Favorite Quotes


"What are the most important problems in your field?
Why aren't you working on the important problems?"
– Richard Hamming ("Hamming's Razor")


"I just don't have the time to be in a hurry."
– Anthony De Mello, Awakening


"Life is what happens to you
while you are busy making other plans."
– John Lennon


"One day, these will be the good old times.
One day, you would give anything for another day just like this."
– anon.


"There is a very fine line between
truly living your life and just wasting it away."
– anon.


"Never grow up.
But never stop growing."
– Arthur C. Clarke


"There is no wealth but life."
– John Ruskin


"There is no society.
There are men and women,
and there are families."
– Margaret Thatcher


"Man skal ikke plage andre,
man skal være grei og snill, og
for øvrig kan man gjøre hva man vil."
–Thorbjørn Egner, Kardemommeloven


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing."
– Edmund Burke


"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.
– Howard Thurman


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead


"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
– Alan Kay


"It takes twenty years to become an overnight success."
– Paul Saffo


"I've always said that all successful systems were small systems initially.
Great, world-changing things – Java, for instance – always start small.
The ideal project is where people don't have meetings, they have lunch.
The size of the team should be the size of the lunch table."
– Bill Joy


"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
– Harry S. Truman


"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out.
Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast; a part-time crusader,
a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure.

It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important
to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there
and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out
yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness,
the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.

Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly
attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you
this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe
deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.
I promise you this: You will outlive them."
– Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."
– Susan Sontag