“Too good”

– Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams during the 2007 Australian Open Final. “Final Flourish: Williams wins Australian Open“, TENNIS.com, 27 January 2007.

(I wish I had watched the match though.)

“Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.”

– Steve Jobs in an interview as reported in “Ultimate iPhone FAQs List, Part 2“, New York Times, January 13, 2007

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it.

– Jim Jarmusch. “My Golden Rules,” MovieMaker Magazine, Issue #53 (Winter 2004)

(I watched “Broken Flowers” recently and I thought it was very cool. What was even cooler was the soundtrack. I seem to have this urge to buy it. The movie was not without controversies though.)

“Peace prevails when food suffices”

– Momofuku Ando in “Japan bids farewell to instant noodle inventor,” The Star, 7 January 2007.

“Good things happen when you do good”

– Wesley Autrey. “New York honours the ‘Subway Superman’,” News Straits Times, January 6, 2007. He saved a teenager who fell on the subway tracks due to seizure.

A historian should never deal in speculations about what did not happen

A.J.P. Taylor. The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918. Oxford University Press.

Credit where credit’s due: I did not read the book. The quote is extracted from J. Lindner’s review at Amazon.com.

Once men imagine a danger they soon turn it into a reality

A.J.P. Taylor. The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918. Oxford University Press.

Credit where credit’s due: I did not read the book. The quote is extracted from J. Lindner’s review at Amazon.com.

Men learn from their mistakes how to make new ones

A.J.P. Taylor. The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918. Oxford University Press.

Credit where credit’s due: I did not read the book. The quote is extracted from J. Lindner’s review at Amazon.com

“Based on his advanced knowledge of the theory of relativity, Santa recognizes that time can be stretched like a rubber band, that space can be squeezed like an orange and that light can be bent… Children shouldn’t put too much credence in the opinions of those who say it’s not possible to deliver presents all over the world in one night. It is possible, and it’s based on plausible science.”

– Dr. Larry Silverberg as reported in “Science of Santa Claus: Jolly Old Elf Really Can Deliver Presents in One Night, Says NC State Engineer,” news.ncsu.edu, December 6, 2006.

“I love restriction of its function. It challenges me to be creative… Some designers are put off by restrictions but I love them.”

Katja Bremkamp on designing cutlery. “Cutting Edge,” Sunday Times InsideOut, August 2006.

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