Monday, December 31, 2012

“I think I just ate my willpower.”

        — Unknown

(Good luck to all those with New Year resolutions.)

Friday, December 28, 2012

“Theory helps us bear our ignorance of facts.”

        — George Santayana

Thursday, December 27, 2012

“Everyone likes somebody who gets to the point quickly.”

        — David Cain

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

“There are too many people, and too few human beings.”

        — Robert Zend

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”

        — Roy L. Smith

Monday, December 24, 2012

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

        — George Bernard Shaw

Friday, December 21, 2012

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

        — Oscar Wilde

Thursday, December 20, 2012

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”

        — Lady Bird Johnson

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.”

        — Unknown

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”

        — Josh Billings

Monday, December 17, 2012

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.”

        — Unknown

Friday, December 14, 2012

“Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.”

        — Byron J. Langenfeld

Thursday, December 13, 2012

“Rewriting is an opportunity to find new ways of coding old bugs, as well as exciting new bugs.”

        — Unknown

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

“Cleverness is not wisdom.”

        — Euripides

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

“The bigger the hat, the smaller the property.”

        — Australian Proverb

Monday, December 10, 2012

“Gantt charts aren’t a management tool. They are a visualization tool. Management tools are listening, acting, and faith.”

        — John Kordyback ‏(@jkordyback)

Friday, December 7, 2012

“They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.”

        — Francis Bacon

Thursday, December 6, 2012

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”

        — Franklin P. Jones

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

        — Alfred Adler

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

“Sometimes when you trade tradition for progress you wind up with neither. This isn’t one of those occasions but still, it’s a catchy saying.”

        — In Plain Sight

Monday, December 3, 2012

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

        — George S. Patton

Friday, November 30, 2012

“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, November 29, 2012

“It would be far easier to lose weight permanently if replacement parts weren’t so handy in the refrigerator.”

        — Hugh Allen

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

        — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.”

        — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 26, 2012

“I like the word ‘indolence’. It makes my laziness seem classy.”

        — Bern Williams

Friday, November 23, 2012

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

        — John Barrymore

Thursday, November 22, 2012

“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.”

        — Alfred North Whitehead

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.”

        — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

“The Internet is a marvellous tool for finding solutions to problems I never had prior to the Internet.”

        — Unknown

Monday, November 19, 2012

“All glory comes from daring to begin.”

        — Eugene F. Ware

Friday, November 16, 2012

“No matter what amazing things you accomplish or how fantastic you are, a cat will always think it is better than you.”

        — Caprice Crane (@capricecrane)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”

        — Unknown

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”

        — Henri Louis Bergson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

“The diminutive chains of habit are seldom heavy enough to be felt till they are too strong to be broken.”

        — Samuel Johnson

Monday, November 12, 2012

/* Sometimes I believe the compiler ignores all my comments. */

        — Unknown Programmer

Friday, November 9, 2012

“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.”

        — Demosthenes

Thursday, November 8, 2012

“Don’t anthropomorphise computers. They hate it.”

        — Unknown

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

“There are two rules for success: 1. Never tell everything you know.”

        — Roger H. Lincoln

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug.”

        — Mark Knopfler

Monday, November 5, 2012

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

        — Naguib Mahfouz

Friday, November 2, 2012

“People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, November 1, 2012

“If we want users to like our software we should design it to behave like a likeable person: respectful, generous and helpful.”

        — Alan Cooper

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

“I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”

        — Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”

        — Unknown

Monday, October 29, 2012

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”

        — Roger Miller

Friday, October 26, 2012

“If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind.”

        — Alfred Fripp

Thursday, October 25, 2012

“It’s not whether you win or lose – but whether I win or lose.”

        — Sandy Lyle

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”

        — Billy Wilder

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

“Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.”

        — John Henry Cardinal Newman

Monday, October 22, 2012

“Confusion is a renewable resource.”

        — Kent Beck (@KentBeck)

Friday, October 19, 2012

“If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.”

        — Eli Siegel

Thursday, October 18, 2012

“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.”

        — Fulton Oursler

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That clearly points to a political career.”

        — George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

“Never mistake motion for action.”

