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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.

— Attributed to Aristotle.
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High performing teams do routine things in an outstanding manner, routinely.

— Ann Dunwoody, USA’s first female 4-star general. At the A8C GM 2018.

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Have the courage to use your own understanding.

— Kant, What is enlightment?
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Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. Give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better. If you get the team right, chances are that they’ll get the ideas right.

Creativity, Ed Catmull.
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Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.

— SICP, preface to the 1st edition.

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To became a member of the community of architects requires an ability to learn to view the world as an architect and to use architect’s tools in a professional way. This can happen only by observing and interacting with experienced architects within the context of a studio.

Internet, innovation and OpenSource: Actors in the network, Ilkka Tuomi.
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The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Ratatouille, Anton Ego.
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Get a good chair, because you can’t always be motivated, and sometimes you have to sit on it until you’re done.

— The grandfather of a friend, who had a work ethic that I share.
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When you go too far up, abstraction-wise, you run out of oxygen.

— Joel Spolsky, Don’t let architecture astronauts scare you.

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To learn to make something well can take your whole life. And it’s worth it.

Ursula K. Le Guin.