some quotes

chosen from my own reading.

faster, better, cheaper, same old management -- pick any three. -- henry spencer

a consumer survey cannot predict the long-term benefits of design, nor can it evaluate the contributions of an experienced designer. -- paul rand

The factual burden of a science varies inversely with its degree of maturity. -- Peter Medawar

No arrangement for perpetuation of ideas is secure if the ideas do not make useful contact with the problems they are presumed to illuminate or resolve. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else's point of view without the proper training. -- Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems. -- Bill Watterson

Computer use by ordinary citizens (already available in 1980) will transform the public from passive viewers of TV into mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts. -- Philip K. Dick, 1981.

The fun of pie in the face is the incongruity of the matter. Pies were indeed meant for faces, but in smaller portions and at the will of the pie-eater. Only babies and comedians rightly believe that throwing food at other people's faces adds something to our cultural heritage. -- Chuck Jones in Chuck Reducks
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

A little theory goes a long way in solving practical problems. -- William Horton

Every idea that costs a lot carries in its train a host of cheap ones; among these are even some that are useful. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information. -- Edward Tufte

Deep concepts are only absorbed with active participation. Their power must be experienced, not passively viewed. -- Friedman et al. Essentials of Programming Languages

Good design means less design. Design must serve users, not try to fool them. -- Dieter Rams, Chief Designer, Braun.

I have learned that arguments, no matter how watertight, often fall on deaf ears. -- Daniel Dennett

Abstraction and generalization distinguish the work of the experts from that of amateurs. -- Robert J. Weber

It is a sin for anyone capable of doing basic research to do something else with his life. -- Marvin Minsky
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith
Anyone who knows enough to design a product knows too much to understand how users will react to it. --Tom Erickson, Apple Computer Interface Group [U.S. News & World Report]

Everyone who voted for the DMCA should be publicly flogged. --- Dave Touretzky

in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is a hallucinated idiot. -- Marshall McLuhan