        — Ernest Hemingway

Monday, October 15, 2012

“An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.”

        — Arnold H. Glasgow

Friday, October 12, 2012

“Visual programming is like trying to get to the moon by climbing a tree. You make a lot of good early progress, at first, but pretty soon you have to go back to your funding agency and ask for a bigger tree.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, October 11, 2012

“I am driven by two main philosophies: know more about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

        — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.”

        — Russian Proverb

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

“If you lend someone twenty dollars, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.”

        — Unknown

Monday, October 8, 2012

Your success really depends on how loosely you’re willing to define the word “success.”

        — Caprice Crane (@CapricecCrane)

Friday, October 5, 2012

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

        — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, October 4, 2012

“He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.”

        — Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

“Books are the closest thing to real magic I could ever find. How else could sheets of paper transport me to another world?”

        — Brian Rathbone (@BrianRathbone)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

“Cleaning code does NOT take time. NOT cleaning code does take time.”

        — Uncle Bob Martin (@unclebobmartin)

Monday, October 1, 2012

“Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it necessary? Is it true? Does it improve upon the silence?”

        — Shirdi Sai Baba

Friday, September 28, 2012

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, September 27, 2012

“You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.”

        — Will Rogers

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

“It’s only impossible if you stop to think about it!”

        — The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

“We’ve spent more money bailing out the banks, in one year, than we’ve spent on Science in Britain, since Jesus.”

        — Professor Brian Cox

Monday, September 24, 2012

“Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time.”

        — Richard Carlson

Friday, September 21, 2012

“Only drug dealers and software companies call their customers ‘users’”

        — Edward Tufte

Thursday, September 20, 2012

“I’m toying with the idea of becoming a useful member of society.”

        — Wally from Dilbert, by Scott Adams

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.”

        — Robert Graves

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

“All the world’s a stage! And here I am in the blooper reel!”

        — Ziggy by Tom Wilson

Monday, September 17, 2012

“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.”

        — Aesop

Friday, September 14, 2012

“When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.”

        — Voltaire

Thursday, September 13, 2012

“If cats looked like frogs we’d realise what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”

        — Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

“No man is a failure who is enjoying life.”

        — William Feather

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saying, “We need to talk,” is the most efficient way to freak someone out.

        — Caprice Crane (@capricecrane)

Monday, September 10, 2012

“The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius.”

        — Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

Friday, September 7, 2012

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

        — Woodrow Wilson

Thursday, September 6, 2012

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”

        — E. Joseph Cossman

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

        — Marshall McLuhan

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

“O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.”

        — William Penn

Monday, September 3, 2012

“Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.”

        — Aaron Sorkin #

Friday, August 31, 2012

“Programmers don’t burn out on hard work, they burn out on change-with-the-wind directives and not ‘shipping’.”

        — Mark Berry

Thursday, August 30, 2012

“Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”

        — David Letterman

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

“I love that sound a metaphor makes as it begins to fall apart.”

        — Mark Ryall (@markryall)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

        — Neil Gaiman

Monday, August 27, 2012

“Nothing destroys a good idea faster than a mandatory consensus.”

        — Jessica Hagy #

Friday, August 24, 2012

“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.”

        — Michel de Montaige

Thursday, August 23, 2012

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.”

        — Unknown

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

        — Rabindranath Tagore

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

        — Aristotle

Monday, August 20, 2012

“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”

        — Anais Nin

Friday, August 17, 2012

“Multitasking, that characteristic survival activity of the 21st century.”

        — Cory Doctorow #

Thursday, August 16, 2012

“Chocolate is ground from the beans of happiness.”

        — Alexis F. Hope

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

“Money may talk, but chocolate sings.”

        — Unknown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted.”

        — Pasi Sahlberg #

Monday, August 13, 2012

“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”

        — Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Friday, August 10, 2012

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, August 9, 2012

“Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalising animal.”

        — Robert A. Heinlein

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

“My sister taught me everything I really need to know, and she was only in sixth grade at the time.”

        — Linda Sunshine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

“Inside every well-written large program is a well-written small program.”

