Tag archives: quotes

  • “Dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change…

    “Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer. Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just … do.

    “So you think, ‘I wish I could travel.’ Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I’m serious. You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day, so start writing.”

    -- Shonda Rimes on Doing (in a Dartmouth Commencement Address)

  • “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

    -- Bertrand Russell

  • “If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said that a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.”

    -- Farmer & Farmer

  • “Windows NT crashed.
    I am the Blue Screen of Death.
    No one hears your screams.”

    -- Haiku from FSF

  • “When we work hard on something we believe in, it’s called passion. When we work hard on something we don’t believe in, it’s called stress.”

    -- Simon Sinek

  • “You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person. Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”

    -- Warren Buffett

  • “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

    -- Pablo Picasso

  • “Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood.  You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, but for a long period of time well-meaning people may criticize that effort, and when you receive criticism from well-meaning people it pays to say — first of all, search yourself — are they right? And if they are you need to adapt what you’re doing. If they’re not right, if you really have conviction that they’re not right then you need to have that long term willingness to be misunderstood.”

    -- Jeff Bezos, in an interview from 2009

  • Having a large number of users and the inability to monetize them is a non-existent problem. People talk about it all the time, but it doesn’t really happen—at least it doesn’t happen in today’s world. I’m not even sure it ever did.

    -- Evan Williams in response to “What consumer Internet companies had a large number of users but failed to monetize?”

  • Luckily I’m in the software business. I know how to make simple, useful tools that solve real problems. Great software is like a lever — it helps you get way more done in way less time and with less effort.

    -- Jason Fried, on the power of software

  • “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

    -- Paul J. Meyer

  • “When you see a live, polished, interactable demo, you can instantly understand how something is meant to work and feel, in a way that words or long descriptions or wireframes will never be able to achieve. And that leads to better feedback, and better iterations, and ultimately a better end product.”

    -- Julie Zhuo, in “Go Big By Going Home”

  • “[T]ry picking a stubborn item from your own to-do list and redefining it until it becomes something that actually involves moving one of your limbs… Breaking each task down into its individual actions allows you to convert your work into things you can either physically do, or forget about, happy in the knowledge that it is in the system.”

    -- Tom Stafford, in “The Psychology of the To-Do List”

  • “There’s people that say: ‘It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.’ I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life. If you’re new at this — and by ‘new at it,’ I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute.”

    -- Louis C.K., in “The Joke’s on Louis C.K.”