My quotes collection
August 30, 2018
I’ve been collecting quotes for a long time and I guess there’s no point in keeping them hidden.
As Robert Heaton says: “everyone should keep a pile of aphorisms lying around - you never know when you’ll need one”.
So here they are:
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
To see the world in a grain of sand. And a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. And eternity in an hour.
Only man is arrogant enough to stand atop a grain of sand drifting through the void of infinity and proclaim himself the center of all things.
Make sure you remain straightforward, upright, reverent, serious, unadorned, an ally of justice, pious, kind, affectionate, and doing your duty with a will. Fight to be the person philosophy tried to make you.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.
New discoveries still come to people as they did to Democritus, sitting lost in thought in the market square of his city. They come to people who so enjoy playing with ideas that eventually they stray beyond the limits of what is known, and find themselves exploring an uncharted territory.
My fate is to live among varied and confusing storms. But for you perhaps, if as I hope and wish you will live long after me, there will follow a better age. This sleep of forgetfulness will not last forever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance.
For my part, I will not give in to fear of the unknown. We all have our role to play, and I hope only that when I have played mine, the world will have been better for my having been in it.
Candaith of the Dunedain
Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right thing.
Indeed the sage who’s fully quenched Rests at ease in every way; No sense desire adheres to him Whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel.
All attachments have been severed, The heart’s been led away from pain; Tranquil, he rests with utmost ease. The mind has found it’s way to peace.
The Buddha Cullavagga 6:4:4
Quem deseja seriamente se tornar livre perderá a inclinação para erros e vícios, sem que nada o obrigue a isso; também a raiva e o desgosto o assaltarão cada vez menos. Pois sua vontade não deseja nada mais incessantemente do que o conhecimento e o meio de alcançá-lo, ou seja: a condição duradoura em que ele está mais apto para o conhecer.
No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it.
If everything is under control you are going too slow.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now
Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If a little kid ever asks you just why the sky is blue, you look him or her in the eye and say, It’s because of quantum effects involving ray light scattering combined with a lack of violet photon receptors in our retina.
O meu gosto, que pode ser o contrário de um gosto tolerante, também nisso está longe de dizer sim em bloco: ele absolutamente não gosta de dizer sim, antes prefere dizer não e, mais do que tudo, prefere não dizer nada.
Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
If you say “I’m a unifier not a divider” you would expect and usually get applause. I’m a divider. I think only division can cause progress.
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Vicarious participation is able to mask, at least temporarily the underlying emptiness of wasted time. But it’s a very pale substitute for attention invested in real challenges.
When you have something to say silence is a lie.
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
The deepest solace lies in understanding, This ancient unseen stream, A shudder before the beautiful
O que se anuncia na consciência individual como impulso sexual em geral que não se dirige para um indivíduo determinado do outro sexo é simplesmente a Vontade de vida em si mesma, e fora do fenômeno. O que aparece porém na consciência como impulso sexual orientado para um indivíduo determinado é, em si mesma, a Vontade enquanto querer viver de um indivíduo precisamente determinado. Neste caso, o impulso sexual, embora sendo de fato uma necessidade subjetiva, sabe pôr, com habilidade, a máscara de uma admiração objetiva, iludindo assim a consciência: pois a natureza precisa deste estratagema para atingir os seus fins.
A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he beings to blame somebody else.
Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.
Toda criatura deve ter permissão para rodar seu próprio desenvolvimento à sua própria maneira; a forma encontrada pelo ovo pode ter um jeito bastante oblíquo de fazer as coisas; mas é a sua maneira, da qual o homem, no geral, não tem grandes motivos para se queixar. Por que dizemos que a ave é considerada mais viva que o ovo, e por que dizemos que é a galinha que põe o ovo, e não o ovo que põe a galinha, são questões que estão além do poder da explicação filosófica, mas talvez sejam mais passíveis de resposta se pensarmos na vaidade do homem, e em seu hábito, comprovado durante muitas eras, de ignorar tudo aquilo que não o lembre de si mesmo.
As ideias retiveram algumas das propriedades dos organismos. Assim como eles, as ideias tendem a perpetuar sua estrutura e a se reproduzir; elas também podem se fundir, se recombinar, segregar seu conteúdo; de fato, também elas podem evoluir e, nessa evolução, a seleção sem dúvida desempenha um papel importante.
Morrer por uma ideia é uma atitude de nobreza inquestionável, mas seria ainda mais nobre se os homens morressem por ideias verdadeiras.
H. L. Mencken
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Não devemos admitir um número maior de causas para os fenômenos naturais do aquele ao mesmo tempo verdadeiro e suficiente para explicar sua aparência.
Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics.
Somos filhos da história, e precisamos definir nossos próprios caminhos neste que é o mais diversificado e interessante dos universos concebíveis - um que é indiferente ao nosso sofrimento, portanto nos oferece o máximo de liberdade para prosperar, ou fracassar, da forma como escolhermos.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations we can perform without thinking.
Alfred North Whitehead
A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.
Dou por concluído, com isso, tudo o que eu queria demonstrar a respeito do poder da mente sobre os afetos e sobre a liberdade da mente. Torna-se, com isso, evidente o quanto vale o que sabe e o quanto ele é superior ao ignorante, que se deixa levar apenas pelo apetite lúbrico. Pois o ignorante, além de ser agitado, de muitas maneiras, pelas causas exteriores, e de nunca gozar da verdadeira satisfação do animo, vive, ainda, quase inconsciente de si mesmo, de Deus e das coisas, e tão logo deixa de padecer, deixa também de ser. Por outro lado, o sábio, enquanto considerado como tal, dificilmente tem o animo perturbado. Em vez disso, consciente de si mesmo, de Deus e das coisas, em virtude de uma certa necessidade eterna, nunca deixa de ser, mas desfruta, sempre, da verdadeira satisfação do animo. Se o caminho, conforme já, demonstrei , que conduz a isso parece muito árduo, ele pode, entretanto, ser encontrado. E deve ser certamente árduo aquilo que raramente se encontra. Pois se a salvação estivesse à disposição e pudesse ser encontrada sem maior esforço, como explicar que ela seja negligenciada por quase todos? Mas tudo o que é precioso é tão difícil quanto raro.
Baruch de Spinoza
Few of us realize that we spent most of our lives in such a state: perceiving the present - present sights, sounds, tastes and sensations - only dimly, through a veil of thought. We spend our lives telling ourselves the story of past and future, while the reality of the present goes largely unexplored. Now we live in ignorance of the freedom and simplicity of consciousness, prior to the arising of thought.
Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.
Design is not making beauty: beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
It is by logic we prove; it is by intuition we discover.
A man’s erros are his portals of discovery.
People look without seeing, hear without listening, eat without awareness of taste, touch without feeling, and talk without thinking.
Leonardo da Vince
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Don’t take refuge on the false security of consensus.
A wise man proportions his beliefs to the evidence.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of a sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trapping of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
Gradually I learned to be indifferent to myself and my deficiencies; I came to center my attention increasingly upon external objects: the state of the world, various branches of knowledge, individuals for whom I felt affection.
Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?
Brian W. Kernighan
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
All non-trivial abstractions, to some degree, are leaky.
Abstractions fail. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. There’s leakage. Things go wrong. It happens all over the place when you have abstractions.
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that we’re no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
Relatively simple things can tolerate a certain level of disorganization. However, as complexity increases, disorganization becomes suicidal.
There is surely not quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.
The best architect removes architecture.
Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognized and not disputed. So we cannot give might to justice.
I have long since learned, as a measure of elementary hygiene, to be on guard when anyone quotes Pascal.
José Ortega y Gasset
The kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
Pain is inevitable, suffering is not.
Genuíno tipo – crioulo - rio-grandense (hoje tão modificado), era Blau o guasca sadio, a um tempo leal e ingênuo, impulsivo na alegria e na temeridade, precavido, perspicaz, sóbrio e infatigável; e dotado de uma memória de rara nitidez brilhando através de imaginosas e encantadora loquacidade servida e floreada pelo vivo e pitoresco dialeto gauchesco. (…) olhava pra gente, como o sol olha pra água: atravessando.
Simões Lopes Neto
All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
You have to demonstrate your ability first, and then you have the freedom to do it.
Correctness is clearly the prime quality. If a system does not do what it is supposed to do, then everything else about it matters little.
Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes, I mean the universe, but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language… without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Irony is wasted on the stupid
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
The best teacher I had in graduate school spent the whole semester destroying any beliefs we had about computing. He was a real iconoclast. He happened to be a genius, so we took it. At the end of the course, we were free because we didn’t believe in anything. We had to learn everything, but then he destroyed it. He wanted us to understand what had been done, but he didn’t want us to believe in it.
– Alan Kay
The root of compassion is compassion for one self.
And the things that conduce in any way the convenience of life, and of which fortune gives an abundant supply, he used without arrogance and without excusing himself; so that when he had them, he enjoyed them without affectation, and when he had them not, he did not want them.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Don’t confuse the urgent with the important.
Do all that you can, with all that you have, in the time that you have, in the place where you are.
I make myself rich by making my wants few.
