Quotes – 2020/November


Here we are.

I need a dataset of sentences.


Thank You

Thankfully, Eric Kedji has done the work.

Here is his GitHub Repository:-

  1. Eric Kedji
    • quotes.txt
      erickedji/quotes.txt [ Link ]



  1. Blaise Pascal
    • Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
    • Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
    • Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
    • People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others.
    • He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.
    • There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.
    • Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
    • Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
    • Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
    • Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
    • Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
    • It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
    • If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
    • All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
    • If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed.
    • In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
  2. Milton Friedman (Thomas Sowell: A Conflict of Visions, p130)
    • A society that puts equality — in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.
  3. Alien vs. Predator
    • It’s like a condom; I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  4. Jamie Zawinski
    • Linux is only free if your time has no value.
  5. Cicero
    • The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
  6. Alfred North Whitehead (Introduction to Mathematics)
    • Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
  7. Randy S. Nelson (dean of Pixar University)
    • It’s no trick for talented people to be interesting, but it’s a gift to be interested. We want an organization filled with interested people.
  8. Antoine de St Exupery
    • A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
  9. Aristotle
    • For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
  10. A comment on a blog
    • While I’ve always appreciated beautiful code, I share Jonathan’s concern about studying it too much. I think studying beauty in music and painting has led us to modern classical music and painting that the majority of us just don’t get. Beauty can be seen when it emerges but isn’t something to strive for in isolation of a larger context. In the software world, the larger context would be the utility of the software to the end-user.
  11. Fixing architecture flaws in Rails’ ORM
    • Having large case statements in an object-oriented language is a sure sign your design is flawed.
  12. Sincerity Theory
    • Being a programmer is the same way. The only way to be a good programmer is to write code. When you realize you haven’t been writing much code lately, and it seems like all you do is brag about code you wrote in the past, and people start looking at you funny while you’re shooting your mouth off, realize it’s because they know. They might not even know they know, but they know. So, yes, doing what you love brings success, and by all means, throw yourself a nice big party, buy yourself a nice car, soak up the adulation of an adoring crowd. Then shut the fuck up and get back to work.
  13. The bipolar lisp programmer
    • Another feature about this guy is his low threshold of boredom. He’ll pick up on a task and work frantically at it, accomplishing wonders in a short time and then get bored and drop it before its properly finished. He’ll do nothing but strum his guitar and lie around in bed for several days after. That is also part of the pattern too; periods of frenetic activity followed by periods of melancholia, withdrawal and inactivity. This is a bipolar personality.
  14. William S. Annis
    • New eyes have X-ray vision. [someone that hasn’t written it is more likely to spot the bug. “someone” can be you after a break]
  15. Mark Chu-Carroll
    • So – what are the most important problems in software engineering? I’d answer “dealing with complexity”.
  16. Andreas Zwinkau
    • The choice of the university is most important for the piece of paper you get at the end. The education you get depends on you.
  17. Alexandru Vancea
    • Remember that you are humans in the first place and only after that programmers.
  18. Bruce Wilder
    • An abstraction is a form of data compression: absolutely necessary because human short-term memory is so small, but the critically important aspect of abstraction is the algorithm that gets you from the name back to the “uncompressed” details.
  19. Paul Graham, The other road ahead
    • Have you ever noticed that when you sit down to write something, half the ideas that end up in it are ones you thought of while writing it? The same thing happens with software. Working to implement one idea gives you more ideas.
  20. SICP, What is meant by data?
    • In general, we can think of data as defined by some collection of selectors and constructors, together with specified conditions that these procedures must fulfill in order to be a valid representation.
  21. Jared Diamond
    • We tend to seek easy, single-factor explanations of success. For most important things, though, success actually requires avoiding many separate causes of failure.
  22. Alan J. Perlis
    • The programmer must seek both perfections of part and adequacy of collection.
    • Thus, programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.
  23. Keith Devens
    • Premature abstraction is an equally grievous sin as premature optimization.
  24. Steven Den Beste
    • Sometimes a man with too broad a perspective reveals himself as having no real perspective at all. A man who tries too hard to see every side may be a man who is trying to avoid choosing any side. A man who tries too hard to seek a deeper truth may be trying to hide from the truth he already knows. That is not a sign of intellectual sophistication and “great thinking”. It is a demonstration of moral degeneracy and cowardice.
  25. George Miller
    • In order to understand what another person is saying, you must assume that it is true and try to find out what it could be true of.
  26. LeCamarade (freeshells.ch)
    • Processors don’t get better so that they can have more free time.  Processors get better so _you_ can have more free time
  27. engtech (internetducttape.com)
    • The minute you put the blame on someone else you’ve switch things from being a problem you can control to a problem outside of your control.
  28. Crayz (Commentor on blog.raganwald.com)
    • I’m always happy to trade performance for readability as long as the former isn’t already scarce
  29. Richard P. Gabriel & Ron Goldman, Mob Software: The Erotic Life of Code
    • The general principle for complexity design is this: Think locally, act locally.
  30. Eric KEDJI
    • Remember: you are alone. Every time you can get help from someone, it is an opportunity: you should eagerly size it. But then, promptly return to normal mode: you are alone and you must be prepared to solve every problem yourself.

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