List of quotes

Some of my favorite quotes that stuck with me forever.

People

• Ethics is informal politics.
• Everything before the word “but” is bullshit.
• I don’t believe in zero-sum games. (Scott Alexander)
• People only exist when you need them.

Design

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

Processes

• The most competent people, with weak processes, will screw up. (Chris Peterson?)
• Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. (recounted by Dwight Eisenhower)
• 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)
• Practice energy management, not time management.

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