Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age Quotes.

1. "There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating college student."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

2. "If you want to make money at some point, remember this, because this is one of the reasons startups win. Big companies want to decrease the standard deviation of design outcomes because they want to avoid disasters. But when you damp oscillations, you lose the high points as well as the low. This is not a problem for big companies, because they don't win by making great products. Big companies win by sucking less than other big companies."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

3. "Object-oriented programming offers a sustainable way to write spaghetti code. It lets you accrete programs as a series of patches."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

4. "Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers? If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you're supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn't. Odds are you just think whatever you're told."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

5. "The recipe for great work is: very exacting taste, plus the ability to gratify it."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

6. "It's important for nerds to realize, too, that school is not life. School is a strange, artificial thing, half sterile and half feral. It's all-encompassing, like life, but it isn't the real thing. It's only temporary, and if you look, you can see beyond it even while you're still in it."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

7. "A startup is like a mosquito. A bear can absorb a hit and a crab is armored against one, but a mosquito is designed for one thing : to score. No energy is wasted on defense. The defense of mosquitos, as a species, is that there are a lot of them, but this is little consolation to the individual mosquito."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

8. "If Apple were to grow the iPod into a cell phone with a web browser, Microsoft would be in big trouble."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

9. "If you can keep hope and worry balanced, they will drive a project forward the same way your two legs drive a bicycle forward."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

10. "We need a language that lets us scribble and smudge and smear, not a language where you have to sit with a teacup of types balanced on your knee and make polite conversation with a strict old aunt of a compiler."
- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

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