Table of Contents

1 Education

Michael Seibel

The best private schools are generous with financial aid.

Marvin Minsky

School is the best thing ever invented to keep you from thinking about something important for more than a few minutes.

2 Space

Fred Hoyle

Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.

3 Technology

Linus Torvalds

Only wimps use tape backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it.

4 Mathematics

George Box

All models are wrong. Some models are useful.

5 China

Napoleon Bonaparte

Let China sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.

6 Time, Life, Determination, etc

Paul Brown

When you win, say nothing, when you lose say less.

Then, when to say a lot? When you are going to do!

Louis Agassiz

I cannot afford to waste my time making money.

Albert Camus

Don't wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place every day.

Bob Dylan

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Neil Gaiman

When you are scared, but do it anyway, that's brave.

Bernard M. Baruch

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

7 By People

7.1 Sam Altman

The most successful founders are the sort of people who are low-stress to work with because you feel “he or she will get it done, no matter what it is.

Mediocre engineers do not build great companies.

The best companies are almost always mission oriented

When doing hiring:

  • are they smart?
  • do they get things done?
  • do I want to spend a lot of time around them?

7.2 Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.

7.3 Alan Kay

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

If you want to make money, don't start a startup; start an industry. That way you make trillions instead of billions.

Don't do incremental things; do evolution ones.

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.

If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough.

7.4 Albert Einstein

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

7.5 Paul Graham

There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating college student.

Odds are you just think whatever you're told.

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible.

It's important for nerds to realize, too, that school is not life. School is a strange, artificial thing, half sterile and half feral. It's all-encompassing, like life, but it isn't the real thing. It's only temporary, and if you look, you can see beyond it even while you're still in it.

It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.

But if you're trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse for being lazy, the other one is probably right.

Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

You don't need people to give you advice that doesn't surprise you.

7.6 Peter Norvig

PowerPoint doesn't kill meetings. People kill meetings. But using PowerPoint is like having a loaded AK-47 on the table: You can do very bad things with it.

7.7 Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that tells the truth

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

7.8 Wayne Gretzky

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot.

The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

If you surround yourself with quality people and great friends, the sky’s the limit.

Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it.