Henry David Thoreau
Trust in awareness, in being awake, rather than in transient and unstable conditions
My own mind is my own church.
I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each person’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.
Why should I worry about dying? It’s not going to happen in my lifetime!
Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.
Do the thing and you shall have the power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure.
Thomas J. Watson
One who attends constantly to what is really going on in one’s mind achieves the state of ultimate sanity.
80 percent of success is showing up
Virtually all narutal systems, from ecossystems to animals to organizations, have intrinsically optimal rates of growth. The optimal rate is far less then the fastest possible growth. When growth becomes excessive - as it does on cancer - the system itself will seek to compensate by slowing down; perhaps putting the organization survival at risk in the proccess.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way
Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.
Pulsifer, Take Action; Don’t Procrastinate
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities
Ter sucesso é falhar repetidamente, mas sem perder o entusiasmo
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Vince Lombardi Jr.
Os que não tem experiência da sabedoria e da virtude, que estão sempre em festas e diversões semelhantes, são levados, ao que me parece, para baixo, e depois, novamente, até a região intermediária, e por aí andam errantes toda a vida, sem jamais ultrapassarem esse limite, erguendo os olhos ou elevando-se até o verdadeiro alto, nem se encheram realmente do ser, nem provaram o que é um prazer sólido e puro; mas, olhando sempre para baixo, à maneira dos animais, inclinados para o chão e para a mesa, engordam e acasalam-se, e, devido à cupidez de tal gozo, dilaceram-se e batem uns nos outros com os seus férreos chifres e cascos, matando-se por causa do seu apetite insaciável, porquanto não enchem de alimentos reais a parte real e estanque de si mesmos.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
The key to running a successful subscription or recurring revenue business is the shift in mindset from acquiring new customers to retaining, naturing and growing existing customers.
True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.
Mortimer J. Adler
Practice with your fingers and you need all day. Practice with your mind and you will do as much in 1 1/2 hours.
I’m not a great programmer; I’m just a good programmer with great habits
The dependency of one class to another one should depend on the smallest possible interface
Livros são singularmente mágica portátil.
Muitas coisas na vida não tem um jeito certo de se fazer mas certamente tem formas erradas.
Jean Carlo Machado
Nenhum pastor, e só um rebanho!
My own mind is my own church.
Inaction will cause a man to sink into the slough of despond and vanish without a trace.
There’s a myth that time is money. In fact, time is more precious than money. It’s a nonrenewable resource. Once you’ve spent it, and if you’ve spent it badly, it’s gone forever.”
Neil A. Fiore
Se uma opinião contrária à sua própria faz você sentir raiva, isso é um sinal de que você está subconscientemente ciente de não ter nenhuma boa razão para pensar como pensa
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.
UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand it’s simplicity.
Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
The proper response to life is applause
William Carlos Williams
The heavens do not say anything. Confucius
The most powerful control we can ever attain, is to be in control of ourselves Chris Page
You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility, a sense of reverence before the sons of heaven — of all the prizes that a mortal man might win, these, I say, are wisest; these are best
Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.
Abstraction should follow experience, not precede it
É melhor reinar no inferno do que servir no céu
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.
Strangeness is a consequence of innovative thinking
Esqueça Jesus, as estrelas morreram por você
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
Sua mente é um instrumento destinado a servi-lhe e não a destruí-lo. Mude seus pensamentos e você mudará seu mundo.
Norman Vincent Peale
Ao fácil jugo de servil grandeza. Prefiramos custosa liberdade.
I love peter, Paul, Jhon, Andrew but I hate loathe and detest that race called man.
All conditioned things are impermanent. They are phenomena, subject to birth and death. When birth and death no longer are,the complete silencing is joy.
We need to start work with the idea that we’re going to learn every day. I learn, even at my position, every single day.
Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Clean Code is a code that is written by someone who cares
Acolhemos com boa vontade o que concorda comnossas ideias, assim como resistimos com desgosto ao que se opoe a nós, enquanto todo preceito de bom senso exige exatamente o oposto.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
You cannot teach a man or woman anything; you can only help them to find it within themselves.
Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to the health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in. Leonardo Da Vinci
All science is either physics or stamp collecting
Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
Men have become the tools of their tools
Henry David Thoreau
Viver é enfrentar um problema atrás do outro. O modo como você o encara é que faz a diferença.
Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die, come watch TV.
For every 25 percent increase in problem complexity, there is a 100 percent increase in software solution.
By Robert L. Glass
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
OO languages make abstraction easy - perhaps too easy. They encourage architectures with thick glue and elaborate layers. This can be good when the problem domain is truly complex and demands a lot of abstract, but it can backfire badly if coders end up doing simple things in complex ways just because they can.
