My Favourite Quotes

All models are wrong, but some models are useful.~~ George E. P. Box
Not all new technology is necessarily good technology.~~ Randy Stafford
Adding resources to a project that is already late will make it later.~~ The Mythical Man Month
A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it's in your lab where you're endlessly polishing the damn thing. Shipping is a feature. A really important feature. Your product must have it.~~ Joel Spolsky
My advice is try and understand how your management team defines success and suggest practices that are going to help them get there.~~ Mike Cottmeyer
You can not make a baby in one month with nine women, (although it might be fun to try.)~~ Leading Answers
Jumping into Scrum without practices to promote sustainable dev is like jumping into marriage with no real commitments.~~ venkat_s on twitter
The CEO is Only One Person.~~ John Hunter
Your design should be specific to the problem at hand but also general enough to address future problems and requirements.~~ Gang of Four
What's our definition of a good architecture? It is an architecture in which all hard-to-change decisions turn out to be right.~~ Microsoft.NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise
1) People are the platform. 2) All solutions are obsolete. 3) Data is forever. 4) Flexibility breeds complexity. 5) Nothing works as expected. 6) Documentation is the universal source code. 7) Know the business. 8) Maintain the vision. 9) Software Architects should also be coders. 10) There is no substitute for experience.~~ Enthiosys
Making stuff that people care about - Are you?~~ Ben Young
Simplicity requires courage and time - it takes a lot of guts to hold the line on a simple design and several interations to shake out the redundancies and noise to get there.~~ Don Box
Applications are for making users as effective as possible.~~ Ben Geyer
Architect Mantras 1) It Depends on... If you are unsure about what a point depends on, the default answer is "It depends on the context". 2) Requirements are lord over all. 3) Program to an Interface. 4) Keep it simple but not simplistic. 5) Inheritance is about polymorphism, not reuse. Don't reuse a class through inheritance just to reuse the class. It's better to write a new class that more precisely fits the needs than to try inherit an existing class that wasn't designed for the job. 6) Not the DAL? Don't touch SQL then. 7) Maintainability First. Through maintainability, you can achieve Scalability, security, performance, testability and usability at any time. 8) All user input is evil. 9) Port-Mortem Optimization. Premature optimization is the root of all software evil. To go further, do not optimize the system. Instead, design it for being improved and extended at any time. 10) Security and testability are by design. If you are serious about these, design for them right from the beginning. ~~ Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise
The purpose of software engineering is to control complexity, not to create it.~~ Dr. Pamela Zave
Managers aren't stupid. They're usually smart people making the best decisions they can given the imperfect info available to them.~~ Anonymous
Every architect should spend at least 10% of their time doing code reviews with the engineers building their product.~~ Don Box
Application Development is about solving novel problems. Framework Development is about creating novel solutions.~~ Alex James
People who are responsible for a given technology should write code against it (or better yet as part of it) every single day. Bits talk, bullshit walks.~~ Don Box
Technical skills are a hygiene factor for architects. You need to have them to be accepted for the job. But emotional intelligence and ability to understand organizations are the skills that define how good you really are.~~ Andres Kutt
A leader's job is to engineer epiphanies one conversation at a time.~~ Susan Scott
Anyone can make a complicated idea sound complicated. The art is making it sound simple, compelling and inevitable~~ Steve Blank
Managers will set goals for you, but leaders will help you to achieve them.~~ Steve Yegge
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.~~ Anonymous
A leader leads by example, whether s/he wants to or not.~~ Anonymous
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.~~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Ask yourself this question….if you lost your title, position and power tomorrow, would others still support you and want to work with you~~ Donna Karlin
