When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time…The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
To fly, we have to have resistance.
Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power, but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those who are led. The most essential work the leader is to create more leaders.
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
My standard answer is ‘I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to, they come to my desk.’ If I’m not there, they go away again, so you’ve got to sit and think.
Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: “Who do we intend to be?” Not “What are we going to do?” but “Who do we intend to be?”
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.
Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it.
On how to sing, the frog school and the skylark school are arguing.
Nothing is more moving than beauty which is unaware of itself, except for ugliness which is.
There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
You don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they are popular; you make them because they’re right.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.
The things that you get fired for when you are young are the exact same things that you win lifetime achievement awards when you are old, which is to say that the things that run against the grain, that are not common or not logical, or don’t fit into what is the standard approach, that…
The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else, we…
To exist, you have to both breathe in and breathe out. Some people just want to breathe in.
It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.
It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
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