Quotes and Quotations
Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.
The broader and more influential organisations of businessmen have acted to undermine the basic foundation of the free market system they purport to represent and defend.
These devices are not necessarily substitutes to the PC, but complementary. You can't find a Palm Pilot user who doesn't have a PC.
There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you're doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I'm not so careful about the content of the present, but I'm very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else's money on myself. And if I spend somebody else's money on myself, then I'm sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else's money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else's money on somebody else, I'm not concerned about how much it is, and I'm not concerned about what I get. And that's government. And that's close to 40% of our national income.
Our business continued to grow profitably in all customer segments and regions around the world.
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
The government ought to stay out of the prayer business.
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
I want people to take thought about their condition and to recognize that the maintainence of a free society is a very difficult and complicated thing and it requires a self-denying ordinance of the most extreme kind. It requires a willingness to put up with temporary evils on the basis of the subtle and sophisticated understanding that if you step in to do something about them you not only may make them worse, you will spread your tentacles and get bad results elsewhere.
The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future.
Do nothing which is of no use.
My principal business consists of giving commercial value to the brilliant, but misdirected, ideas of others.... Accordingly, I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
There's a smokestack on the back of every government program.
You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.
If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.
Spending by government currently amounts to about 45 percent of national income. By that test, government owns 45 percent of the means of production that produce the national income. The U.S. is now 45 percent socialist.
Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
The best way to prepare to be a programmer is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.
Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
Is there any lubricant that will reduce this abrasion? Only one... combat experience.
If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.
I think the '90s are going to see a greater integration between the human mind and the computer. Today, you have to communicate with a computer by a keyboard that is somewhat awkward and clumsy. We are working on other ways to do this. The best computer is the one you don't even know is there.
Customers are voting with their dollars and their feet today.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
Sometimes you just have to belly up to the bar and take a chance. We made some mistakes, but we also had the strength to work our way out.
Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities— not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.
Software suppliers are trying to make their software packages more user-friendly.. Their best approach, so far, has been to take all the old brochures, and stamp the words user-friendly on the cover.
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius where reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation.
You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.
There are some things that we are always thinking about. For example, when will speech recognition be good enough for everybody to use that? And we have made a lot more progress this year on that. I think we will surprise people a bit on how well we will do on our speech recognition.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.