ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that
it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move
by less than the width of an atom."
"Lying is a cooperative
act. Think about it, a lie has no power whatsoever by its mere
utterance; its power emerges when someone else begins to believe
the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life ... that's
what humor is."
“No 9000 computer
has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all,
by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of
"So we went to Atari
and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of
your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give
it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll
come to work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we
went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You
haven't got through college yet.'"
of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.
It would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever-increasing
rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t
compete and would be superseded.”
"It is also
interesting to note that Hewlett-Packard (where he worked before quitting
in frustration) wouldn’t let Wozniak do any work with computers or research
and development "because he didn’t have a college degree". If
I were David Packard, I’d hunt down and boil in oil the managers who
failed to identify Wozniak as a budding genius. After all, the
company could have sent him to school if it were that preoccupied with
sheepskin. I wonder what HP would do with Einstein if he were
new to the staff."
what his mother and my mother knew: hatred corrodes the container
it's carried in."
weren't meant to come true.
"In the beginner's
mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."
"Every idiot can
count to one."
"I don't like
the phone because my [parents] are on their phone every day ... I hate
my mom's phone and I wish she never had one."
battles don't always go
a student who wants to learn is the most gratifying activity, and the
most gratifying result is when they get a job."
"More and more human ventures are now going into cloud ones and zeros and less and less into traditional physical objects. And many large and inefficient objects are now being replaced with smaller and more efficient and far more versatile ones. ...
This has profound implications for the search for intelligent life elsewhere. For simply, the more advanced the civilization, the fewer and the smaller the artifacts, all replaced by ones and zeros.
So , all the zillions
of watts of Captain Video, Roller Derby ... once beaming
out their unintentional 'Hey - we are- here' power to all the universe
are no longer present. Or soon are likely to disappear entirely."
"You have got
to pay attention, you have got to study and you have to do your homework.
You have to score higher than everybody else. Otherwise,
there is always somebody there waiting to take your place."
"The most prominent
requisite to a lecturer, ... is a good delivery; ... I am sorry to say
just 6 percent of community college students get a bachelor’s degree
within five years, according to data from 2004 through 2008 from the
National Center for Education Statistics. For students whose parents
have degrees, the outcomes are slightly better, but not by much."
not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst
impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide
us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. And we
did not become the beacon of freedom in the darkest corners of the world
by flouting our institutions and failing to understand just how hard-won
and vulnerable they are."
There ain't no
reason things are this way
fingers bare to the bone
The wind blows
wild and I may move
“It takes courage
to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
“If the path
before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”
"Sadly, my hobby is
what I do for work, so I don't go off and go fishing. I go home
and veg, and then I go back to work."
you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent."
"In a universe
that is many billions of years old, with star systems separated as much
by time as by space, civilizations might emerge and develop and burn
themselves up simply too fast to ever find one another... the mass extinction
we are now living through has only just begun.”
“So if you have
a smartphone, and you still have an expectation of privacy, you’re fooling
doesn’t depend on our nobility. It accounts for our imperfections,
and gives an order to our individual strivings that has helped make
ours the most powerful and prosperous society on earth. It is
our responsibility to preserve that, even when it requires us to do
something less satisfying than ‘winning.’ Even when we must give
a little to get a little. Even when our efforts manage just three
yards and a cloud of dust, while critics on both sides denounce us for
timidity, for our failure to ‘triumph.’"
“Hatred can rot
a person’s wisdom and conscience. An enemy mentality will poison
the spirit of a nation and inflame brutal life and death struggles,
destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a country’s advance
toward freedom and democracy.”
remains a stronger force than ideology. Things won’t get better
in politics until people care more about principles than teams.”
"When you have
something that's good for society, but terribly harmful for given individuals,
we have got to make sure those individuals are taken care of."
rarely see precisely where you want to go from the beginning. In
retrospect, it’s always written like that. But it’s rarely like
that. The fantastic thing about our employees is they get excited
about something, and they want to know how it works. What it will
do. What its capabilities are. If they want to know about
something in an entirely different industry, they start pulling the
string and see where it takes them. They’re focused more on the
journey, which enables so many great things to happen."
have to risk your life to cast a ballot. Other people already
did that for you."
"In the year
2016, the top one percent of the people on this planet own more wealth
than the bottom 99 percent, while the wealthiest 60 people – 60 people
– own more than the bottom half – 3 1/2 billion people."
to fear and a broken system is to fix the system and address the fears."
can least afford bad design."
"If you did
not want much, there was plenty."
"Whether we bear a
white or a red rose, whether for Richard or Henry ... we recognize at
the graveside that all our journeys lead us to this place, where reputation
counts for nothing and all human striving turns to dust."
"Today a lot of people
are using smart devices instead of doing the math in their own head.
