Quotes

Every now and then I stumble across a quote that hits a nerve, one that with such clarity I just have to agree with. Here are some I particularly like;

Everything is in the trying. It is no loss of merit when failure occurs…for by trying we learn. (Gavin and Yvonne Frost)

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, “We did this ourselves.” (Ch. 17, Tao Te Ching)

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. (Ch. 59 as translated by Stephen Mitchell (1992))

Wise men don’t need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren’t wise. The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. The Tao nourishes by not forcing. By not dominating, the Master leads. (Ch. 81 as translated by Stephen Mitchell (1992))

… code should be readable, because if it is not readable, the chances of it being correct are slim. Moreover, if your program is unreadable, it will be difficult and time consuming to find and correct any errors in it. Your code should also be readable by others, not just you. (M255 – Unit 8: Object-Oriented Programming with Java – Open University 2006)

Adapting software simply by trying to understand and change the code alone is usually doomed to failure or, at best, leads to the production of code that is subsequently unintelligible. (M255 – Unit 14: Object-Oriented Programming with Java – Open University 2006)

Making the simple complicated is commonplace, making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity – Charles Mingus

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