Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. ~ Blaise Pascal
Which roughly translates to
I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.
Which is often mordernized
If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.
Which is attributed to many different people.
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. ~ unknown
The only way to be an expert is to remain a student ~ unknown
I like the pithy nature of some parts of this document, because they make you to think. However, taken at face value, they are abstract and confusing.
On "I value craftsmanship over artistry.":
An artist leaves a trace of their ego in the work that they produce. A craftsman leave behind nothing but their work. When an artist needs to change their work, they need to change their ego. A craftsman need only change their work.
I'm certain that this has been inspired from somewhere, though I cannot find a single origin. The words however are mine.
On "Now is better than never, but never is often better than now.":
This comes from "Zen of Python" mentioned in the influential readings section. It is written as an aphorism. My interpretation is something along the lines of "it is important to find balance in prioritization". There are many things that if you don't do now, you will never do. There are many things that if you do now, then you forsake other "things" where the most important "thing" is focus. Neither of those statements are absolutes and a balance needs to be found.