As in high school, the winners are the ones who don't take it too seriously and understand what they're trying to accomplish. Get stuck in the never ending drama (worrying about what irrelevant people think) and you'll never get anything done. The only thing worse than coming in second place in the race for student council president is... winning.~~ Seth Godin
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.~~ Ernest Hemingway
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.~~ Bertrand Russell
To assume is to make an ass out of u and me. ~~ Unknown
Happiness must happen, and he same holds for success; you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run, I say - success will follow you precisely because you had forgoten to think about it.~~ Viktor Frankl
Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.~~ Viktor Frankl
Priorities lead to prosperity.~~ Michelle Singletary
For the most part, people who master the ability to stay clear and focus 100% on what most calls their attention, seem to be involved in what appears the most sustainable, long-term life- and career styles that reflect successful accomplishment.~~ David Allen
Being politically correct is believing you can pick up a turd by the clean end.~~ Unknown
Live consciously.~~ Steve Pavlina
If you miss the train, catch the next one.~~ J.D Meirer
He has achieved success who has lived well, lauged often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.~~ Bessie Stanley
Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.~~ Tony Robbin
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. ~~ Tony Robbins
Tommorrow is so unpredictable, how can you plan?~~ Anonymous
Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us.~~ Earl Nightingale
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.~~ Albert Einstein
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.~~ Anonymous
One thing you can give and still your word.~~ Anonymous
The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.~~ Anonymous
A dog was sitting on his porch howling. A neighbour said to the dogs owner, "Whats wrong with your dog?" "He's sitting on a nail" the owner replied. "Why doesnt he get off?" said the neighbour. "Because it doesnt hurt enough" said the dogs owner.~~ Unknown
The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.~~ Quentin Regestein
People think about what they don't want and attract more of the same. ~~ The Secret
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?~~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
The problem with communication is the illusion that is has occurred.~~ George Bernard Shaw
I’ve learned that if you wait until all conditions are perfect before you act, you’ll never act.~~ Bud Bilanich
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.~~ Gandhi
Eighty percent of success is just showing up.~~ Woody Allen
You can't always get what you want.~~ The Rolling Stones
It is time to make the time.~~ Henry Dumas
All that stuff that’s stressing you out — it won’t matter in 5 years, let alone 15. The people you make friends with are so much more important than your job or the things you buy. Your kids are going to grow up way faster than you think. Don’t waste a minute. Forget the drama. Focus on being happy. ~~ ZenHabits
You can't change the hand you're dealt with, but you can control your chances of winning... just like you can't change your destiny, but you can shape it.~~ Hong Yul
If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.~~ Katharine Hepburn
You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~~ Steve Jobs
To truly win, to be a success, is not to overachieve in one area, but to maintain balanced achievement in all areas of our lives.~~ Chris Widener
My advice is to learn to love the pain, thrive on it, throw yourself into it, scare yourself.~~ Ben Young
One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline. Without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with luck.~~ Carl Zuckmeyer
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.~~ Peace Pilgrim
Life is an adventure, dare it.~~ Mother Teresa
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.~~ Jim Rohn
Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.~~ William Cowper
Be yourself; because everyone else is already taken.~~ Oscar Wilde
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.~~ Albert Schweitzer
Reputation is like fine china, once broken it's very hard to repair.~~ Abraham Lincoln
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.~~ Lao Tzu
No man can get rich without himself enriching others~~ Andrew Carnegie
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.~~ Unknown
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.~~ Mark Twain
Thoughts of love make you strong, thoughts of hate weaken you. ~~ Unknown
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and generosity. ~~ Unknown.
