Quotes

Education

"I have always liked the concept of universities as they were in Ancient Greece, where folks who had something cool to say would just come and say it. It wasn't about recognition; the impetus was the thought that you were resonating with ideas." - Donald E. Knuth
"I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again." - Confucius
"Why can't we take robotics at Carnegie Mellon, linear algebra at MIT, law at Stanford? And why can't we put 130 of those together and make it a degree?" - Professor David Wiley
"Never memorize something that you can look up." - Albert Einstein
"When students cheat on exams, it's because our school system values grades more than student values learning." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Most certifications prove only one thing. They prove that you used to have $500." - Alex Gantman
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"Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." - Otto von Bismarck
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"The standardized tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned." - Frederick J Kelly (Inventor of standardised testing)

Life

"Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious." - Rumi
"Life is short, [eat desserts first,] break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
Live off your parents as long as possible. Your parents and grand parents worked very hard to get you and your family to this point. Do not deprive them of the pleasure of supporting you. Take whole semesters off to travel overseas. Take jobs and internships that pay less money or no money. Investigate your passions on your parent's nickel. Or dime. Or quarter. Or dollar. I took college-level classes... I never traveled or took time off because I thought it wouldn't prepare me for work. Frankly, I blew it. You are going to work the rest of your lives, so don't be in a rush to start. Stretch out your college education. Now is the time to suck life into your lungs-before you have a mortgage, kids, and car payments. Delay, as long as possible, the inevitable entry into the workplace and a lifetime of servitude to bozos who know less than you do, but who make more money. Why rush? And now go forth and kick butt. - Guy Kawasaki's #10 hindsight
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." - Charles Dederich
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me." - Steve Jobs
"When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say wow, that was an adventure, not wow, I sure felt safe." - Tom Preston-Werner
I have been accused of a habit of changing my opinions. - Bertrand Russell
"There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." - Aubrey Menen
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day." - Interstellar (movie)
"I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." - George Bernard Shaw
"Sometime I'm also, shall we say, "myopic" when it comes to to other people's feelings, and that sometimes makes you say things that hurt other people... I get people who tell me that i should be nice. And then when I try to explain to them that maybe you're nice, maybe you should be more aggressive, they see that as me being not nice... So there's different kinds of people, and I'm not making excuses, I'm trying to explain." - Linus Torvalds (TED 2016)
"“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. ”" - Bertrand Russell
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"You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby." - Larry Page
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"Love is a word that is constantly heard, Hate is a word that is not. Love, I am told, is more precious than gold. Love, I have read, is hot. But hate is the verb that to me is superb, And Love but a drug on the mart. Any kiddie in school can love like a fool, But Hating, my boy, is an Art." - Ogden Nash
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"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila." - Mitch Ratcliffe
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"Sometimes, it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination." - Anonymous
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"Love your enemies: they'll go crazy trying to figure out what you're up to." - Unknown
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"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Unknown
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"If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it's not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
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"I’m generally a very pragmatic person: that which works, works." - Unknown

Startups

"Without profits, you may pretend it is in your hands but it is not. Your destiny is controlled by your ability to constantly raise money. Because somebody has to fund the losses, right? Losses don’t get funded by miracles." - Kothandaraman Vaitheeswaran
"Mediocre V.C.s want to see that your company has traction; The top V.C.s want you to show them you can invent the future." - Suhail Doshi
"A startup messed up at its foundation cannot be fixed." - Peter Thiel's Law
"Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk." - Tony Stark (Ironman, 2008)
"If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 35 more letters." - Claire Cook
"I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." - Jeff Bezos
"So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard." - Caterina Fake
"If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on." - Sheryl Sandberg
"Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood." - Sean Parker
"Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.. So if that sounds appealing..." - Elon Musk
"You're not solving the problem. You're not even looking at the problem." - Moneyball (2011)
"First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one." - Newsroom (TV series) S01E01
"You have a problem, so you decide to raise some money. Now you have two problems. So you hire some people. Now you have three problems." - Sam Altman
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"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads." - Elon Musk
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"Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch." - Tim Berners Lee

Hiring

"What the industry needs is a way to screen candidates by looking at their actual ability, not where they went to school or worked in the past." - Ammon Bartram (for Triplebyte)
...Google had determined that GPA’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless... we found that they don't predict anything... proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time - now as high as 14 percent on some teams. The least important attribute they look for is "expertise"... If you take somebody who has high cognitive ability, is innately curious, willing to learn and has emergent leadership skills, and you hire them as an H.R. person or finance person, and they have no content knowledge... once in a while they will mess it up, he said, but once in a while they’ll also come up with an answer that is totally new. And there is huge value in that. Talent can come in so many different forms and be built in so many nontraditional ways today, Hiring officers have to be alive to everyone - besides brand-name colleges. Because when you look at people who don't go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people. Too many colleges don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence. Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about - and pays off on - what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it). - Laszlo Bock
"It is a mistake to hire huge numbers of people to get a complicated job done. Numbers will never compensate for talent in getting the right answer (two people who don’t know something are no better than one), will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive." - Elon Musk
"So the first employee was our first engineer, I think we looked for him for four or five months. I probably looked through thousands of people and interviewed hundreds of people." - Brian Chesky
"There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team." - Jason Fried
"Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission." - Tim Westergren

Productivity/Work/Culture

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams
"Make something people want includes making a company that people want to work for." - Sahil Lavingia
"Our job, the reason we have time to read blogs at work or go to conferences or write memos is that our organization believes that just maybe, we'll find and share a new idea, or maybe (continuing a run on sentence) we'll invent something important, find a resource or connect with a key customer in a way that matters." - Seth Godin
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." - Parkinson's law
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"Another [time management] strategy is to ignore the fact that you are slowly killing yourself by not sleeping and exercising enough. That frees up several hours a day. The only downside is that you get fat and die." - Scott Adams

Design

"Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop." - Jeffrey Zeldman
"User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board." - Evan Williams

Programming

"We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." - David Clark (in IETF meetings)
"Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program." - Linus Torvalds
"It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter." - Nathaniel S. Borenstein
"Good code is its own best documentation. As you're about to add a comment, ask yourself, 'How can I improve the code so that this comment isn't needed?' Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer." - Steve McConnell (Code Complete)
"Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute." - Harold Abelson & Gerald Jay Sussman (The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs)
"Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" - Eric Raymond (named in honor of Linus Torvalds in the book The Cathedral and the Bazaar)
"Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can." - Zawinski's law of software envelopment
"Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster." - Wirth's law
"There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies." - C. A. R. Hoare

Growth Hacking/Marketing

"If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." - Andrew Lewis
"Growth Hackers are a hybrid of Marketer and Coder."- Andrew Chen
"Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that." - Anthony Volodkin
"No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long-term if you don’t have a sufficiently good product." - Sam Altman

Miscellaneous

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"If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner." - Your Federal Income Tax, IRS Publication 17 (p. 90)