Favorite Quotations

Hanging out with Bob last night, we got to talking about quotations. Bob mentioned that he had one of his favorites in the notebook, in his truck. Before he left, he brought it inside to share with us.

The quotation is from Friedrich Schiller, a german poet and historian.

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

Interestingly, it reminded me of the “About” screen to Quicksilver, which cites Lao-Tze and echoes a similar sentiment:

Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.

Looking back on both these quotations, I’m finding myself thinking back to coding – and finding myself thinking about pure functions and unit tests.

A Dark Room: Deceptively Simple, Remarkably Deep Text Game
Drowning in Problems: Minimal, Existential Text Game

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