A few words I carry every day, in no particular order.

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

Franz Kafka

Time waits for no one.

The chalkboard in "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"

We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

Alan Turing

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher, "Small is Beautiful"

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.

Herman Hesse, "Steppenwolf"

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

Don't feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.

Alan Perlis, quoted in "The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs"

Do not remain nameless to yourself.

Richard Feynman

Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.

Robin Hobb, "Fool’s Fate"

Some days it storms, some days it shines. This is how flowers grow.