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“Order in the universe continues to elude us.”

posted at 12:50 pm
on Dec. 31, 2008

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“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

posted at 12:14 am
on Dec. 31, 2008

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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

posted at 12:14 am
on Dec. 30, 2008

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“I don’t know what his beef is.”

posted at 5:29 pm
on Dec. 29, 2008

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“The only dream worth having, I told her, is to dream that you will live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.” (Prescience? Perhaps.)

“Which means exactly what?” (Arched eyebrows, a little annoyed.)

I tried to explain, but didn’t do a very good job of it. Sometimes I need to write to think. So I wrote it down for her on a paper napkin. This is what I wrote:  To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty in its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.

posted at 12:14 am
on Dec. 29, 2008

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“Rollerblading hipster #1: Do you know what the worst part of rollerblading is?
Rollerblading hipster #2: What?
Rollerblading hipster #1: Having to tell your parents you’re gay…”

posted at 2:51 pm
on Dec. 18, 2008

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“Merry Christnukkwanzaah!”

posted at 2:17 pm
on Dec. 18, 2008

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“He not busy being born is busy dying.”

posted at 11:54 am
on Dec. 18, 2008

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“Most usability questions are not dichotomies. There’s no simple cut-off where you’re a 100% success on one side and a complete failure on the other. Rather, some designs are better than others and will [be more successful].”

posted at 11:16 pm
on Dec. 15, 2008

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“Most knowledge workers spend their day doing one of three things:
React (badly) to external situations
Respond (well) to external inputs
Initiate new events or ideas”

posted at 5:00 pm
on Dec. 10, 2008

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“If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.”

posted at 5:49 am
on Dec. 8, 2008

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“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.”

posted at 1:26 pm
on Dec. 7, 2008

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“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to walk, to talk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.”

posted at 7:16 pm
on Dec. 6, 2008

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“You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.”

posted at 1:29 pm
on Dec. 6, 2008

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“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”

posted at 12:44 pm
on Dec. 3, 2008

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“He who has not a good memory should not meddle with lying.”

posted at 12:28 pm
on Dec. 2, 2008

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“Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.”

posted at 12:25 pm
on Dec. 1, 2008

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