1. any decent answer to an interesting question begins, “it depends…”

    Kent Beck
  2. The most important thing we ever learn at school is that the most important things can’t be learned at school.

    Haruki MurakamiWhat I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  3. This is the beauty of cycling - the rhythm puts serious activity in the brain to sleep: it creates a void. Random thoughts enter that void - the chorus from a song, a verse of poetry, a detail in the countryside, a joke, the answer to something that vexed me long ago.

    Robert PennIt's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels
  4. So often the case that people work best when they are stretching out over an abyss of ignorance, hanging on to a thin branch of ‘what is still possible’, tantalised by the future

    Brian EnoA Year With Swollen Appendices
  5. I always feel I’m not getting enough out of life. This lovely weather - and I didn’t use it. I should recognize that sitting in Hyde Park is as useful as sitting in front of a computer

    Brian EnoA Year With Swollen Appendices
  6. No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress.

    Arthur SchopenhauerThe Essays of Schopenhauer: The Art of Literature
  7. Politicians like passing laws and regulations because this makes them look as though they’re doing something

    Heather BrookeThe Revolution Will Be Digitised
  8. The corollary of constant change is ignorance. … we computer experts barely know what we are doing. We function well in a sea of unknowns. Our experience has prepared us to deal with confusion. A programmer who denies this is probably lying, or else is densely unaware of himself.

    Ellen UllmanClose To The Machine
  9. Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.

    Albert CamusThe Myth of Sisyphus
  10. dates chosen almost at random, imagined times, wishes - and the mentioned dates soon took on an air of reality. … Now there was no way back. The date existed and the software would be “late” - in relation to someone’s fantasy that is somehow adopted as real

    Ellen UllmanClose To The Machine