All posts filed under: Wisdom

Advice and Mistakes

Accept good advice gracefully – as long as it doesn’t interfere with what you intend to do in the first place. – Gene Brown – Accept the fact that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue! – Author Unknown – A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. – E. W. Howe – All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner. – Red Skelton – Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. – Author Unknown – Creativity is often blocked by trying to be perfect. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Tony Robbins – Experience is a marvelous thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake whenever you make it again. – Franklin P. Jones – Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld – I always pass on good …

Math and Number

Algorithms Apply shampoo to wet hair. Massage to lather, then rinse. Repeat. – An infinite loop hair-washing algorithm – I have a simple algorithm, which is, wherever you see paid researchers instead of grad students, that’s not where you want to be doing research. – Larry Page – I know how models are built, because I build them myself, so I know that I’m embedding my values into every single algorithm I create and I am projecting my agenda onto those algorithms. – Cathy O’Neil – Nothing will ever replace the experience of wandering haphazardly through a great bookstore, no matter how many algorithms are developed to find matches for our tastes. That’s because not only is there no accounting for taste, there is no predicting it either. – Dominique Browning – Someone from the Internet Writing Workshop sent me a link to the Gender Genie, where you paste in a section of text and it uses an algorithm to detect whether the author is male or female. Or, if you’re an author, you can …

Truth, Knowledge and Learning

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. – Mark Twain – As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld, while serving as George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense – Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain – I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you. – Author Unknown – If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain – I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. – Robert McCloskey – I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a …

Details

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does. – Jorge Luis Borges – My boyfriend, like a lot of men, takes great pride in his car. Honey, his car is detailed, waxed, and vacuumed weekly. On the other hand, my car looks like a really big purse. – Diane Nichols – Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. – Jean-Paul Sartre – Our life is frittered away by detail…. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau – Someone asked someone who was about my age: “How are you?” The answer was, “Fine. If you don’t ask for details.” – Katharine Hepburn – The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail. – Stephen Gardiner – The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea oneself. It is …