A collection of quotes I’ve heard and appreciate, presented in order of the author’s name:

We judge others by their actions as if they were intentions, and ourselves by our intentions as if they were actions.

Alex Hillman (Tweet)

A humble man is one who respects those around him; sees the potential that every individual has to create, grow, love, and succeed. The only person he is prideful towards is the old self; the one he decided to leave behind for a better him.


When somebody is acting irrationally, it’s because there’s something bad happening to them you can’t see.


Any idiot can build a bridge that stands, but it takes an engineer to build a bridge that barely stands.


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.


One of the greatest challenges one will face in his/her lifetime is finding one’s true self; if you succeed at that, then you’ve started the paving of a wonderful road of life.

Colin Williams

Life will have bumps in the road; just remember that the best roads are covered in gravel.

Colin Williams

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life, seek to make your life long, and in the service of your people.

Chief Tecumseh

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who come alive.

Howard Thurman

I would rather be ashes than dust!

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to LIVE, NOT TO EXIST. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my TIME.

Jack London

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

Johnny Cash

Passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.

Mark Manson (7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose)

The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

Napolean Bonaparte

There are 11 million professional software developers on earth, according to the research firm IDC. (An additional 7 million are hobbyists.) That’s roughly the population of the greater Los Angeles metro area. Imagine all of L.A. programming. East Hollywood would be for Mac programmers, West L.A. for mobile, Beverly Hills for finance programmers, and all of Orange County for Windows.

Paul Ford (What is code?)

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.


I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Robert Fulgham

It’s a mistake to write off any relationship as a lost cause. Tomorrow always begins with a chance to create new opportunities.

Satya Nadella ([Hit Refresh](Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062652508/), chapter 5, p. 136)

Money is a good servant, but a bad Master.

Sir Francis Bacon

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

Sir William Osler

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war and then seek to win.