This a set of a few quotes that have caught my attention in the past few hours, days, or weeks.. This post is called “Quotes I” because I know there’ll be another post about quotes in the future.

  • When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create.” – Why the Lucky Stiff


  • Lisp is so great not because of some magic quality visible only to devotees, but because it is simply the most powerful language available. And the reason everyone doesn’t use it is that programming languages are not merely technologies, but habits of mind as well, and nothing changes slower. – Paul Graham, Beating the Averages (Emphasis added)


  • The timid fellow writes The meeting will be held at seven o’clock because that somehow says to him, “Put it this way and people will believe you really know.” Purge this quisling thought! Don’t be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write The meeting’s at seven. There, by God! Don’t you feel better – Stephen King, On Writing


  • the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position – Stephen King, On Writing


  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


  • You can’t win enough, you can’t have enough money, you can’t succeed enough. There is not enough. The only thing that will ever satiate that existential thirst is love. And I just remember that day I made the shift from wanting to be a winner to wanting to have the most powerful, deep, and beautiful relationships I could possibly have.– Will Smith on Kids, His Career, Ferguson, and Failure


  • We have a quote that I put up in the house from Pema Chödrön: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” We call it leaning into the sharp parts. – Will Smith on Kids, His Career, Ferguson, and Failure



  • I can think. I can wait. I can fast. ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


  • Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future. ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


  • Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


  • When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal. ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


  • Higher education holds itself out as a kind of universal church, outside of which there is no salvation. - Peter Thiel