Category Archives: Quotes

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

Tenuously LinkedIn?

Someone I have never met, communicated with, or even heard of has just sent me a LinkedIn invitation:

XYX has indicated you are a Friend:

Since you are a person I trust, I wanted to invite you to join my network on LinkedIn.

I guess he must just have a very positive view of mankind…

It reminds me of Zaphod Beeblebrox:

“Who are you?”

“A friend!” Shouted back the man. He ran toward Zaphod.

“Oh yeah?” said Zaphod. “Anyone’s friend in particular, or just generally well-disposed to people?”

Douglas Adams was a true visionary…

The nature of power

Today’s quote is from Merlin Mann:

Don’t let the guy with the broom decide how many elephants should be in the parade.

(Because he has a very limited idea of what an elephant means)

Later in the podcast he had another good quote:

You can judge a person’s power, anywhere in the world, but particularly in an organisation, not based on what they say no to, but what they have the power to say yes to.

The Selfish Meme

Thought for the day:

A human is a YouTube video’s way of making more YouTube videos.


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