Quotes

My Favorites These Days

  • Podcasts are viral in the good sense. My podcast is the type of virus that you sign up for once and then you have it forever. It’s like herpes. And they want it to be Ebola. Ebola gets eradicated. Ebola doesn’t spread far. I’d rather be herpes. — Roman Mars, Allusionist Podcast #3 at 12:30
  • Money is like gas in the car—you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road—but a successful business or a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations. — Tim O’Reilly, WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us (p. 352)
  • “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” — Peter Thiel. This was originally from the Founders Fund Manifesto but was taken out. Thiel’s article The End of the Future does a good job of explaining this philosophy.
  • A Rabbi, a priest and a minister walk into a bar and the bartender says, “We don’t tell jokes like that in 2018 anymore.” — My friend Joe Tieg
  • The Movie 2001 today: “Open the pod bay doors, Hal.” “I’m sorry, Dave. I didn’t understand the question.” “Open the pod bay doors, Hal.” “I have a list of eBay results about pod doors, Dave.” — The Economist on the current state of voice recognition technology
  • Today I worked from home, ran 10 miles, homeschooled my kids, cleaned the house, made a delicious dinner, and got my kids to bed early. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you lie. — Mommy Owl on Twitter (Added 4/13/2020)
  • Look, I fully support banning travel from Europe to prevent the spread of infectious disease. I just think it’s 528 years too late. — Rebecca Nagle, Cherokee Writer (3/12/2020)

Some of My Previous Favorites

  • America is a weird country. It’s like I was a waitress somewhere, and now I’m in a movie—a futuristic astronaut cast in a new kind of Wild West picture. [At RISD] I get to make, like, a Space Western — John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Fast Company.
  • Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son — Ronan Farrow’s Twitter Post after Mia Farrow hinted that Frank Sinatra might be Ronan’s father
  • When a girl sits down to do math, she might be more likely to say, “I’m not that good at this!” She actually is just as good (on average) as a boy at the math — it’s just that she’s even better at language arts — Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later
  • I try so hard to teach my kids about self-control. And then I get really upset that Trader Joes doesn’t have organic strawberries in January. — Overheard at my kids’ school
  • I don’t have a wife or a daughter so I’m really having trouble comprehending how bad sexism is — Rachel Lacker, a very funny woman from the Yale Record humor magazine
  • A good team does a lot of friendly front-stabbing instead of backstabbing. Issues are resolved by knowing what they are — John Maeda on killing the elephant in the room
  • I’d much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid — Jeff Bezos on letting his kids use power tools
  • The thing that I worry about more is the media’s bias toward fairness. Nobody uses the word lie anymore. Suddenly, everything is “a difference of opinion.” If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say “The Earth is flat,” the headline on the New York Times the next day would read “Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.” I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of “fairness” is what’s troubling to me. — Interview with Aaron Sorkin. It’s also said by Jeff Daniels (pretty much word for word) in The Newsroom.