He in his madness prays for storms, And dreams that storms will bring him peace. Mihail Lermontov, as published in Family Happiness by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Identification of waste is difficult, but eliminating it is more difficult. Every dollar of waste is income to some individual or organization. – Victor Fuchs, from “Health Care Reform in the United States“
I think that it is a relatively good approximation to truth — which is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations — that mathematical ideas originate in empirics. But, once they are conceived, the subject begins to live a peculiar life of its own and is … governed by almost entirely aesthetical motivations. In…
“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.” – John Cleese.
“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War To understand the relationship between Sun Tzu and NBA coaching, see Wages of Wins.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle “For me, pushing myself is way more about ‘It’s hard to make something that’s interesting.’ It’s really, really hard, and I’m sure we don’t succeed with every story on every show. Basically, anything that anyone makes…It’s like a…
Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
“First, you push on your territories, where you have no business to be, and where you had promised not to go; secondly, your intrusion provokes resentment, and resentment means resistance. Thirdly, you instantly cry out that the people are rebellious and their act is rebellion…Fourthly, you send out a force to stamp out rebellion; and…
“The greatest beneficiaries of capitalism are those at the bottom of the income ladder. That’s why I favor capitalism. Were that not the case, I would not be in favor of capitalism. Milton Friedman feels the same way.” Gary Becker HT: John Goodman
“Where there is no Standard there can be no Improvement” – Taiichi Ohno