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My Quotes

  • We do whatever we do because we don’t know any better.
  • A carefree life is a happy life.
  • You couldn’t do something in the past doesn’t mean you cannot do it now.
  • Will power doesn’t work. Systems and practices do.
  • Don’t regret time spent on learning. Everything you learn may be useful at some point in your life.
  • You don’t have to choose one, you can have the best of both - welcome to hybrid thinking.
  • Do not underestimate the impact of a little bit of planning upfront.
  • Whenever something seems illogical in the human world, find out if someone is profiting from it, it will start to make sense.
  • Self-hosting is a lifestyle choice.

Favorites

  • The best way to make a million dollars is by helping a million people.
  • "Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I'm afraid. And he gives me courage."
    Gandalf
  • "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
    Friedrich Nietzche
  • "I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people."
    Eduardo Galeano
  • “It's hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes are important: Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we want to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me. But when they made this particular hero, they didn't give him a gun--they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn't give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter--they gave him a box from which you can call for help. And they didn't give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat-ray--they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts! And that's an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we don't need a hero like the Doctor.”
    Steven Moffat
  • "Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege. The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age, that’s… what defines a species. "
    The Doctor
  • "And you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it tight, 'till it burns your hand, and you say this: No one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will have to feel this pain! Not on my watch."
    The Doctor
  • "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed."
    William Gibson
  • "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
    George Orwell
  • "A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze."
    Margaret Atwood
  • “To effectively contain a civilization’s development and disarm it across such a long span of time, there is only one way: kill its science.”
    Liu Cixin
  • “Every era puts invisible shackles on those who have lived through it, and I can only dance in my chains.”
    Liu Cixin
  • “Can the fundamental nature of matter really be lawlessness? Can the stability and order of the world be but a temporary dynamic equilibrium achieved in a corner of the universe, a short-lived eddy in a chaotic current?”
    Liu Cixin
  • “The universe is a dark forest. Every civilization is an armed hunter stalking through the trees like a ghost, gently pushing aside branches that block the path and trying to tread without sound. Even breathing is done with care. The hunter has to be careful, because everywhere in the forest are stealthy hunters like him. If he finds other life—another hunter, an angel or a demon, a delicate infant or a tottering old man, a fairy or a demigod—there’s only one thing he can do: open fire and eliminate them. In this forest, hell is other people. An eternal threat that any life that exposes its own existence will be swiftly wiped out. This is the picture of cosmic civilization. It’s the explanation for the Fermi Paradox.”
    Liu Cixin
  • “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    Anaïs Nin
  • “The highest result of education is tolerance”
    Helen Keller
  • “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
    Joe Klaas
  • “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
    Rita Mae Brown
  • “Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us. We must make them know that we love them. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.”
    Martin Luther King
  • “I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us - then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.
    The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.”
    Carl Sagan

Anonymous Quotes

  • The eldest child is the ground breaker, and believe the only way of receiving love is through achievement.
    - cyberrat on 9gag (has an Asian profile pic)

Murphy's Laws

  • In any field of endeavor, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
  • Left to themselves, things will always go from bad to worse.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will go wrong, is the one that will cause the most damage.
  • Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Zuboff's Laws

  • Everything that can be automated will be automated.
  • Everything that can be informated will be informated.
  • In the absence of countervailing restrictions and sanctions, every digital application that can be used for surveillance and control will be used for surveillance and control, irrespective of its originating intention.

Krug's Laws of Usability

  • Don't make me think.
  • It doesn't matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, ambiguous choice.
  • Get rid of half the words on each page, then get rid of half of what's left.

Information Technology

  • Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.
    - Greenspun's Tenth Rule
  • As long as our hypothetical Blub programmer is looking down the power continuum, he knows he's looking down. Languages less powerful than Blub are obviously less powerful, because they're missing some feature he's used to. But when our hypothetical Blub programmer looks in the other direction, up the power continuum, he doesn't realize he's looking up. What he sees are merely weird languages. He probably considers them about equivalent in power to Blub, but with all this other hairy stuff thrown in as well. Blub is good enough for him, because he thinks in Blub.
    Paul Graham, Blub paradox