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. ~~ Unknown
It is better to light a light than to complain about the darkness.~~ Comfucius
When you stop dreaming, you stop living.~~ Unknown
Life is a series of choices, the choices you make decide where you end up.~~ Unknown
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.~~ Abraham Lincoln
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.~~ Helen Keller
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.~~ Helen Keller
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.~~ Helen Keller
One should count each day a separate life.~~ Seneca
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things—not the great occasions—that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.~~ Bob Hope
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.~~ Helen Keller
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.~~ Helen Keller
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.~~ Helen Keller
Stop looking for happiness in the future, and instead savour everything you already have. Happiness is already with you. You just need to tap into it.~~ Henrik Edberg
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.~~ Winston Churchill
Never forget - It is a privilege to get older....its either that or the alternative. I know which one I want!~~ Shannon Ring
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Was a German author in many genres
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'~~ Brian Tracy
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.~~ C. S. Lewis
What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.~~ Wayne Dyer: A self-development author and speaker
Worrying is the same thing as banging your head against the wall. It only feels good when you stop. ~~ John Powers
It's easy to mistake those who care deeply about something for arrogant assholes.~~ karj on twitter
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.~~ Oscar Wilde
Maybe it is time to consider living dangerously. Maybe it's time to reject the commands of power, the dictates of society and public opinion, and to stop worrying about what other people think about what you do. You have the power and ability to create your own reality - to change what isn't working and to manifest what you desire.~~ Dick Sutphen
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.~~ Dr David M. Burns
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.~~ Naguib Mahfouz
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.~~ Maya Angelou
Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.~~ William Blake
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.~~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
The quality of events surrounding you in any given moment in time may be reflecting specific beliefs that you hold in that moment of time.~~ Gregg Braden
All mankind's inner feelings eventually manifest themselves as an outer reality.~~ Stuart Wilde
When you stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you, you give it the freedom to fulfill you without the power to destroy you. That’s why letting go is so important: letting go is letting happiness in.~~ ZenHabits
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.~~ John Lennon
I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.~~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
In a world where the big things have a little difference - it's the little things that make a big difference.~~ Peter Thomson
Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.~~ Nido Qubein
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.~~ Earl Nightingale
I started concentrating so hard on my vision that I lost sight.~~ Robin Green
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Always do the right thing. ~~ PositivityBlog
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.~~ Marquis de Condorcet
Always try to give value in every situation. ~~ PositivityBlog
When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.~~ Helen Keller
You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.~~ John Cougar Mellencamp
The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~ Denis Watley
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Rather be happy than be right. ~~ PositivityBlog
Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.~~ Brian Tracy
If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.~~ Lewis Carroll
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. ~~ Michelangelo
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.~~ Jim Ryun
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can…~~ Abraham Lincoln
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.~~ Abraham Lincoln
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily.~~ Zig Ziglar
Follow the growth.~~ J.D. Meier
Wealth grows wherever men exert energy.~~ The richest man in babylon
Be YOUR best in YOUR world.~~ J.D. Meier
We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.~~ Earl Nightingale
Harness nervous energy - turn fear into fast times by overhauling your attitude to nerves. Rather than viewing nerves as a handicap, think of them as a sign that you're ready to perform. Sports psychologists have a handy phrase for dealing with nerves: "It's not a question of getting rid of the butterflies in your stomach - it's about getting them to fly in formation."~~ Alice Palmer
Everything begins with an idea~~ Earl Nightingale
The usual mantra is to 'try harder'. Trying harder is impossible when you're already trying as hard as you can. But you can always try different.~~ Seth Godin
Personal power is the ability to take action.~~ Tony Robbins
You see, it's never the environment; it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events — how we interpret them - that shapes who we are today and who we'll become tomorrow. ~~ Tony Robbins
Luck is when preparation meets opportunuty.~~ Seneca
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.~~ Lance Armstrong
If you want a glass of milk, you don't sit in the middle of the field in the hope that a generous and obliging cow will back up to you and milk herself.~~ Unknown
