I know what I mean! It’s the grounds that kill you!” Sourcery – Terry Pratchett

  • Hacking is important

    A healthy product company is, confusingly, one at odds with itself. It has a healthy part that is attempting to normalize and to create predictability, but it needs another part that is tasked with building something new that is going to disrupt and eventually destroy that normality. Failure to create some form of predictability will […]

  • Wisdom

    I could not bring myself to believe that if knowledge presented danger, the solution was ignorance. To me, it always seemed that the solution had to be wisdom. You did not refuse to look at danger, rather you learned how to handle it safely. The Naked Sun – Isaac Asimov

  • A Philosopher

    What’s a philosopher? said Brutha. “Someone who’s bright enough to find a job with no heavy lifting,” said a voice in his head. Small Gods – Terry Pratchett