Eric S. Raymond
Our worst fears lie on anticipation
Honoré de Balzac
Thousands of geniuses live and day undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Great leaders never do anything that diminishes the dignity or respect of any employee
One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.
In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie.
[Dedication to Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan, in Cosmos]
O fato de uma opinião ser amplamente compartilhada não é nenhuma evidência de que não seja completamente absurda; de fato, tendo-se em vista a maioria da humanidade, é mais provável que uma opinião difundida seja tola do que sensata.
A descoberta da moral cristã é um acontecimento que não tem igual, uma verdadeira catástrofe. Quem sobre ela informa é uma force majeure, um destino - divide a história da humanidade em duas partes. A dos que antes vieram, a dos que depois viverão. O raio da verdade atingiu justamente o que até agora mais alto se encontrava: quem compreender o que aí se destruiu veja se em geral ainda tem algo nas mãos. Tudo o que até agora se chamou verdade reconhece-se como a forma mais prejudicial, mais pérfida e mais subterrânea da mentira. O pretexto sagrado de tornar melhor a humanidade surge como a astúcia para esgotar a própria vida, para a tornar anêmica. A moral como vampirismo. Quem descobre a moral descobre com ela a ausência de valor de todos os valores em que se acredita ou se acreditava; nos tipos mais venerados, e até mesmo canonizados, do homem já nada vê digno de veneração, divisa aí a forma mais fatal dos abortos, fatal, porque eles fascinavam.
O conceito de deus foi inventado como o conceito de antiético à vida - nele se encontra condensado, numa unidade atroz, tudo o que é prejudicial, venenoso, caluniador, toda a hostilidade mortal contra a vida. O conceito de além, de mundo verdadeiro, foi inventado para desvalorizar o único mundo que existe - para destituir a nossa realidade terrena de todo o fim, de toda a razão, de todo o propósito.
O conceito de alma, de espírito, finalmente ainda de alma imortal, inventou-se para desprezar o corpo, para o tornar doente - santo, para se deparar com uma horrível incúria em todas as coisas que na vida merecem seriedade, as questões da alimentação, habitação, dieta espiritual, cuidado com os doentes, higiene, tempo! Em vez da saúde, a salvação da alma - quer dizer uma folie circulaire entre as convulsões da penitência e a histeria da redenção.
O conceito de pecado foi inventado, juntamente com o instrumento complementar da tortura, a noção de vontade livre, para extraviar os instintos, para transformar em segunda natureza a desconfiança para com os instintos.
No conceito de desinteresse, de renúncia de si mesmo, encontra-se o genuíno sinal de decádence; o engodo pelo maléfico, a incapacidade de já não encontrar a sua utilidade, a autodestruição, tornaram-se em geral qualidades distintivas, o dever, a santidade, o divino no homem.
Por fim - e é o mais terrível - no conceito de homem bom, torna-se o partido de tudo que é fraco, doente, falhado, do que em si mesmo é passivo, de tudo o que deve perecer - a lei da seleção é contrariada, e faz-se um ideal a partir da oposição ao homem altivo e bem sucedido, ao homem que diz sim, ao homem que garante e está certo do futuro - este torna-se agora o mau. E em tudo isto acreditou como moral. Escassez infame.
A morte é um problema técnico
The most important part of writing a program is designing the data structures
The right kind of constraint breeds creativity
Michael O. Church
Look around you, nature demands our attention, beg’s us to explore, to question. Religion can provide only fossils ultimately not satisfiable answers; science, in constantly seeking real explanations, constantly reveals the true majesty of our world in all it’s complexity. People sometimes say: there’s must be more than just this world, than just this life, but how much more do you want? We are going to die and that makes us the lucky ones; most people are never going to die because their never going to be born. The number of people who could be here in my place outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. If you think in all different ways that our genes can be permuted, you and I are quite grotesquely lucky to be here. The number of events that have to happen in order for you to exist; in order for me to exist - we are privileged to be alive and we should make the most of our time on this world.
People don’t like the fact that I don’t pretend to be several talent levels below what I am.
Michael O. Church
I could go to MBA school, become a McKinsey-type douchebag, and join the top VC firms at high levels. I’m 40 IQ points smarter than them.But I don’t. Instead, I’m studying Haskell.
Michael O. Church
Pra fazer uma torta de maçã do princípio primeiro você precisa criar o universo.
The most important thing of great people is they believe they can do great work
What evidence we can put forward for someone who does not respect evidence?
Dear lord, make me chaste - but not yet.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame as not being willing to learn.
The most wrong a man can do is not to do the wrong decision. But to do no decision at all
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Innovation and heresy are practically the same thing.
