Managers exist to get furniture out of the way so the real talent can do brilliant work.
— Joel on Software
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
— Sherlock Holmes
But negative lessons are just as valuable as positive ones. Perhaps even more valuable: it’s hard to repeat a brilliant performance, but it’s straightforward to avoid errors.
— Paul Graham
I’m slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can’t motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.
For Michelangelo, the job of the sculptor was to free the forms that were already inside the stone.
He believed that every stone had a sculpture within it, and that the work of sculpting was simply a matter of chipping away all that was not a part of the statue.
— Wikipedia on Michelangelo
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.
— Cyril Connolly
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