Spence Green

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I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. (Michael Jordan)

Show data variation, not design variation. (Edward Tufte)

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in language comprehensible to everyone. (Einstein)

Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the Grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out shouting Holy Shit…What a Ride!

Let’s think it through. It’s faster than coding. (Jason Eisner)

Really successful people are like vampires: you can’t kill them unless you drive a stake through their hearts. (Truman Capote, quoted in Capote: A Biography, p.163)

A truism about working with language is that other people’s arrangements of words are always crowding in on one’s actual experience. (Joan Didion, Introduction to After Henry, p.18)

People often assume that data are simple, graspable and trustworthy, whereas theory is complex, recondite, and slippery, and so give the former priority…in much of science, the reverse is at least as fair a picture. Data are vexatious; theory is quite straightforward. (“Briefing: The science of climate change.” The Economist. 20 March 2010)

The world belongs to the discontented. (Oscar Wilde, quoted in The Ten Commandments of Business Failure)

As far as everything else goes — the buzz and all that — the fact is I have no idea what the fuck is going on. I get up on stage and I play and beyond that I have no idea. That’s the bottom line. (John Mayer, quoted in Creative Loafing)

A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts. (Steve Prefontaine)

…most research…is not an area for the faint of heart or easily depressed. (Joshua Goodman, A Bit of Progress in Language Modeling, Extended Version)

There’s more to this life than just living. (Frank Borman, quoted in A Man on the Moon, p.123)

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. (Proust)

Opportunity favors the prepared mind. (Anonymous)

I know it’s a lot more fun to stand on the practice tee and rip your driver than it is to chip and pitch, or practice sand shots with sand flying back in your face, but it all comes back to the question of how much you’re willing to pay for success. (Sam Snead, professional golfer)

Racing keeps you honest. (Anonymous)

Perception of ideas rather than the storing of them should be the aim of education. The mind should be an eye to see with rather than a bin to store facts in. The man who has been taught by the Holy Spirit will be a seer rather than a scholar. The difference is that the scholar sees and the seer sees through; and that is a mighty difference indeed. (A.W. Tozer, “Some Thoughts on Books and Reading”, Man: The Dwelling Place of God)

The best book is not one that informs merely, but one that stirs the reader up to inform himself. (A.W. Tozer, “Some Thoughts on Books and Reading”, Man: The Dwelling Place of God)

The keys to success are: cultivate the imagination and don’t be afraid to fail. (J.K. Rowling, paraphrased from 2008 Harvard commencement address)

If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering on an undertaking, I have meditated for long and foreseen what may occur. (Napoleon Bonaparte, quoted in Camping and Wilderness Survival)

Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work…while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking…then you’re giving in to laziness and no longer control your life. (David Kekich, quoted in Getting Things Done)

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. (George Patton)

Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over. (Seth Godin)

You can’t expect to carry a lot of baggage and travel fast. The artifacts we maintain should be: few, simple, valuable. (Kent Beck, XP Explained, p.42)

We become authorities and experts in practical and scientific spheres by so many separate acts and hours of work. If a person keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he can count on waking up some morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.  (William James)

And it should be considered that nothing is more difficult to handle, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than to put oneself at the head of introducing new orders. For the introducer has all those who benefit from the old orders as enemies, and he has lukewarm defenders in all those who might benefit from the new orders. (Machiavelli, The Prince)

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the one thing that he can’t afford to lose. (Thomas Edison)

I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing. (Thomas Edison)

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  (Thomas Edison)

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December 11th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

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