Wrong is always growing more wrong until there is no bearing it anymore. -- Benjamin Franklin


“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

― Ira Glass.


He could not have been much more than thirty years old at that time, but he already was the recognized head of the advanced socialistic school. The somewhat thick-set man, with his broad forehead, his very black hair and beard and his dark sparkling eyes, at once attracted general attention. He enjoyed the reputation of having acquired great learning, and as I knew very little of his discoveries and theories, I was all the more eager to gather words of wisdom from the lips of that famous man. This expectation was disappointed in a peculiar way. Marx's utterances were indeed full of meaning, logical and clear, but I have never seen a man whose bearing was so provoking and intolerable. To no opinion, which differed from his, he accorded the honor of even a condescending consideration. Everyone who contradicted him he treated with abject contempt; every argument that he did not like he answered either with biting scorn at the unfathomable ignorance that had prompted it, or with opprobrious aspersions upon the motives of him who had advanced it. I remember most distinctly the cutting disdain with which he pronounced the word "bourgeois"; and as a "bourgeois," that is as a detestable example of the deepest mental and moral degeneracy he denounced everyone that dared to oppose his opinion. Of course the propositions advanced or advocated by Marx in that meeting were voted down, because everyone whose feelings had been hurt by his conduct was inclined to support everything that Marx did not favor. It was very evident that not only he had not won any adherents, but had repelled many who otherwise might have become his followers.

-- [Carl Schurz about Karl Marx](The Reminiscences of Carl Schurz/Volume One/06 Darkening Prospects — Resisting the Reaction - Wikisource, the free online library)


Being a fucking peacock and demanding that motherfuckers let you fly is not saving anyone's money or making the app better.


(fashion driven development.


“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. “ – Mark Twain


"What the bulldozers and dump trucks did wasn’t important, I said, so long as they did a lot of it." -- DT, Art of the Deal


Look for decisions you wouldn't have made. Whenever you stumble across a design you really like, ask yourself:

"Did the designer do anything here that I never would have thought to do?"

-- Refactoring UI By Adam Wathan And Steve Schoger


Love is wanting the other persons well-being more than yours.
-- Salman Rushdie at Bill Maher Sept. 27th 2019


Es ist schon alles gesagt, nur noch nicht von allen. -- Karl Valentin


“Parsons was Winston’s fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms--one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended.” -- George Orwell


“After all that men have done to every defenseless thing on this planet, it is time that every piece of art a man creates should say only this: ‘We are much too horrible for this nice place. We give up. We quit. The end!’” Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut!!


Thou seest how much cruelty among Christians is acted under the colour of Religion; as if we could not be Christians, unless we crucify one another.

-- King Charles I, Eikon Basilike


No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
-- H.L. Mencken


bildung ist die fähigkeit dinge aus einer anderen perspektive zu sehen


Man’s brain lives in the 20th century; the heart of most men lives still in the Stone Age. The majority of men have not yet acquired the maturity to be independent, to be rational, to be objective. They need myths and idols to endure the fact that man is all by himself that there is no authority which gives meaning to life except man himself. Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine, well fed, and well clothed, yet not a free man but an automaton. -- Erich Fromm