Quotes that I like

In a famous experiment conducted less than a year after Heisenberg's (1925) enunciation of the Principle of Indeterminacy, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) probed the depths of his honey-pot to be certain that it was truly honey within, all the way to the bottom. The probe was successful. On completion of the probing, however, the honey-pot no longer contained honey. Furthermore, Pooh's head was stuck in the pot.

We conclude, with Pooh and Heisenberg:

THE SYSTEM IS ALTERED BY THE PROBE USED TO TEST IT

John Gall, The Systems Bible

When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So, create.

Why the Lucky Stiff

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.

J.K. Rowling

Steely gray in winter, dim and dove-like in spring, cloaked in fog in fall—Seattle’s weather is one of its bitter joys. Our famous rain is abstract, diffuse. More cotton ball than sheet, it is a woozy, three-dimensional rain that softens the city’s hard corners. Calling up moss and mushroom and penetrating everywhere with a kind of psychic damp, the climate almost literally grows into you. In summer, though, when the rain dries out and the clouds clear up, the city is a different place altogether. Not for nothing did Perry Como sing, “The bluest skies . . . are in Seattle.”

Jenny Hendrix, Bankrupt in Seattle

Certainty is a tone of voice in which one declares how things are, but one does not infer from the tone of voice that one is justified.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

It is always wise to remember you are less interesting, intelligent, and entertaining than you would like to be.

The Epicurean Dealmaker

When the conductor takes a bow, it is on behalf of the entire orchestra.

Roy Levin, A Perspective on Computing Research Management

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.

Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics (1911)

What held up the application of steam power was not so much the efficiency of steam engines in the eighteenth century, but rather the lack of preconditions for their use.

George Caffentzis, In Letters of Blood and Fire

Leadership means finding a new direction, not simply putting yourself at the front of the herd that’s heading toward the cliff.

William Deresiewicz, Solitude and Leadership

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal, Pensées