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Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.Vince Lombardi
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.Greek Proverb
Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.George E. P. Box
The objective is the journey, the process; the work matters. In a race you can be first, miles and miles ahead of anyone else, and then, metres from the line, fall over. And? Are you going to write that race off? You ran brilliantly. And it's far more complex than saying: win, good; don't win, bad. What enriches you is the game, not the result. The result is a piece of data. The birth rate goes up. Is that enriching? No. But the process that led to that? Now that's enriching. Fulfilment comes from the process. You debate the game not the results. Results are not debatable, they are. Do you buy a paper on a Monday morning for a euro and the only thing in it is list after list of results? Do you go into a football stadium, in the last minute of a game, have a look at the scoreboard and leave? You watch 90 minutes, which is the process. You can't validate the process through the results. Human beings tend to venerate what finished well, not what was done well. We attack what ended up badly, not what was done badly.Juanma Lillo
If you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams...and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.Terry Pratchett
Memories and hope are not so different; one is "having done" the other is "to do." Neither constitutes action. You are what you do; thus, if you do nothing, you are nobody. If you once did great things, you think you are great. You coast along on dead, preserved laurels, lifeless and wasting away.Mark Twight
Therefore, be patient. Such pleasure as there is, is here, now. Take pleasure as it comes. Take work as it comes. The end may never come, or when it does it may be the wrong end.Wendell Berry
Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.Epictetus
You can't ever lose control, not when you are dealing with 30 top professionals who are all millionaires. And if anyone steps out of my control, that's them dead.Sir Alex Ferguson
Aggressively find ways to use things.Matt Reiferson
Initially you have to choose between building something lots of people like a little bit, or something a few people like a lot. Choose the latter.Paul Graham
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.Hanlon's Razor
Your product is only a tool which lets users become awesome. Don't be engulfed by the product's awesomeness, however awesome it may be. So while you should hack your way to a great product, you should hustle your way to getting customers and users - and that is what makes a business successful.Andy Croll
Show them the meal, not the scraps in the kitchen.Brad Hertzog
Don't spend much time listening to someone talk about something they have never done.
As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't care about what I climb, only how it affects me. Success merely punctuates the experience.Mark Twight
It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.J.R.R. Tolkien - "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King - Book V - The Last Debate"
In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable, we eventually learn that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished.Karl Rahner
I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.Homer, Illiad 18
Mistakes happen. Character is revealed by how you handle them.Bad call, great apology (37signals)
For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.Pericles' Funeral Oration
We're always creating the preconditions of our own future. At some times more deliberately than others.Joshua Schachter
You will be civilized the day you can spend time doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling slightest guilt.Nicholas Nassim Taleb
Culture is, first of all, the name for all of our relentless, restless human effort to take the world as its given to us and make something else. This is the original insight of the writer of Genesis when he says that human beings were made in God's image: just like the original Creator, we are creators.Andy Crouch
Feeble emotions, it seemed to me, corresponded to flaccid muscles, sentimentality to a sagging stomach, and over-impressionability to an oversensitive, white skin. Bulging muscles, a taut stomach, and a tough skin, I reasoned, would correspond respectively to an intrepid fighting spirit, the power of dispassionate intellectual judgment, and a robust disposition.Yukio Mishima
Now in particular I ask you to pray with me that as I baptize this child with water and receive him into the number of Christians, that God himself inwardly baptize him with his Spirit and hold him in the number of his elect.John Oecolampadius
There are two attitudes of mind, especially, that the older man must guard against. The one is - living in the past: his accomplishments of yesteryear: fantasies as to his boyhood: his athletic or sporting successes: his high-marked examinations. To do this is to admit failure as to the present.
In this age group there are still 'championships' to be won: feats of strength even outdoing the young: capacities and demonstrations just as good as he ever enjoyed, since all things are relative.
The other is - projecting himself too much into the future: sacrificing today for a perhaps, nebulous, tomorrow. There must be balance.Percy Cerutty
What are fathers called to? Fathers give. Fathers protect. Fathers bestow. Fathers yearn and long for the good of their children. Fathers delight. Fathers sacrifice. Fathers are jovial and open-handed. Fathers create abundance, and if lean times come they take the leanest portion themselves and create a sense of gratitude and abundance for the rest. Fathers love birthdays and Christmas because it provides them with yet another excuse to give some more to the kids. When fathers say no, as good fathers do from time to time, it is only because they are giving a more subtle gift, one that is a bit more complicated than a cookie. They must include among their gifts things like self-control and discipline and a work ethic, but they are giving these things, not taking something else away just for the sake of taking. Fathers are not looking for excuses to say no. Their default mode is not no.Doug Wilson
When he loses he always finds an excuse. But football is not possession on the ball or playing nice passes. Good football is winning games and that's what we do when we play against them.Michael Ballack, after Chelsea clinically dispatched Arsenal 2-0
The one essential condition of human existence is that man should always be able to bow down before something infinitely great. If men are deprived of the infinitely great, they will not go on living and will die of despair. The Infinite and the Eternal are as essential for man as the little planet on which he dwells.Fyodor Dostoevsky
Before the time trial this past weekend one of my old team-mates dads asked me how I felt. I said "I am ready to bleed to win this thing"Sam Krieg
The big problem is not that unhappy people have less money than others. It is that they have earned less success.Arthur C. Brooks
Sprezzatura...a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.Wikipedia
Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We'd run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me "We're going to go five." I said, Bruce, I can't go five. I'm a helluva lot older than you are, and I can't do five." He said, "When we get to three, we'll shift gears and it's only two more and you'll do it." I said "Okay, hell, I'll go for it." So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I'm okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I'm tired, my heart's pounding, I can't go any more and so I say to him, "Bruce if I run any more," and we're still running- "if I run any more I'm liable to have a heart attack and die." He said, "Then die."" It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, "Why did you say that?"" He said, "Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it'll spread over into the rest of your life. It'll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level."Don't know if this story about Bruce Lee is true or not, but I believe it
In a lot of ways the code wasn't very good because it was done very fast. But it got the job done. We shipped - that was the bottom line.Jamie Zawinski, in Coders At Work
In general, I enjoy reading and talking about the Apes movies more than I enjoy experiencing them.Chuck Klosterman. Lots of things in life are like this.
I spoke only strong words and ignored weakness at every turn. I subdued my fears. I was opinionated and direct. I became a man either well loved or truly hated. I was ready for anything.Mark Twight, Kiss Or Kill
remember that quitting will not make the pain go away, the damage is done, so you might as well finish what you startedStation 515
This world though is based on illusion and it is easy for the individual whose job is pretending to convince himself that if he is faking then everyone is faking and that no one else has done anything genuine, that nothing is true. For that fellow hard work is not the answer: the shortcut is the answer, the way if life: "If I wear the clothes and say the words I will be the guy." It is hard to earn such a man's respect because he has none for himself, and knows deep down the illusion of his self-respect is just that.Mark Twight
What I am doing right here, right now is either taking me closer to my goal or pushing me further from it. Ask which it is. Answer honestly. And then ACT on that answer.Mark Twight
If you need advice on how to hold a bat, you aren't ready for the majors.Bill Brandt
When therefore we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles. An uninstructed person will lay the fault of his own bad condition upon others. Someone just starting instruction will lay the fault on himself. Some who is perfectly instructed will place blame neither on others nor on himself.Epictetus