Archive for the 'Quotes' Category

Quote of the Day

[link] Sunday, December 21st, 2014

“When I get asked in interviews to predict the future, I always have to struggle to come up with something plausible-sounding on the fly, like a student who hasn’t prepared for an exam. 1 But it’s not out of laziness that I haven’t prepared. It seems to me that beliefs about the future are so rarely correct that they usually aren’t worth the extra rigidity they impose, and that the best strategy is simply to be aggressively open-minded. Instead of trying to point yourself in the right direction, admit you have no idea what the right direction is, and try instead to be super sensitive to the winds of change.”

And

“Another trick I’ve found to protect myself against obsolete beliefs is to focus initially on people rather than ideas. Though the nature of future discoveries is hard to predict, I’ve found I can predict quite well what sort of people will make them. Good new ideas come from earnest, energetic, independent-minded people.

Betting on people over ideas saved me countless times as an investor. We thought Airbnb was a bad idea, for example. But we could tell the founders were earnest, energetic, and independent-minded. (Indeed, almost pathologically so.) So we suspended disbelief and funded them.”

Paul Graham

Quote of the day

[link] Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

“Man is born free, but he is everywhere in cubicles.”

Nikil Saval, author of an interesting book on the history of workplace design.

Quote of the Day

[link] Thursday, November 13th, 2014

“It’s better to be wrong but interesting than right but dull.”

Chris Dillow quoted here

Quote of the Day

[link] Sunday, November 9th, 2014

“The character we exhibit in the latter half of our life need not necessarily be, though it often is, our original character, developed further, dried up, exaggerated, or diminished. It can be its exact opposite, like a suit worn inside out.”

Marcel Proust

Quote of the Day

[link] Saturday, November 8th, 2014

“Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth.”

Paul Krugman

Quote of the Day

[link] Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

“Postel’s Law, aka the Robustness Principle is useful here. Be conservative in what you transmit, liberal in what you accept, and reject malicious patterns. Another way to put that could be: speak gently, keep an open mind to what others say, and don’t be a doormat.

From a lovely essay, “How to be Polite … for Geeks”, by Quinn Norton.

Quote of the Day

[link] Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

“At some point soon it will almost be more embarrassing for a retailer if you haven’t been hacked than if you have”.

Benedict Evans

Quote of the Day

[link] Saturday, October 11th, 2014

“Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, at at the same time imagining that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure”.

TS Eliot

Quote of the day

[link] Saturday, September 27th, 2014

“The law is just politics frozen in time.”

Marcus Raskin

Quote of the Day

[link] Monday, September 15th, 2014

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt