My favorite quotes

This article is an exception as it is not related to programming. It is the list of the quotes that I find most inspirational, up to date as of <2022-03-06 Sun>:

When you talk, you are only repeating what you know; but when you listen, you learn something new.

Dalai Lama

If you have expectations (of others) that aren't being met, those expectations are your own responsibility. You are responsible for your own needs. If you want things, make them.

Rich Hickey

It is best to be direct and upfront with what your needs are, that way the recipient can decide wether or not they want to partake and how they would like to engage with it or not, you let them choose. You empower them to make a decision that meets their needs given what they know about your needs.

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In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

To have one choice is no choice; to have two choices is a dilemma; and to have three choices offers new possibilities.

The Satir Model, Virginia Satir et al

If you can’t think of three things that might go wrong with your plans, then there’s something wrong with your thinking.

[Not attributed]

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.


The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk


-> meaning that philosophy and knowledge comes to understand a historical condition just as it passes away

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.


Lack of preparation on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.

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Just as one wouldn't draw a lasting conclusion about oneself on basis of a brief experience of indigestion, one needn't do so on a basis of one has thoughts or behaved for vast stretches of time in the past.

Sam Harris

If there is no solution to a problem, then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to a problem, then don't waste time worrying about it.

Dalai Lama

The goal is not to be better than the other, but your previous self.

Dalai Lama

Les citations révèlent l'âme de celui qui les brandit.

Sylvain Tesson

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Isaac Newton

The art and science of meditation helps us live a more fulfilling life, because it gives us the tools we need to examine and work with our conscious experience.

John Yates

If you don't like some type of food, try it every year just in case, you may change your mind.