        — C. A. R. Hoare

Monday, August 6, 2012

“Existential threats don’t scare us. We’re librarians.”

        — Bethany Nowviskie #

Friday, August 3, 2012

“People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future.”

        — Anonymous

Thursday, August 2, 2012

“Hardware without software is just heat.”

        — Doug Fisher

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

        — Henry Ford

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.”

        — Isaac Asimov

Monday, July 30, 2012

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”

        — Yiddish Proverb

Friday, July 27, 2012

“The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up.”

        — Aaron Sorkin #

Thursday, July 26, 2012

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.”

        — Henry C. Link

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

“We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?”

        — Dorothe Deluzy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.”

        — Claude LĂ©vi-Strauss

Monday, July 23, 2012

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”

        — Mary Manin Morrissey

Friday, July 20, 2012

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

        — Winston Churchill

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

“But considering that the ancient Greeks created democracy and civilisation, you would think they would have created copyright law if they had wanted to.”

        — Lloyd Kaufman #

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“I’m sorry but if you’re still using an AOL email address, I just can’t take you seriously.”

        — @HAL9000_

Monday, July 16, 2012

“The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything, or nothing.”

        — Nancy Astor

Friday, July 13, 2012

“You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, July 12, 2012

“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”

        — Groucho Marx

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

“If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn’t be human. You’d be a game-show host.”

        — Heathers

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“His speeches left the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea.”

        — William McAdoo

Monday, July 9, 2012

“The first rule of being in a hole is to stop digging.”

        — Unknown

Friday, July 6, 2012

“I’m afraid of no man, and very few women.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, July 5, 2012

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you just might miss it.”

        — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

“UNIX was not designed to stop its users from doing stupid things, as that would also stop them from doing clever things.”

        — Doug Gwyn

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”

        — H. L. Mencken

Monday, July 2, 2012

“Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.”

        — Beverley Nichols

Friday, June 29, 2012

“I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.”

        — Mark Twain

Thursday, June 28, 2012

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

        — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”

        — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.”

        — Unknown

Monday, June 25, 2012

“Joy, I think, is a tougher, gutsier emotion than despair. We’re not going to mope our way to a brighter future or better lives.”

        — Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen)

Friday, June 22, 2012

“The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, June 21, 2012

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

        — Sophia Loren

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

        — Sam Keen

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“From a programmer’s point of view, the user is a peripheral that types when you issue a read request.”

        — Peter Williams

Monday, June 18, 2012

“No matter how hard you push and no matter what the priority, you can’t increase the speed of light.”

        — R. Callon, RFC1925: The Twelve Networking Truths

Friday, June 15, 2012

“You always pass failure on your way to success.”

        — Mickey Rooney

Thursday, June 14, 2012

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.”

        — Jean Kerr

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

“If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.”

        — Michelangelo Buonarroti

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

        — Nelson Mandela

Monday, June 11, 2012

“No matter how big and bad you are, when a two year old hands you a toy phone, you answer it.”

        — Unknown

Friday, June 8, 2012

“The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, June 7, 2012

“Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.”

        — Ray Bradbury

(Two quotes today, in memory of Mr. Bradbury.)

“I have never listened to anyone who criticised my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”

        — Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

“We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet.”

        — Unknown

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

“Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.”

        — Dandemis

Monday, June 4, 2012

“There’s nothing more noble than a good try.”

        — Gordon Parks

Friday, June 1, 2012

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and informed just to be undecided about them.”

        — Laurence J. Peter

Thursday, May 31, 2012

“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.”

        — Unkonwn

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

“As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit – and parking as close to the stadium as possible.”

        — Bill Vaughan

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

“If you trip over a pun in your speaking it’s not so bad but to intentionally jump on one is a true offence.”

        — Graycie Harmon

Monday, May 28, 2012

“Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.”

        — Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Friday, May 25, 2012

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.”

        — Mark Twain

Thursday, May 24, 2012

“Children have more need of models than of critics.”

        — Carolyn Coats

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

“The three horrors of modern life – talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.”

        — Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We have not succeeded in answering all your problems.

The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions.

In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.

