Category Archives: Quotes

Quentin’s Law of Photography

The second-best camera is the one you have with you.
The best is the one you have in your hand.

Quote of the day

Today’s inspired thought is from the economist Charles Goodhart. Goodhart’s law states that:

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

Quote of the day (needs adjusting for inflation)

Here’s a nice quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson:

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Now, what I find sobering about that comment is that he wasn’t shooting digital.

I wonder what the modern equivalent is?

And, since the mechanics (though not the skill) of taking photos has become so much easier, should the metric be applied to another part of the process…?

Technology quote of the day

This is, I believe, from Michael Hartung of IBM:

Hardware eventually fails. Software eventually works.


Quote for the day:

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Quote of the day:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

– Richard Feynman

Quote for the day

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

Douglas Adams


Quote of the day…

I just love Tom Stoppard. Tidying up old files in old folders I came across this from Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead:

R: I don’t believe in it anyway.
G: What?
R: England.
G: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?

Here’s another. They’re discussing Hamlet.

The Player: The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: Good God. We’re out of our depths here.
The Player: No, no, no! He hasn’t got a daughter! The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: The old man is?
The Player: Hamlet… in love… with the old man’s daughter… the old man… thinks.
Rosencrantz: Ah.

More good stuff here.

Quote of the day

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six sharpening my axe.

– Abraham Lincoln


Thought for the day

A good holiday is when you can't remember whether it's Sunday or Monday.


Quote for the day

This one's from Douglas Adams.

There's a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you'll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things.


Favourite quote of the day

One man’s fish is another man’s ‘poisson’.

Carolyn Wells

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