Quote of the day:

God is the great artist. We are creations and we are intended, in turn, to be creative ourselves.

Julia Cameron

It is not our feet that move us along. It is our minds.

ancient Chinese proverb

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

Ansel Adams

I love deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they pass by.

Douglas Adams

To be informed is to know simply that something is the case.
To be enlightened is to know, in addition, what it is all about.

Mortimer Adler

the power is in the basics,
completely and consistently applied

David Allen

Passwords are like toothbrushes.
Don’t share them,
and change them every 6 months.

Rethink possible.


The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered.

Francis Bacon

Don’t look for the needle. Buy the haystack.

John Bogle

As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.

Erma Bombeck

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins--not through strength but by perseverance.

H. Jackson Brown

Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.

Warren Buffett

Alone among the professions, the accountant accomplishes his social purpose by being independent of his client rather than serving the client’s interest to the exclusion of others or following his own profit-maximizing interest

John C. Burton in The Need for Professional Accounting Education (1975)

Please, God, send me ideas.

Julia Cameron

Please, God, send me the willingness to just listen and write.

Julia Cameron

I have learned that my creative condition and my spiritual condition are one and the same. Making art is an act of faith.

Julia Cameron

God is the great artist. We are creations and we are intended, in turn, to be creative ourselves.

Julia Cameron

It’s late in the day to start writing. I consider waiting until tomorrow, and then I think, No. I’ll grab a few sentences.

Julia Cameron

Over the years, I have learned to grab tidbits of time. The tidbits add up.

Julia Cameron

I learned to let myself write freely, allowing the higher powers to write through me. I became less the self-conscious author and more the conduit. Instead of thinking something up, I learned to take something down. The direction was important.

Julia Cameron

Follow your bliss.

Joseph Campbell

If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.

Joseph Campbell

There is no security in following the call to adventure.

Joseph Campbell

accommodate changing times, but cling to unchanging principles

former President Jimmy Carter quoting his teacher

grammar snobs are great big meanies

June Casagrande

People often think that the best way to predict the future is by collecting as much data as possible before making a decision. But this is like driving a car looking only at the rearview mirror—because data is only available about the past.

Clayton M. Christensen

without theory, we're at sea without a sextant. If we can't see beyond what's close by, we're relying on chance -- on the currents of life -- to guide us. Good theory helps people steer to good decisions

Clayton M. Christensen

Go out, make pictures, make art, and enjoy yourself!

Harold Davis

Without data you're just another person with an opinion.

William Edwards Deming

Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?

Annie Dillard

Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients.

Annie Dillard

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

Annie Dillard

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

Annie Dillard

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

... a life spent reading -- that is a good life.

Annie Dillard

You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.

Annie Dillard

Process is nothing; erase your tracks. The path is not the work. I hope your tracks have grown over; I hope birds ate the crumbs; I hope you will toss it all and not look back.

''Annie Dillard, The Writing Life"

The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.

Meister Eckhart

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E. Cummings

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

Albert Einstein

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Friedrich Engels

The things you own end up owning you.

Fight Club

You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.

Fight Club

When you don't know what to do, do something.

James Fisk, Bell Labs

We have now successfully passed all of our deadlines without meeting any of them.

James Fisk, Bell Labs

What is creativity? Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you. >Elizabeth Gilbert

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests: just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Winning is overcoming obstacles to reach a goal, but the value in winning is only as great as the value of the goal reached.

W. Timothy Gallwey

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Gandalf, J.R.R. Tolkien Fellowship of the Ring

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

We always have enough time, if we but use it aright.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Billy Graham

Price is what you pay; value is what you get.

Ben Graham

We should help create the future, not just study the past.

Paul Gray, Claremont Graduate University (2002) in RELEVANCE AS A “UNFULFILLED PROMISE”

We overestimate what we can accomplish in a day, but underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.

Chris Guilleabeau

Christianity, and nothing else is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilization.

Jurgen Habermas as quoted by Mary Poplin in Finding Calcutta

You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either.

Thom Hogan in Magic Moment on

Symbols mean nothing if the values aren't there.

Lee Iacocca

I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men. (After losing a bundle in the South Sea Bubble)

Sir Isaac Newton

If books had been invented after the computer, they would have been considered a big breakthrough. Books have several hundred simultaneous paper-thin, flexible displays. They boot instantly. They run on very low power at a very low cost.

Prof. Joseph M. Jacobson, MIT Media Lab

I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

Steve Jobs

Creativity is just connecting things.

Steve Jobs

focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Steve Jobs

innovation comes from ... saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.

Steve Jobs

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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Steve Jobs

Asking questions is more important than finding answers -- why?

