A person won't retain proficiency at a task unless he or she has at one time learned to perform that task very rapidly. Learning research demonstrates that the skills of people who become accurate but not fast deteriorate much sooner than the skills of people who become both accurate and fast. -- Philip Greenspun
I think that a lot of programmers are ignoring an important point when people talk about reducing code repetition on large projects. Part of the idea is that large projects are intrinsically *wrong*. That you should be looking at making a number of smaller projects that are composable, even if you never end up reusing one of those smaller projects elsewhere. -- Dan Nugent
Within a computer natural language is unnatural. -- Alan J. Perlis (Epigrams in programming)
So the mere constraint of staying in regular contact with us will push you to make things happen, because otherwise you'll be embarrassed to tell us that you haven't done anything new since the last time we talked. -- Paul Graham (a talk at Y Combinator, for startup creators).
L’art qui satisfait le besoin le plus impérieux sera toujours le plus honoré. -- Charles Baudelaire, Conseils aux jeunes littérateurs.
There are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination. -- Hara Estroff Marano.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. ~Washington Irving
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. ~Anonymous
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. –Booker T. Washington
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~ Jim Rohn