quotes

software

Because computers are dumb, pedantic beasts, programming is fundamentally tedious and frustrating - Marijn Haverbeke

love

We talked with continually increasing intimacy. We seemed to sink through layer after layer of what was superficial, til gradually both reached the central fire. We looked into each other's eyes, half appalled and half intoxicated to find ourselves in such a region...I came away bewildered, and hardly able to find my way among ordinary affairs. - John Gray, 7 Types of Atheism, page 43, qt. Bertrand Russell on meeting Joseph Conrad

I miss you, it's as simple as that. I want to tell you everything. - Phantom Thread

PR

Culllaaaah struck! - Zora Neal Hurston

If you complain, no one wants to hang out with you. - Gil Scott-Heron

Closed thoughts and an open face. Smile at everyone, and don't tell them what you're thinking. - Paul Graham

self-determination

Everybody wanna be like Mike / but Mike wanna be like L - Big L

"Will you or won't you have it so?" is the most probing question we are ever asked...we answer by consents or nonconsents and not by words...what wonder if the effort demanded by them be the measure of our worth as human beings. - William James, Principles of Psychology

once you find your lane you can't cruise / once you define the game you can't lose - Ka

It is reason and wisdom which take away cares, not places affording wide views over the sea. - Horace

"Millions - then what?"

influence

Do not dream of influencing other people, I would say, if I knew how to make it sound exalted. Think of things in themselves. - Virginia Woolf

Most shifts in social attitudes occur not through change in the attitudes at the individual level, but through intergenerational churn. Old attitudes die because generations that hold them literally die off. Such is the stuff of progress and disaster. - Tanner Greer

Overall it is very hard to have much influence. - Tyler Cowen

practice

You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself - Miles Davis

大道甚夷,而民好径 - 老子

The "one weird trick" is that, for a lot of activities, being something like 10%-ile among people who practice can make you something like 90%-ile or 99%-ile among people who participate. - Dan Luu

You can never go somewhere you've never been without doing something you've never done - Chris Paul

You have to practice before you can become aware of your original nature, your original face - qt. from Road to Heaven

Every night before I go to bed I meditate. And every morning and evening I chant the Dizang Sutra and the Diamond Sutra. I only attended the first grade, but I’ve learned to read the characters in the sutras. I can tell you from my own experience that you can achieve something if you practice. If you don’t practice, you achieve nothing. - qt. from Road to Heaven

sow an act, reap a habit / sow a habit, reap a character / sow a character, reap a destiny