Knowledge is nothing without action. Take action.~~ Unknown
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.~~ Henry C. Link
Do or do not. There is no try.~~ Yoda
If it's meant to be; it's up to me.~~ Terri Gulick
Celebration of your achievement is as important as your achievement because success builds on success.~~ John Powers
I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.~~ Jim Rohn
There's no reward in life without risk.~~ Barry J. Farber
Think BIG. There are unseen forces ready to support your dreams.~~ Cheryl Richardson
I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.~~ Brian Tracy
You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.~~ Brian Tracy
If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.~~ Ken Robinson
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.~~ Tony Robbins
I think getting up in the morning is more exciting when you're nervous. If you're not nervous, you're dead. . . .It's time to change your life or your work the moment you stop having butterflies in your stomach.~~ Warren Bennis
If the marketplace isn't talking about you, there's a reason. If people aren't discussing your products, your services, your cause, your movement or your career, there's a reason. The reason is that you're boring.~~ Seth Godin
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.~~ Bertha Calloway
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.~~ Ferdinand Foch: WWI Commander in Chief
If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.~~ Irwin Corey
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.~~ Gerry Spence
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.~~ Napoleon Hill
What great thing would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?~~ Dr. Robert Schuller
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.~~ Bill Cosby
To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done.~~ Brian Tracy
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.~~ Abraham Lincoln
Wealth is not a matter of intelligence; it's a matter of inspiration. ~~ Jim Rohn
Most misfortunes are the result of misused time.~~ Napoleon Hill
If you don't have a plan for your life, someone else does.~~ Anthony Robbins
To accomplish great things, we must not only dream, but act.~~ Bill Blackman
A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.~~ Napoleon Hill
Why not go out on a limb? Afterall that's where the fruit is.~~ Mark Twain
I never worry about action, but only about inaction.~~ Winston Churchill
Successful people do tough things.~~ Anonymous
It's the result you are after, not the process.~~ Julius Yoon
Always think about what the right attitude should be to have for a particular situation, it may not be your default.~~ Hamish Graham
Continually ask yourself: What am I doing, why am I doing it, the way I am doing it and could it be done any better?~~ Hamish Graham
Create good habbits, and the results will take care of themselves.~~ Hamish Graham
There is no one right way of doing something, there is only a way. The method may need to be different for different situations/different people/contexts and relies on gut feeling and continual refinement. ~~ Hamish Graham
Focus on the 20% of tasks that provide you with 80% of the value.~~ Hamish Graham
Always have a plan, but let the plan be flexible.~~ Hamish Graham
The correct solution isn't always the most complicated; do the simple thing and then keep moving.~~ Hamish Graham
Continually reviewing what is important to you will strengthen all the right neurons in your mind.~~ Hamish Graham
A dream is just a dream unless you do something about it.~~ Hamish Graham
The trick with technology is to try and find ways to make it work for you, not to have it control you. ~~ Hamish Graham
Always do your best, but also know that you can only do your best.~~ Hamish Graham
When it comes to fear of public speaking/performance, remember that most people just want to be entertained/learn something, not to critique you. The people that do have their own problems to deal with.~~ Hamish Graham
Everyone starts out as a blank sheet - you have to prove your worth.~~ Hamish Graham
The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we’ve already achieved them.~~ Denis Waitsely
Activity is not achievement.~~ Anonymous
Be more than expected.~~ Klaus Bravenboer
The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.~~ Anonymous
It's not going to get any easier, just make a start.~~ Anonymous
Do it f**kn now~~ Black Hat SEO
Start with something simple~~ Sources of Insight
How hard we work is not important; what is important is making a few people's lives better.~~ Agile Principle
Start each day with doing the hardest/ most important/ most uncomfortable thing first.~~ Henrik Edberg
A user will tell you anything you ask, but nothing more.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Fast - cheap - good - you can have any two.
Initial planning is the most vital part of a project. The review of most failed projects indicates the disasters were well planned to happen from the start.
The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.
You can force someone into committing to an impossible deadline, but you cannot force him to meet it.
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!
Overtime is a figment of the naïve project manager's imagination.
Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one.
The most valuable and least used PHRASE in a project manager's vocabulary is "I don't know".
The most valuable and least used WORD in a project manager's vocabulary is "NO".
Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.
At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.
The more desperate the situation the more optimistic the situatee.
What you don't know hurts you
What is not on paper has not been said.
The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of making a date is forgotten.
I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
If you don't attack the risks, the risks will attack you.
There's never enough time to do it right first time but there's always enough time to go back and do it again.


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