Quotes

"[W]ealthy people tend to have their preferences dictated by a system meant to milk them."
Nassim Taleb, Commencement Address, American University in Beirut, 2016
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives."
Tolstoy
"If anyone can refute me – show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective — I'll gladly change.
It's the truth I'm after and the truth never harmed anyone.
What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"No carelessness in your actions. No confusion in your words. No imprecision in your thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"Through chances various, through all vicissitudes, we make our way..."
Virgil, Aeneid
"Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure."
Melvin Conway, How Do Committees Invent
"Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy."
Kahlil Gibran, On Work
"The amateur tweets. The pro works."
Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
"Everything that happens is either endurable or not.
If it's endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining.
If it's unendurable... then stop complaining. Your destruction will mean its end as well.
Just remember: you can endure anything your mind can make endurable, by treating it as in your interest to do so."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"This is what you deserve. You could be good today. But instead you choose tomorrow."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic - what defines a human being - is to work with others. Even animals know how to sleep. And it's the characteristic activity that's the more natural one - more innate and more satisfying."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"The field is level, only in heaven"
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
"The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them."
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
"Fundamentalism is the philosophy of the powerless, the conquered, the displaced and the dispossessed."
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
"We unplug ourselves from the grid by recognizing that we will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit, Inc., but only by doing our work."
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
"Men of genius themselves were great only by bringing all their power to bear on the point on which they had decided to show their full measure."
Antonin-Dalmace Sertillanges, the Intellectual Life
"[Great creative minds] think like artists but work like accountants."
"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think."
— Ayn Rand
"The worst fate of any shipping of any product is that nobody cares. You don’t get any feedback at all. That’s what most features or most products do. They’re just dead weight."
Eric Reis, Minimum Viable Produc: a Guide
"All progress depends on the unreasonable [human being]."
— George Bernard Shaw
"Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest. Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity - it is very much like compound interest. I don't want to give you a rate, but it is a very high rate. Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime. I took Bode's remark to heart; I spent a good deal more of my time for some years trying to work a bit harder and I found, in fact, I could get more work done."
Richard Hamming, You and Your Research
"Losers have goals. Winners have systems."
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing."
— Benjamin Franklin
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
— Ludwig Wittgenstein