This is a list of quotes I have stumbled upon. Some new, some very old. They’re here because they’ve marked me in some way. Or, at the least, pop into my mind every now and again. I hope you find something you enjoy.
George Bernard Shaw
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
Rob Pike (on syntax highlighting)
It’s too early in the morning for syntax highlighting.
Michael Wilder (prof. @ UIdaho)
Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:10
Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
When people combine the words “desktop” and “innovation”, I reach for my revolver.
Blogs are a conversation no one wanted to have with you.
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
Anger at injustice is quite appropriate.
You are only an extra in everyone else’s play.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.
The real winners are the ones who let themselves be happy.
Charles Beams (Eureka Seven)
Future-proofing is a sucker’s game.
Ben Lesh (Tweet)
The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other.
The cultivation of a hobby and new forms of interest is therefore a policy of first importance to a public man…To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
If you're arguing, you're losing.
Thou shalt not sell the land forever, for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.
The world is wide and there is room for both of us to be wrong.
H. G. Wells
There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship - be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles - is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.
David Foster Wallace