Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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Quotes Worth Stealing

Well, maybe not stealing, since I am crediting my sources, but certainly borrowing. I was today perusing the June/July 2005 issue of Dynamic Graphics – okay, so I’m a little behind in my reading – and I came across an exceptionally nice group of quotes. I’ve selected a few favorites to repeat here:

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
– James Boswell

Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy.
– Samuel Butler

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
– Howard Aiken

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
– The Dilbert Principle

You can’t polish a turd.
– David Reddig

That last quote is of particular interest to me, since it is very close to something I have said for many years, usually in reference to certain people who are dependably incompetent in their chosen field of endeavor, despite having worked in that field for a long time:
If you take a turd, and you polish it and buff it and polish it some more, you will end up with a shiny turd.
– Me

On a literal basis, Mr. Reddig and I may seem to be contradicting one another, but I think we’re essentially saying the same thing. Also – I sometimes say this not so much in reference to the individual as in reference to a particular work of theirs. Yeah, it’s kind of a snarky thing to say, but I do have those moments!

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