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  1. Jun 2022
    1. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge

      This is clearly a political statement intended to get more people to contribute to the country's economy. It is, however, woefully wrong in the broader sense.

      Persistence does matter, but it isn't "omnipotent". Persistence, like education, can and should be acquired. But without talent and intelligence (and curiosity, and honour, and truthfulness, and...), persistence alone will not suffice.

  2. Jan 2022
    1. Don’t make code fast before it is goodDon’t make code good before it works

      "The greatest performance improvement of all is when a system goes from not-working to working" https://web.stanford.edu/~ouster/cgi-bin/sayings.php

  3. Jul 2021
  4. sutras.lifeitself.us sutras.lifeitself.us
    1. And so when you see a man often wearing the robe of office, when you see one whose name is famous in the Forum, do not envy him; those things are bought at the price of life.
  5. Jan 2021
    1. If human beings really were able to take the long view — to consider seriously the fate of civilization decades or centuries after our deaths — we would be forced to grapple with the transience of all we know and love in the great sweep of time. So we have trained ourselves, whether culturally or evolutionarily, to obsess over the present, worry about the medium term and cast the long term out of our minds, as we might spit out a poison.


  6. Oct 2020
    1. Kennedy’s performance was shockingly sub-par and created a clear impression that he had no particular reason, other than personal ambition, for seeking the highest office in the land. “He was running because he wanted to be president,” Carter’s chief of staff later noted. “That was not such an unusual motive, but most aspirants figure out some way to disguise it better.”

      That's a great line.

  7. Oct 2018
  8. Oct 2016
    1. Let a man then know his worth, and keep things under his feet

      Tell someone that they are beautiful, forget their imperfections.

    2. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.

      I need to do what is important to me and I shouldn't care about what people think of me.

    3. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.

      Be thankful for where and what your doing in your life.

    4. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace.

      A man is happy when he has done his best on something, but if the man says he will and doesn't he won't find that happiness.