        — Unknown

Monday, May 21, 2012

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

        — Andre Gide

Friday, May 18, 2012

“Stupidity got us into this mess, why can’t it get us out?”

        — Will Rogers

Thursday, May 17, 2012

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

        — Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

“Ordinary people need to lead and not sit there and think that governments are going to spoon feed them.”

        — Ian Kiernan

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

“Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale.”

        — Adlai E. Stevenson

Monday, May 14, 2012

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”

        — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC-43BC)

Friday, May 11, 2012

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.”

        — Keith L. Brooks

(Don’t forget your mum on Mother’s Day this Sunday.)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

        — Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

“Men are like a deck of cards. You’ll find the occasional king, but most are jacks.”

        — Laura Swenson

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

“Political speeches are like steer horns. A point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.”

        — Alfred E. Neuman

Monday, May 7, 2012

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”

        — Japanese Proverb

Friday, May 4, 2012

“Indifference is an excellent substitute for patience.”

        — Mason Cooley

Thursday, May 3, 2012

“You just have to make the transition from weird to eccentric and then you’re okay.”

        — John Elder Robinson

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

“…and on the 3rd day God finished creating the Earth, and it looked fantastic and worked really well. And then he checked it in IE…”

        — Simon (@intruth)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

“A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.”

        — Unknown

Monday, April 30, 2012

“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.”

        — Neil Gaiman, 2012 New Year resolution

Friday, April 27, 2012

“Begin each day as if it were on purpose.”

        — Mary Anne Radmacher

Thursday, April 26, 2012

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

        — Winston Churchill

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

“There is nothing so costly to the state as a ruined life.”

        — Catherine Spence

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Advice (noun): the smallest current coin.

        — Unknown

Monday, April 23, 2012

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

        — Flannery O’Connor

Friday, April 20, 2012

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

        — Don Marquis

Thursday, April 19, 2012

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

        — William Somerset Maugham

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

“I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the 21st century is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.”

        — Jason Gorman (@jasongorman)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

“Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.”

        — Unknown

Monday, April 16, 2012

“Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.”

        — Robert C. Savage

Friday, April 13, 2012

“Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”

        — Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, April 12, 2012

“Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.”

        — Douglas Adams

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

        — Frank A. Clark

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.”

        — Bob Talbert

Monday, April 9, 2012

“It’s hard to be a James Bond in an Abbott and Costello world.”

        — Unknown

Friday, April 6, 2012

A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.”

        — Mencius

Thursday, April 5, 2012

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”

        — Arthur Miller

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

“Remember, good code is like a good joke: It needs no explanation.”

        — Unknown

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.”

        — John Quinton

Monday, April 2, 2012

“There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

        — Winston Churchill

Friday, March 30, 2012

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”

        — Robert Allen

Thursday, March 29, 2012

“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, educate people.”

        — Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

“Leadership is action, not position.”

        — Donald H. McGannon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.”

        — Alex Carey

Monday, March 26, 2012

Whenever You meet a person for the first time, say in your head “I know you can read minds"… just in case.

        — Vincent Usher (@ushervince)

Friday, March 23, 2012

“There are only two things software professionals dislike: the way things are, and change.”

        — Tobias Mayer (@tobiasmayer)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

“The wowser mistakes the world for a penitentiary and themselves as the warden.”

        — Australian observation

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

        — Woody Allen

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

“Do not confuse the value of learning something with the actual value of the thing learned.”

        — Ted Nyman (@tnm)

Monday, March 19, 2012

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

        — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Friday, March 16, 2012

“I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.”

        — Richard Steele

Thursday, March 15, 2012

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.”

        — Indira Gandhi

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

“Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.”

        — Arthur Freed

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.”

        — Anthony D’Angelo

Monday, March 12, 2012

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”

        — William Shakespeare

Friday, March 9, 2012

“I follow a healthy lifestyle, but I rarely catch up with it.”

        — Thin Lines by Randy Glasbergen

Thursday, March 8, 2012

“To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

        — E. E. Cummings

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”

        — Don Herrold

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The phrase, “Don’t take this the wrong way,” has a zero percent success rate.

        — Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan)

Monday, March 5, 2012

My personal pet peeve is how many people think the hard part is in the “big and hard problems” or in some fluffy but important-sounding thing like “innovation”. In fact, all the real work is in getting the details right. It’s that “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” thing. People seem to think that inspiration is the much bigger and important part of the two, but I’ve come to believe that while it’s important to have inspiration, where people actually stumble is when they can’t execute on that inspiration. Inspiration isn’t that rare in the end, but people who have it and then actually follow through… that’s rare.

        — Linus Torvalds

Friday, March 2, 2012

“Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”

        — Voltaire

Thursday, March 1, 2012

“If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he’s probably a billionaire. Or, just conceivably, a wharfie.”

        — Australian observation

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

        — Ellen Parr

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

“If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.”

        — Lois Wyse

Monday, February 27, 2012

“A library is infinity under a roof.”

        — Gail Carson Levine

Friday, February 24, 2012

“A nice thing about being single is when you’re setting the silverware it doesn’t matter which side you put the remote on.”

        — Caprice Crane (@capricecrane)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

        — Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

“Failing organisations are usually over-managed and under-led.”

        — Warren G. Bennis

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes.”

        — Mark Twain

Monday, February 20, 2012

“A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.”

        — Unknown

Friday, February 17, 2012

“A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.”

        — Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

        — Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

“Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.”

        — Samuel Butler

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

When we “solve” copyright problems at the expense of the Internet, we solve them at the expense of 21st-century society as a whole.

        — Cory Doctorow, It’s Time to Stop Talking About Copyright

Monday, February 13, 2012

“I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.”

        — Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, February 10, 2012

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

        — Richard Buckminster Fuller

Thursday, February 9, 2012

“With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea.”

        — R. Callon, RFC1925: The Twelve Networking Truths

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

“It is better to do the right problem the wrong way than the wrong problem the right way.”

        — Richard Hamming

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

“It’s Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it’s human to do them.”

        — Hugh Mackay

Monday, February 6, 2012

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

        — Mark Twain

Friday, February 3, 2012

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”

        — Raymond Hull

Thursday, February 2, 2012

“C++ is history repeated as tragedy. Java is history repeated as farce.”

        — Scott McKay

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

        — Will Rogers

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My 4-year old told me how a double-sided pencil can be used even if one end is broken. I told her how to say “fault-tolerant redundancy.”

        — Chris Houser (@chrishouser)

Monday, January 30, 2012

“Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.”

        — Kathryn Carpenter

Friday, January 27, 2012

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

        — James Bryant Conant

Thursday, January 26, 2012

“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf.”

        — Jonatan MĂ„rtensson

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

        — George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

“A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.”

        — Franz Kafka

Monday, January 23, 2012

“Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place.”

        — Joseph Goebbels

Friday, January 20, 2012

“It’s still tyranny even if it’s legal.”

        — Jacob Applbaum, Linux.conf.au 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

“This crash always occured with the Skype toolbar, speaking of malware.”

        — Firefox Developer, Linux.conf.au 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

“There is now ten times as many lines of legal text about BusyBox than there is lines of source code.”

        — Bruce Perens, Linux.conf.au 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

“It’s so useless but it’s awesome!”

        — Benjamin Humphrey (@humphreybc), Linux.conf.au 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

“If we decide the real world is wrong because it does not match our lab, we are not doing science, we are doing economics.”

        — Linux.conf.au 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

“Twitter: It’s like release early, release often for thinking.”

        — Glyn Moody (Linux.conf.au 2010 keynote)

Note: I will be at Linux.conf.au 2012 next week, so don’t be surprised if there are a lot of techie quotes for the next few days!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.”

        — Paul Ehrlich

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

“Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.”

        — Doug Larson

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear.”

        — Mana (@damana)

Monday, January 9, 2012

“Some people have cats and go on to lead normal lives.”

        — Unknown

Friday, January 6, 2012

“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.”

        — Unknown

Thursday, January 5, 2012

“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilisation.”

        — Sigmund Freud

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

“Out in the bush, the tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.”

        — Australian observation

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

“Laughter is a part of the human survival kit.”

        — David Nathan

Monday, January 2, 2012

“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.”

        — William Connor Magee