# List of quotes

Some of my favorite quotes that stuck with me forever. Alphabetical, does not include song lyrics.

## People#

• Ethics is informal politics. (own)
• Everything before the word “but” is bullshit.
• I don’t believe in zero-sum games. (Scott Alexander)
• I think it’s really important to not have an opinion on things you don’t know much about. (Yi Sun)
• People only exist when you need them.

## Design#

• If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. (George Orwell)
• It is better to be technically elegant with a higher learning curve, than to be easy to use, and technically crap. (Aaron Griffin)
• Measured simply by numbers of users, the current leaders [in almost any field] will be mostly mediocre. Look at Windows. (Paul Graham)
• Perfect is the enemy of good enough.
• Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

## Processes#

• Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small trivial project, and you should never expect it to get large. (Linus Torvalds)
• Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. (recounted by Dwight Eisenhower)
• Practice energy management, not time management.
• The most competent people, with weak processes, will screw up. (Chris Peterson)

Updated Tue 29 Nov 2022, 01:17:03 UTC by 173d1445117e