Before you develop a conscience, torture is amusing.
There is nothing so wrong as the principles of the most recently defeated opponent.
After all, why spend 10,000 hours learning how to write if there’s nothing to be said?
Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.
All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically
I speak my mind freely on all things, even on those which perhaps exceed my capacity and which I by no means hold to be within my jurisdiction. And so the opinion I give of them is to declare the measure of my sight, not the measure of things.
Michel de Montaigne
If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?
Teens talk about their maturity, adults don’t.
Robert C. Martin
As soon as you place someone outside of the circle of “us” the mind/brain automatically begins to devaluate that person and justify poor treatment of him
Efferson Lalive and Feh 2008
Read Euler, read Euler, he is the master of us all
The acts of mind, wherein it exerts it’s power over simple ideas, are chiefly these tree: 1. Combining several simple ideas into one compound, and thus all complex ideas are made. 2. The second is bringing two ideas, whether simple or complex, together, and setting them by one another os as to take a view of them at once, without uniting them into one, by which it gets tall it’s Ideias of relationships. 3. The third is separating them from all other ideas that accompany them in their real existence: this is called abstraction and thus all it’s general ideas are made.
The pursuit of a goal, the brightness of which is undimmed by initial failure, is an indispensable condition, though by no means a guarantee, of final success.
A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
G H Hardy.
What we need are notions, not notations
If it cannot be used for evil, it’s not a superpower.
When harnessed correctly technology can enhance lives through healthful behaviors that improve our relationships, make us smarter, and increase productivity.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell, 1984
Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.
― George Orwell, 1984
The very able people work very hard all the time
Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. George Orwell, 1984
Bad software engineering creates bad management
Knowledge is lumpy and uneven, with small areas of expertise separated by deserts of ignorance.
Nothing is so conductive to spiritual growth as this capacity for logical an accurate analysis of everything that happens to us.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
If your well-being matters to you, be your own savior while you can.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise it cannot harm you - inside or out.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Any man who’s mistakes take ten years to correct is quite a man.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Life is short. That’s all there is to say. Get what you can from the present - thoughtfully, justly.
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
What people call love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed. It hits hard then it slowly fades. Leaving a strand in a failing marriage. I did it. Your parents will gonna do it. Break the cycle Morty, rise above, focus on science.
Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin
Then there will be some black man who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well poised bayonet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation.
Certainty about the next life is incompatible with tolerance in this one
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. – More Doug Larson Quotes
A day spent without learning something is a day wasted. – Anonymous
The one who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after. – Anonymous
It isn’t how little you know that matters, but how anxious you are to learn. – C. Newland
The applications of knowledge, especially mathematics, reveal the unity of all knowledge. In a new situation almost anything and everything you ever learned might be applicable, and the artificial divisions seem to vanish.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Alvin Toffler
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books, alone.
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities… still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. – Chinese Proverb
Today is yesterday’s pupil. – Benjamin Franklin
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. – Robert Hutchens
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein
It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. Albert Einstein
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
Aprender a ver - habituar o olho à calma, à paciência, a deixar que as coisas se aproximem; adiar o juízo, aprender a envolver e cercar o caso particular por todos os lados. Esta é a primeira preparação para a primeira espiritualidade: não reagir imediatamente a um estímulo, mas lançar mão dos instintos que inibem e isolam. Aprender a ver, segundo compreendo, é quase aquilo que o modo de falar não filosófico chama de vontade forte: o essencial, aí, é precisamente não “querer”, é poder suspender a decisão. Toda falta de espiritualidade, toda vulgaridade, repousa sobre a incapacidade de resistir a um estímulo - é preciso reagir, segue-se cada impulso. Em muitos casos, semelhante coação já é patologia, declínio, sintoma de esgotamento - quase tudo que a rudeza não filosófica designa pelo nome “vício” é apenas essa incapacidade fisiológica de não resistir.
Primeiro princípio: deve-se ter necessidade de ser forte - caso contrário, nunca chegamos a sê-lo
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
One sees, from this Essay, that the theory of probabilities is basically just common sense reduced to calculus; it makes one appreciate with exactness that which accurate minds feel with a sort of instinct, often without being able to account for it.
Life’s most important questions are, for the most part, nothing but probability problems.
To Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God: Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis.
I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
If you don’t work on important problems, it’s not likely that you’ll do important work.
Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
You prepare yourself for success from day to day. Or you don’t
For me, the first challenge for computing science is to discover how to maintain order in a finite, but very large, discrete universe that is intricately intertwined. And a second, but not less important challenge is how to mould what you have achieved in solving the first problem, into a teachable discipline: it does not suffice to hone your own intellect (that will join you in your grave), you must teach others how to hone theirs. The more you concentrate on these two challenges, the clearer you will see that they are only two sides of the same coin: teaching yourself is discovering what is teachable.
