Hello World, Quotes from 2023

Ankesh Bharti,quotes

Kicking off the hello world with some quotes I live by.

I write code in order to express myself, and I consider what I code an artifact, rather than just something useful to get things done. I would say that what I write is useful just as a side effect, but my first goal is to make something that is, in some way, beautiful. In essence, I would rather be remembered as a bad artist than a good programmer. - The end of the Redis adventure, Antirez (opens in a new tab)

We tend to think of the artist’s work as the output. The real work of the artist is a way of being in the world. - The Creative Act: A Way of Being, Rick Rubin (opens in a new tab)

We generally use the word ‘artist’ to mean visual artist of some sort. I actually think there’s really very little distinction between an artist of that type and a scientist or engineer of the highest caliber. And I’ve never had a distinction in my mind between those two types of people. They’ve just, to me, been people that pursue different paths, but basically kind of headed to the same goal, which is to express something of what they perceive to be the truth around them, so that others can see it, so that others can benefit by it. - Oral history interview for the Smithsonian, Steve Jobs (opens in a new tab)

There’s lots of ways to be as a person, and some people express their deep appreciation in different ways, but one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there. And you never meet the people, you never shake their hands, you never hear their story or tell yours, but somehow, in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love, something is transmitted there. And it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation. So, we need to be true to who we are and remember what’s really important to us. That's what's going to keep Apple Apple: is if we keep us us. - Make Something Wonderful, Steve Jobs (opens in a new tab)

To be hardcore is to be wildly optimistic about what can be achieved tomorrow while harshly pessimistic about what works today. Creating software is an art. It is computer science and engineering. It is inspiration, and perspiration. It is inherently individual yet relies on a team. Most of all, building software is a group of people coming together to conjure something into existence and turning that into a product used by billions. That is hardcore software. - Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution, Steven Sinofsky (opens in a new tab)

Building a company is a form of self-expression that I strive for.


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