George Flanagin

Software Development, Management, and ... other stuff ... at least on this one page.

A note on the limited scope of the material: The only words here are from books and articles I have read or things that have been said to me. Most of the material is not very uplifting, but then I don't think that ``Wow, what a beautiful day!'' is a meaningful contribution to understanding life on that day or any other.

I only check the link integrity only about once a month, so you might find a broken one.

Saul AlinskyI start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That means working within the system. There is no other place to start from except political lunacy.
Emperor Leto Atreides IIThe past is no farther away than your pillow.
Lera AuerbachIf there is consensual love, there must be consensual art, but great art is never consensual – it rips you apart, uses you for its creation, and then leaves you like an empty useless shell. You may resent it, but you can't help loving it all the same.
Patricia BarberOn the dark side of passion comes a taste for revenge.
Julian BarnesI think when we are young, we invent futures for ourselves. When we are older, we invent pasts for others.
Russell BernaboI'm pro letariat, and I vote!
Leonard BernsteinIt's easy to shake the blame for any crime
By trotting out that mea culpa pantomime:
"Yes, yes, I'm bad. I've sinned. I'm sad".
Then go out and do it one more time.
Paul BowlesWhereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.
Douglas BroomeI'm not as good as I should be, but I'm better than I want to be.

-- said about a tedious and error prone task.

Vincent BugliosiWhen you have a large group of people devoting their lives to looking at every word, every comma, they can create a lot of mischief.
Boris BukhSome ancient people wasted time on research in number theory, some of which ended up being practically useful. Some studied motion of stars in detail far exceeding calendaring and navigational needs. This also proved useful. Many, many studies also led to dead-ends. At the time, one could not tell which of them would.
George Gordon ByronMy slumbers -- if I slumber -- are not sleep, but a continuance of enduring thought, which then I can resist not. In my heart there is a vigil, and these eyes but close to look within.
Stephen L. CarterAs there are precious moments between two people that can never be retrieved, there are also moments of tension that can never be avoided, no matter how they try.
Stephen ColbertWe don't need any help looking hypocritical, okay? We're the country that invented both chili cheese fries and open-heart surgery.
Saint John Will I Am Coltrane(about Miles Davis) He is completely unpredictable: sometimes he would just walk off stage after just playing a few notes, not even completing one chorus.
Christopher CookTristan und Isolde was never intended to be a romantic love story. This is not the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, nor even Guinevere's adulterous love for Lancelot. After Tristan und Isolde there is nothing.
Sir Alistair CookeIn the life of an overnight sensation, a year is an æon.
Georges-Jacques DantonI am not so much an atheist as an adult.
Miles Davis(about Saint John Coltrane) He's so tied up in his music that even his friends don't understand what he's trying to do.
Richard DawkinsWishful thinking counts, because human psychology has a near-universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire.
Stephen R. DonaldsonWhat good are friends if they know you too well to believe your lies?
Richard FlanaganVirtue is just vanity dressed up and waiting for applause.
George FlanaginAny ordering system is partly a hashing algorithm: for example, only alphabetization puts me between Richard Flanagan and Karen Joy Fowler.
Karen Joy FowlerAn oft-told story is like a photograph in a family album; eventually, it replaces the moment it was meant to capture.
Tana FrenchI crave the truth, and I lie.
Norman GoldmanIf you are unwilling to vote for the lesser of two evils, then you are voting for the greater of the two evils.
Thomas Hardy, OMNature does not often say "See!" to her poor creature at a time when seeing can lead to happy doing; or reply "Here!" to a body's cry of "Where?" till the hide-and-seek has become an irksome, outworn game.
Henricus Rex VIIIMost humility is pretense.
Frank HerbertHe who wishes to repeat the past must control the teaching of history.
Rogers HornsbyPeople ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball: Well, I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Michel HouellebecqIf life is an illusion it's a pretty painful one.
Greg IlesPeople need a mystery onto which they can project all their free floating paranoia.
John IrvingBeing afraid you will look like a coward is the worst reason for doing anything.
David JanszenSome people only have one joke, so they molest it into the ground.
Lady P. D. James(on the danger of too much conversation) Words crowd out thought.
Donald KnuthA trick is a clever idea that can be used once, while a technique is a trick that can be used at least twice.
Scott E. LewisIf you get all the multiple layers of things that are supposed to improve productivity out of the way, most [programming] tasks take very little time.
Cathy LadmanAll religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, but with different holidays.
Dame Hilary MantelIt is the absence of facts that frightens people; the gap you open into which they pour their fears, fantasies and desires.
Dame Hilary MantelIt is wise to conceal the past even if there is nothing to conceal.
Mao Tse-TungThe enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. The enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue.
Brian McGreevyThere are dreams so real that you can still feel them when you wake up. ... But then, there's the smell of coffee.
David MitchellLove is pure joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan shark prices.
David MitchellWhen people listen they make a listening noise.
Prof. Melissa O'NeillFrom a very practical perspective, the longer the code, the more likely it is to contain an implementation error.
Dorothy ParkerEternity is the length of time it takes two people to eat a ham.
Lee ParkerLife is a pissing match; that's why drinking is so important.
Brandon PikeWhen in doubt, people follow traditional paths. That way, if they lose, at least they have an alibi.
Marcel ProustIt is a charming law of nature that we live in perfect ignorance of those we love.
Sergei RachmaninovI was guided by the coughing of the audience. Whenever the coughing increased, I would skip to the next variation. Whenever there was no coughing, I would play them [sic: the variations] in proper order.

-- letter to Nikolai Medtner, 21 December 1931.

Philip RieffWe are, I fear, getting to know one another. Reticence, secrecy, concealment of self have been transformed into social problems; once they were aspects of civility.
Maximillien de RobespierreWhen will the people be educated? When they have enough to eat, and when the rich and the government stop bribing treacherous tongues and pens to deceive them; when their interests are identified with those of the people.
When will this be? Never.

(trans: Thomas Carlyle)

Carlos Ruiz-ZafónSe conoce que, en las fases más avanzadas del cretinismo, la falta de ideas se compensa con el exceso de ideologías. (It is known that in the most advanced stages of cretinism, the lack of ideas is made up for by an excess of ideologies.)
Oliver SacksWe do not see with the eyes, but with the brain.
Leif SegerstamDon't be afraid to increase the dose of porridge of music, there is no danger from overeating.
Frank SinatraI feel sorry for people who don't drink; when they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day.
Dame Edith SitwellHell is just as properly proper as Greenwich, or as Bath, or Joppa.
Eliot SpitzerThe 'revolving door' is a better metaphor than [it is] a diagnosis.
Jake SwearingenYoutube is the largest clearinghouse of human stupidity the world has ever known.
Donald J. TrumpThat speech goes on for about two or three hours after the speech was made, because they came up with other things having to do with other people that they shouldn't have been able to do, and they shouldn't have done, but they did it, and you know exactly what I'm talking about.

--15 March 2017

Lars von TrierThoughts distort reality, not the other way around.
James WanGoogle's corporate motto may be "Don't Be Evil," but its bottom line is still "Make A Profit."
Oscar WildeWhat is truth? In matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of art, it is one's last mood.
Ron Kipling WilliamsProfanity is what you see everyday. Words don’t do it justice.