I have a resolve to work with important people
A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home
If what you’re working on is not important and is not likely to follow to important things why are you working in it?
Nobel prize winners don’t participate of committees because it makes them lose the concentration
What appears to be a defect is an asset
Try the best you can to understand other people. Studding successes is a very good way of forming your own style.
Set aside Friday afternoon to ask the deep questions I spent 10% of my time to trying to answer the question: what’s the important thing of my field?
Greatness consists of seeing what other people have missed and make a new step forward.
Change does not mean progress but progress requires change
The unexamined mind is not worth living
Love breeds sacrifice which in turn breeds hatred then you can know pain
I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them
Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.
If your lifestyle does not add to your healing, it will subtract from it.
Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.
A paradigm is a mindset about how you look at your code
Beauty always takes place in the particular. Cruelty prefers abstraction.
I respect you as a person too much to respect your ridiculous beliefs.
Beauty is truth, truth beauty - that is all
Ye know on earth and ye need to know
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge
Like seeing roasted meat and other dishes in front of you and suddenly realizing: This is a dead fish. A dead bird. A dead pig. Or that this noble vintage is grape juice, and the purple robes are sheep wool dyed with shellfish blood. Or making love: something rubbing against your penis, a brief seizure and a little cloudy liquid. Perceptions like that—latching onto things and piercing through them, so we see what they really are. That’s what we need to do all the time—all through our lives when things lay claim to our trust—to lay them bare and see how pointless they are, to strip away the legend that encrusts them.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Young man, in mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.
John von Neumann
DO the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never sure
I disagree with what you say but I’ll defend with my life your right to do so.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Science offers the boldest metaphysics of the age. It is a thoroughly human construct, driven by the faith that if we dream, press to discover, explain, and dream again, thereby plunging repeatedly into new terrain, the world will some- how come clearer and we will grasp the true strangeness of the universe. And the strangeness will all prove to be connected, and make sense.
Edward O. Wilson
I was an atheist until I realised I was God
Quantity has a quality all it’s own
Victory belongs to the most persevering
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous
To watch the courses of the stars as if you revolved with them. To keep constantly in mind how the elements alter into one another. Thoughts like this wash off the mud of life below
Don’t pay attention to other people’s minds. Look straight ahead, where nature is leading you—nature in general, through the things that happen to you; and your own nature, through your own actions
The problem of mysticism is that it starts with mist and ends with cism
Contra piadas não existe argumentos. Kafka
I refuse to be told what to think or how, let alone what to say or write by anybody, but most certainly not by people who claim the authority of fabricated works of primeval myth and fiction and want me to believe these are divine.
Half a tank of petrol will get you across town just as easily as a full tank.
Certas perdas comunicam à alma uma sublimidade que a leva a se abster de toda a queixa e caminhar em silêncio, como altos ciprestes negros.
The future will belong not only to the educated man, but to the man who is educated to use his leisure wisely.
C. K. Brightbill
I wish everyone could be rich and famous so they realize it’s not the way
The idea is to try and give all the information to help other to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.
Richard P. Feynman
A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.
I think there’s something wonderful about standing up and facing up to a universe where we are increasing our understanding and we throw away childhood obsessions. We throw away the sort of imaginary friend that comforts us when we we’re children we feel the need of some kind of parent figure to turn to.
I think when we grow up we need to cast that aside and stand up tall in the universe. And it’s cold and we are not gonna last forever. We all gonna die and we face up to that. And I think that’s a nobler way of getting through life than to pin your hopes on childhood illusions.
Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. C. S. Lewis
O meu gosto, que pode ser o contrário de um gosto tolerante, também nisso está longe de dizer sim em bloco: ele absolutamente não gosta de dizer sim, antes prefere dizer não e, mais do que tudo, prefere não dizer nada.
Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. –Alan Watts
E. B. White
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.
Science flies you to the moon religion flies you into buildings
Take the risk for thinking for yourself Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Do more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Your OKRs exist to protect the dreams you’re afraid you’ll abandon.
God made the integers, all the rest is the work of man.
Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it is consistent with the laws of nature.
The impulses to awe, reverence and wonder which led Blake to mysticism are precisely those that led others of us to science
Healthy culture heals broken process
The key to learning is introspection and adaptability.
Jean Carlo Machado
Immitation is the sincerest flattery
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana - The Life of Reason (1905)
Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.
