Consultancy · Development

Nothing here about trees falling in forests, just a few snippets of wisdom that have influenced my approach to business:

  • "Honesty is the best policy." William Shakespeare
  • "If you want to be a master at anything, study what the masters have done before you. Learn to do what they have done. Have the courage to do it. And, you can be a master just like them." Unknown
  • "It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." Confucius
  • "If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well." Old proverb, a favourite of Jim McLoughlin (my dad)
  • "Do not fall into the trap of the artisan who boasts twenty years of experience, when in fact he has had only one year of experience—twenty times." Trevanian
  • "Every great business is built on friendship." JC Penney
  • "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin
  • "Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight." Bill Gates
  • "A good programmer is someone who always looks both ways before crossing a one-way street." Doug Linder
  • "If you're happy with my work, tell others—if you're not, tell me." Mike McLoughlin
  • "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • "It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." Noel Coward
  • "First, solve the problem. Then, write the code." John Johnson
  • "The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time." Tom Cargill
  • "Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen." Edward V. Berard
  • "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." Attributed to multiple people
  • "You can observe a lot by watching." Lawrence "Yogi" Berra
  • "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." Japanese proverb
  • "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." Carl Jung
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