Brian Timar



Paul Graham


Obscurity is like health food — unpleasant, perhaps, but good for you.

The more complicated the world gets, the more valuable it is to be willing to look like a fool.

If you’re not sure what to do, make something.


…if you’re trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse for being lazy, the other one is probably right.


Teaching to solve problems is an education of the will.

The open secret of real success is to throw your whole personality into your problem.

George Polya, How to Solve it

Certainly it is valuable to a trained writer to crash in an aircraft that burns. He learns several important things very quickly.

Ernest Hemingway, Paris Review interview

But now I pity undergraduates, when I see what frivolous lives many of them lead in the midst of precious fleeting opportunity. After all, a man’s Life must be nailed to a cross either of Thought or Action.

Churchill, My Early Life

But though I am an old man, I am but a young gardener.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.


They were the first comers in the fields of thought and literature. When they arrived at fairly obvious reflections upon life and love, upon war, fate or manners, they coined them in slogans or epigrams for which their language was so well adapted, and thus preserved the patent rights for all time.

Churchill, My Early Years, on the Romans

Publish and be damned.