A human philosopher tells two celestial visitors, one from Sirius and the other from Saturn, that they, their worlds and their stars were created solely for the use of man: ‘At this assertion our two travelers let themselves fall against each other, seized with a fit of inextinguishable laughter
We are always trying to find a path back to the present moment.
Three virtues of a programmer
Laziness: The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs /hat other people will find useful and document what you wrote so you don’t have to answer so many questions about it.
Impatience: The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don’t just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to.
Hubris: The quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about.
You don’t give a person a big chance to do something great if he did not already demonstrate greatness
Reject yours sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
My plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
Be strict in what you sill accept before you begin, and promise as little as possible in return. Remember, if your contract indicates that you’ll accept anything and promise the world in return, then you’we got a lot of code to write.
What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Such a person can never be alone. You may be sure that such a man is friend to all mankind.
You should not copy the bad simply because they are many, nor should you hate the many because they are unlike you. Withdraw into yourself, as far as you can. Associate with those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.
One man means as much to me as a multitude, and a multitude only as much as one man.
If you would enjoy real freedom, you must be the slave of Philosophy. The man who submits and surrenders himself to her is not kept waiting; he is emancipated on the spot. For the very service of Philosophy is freedom.
All models are wrong, but some are useful
George E. P. Box
It is pleasant to be with oneself as long as possible when one has made oneself worth spending time with.
There is no crueller loss in life than the loss of the right to end it.
Just because you are nice this does not mean you are good.
Everyone starts out foolish and ignorant.
The other side of the ‘sacred’ is the sight of your beloved in the underworld, dripping with maggots
Today about 250K people will be lifted out of abject poverty.
Negotiation is where wisdom arises
You are not your own servant. You are someone you have to negotiate with.
Every night (and sometimes during the day), when alone, I would start on my journeys—see new places, cities and countries—live there, meet people and make friendships and acquaintances and, however unbelievable, it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as those in actual life and not a bit less intense in their manifestations.
This I did constantly until I was about seventeen when my thoughts turned seriously to invention. Then I observed to my delight that I could visualize with the greatest facility. I needed no models, drawings or experiments. I could picture them all as real in my mind. “ (Tesla, Nikola. My inventions. the Philovox, 1919.)
Being cynical is a step up from naive.
But the end game is to transcend it as well.
Realize that you have as many snakes in your hearth than other people have on theirs.
I’ll go to hand out my hand in trust because that’s the best way to elevate both of us.
If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead
É marca de uma cultura superior estimar as pequenas verdades despretensiosas achadas com método rigoroso, mais do que os erros que nos ofuscam e alegram, oriundos de tempos e homens metafísicos e artísticos. No início as primeiras são vistas com escárnio, como se não pudesse haver comparação: umas tão modestas, simples, sóbrias, aparentemente desanimadoras, as outras tão belas, esplêndidas, encantadoras, talvez extasiantes. Mas o que foi arduamente conquistado, o certo, duradouro, e por isso relevante para todo o conhecimento posterior, é afinal superior; apegar-se a ele é viril e demostra coragem, simplicidade, moderação.
Existem noções mais elevadas e mais profundas de bem e mal, moral e imoral. Quem não deseja das coisas senão conhecê-las, facilmente atinge a paz com sua alma e erra (ou peca, como diz o mundo) no máximo por ignorância, dificilmente por avidez. Esse alguém já não quer excomungar ou extirpar os desejos; o único objetivo que o domina por completo, o de sempre conhecer tanto quanto for possível, o tornará frio e abrandará toda selvageria de sua natureza. Além disso, terá se libertado de muitas concepções tormentosas, nada mais sentirá, ao ouvir palavras como castigo do inferno, pecaminosidade, incapacidade para o bem: nelas reconhecerá apenas as sombras evanescentes de considerações erradas sobre o mundo e a vida.
Quem promete a alguém amá-lo para sempre, ou sempre odiá-lo ou ser-lhe sempre fiel, promete algo que não está em seu poder; mas ele pode prometer aqueles atos que normalmente são consequência do amor, do ódio, da fidelidade, mas também podem nascer de outros motivos: pois caminhos e motivos diversos conduzem a um ato. A promessa de sempre amar alguém significa, portanto: enquanto eu te amar, demonstrarei com atos o meu amor; se eu não mais te amar, continuarei praticando esses mesmos atos, ainda que por outros motivos: de modo que na cabeça de nossos semelhantes permanece a ilusão de que o amor é imutável e sempre o mesmo. Portanto, prometemos a continuidade da aparência no amor quando, sem cegar a nós mesmo, juramos a alguém amor eterno.
