Quotes

#4

The long run is nothing but a succession of short runs.
Even if we have large and ambitious long term goals, we should always see the short run efforts and decisions we have to take in order to complete these long term goals.Added August 26, 2018.

#3

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

– Donald Knuth
Whereas it was first stated in the context of computer programming, the dangers of premature optimization span way beyond programming. Basically, premature optimization is the process of optimizing things that will not need optimization in the future, creating more trouble and difficulties.

In the field of science, I relate this to simplifying a theoretical model too early, or similar things. While optimization can help in many situations, it should only be done when there is enough stuff to be optimized.

Added August 22, 2018. Seen somewhere on the Internet.

#2

Nothing good get away.

— John Steinbeck

Those words come from a beautiful letter Steinbeck wrote to his son when he was asking for advices about a girl he fall in love with.

Added January 22, 2018. Heard on the season 3 of Eastsiders.

#1

New ideas pass through three periods:
1. It can’t be done.
2. It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing.
3. I knew it was a good idea all along!

– Arthur C. Clarke
Added 12 December 2017. Seen here.