Favorite Quotes

15 quotes that resonate with me about everything from Leadership to Invention.

I wanted to share some quotes that resonate with me (15 in total). Feel free to read through this list and see if any of them have an impact on you. They are loosely grouped by category. I will try to credit the author when it is known. If I have any unknowns that you know the source of, please feel free to let me know and I can update this page.


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry


A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. - John Gall

The requirements for a product that need to work once, often, or always are radically different - Unknown


If the highest aim of a captain was the preservation of his ship, he would keep it in port forever - St Thomas Aquinas - summa theologica

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy - Kalu Ndukwe Kalu


There is madness in too much sanity, and the greatest madness of all is to see things as they are instead of as they should be. Miguel De Cervantes, author of Don Quixote

The best surfer in the water that day is the one having the most fun - Unknown

Of the 20 terrible things that happened to me in my life, 19 were imagined - Unknown


The difference between medicine and poison is dosage. - Unknown


There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people. - Battle Star Gallactica - Adama

A child not embraced by a village, will burn it down to feel its warmth - African Proverb

Overestimate peoples intelligence, but underestimate their vocabulary - GCPGRAY

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist. - Unknown

Americans will always do the right thing after they tried everything else - Churchill


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man - Heraclitus

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Daniel Diaz
Daniel Diaz
Sr. Bioinformatics Software Engineer

My interests include Genomics, Python, and Cloud Infrastructure.