Tom Johnson

The soul must perform two duties.
The first is to always wonder and be surprised.
The second is to endure, always taking pleasure in God.

Julian of Norwich

Always more tales.
Indeed there have been. And, one day soon, perhaps I’ll tell you another.

Stephen King, from The Breathing Method

It is the tale,
not he who tells it.

Stephen King, from The Breathing Method

There is no perfect time to write. There's only now.

Barbara Kingsolver

There cannot be a crisis next week.
My schedule is already full.

Henry Kissinger

Art is making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.

Paul Klee

No, this is the time to give.

Marquis de Lafayette

What is the best use of my time right now?

Alan Lakein, How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.

Kurt Lewin

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

C. S. Lewis

With so many spectacular colors in the world, it’s a shame to make everything black and white.

Dennis R. Little

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

Arnold Lobel

You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London

You can't sit around thinking.
You have to sit around writing.

David Long

Travelers, there is no path,
paths are made by walking

Antonio Machado

I will persist until I succeed.
Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

Og Mandino

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

Read. Read. Read. Read. Read great books. Read poetry, history, biography. Read the novels that have stood the test of time.

David McCullough interview in Belmont Vision

I don’t want to go faster. If anything I’d like to be able to go slower because I don’t think all that fast.

David McCullough interview in Belmont Vision

I like it (a 1940 manual typewriter) because I like the feeling of making something with my hands. I like pressing the key and a letter comes up and is printed on a piece of paper. I can understand that. It’s not out in the ether somewhere.

David McCullough interview in Belmont Vision regarding his $25 typewriter

Absolute anonymity breed irresponsibility.
Audit trails and authentication provide a much more civil society

Scott McNealy

The aim of life is to live,
and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenly, divinely aware.

Henry Miller

If you understand something in only one way, then you don't really understand it at all.

Marvin Minsky

The secret of what anything means to us depends on how we've connected it to all the other things we know.

Marvin Minsky

Well-connected representations let you turn ideas around in your mind, to envision things from many perspectives until you find one that works for you. And that's what we mean by thinking!

Marvin Minsky

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.
To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.
To journey and to be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.

The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that.

Earl Nightingale

you said

Just Do It.


No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do something.

George F. Nordenholt

You can't recycle bowling balls.

NPR - Planet Money, 3/27/2015

Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

Parker Palmer

Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

M. Scott Peck

Mother Teresa showed me that no job is too small, but my spirit may be. She showed me that it is less about the actual work and more about the attitudes and the spirit in which we do it.

Mary Poplin

Methods are many, principles are few.
Methods change often, principles never do.

The greatness of our country has been based on our thinking that everyone has a right even to be wrong.

President Ronald Reagan

For me, reading is like flying a kite: I go where the wind takes me.

Jamie Todd Rubin

Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.


The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

St. Augustine

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

St. Augustine

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Fr. Alfred D'Souza

Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.

James Stephens

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss

Let no one come to you without leaving better or happier.

Mother Theresa

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?

James Thurber

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

James Thurber

He knows all about art, but he doesn't know what he likes.

James Thurber

The Law of Forced Efficiency: This law says that, 'There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.'

Brian Tracy

First get your facts, then distort them at your leisure.

Mark Twain

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.
If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

If who pays you makes a difference,
You should find a new career.

Lynn Turner

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

The foolish man is always doing,
yet much remains to be done.
The wise man does nothing,
yet nothing remains undone.

Lao Tzu

Veritas Vos Liberabit
The Truth Will Set You Free

Motto at The University of South Dakota

The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.”

'William Arthur Ward''

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Alfred North Whitehead

Do, or do not. There is no 'try'.


To go forward, you must backup.

Cardinal rule of computing

If it wasn't backed-up, then it wasn't important.

The sysadmin's moto

All computers wait at the same speed.

If you torture the data enough, it will confess.

If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.

Data expands to fill the space available for storage

/* You are not expected to understand this */

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

Robert R. Coveyou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

If you don't have a good system, make sure you get good users.

Linux is only free if your time is worthless.

Jamie Zawinski

3 Biggest Software Lies:

  • The program's fully tested and bug-free.
  • We're working on the documentation.
  • Of course we can modify it.

God, give us grace
to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things
that should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr

A reading people will always be a knowing people.

John Wesley

If you believe that people should get what they deserve, be prepared to give back what you have.

D & T 1/9/99

The Lime Tree:
Your perception of reality depends on how you choose to view it.

  • Simple abundance, tasty and useful
  • A burden to pick off the ground
D & T 3/30/07

Projects as Golfing:
You can only hit one ball at a time, so keep each swing focused on where the ball needs to land. If the ball falls short of its destination, you can always hit it again.

D & T 3/30/07


You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

Albert Einstein

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