Sócrates e Platão estão certos: o que quer que o homem faça, ele sempre faz o bem, isto é: o que lhe parece bom (útil) segundo o grau de seu intelecto, segundo a eventual medida de sua racionalidade.
Pode continuar a nos reger o hábito que herdamos de avaliar, amar, odiar erradamente, mas sob o influxo do conhecimento crescente ele se tornará mais fraco: um novo hábito, o de compreender, não amar, não odiar, abranger com o olhar, pouco a pouco se implanta em nós no mesmo chão, e daqui a milhares de anos talvez seja poderoso o bastante para dar à humanidade a força de criar o homem sábio e inocente (consciente da ignorância), da mesma forma regular como hoje produz o homem tolo, injusto consciente da culpa - que é, não o oposto, mas o precursor necessário daquele.
Se o cristianismo tivesse razão em suas teses acerca de um Deus vingador, da pecaminosidade universal, da predestinação e do perigo de uma danação eterna, seria um indício de imbecilidade e falta de caráter não se tornar padre, apóstolo ou eremita e trabalhar, com temor e tremor, unicamente pela própria salvação; pois seria absurdo perder assim o benefício eterno, em troca da comodidade temporal. Supondo que se creia realmente nessas coisas, o cristão é uma figura deplorável, um ser que não sabe contar até três, e que, justamente por sua incapacidade mental, não mereceria ser punido tão duramente quanto promete o cristianismo.
As naturezas compassivas, sempre dispostas a auxiliar na desgraça, raramente são as mesmas que se alegram juntamente com as demais: na felicidade alheia elas não têm o que fazer, são supérfluas, não se sentem na posse de sua superioridade, e por isso facilmente se desgostam.
Viverão acompanhados os espíritos livres?
Creio que em geral, como as aves proféticas da Antiguidade, sendo aqueles que hoje pensam verdadeiramente e dizem a verdade, eles preferirão voar sozinhos
Os jovens amam o que é interessante e peculiar, não importa até onde seja verdadeiro ou falso. Espíritos mais maduros amam na verdade aquilo que nela é interessante e peculiar. Por fim, cabeças totalmente amadurecidas amam a verdade também onde ela parece ingênua e simples e é enfadonha para o homem comum, porque notaram que a verdade costuma dizer com ar de simplicidade o que tem de mais alto em espírito.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines
Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.
Don’t scale things up, break things down.
If You’re Not Embarrassed By The First Version Of Your Product, You’ve Launched Too Late
Don’t sell solutions, sell problems.
A man came upon a construction site where three people were working. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am laying bricks.” He asked the second, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am building a wall.” As he approached the third, he heard him humming a tune as he worked, and asked, “What are you doing?” The man stood, looked up at the sky, and smiled, “I am building a cathedral!”
The process of skill acquisition is not really about the raw hours you put in, it’s about what you put on those hours.
Virtue itself is the only good; it walks proudly amidst good and bad fortune with deep contempt for both
Knowledge is something you buy with money. Wisdom is something you acquire by doing it.
What are you waiting for? Wisdom doesn’t come to anyone by chance. Money will come on its own; high office will be handed to you; maybe favour and rank will be heaped on you—but virtue will not drop into your lap. Nor is it learned by just a bit of work or by a small effort; but the work is worth it for someone aiming to possess every good thing all at once. For the honourable alone is good.
You want to live a meaningful life? Everything you do matter.
Try to be some kind of hero. Make the suffering in the world less. That’s the way forward if there is any way forward.
If you gonna speak effectively you have to know way more than you are talking about.
There isn’t anything that you can possibly do that makes you more competent in everything you do, then to learn how to communicate.
He who is brave is without fear. He who is without fear is without sadness. He how is without sadness is happy.
The problem with the technical debt is that most of it comes out of good intentions and bad ideas. If you don’t fix the ideas you will write debt again.
Jean Carlo Machado
He who has a why can bear any how.
To have enough humility to think through how things can go terribly wrong even if you have good intentions. That’s the mark of someone who’s wise.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
People find meaning in their lives by adopting responsibility.
Our loyalties are to the species and to the planet.
I am prepared to change my course, to penetrate the ethers high dominions toward novel spheres of pure activity. Do you, scarcely better than a worm, deserve this loftily life and heavenly delight? Now be resolute and turn your back on our earths endearing sun! Be bold and brash and force the gates from which men shrink an slink away! The time has come to prove by deed that man will not give in to gods superior might and will not quake before the pit where fantasy condemns itself to tortures of it’s own creation when he advances to the narrow passageway about whose mouth infernal flames are blazing. Approach the brink serenely and accept the risk of melting into nothingness.
Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute
Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman
The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem, and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.
A problem well stated is problem half solved.