Paul Graham Quotes

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Paul Graham Quotes

For the most ambitious young people, the corporate ladder is obsolete.
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There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating college student.

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If you leave a bunch of eleven-year-olds to their own devices, what you get is Lord of the Flies. Like a lot of American kids, I read this book in school. Presumably it was not a coincidence. Presumably someone wanted to point out to us that we were savages, and that we had made ourselves a cruel and stupid world. This was too subtle for me. While the book seemed entirely believable, I didn't get the additional message. I wish they had just told us outright that we were savages and our world was stupid.

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The recipe for great work is: very exacting taste, plus the ability to gratify it.

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Paying attention is more important to reliability than moving slowly. Because he pays close attention, a Navy pilot can land a 40,000 lb. aircraft at 140 miles per hour on a pitching carrier deck, at night, more safely than the average teenager can cut a bagel.

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Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

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For the most ambitious young people, the corporate ladder is obsolete.

— Paul Graham

It's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.

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If you disagree with something, it's easier to say 'you suck' than to figure out and explain exactly what you disagree with. You're also safe that way from refutation. In this respect trolling is a lot like graffiti. Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world, but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world.

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People who write about politics, whether on the left or the right, have a consistent bias: they take politics seriously.

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No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it.

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Attacking an outsider makes them all insiders.

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The inhabitants of all those worlds are trapped in little bubbles where nothing they do can have more than a local effect. Naturally these societies degenerate into savagery.

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I'd like to propose an alternative idea: that in a modern society, increasing variation in income is a sign of health. Technology seems to increase the variation in productivity at faster than linear rates. If we don't see corresponding variation in income, there are three possible explanations: (a) that technical innovation has stopped, (b) that the people who would create the most wealth aren't doing it, or (c) that they aren't getting paid for it.

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