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Inkommodieren

[...] und ein Anflug von Unmut trübte seinen Blick, als er den kleinen Kaffeefleck wiedersah, der es seit dem Morgen gewagt hatte, das geräumige Weiß seiner Weste zu inkommodieren.
(Der Leopard von Giuseppe Tomasi die Lampedusa, S.8)

Simplicity

With constant pressure to add features and options and configurations, and to ship code quickly, it's easy to neglect simplicity, even though in the long run simplicity is the key to good software. Simplicity requires more work at the beginning of a project to reduce an idea to its essence and more discipline over the lifetime of a project to distinguish good changes from bad or pernicious ones. With sufficient effort, a good change can be accommodated without compromising what Fred Brooks called the 'conceptual integrity' of the design but a bad change cannot, and a pernicious change trades simplicity for its shallow cousin, convenience. Only through simplicity of design can a system remain stable, secure, and coherent as it grows.

(Preface, The Go Programming Language)

Ronald Coase

"In my youth it was said that what was too silly to be said may be sung. In modern economics it may be put into mathematics." (Ronald Coase)

Life

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” (Jawaharlal Nehru)

Cure

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.” (Karen Blixen)

Often

"Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe." (Muhammad Ali)

Wise words

"If you are depressed,
you are living in the past.
If you are anxious,
you are living in the future.
If you are at peace,
you are living in the present."
(Lao Tzu)

Illness

"Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of the other place." (Susan Sontag)

Unterwerfung

Wahrscheinlich ist es für Menschen, die in einem bestimmten sozialen System gelebt und es zu etwas gebracht haben, unmöglich, sich in die Perspektive solcher zu versetzen, die von diesem System nie etwas zu erwarten hatten und einigermaßen unerschrocken auf seine Zerstörung hinarbeiten.

("Unterwerfung" - Michel Houellebecq, S.48)