"Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day."
- The ‘Busy’ Trap - NYTimes.com
"The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible… And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists."
- Umberto Eco | The origin of the to-do list and how to design one that actually works
"We often think of the internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done."
- Ev Williams (via dbreunig)
"Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion."
- E.B. White | Is New York Only for the Successful?
"One of the reasons that Silicon Valley exists is that we have all worked next to somebody who has gone off and been successful. We know firsthand that the guy next to us that went off and was very successful was an idiot."
- Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari
"There are no airplanes, only computers that fly. There are no cars, only computers we sit in. There are no hearing aids, only computers we put in our ears."
- Cory Doctorow (quoted in Kids can’t use computers)
"If you can’t decide what to do, get on the road. You won’t find the answer. It will find you."
- Andy Dunn, CEO Bonobos | The Risk Not Taken
"We live in a bubble, and I don’t mean a tech bubble or a valuation bubble. I mean a bubble as in our own little world."
- Eric Schmidt | America’s New Oligarchs