These days, the thinking you need is how to use the device that
does the thinking for you."
“I do not know what
you have said; I only know what I have heard. You do not know
what I have heard; you only know what you have said.”
“If you start
with the assumption that everything in the future is going to be different
than it is now, then it’s not true that anyone else knows any more than
you guys do about what’s going to work in the future.
“The little girl I
knew is growing up and I feel so ... unemployed. I suppose we
both couldn't be five forever."
"It is easier
to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one."
that's invented between when you're 15 and 35 is new and exciting and
revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it."
me more productive than the last minute."
are wonderful. They can take you more places than a starship."
"The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God." ...
"This is not to say that certain problems do not exist. The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement, ..."
"The world of communications can help us either to expand our knowledge or to lose our bearings." ...
drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media; rather,
they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than
more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all
we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
simply because I wanted to own my work and I wanted to make it available
to readers. I expected nothing. I wrote as one might garden
or knit, simply because they enjoy the act of creation. … I'd be doing
this on the street with a hat by my feet if I had to. I'd be building
callouses and nodding my thanks to anyone who tossed a coin my way."
“I am, and ever will
be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the
second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with
free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible
"If you are not
part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate."
"My favorite programming
language is solder"
"If you really want
to understand how something works, build it yourself."
"Every idiot can
count to one."
everything. Once you have that faked, everything else falls in
“If people do not believe
that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how
complicated life is."
missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like
tunes but once."
can't fire her. We pay her too much to fire her."
“The secret of getting
ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking
your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then
starting on the first one.“
"It's pretty clear
nowadays a college education doesn't always get you a job, but it almost
always gets you in debt."
“They may forget what
you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
and I didn't even meet her in a bar!"
“The person who knows
HOW will always have a job.
"It's only the
last turn of a bolt that tightens it - the rest is just movement."
"I don't know
what I want, but ..."
have seen further . . . it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
“For those who may
ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor
his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time
you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you,
think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."
"The single observation
I would offer for your consideration is that some things are beyond
your control. You can lose your health to illness or accident,
you can lose your wealth to all manner of unpredictable sources. What
is not easily stolen from you without your cooperation is your principles
and your values. They are your most important possessions and,
if carefully selected and nurtured, will well serve you and your fellow
"Look again at that
dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On
it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of,
every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. Every hunter
and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization,
every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and
father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals,
every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on
a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
"Uh." Shovel. "Uh." Shovel.
"People will talk
for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words
that come with a rush from the heart. Doorways, it seems, are
where the truth is told."
"Live your life
and forget your age."
"If you don't
do the 'bad' job well, you won't do the 'good' job well."
"The Sun, with
all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still
ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to
"In college I
read what they told me and was much the better for it."
let's FIX something!"
"I'm a 150 and
you're a 140 and you're never catching up!"
don't you think I'd look great in that?"
[Looking at a tux in a store window]
"If you hide your ignorance
no one will hit you and you will never learn."
"Mine is not the
kind of a job I worked all my life to get just so
"I'd put my money
on the sun and solar energy.
"The way you tell an
extroverted engineer is that they stare at YOUR shoes
It is no longer possible
or economical to repair most electronic equipment thanks to ICs. The
cost of labor, . . . and the difficulty of replacing ICs have made it
more practical to just discard a bad piece of equipment rather than
repair it. It costs less and you get a newer and better replacement
product as a result. Not a bad deal."
in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in
which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
"Time waste differs
from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest
of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because
wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material."
"Do you realize
if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?"
'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as
a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value
composed of 10 or 10 million parts, an efficient system does not have
"a lot" of interconnected pieces. It has just enough."
design process is about whittling away distractions, making the obscure
feel obvious, making the obvious feel implicit, and doing it without
anyone noticing. To the untrained eye, your best work looks like
you've done no work at all. If you've done a stellar job, then
your design will feel utterly obvious."
present is a movie, but the past is a photograph. And that is
just how we like it. We never have to look to the next frame or
pan the camera. We just choose the single image that holds us
in its warm glow and ignore the messy rest. It may be a lie, but
it is a welcome one. Unfortunately, it also means that we can
never really go back. We can never answer the question: Was any
time in the past really happier than now? As nice as it would
be to know the answer, we would never trade that knowledge for the greater
happiness that nostalgia provides."
that can be invented has been invented."
think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly
you are doing the impossible."
he's old and grey with a flour sack cape tied all around his head,
Law of Ideality explains that the amount of complexity in a system is
a measure of how far away it is from its ideal state. In fact,
upon reaching perfect ideality, the mechanism itself no longer exists.
Only the function remains. Sort of like doing away with
a can opener and using a pop-top instead."
loved, how valu'd once, avails you not,