Quote Man

Photo by rbieber

Over the recent months I’ve started grabbing quotes I run across and posting them on my door. I’ve received some comments on them, but they are there mostly to help me keep perspective.

The picture is kind of hard to read unless you blow it up, so here are the quotes:

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa

The better adapted you are, the less adaptable you tend to be.
– Gerald Weinberg from his book, Secrets of Consulting

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations that we can perform without thinking about them.
– Alfred North Whitehead

The others are a pretty funny Dilbert cartoon on agile programming, and The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming from Weinbergs book The Psychology of Computer Programming, of which I really like this one:

The only true power comes from knowledge, not from position – Knowledge engenders authority and authority engenders respect – so if you want respect in an egoless environment – cultivate knowledge.