TITLE: Choice Passages from Recent Reads AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 17, 2015 3:32 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Eric Schmidt, in an interview for Blitzscaling:
Every great project has started with a graduate student and an assistant professor looking for tenure.
Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, quoted in an article about John Horton Conway:
I'm not sure that I can describe how charisma happens. It just is or isn't. And with most mathematicians it markedly isn't.
Alan Jacobs, in his 79 Theses on Technology For Disputation, as recorded by Chad Wellmon:
Everyone should sometimes write by hand, to recall what it's like to have second thoughts before the first ones are completely recorded.
Garrison Keillor, in his novel "Love Me":
We puritans overdramatize these things. We want there to be lions stalking us, whereas it's only some old coyote. Not utter degradation; just poor choices.
Truth, resignation, and freedom, all in one brief passage. I also like this one:
The slow rate of learning is discouraging to the older man, but thank God for illumination at whatever hour.
Yes, indeed. -----