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memorable quotes and stories

I've realized that I quite enjoy internalizing short little impactful pieces, whether from books and movies, or even in conversation.

Thus I've decided to keep a collection of some of my favorites:


It seems that with the amount of work invested, the number of questions continues to grow rather than the opposite — it suggests two possibilities, that this is not the right work to do, or you’re not the right person to do it.
-- Unknown

The snail was fed some cabbage, before falling back asleep for another two years.
-- A Manual of the Mollusca

"We toured the plant until five o'clock, at which point the air conditioning shut down and the company song was piped in over a sound system. [...] When it was over, I asked Kay if they were going home now. 'Oh, no,' he said. 'They'll work until eight o'clock and then go out to eat with their buddies, and then they'll start again really early tomorrow.' I was thinking: These guys are working a lot harder than the average American. How in hell can we keep up? And for the most part, we couldn't. The migration of consumer electronics manufacturing out of the United States was already well under way"
-- Paul G. Allen, Idea Man


"When you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, that means they gave up. [...] that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are your ones telling you they still love you and care."
-- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


As I look back at my life, I'd propose that my successes were the product of preparation and hard work.
-- Paul G. Allen, Idea Man

The brick walls give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They stop people who don’t want it badly enough.
-- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


Life isn't always so complicated, think what happens when we actually do as we say.
-- Unknown

We do not lose our souls in a single day, we lose it little by little.
-- Eric Ing, Quora

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
-- Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

I sometimes want to fail more people in my classes. This is not because I am evil (although some people here seem to think so), but because I want the people who graduate from our computer science program to be truly the best in the world.
-- Luis von Ahn, blog

Joseph Zhong

Joseph Zhong

“The brick walls give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They stop people who don’t want it badly enough.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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