If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I played. But he practiced.
There’s a difference between simplifying and making a higher level of abstraction.
Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.
—Leonardo da Vinci
If it doesn’t solve some fairly immediate need, it’s almost certainly over-designed.
In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure and the police take the place of pirates.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.