# 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#

• Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
• 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)

• If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, I wouldn’t say anything. (Eric Lander, paraphrased1)
• I told him that he cannot see the future because there’s nothing there to see; it hasn’t been built, yet. The future is something that emerges as we build it, even as we are thrown into it. (Chris Peterson)
• Talk is cheap. Show me the code. (Linus Torvalds)
• You only need other people to give you advice that surprises you. That’s why there are a lot of ski instructors and not many running instructors. (Paul Graham)

## Miscellaneous#

• I mean … like… like, many people sometimes tell me, you should finish StarCraft 2, you should retire. And maybe, you should give up… But look at me now. (Oliveira after winning IEM Katowice 2023)

1. From the USAMO 2021 awards ceremony.

Updated Tue 14 Feb 2023, 05:53:05 UTC by b5cd3ec43d4d