Useful talk quotes

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I like to use quotes in my presentations and I'm always looking for great ones. On this page I'll keep track of my favorites (in no particular order).

50% of computer programming is trial and error, the other 50% is copy and paste.

by Pawan Sharma

Don't address their brains. Address their hearts.

by Nelson Mandela

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

by Bill Nye

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will not forget how you made them feel.

by Maya Angelou

Everybody is an expert in something.

by Celeste Headlee

Look at the people at your new work place: you'll become like them. They won't become like you.

by Bob Sutton

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesnt exist.

by Stephen Hawking

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

by Bertrand Russel

Information shouldn't be a privilege.

by Una Kravets

Programming slowly takes over your life.

by Mark Nadal

Tech has to be for everyone, for everyone to be in tech.

by Alex Gybson

Adopting an inclusive design approach expands a tech product's total addressable market.

by John Maeda

By recognizing exclusion we can start to build empathy for people who interact with unwelcoming designs every day of their lives.

by Kat Holmes

Inclusive design is not just for good, it's for good business!

by John Maeda

I believe that making things accessible should be required because it is the right thing to do!

by Karl Groves

The modal is the boss battle in a11y.

by Rob Dodson

I know enough JavaScript to be dangerous.

by Marcos Placona

JavaScript fatigue is what happens when people use tools they don't need to solve problems they don't have.

by Lucas F Costa

Our brain loves to be surprised.

by Arthur Doler

Programming is the closest thing to a superpower we have.

by Drew Houston

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

by Tim Berners Lee

For every complex problem, there is an aswer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

by H. L. Mencken

Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.

by unknown :(

Every one and everything is interesting.

by unknown :(

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

by John lennon

When you're different from the mono culture people want to focus on the differences and not the similarities.

by Safia Abdala

In the future there will be no female leaders. There will be just leaders.

by Sheryl Sandberg

You're shaping tomorrow's job market based on the technology choices you make today.

by Henrik Joreteg

The sign of an excellent speaker is someone who make the audience feel something.

by Angela Lussier

A junior person’s job is to find answers to questions; a senior person’s job is to find the right questions to ask.

by Yonatan Zunger

I could change lifes and make a bigger impact, and that's why I have never been able to turn off that switch for accessibility.

by Marcy Sutton

If you make people feel good about what they’re doing with your technology, they’re going to make sure that other people know about it and are doing good things with it.

by Leslie Hawthorn

Notifications are a DOS attack on your brain!

by Burke Holland

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

by Steve Jobs

For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.

More or less unknown

One of my biggest motivators is the fact that I am impossible to satisfy. I’ll never feel like I’ve done enough conference talks or written enough blog posts or submitted enough pull requests. Admittedly, this is a dangerous ideology and one that I would not recommend other people follow.

by Safia Abdalla

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

by Mark Twain

We're all edge cases.

by Sara Wachter-Boettcher in "Technically Wrong"

There's actually no magic in tech. [...] It's just a skill set – one that all kinds of people can, and do, learn.

by Sara Wachter-Boettcher in "Technically Wrong"

Accessibility isn’t on anyone’s radar — until it is.

by Rachel Williamson

“Diversity and Inclusion” is a thing — and Accessibility is a big part of it.

by Rachel Williamson

"Stories aren't just facts, stories are facts with souls."

by Alexei Kapterev in "Presentation secrets"

A 10x engineer isn’t someone who is 10x better than those around them, but someone who makes those around them 10x better.

by Kate Heddleston

The best technical tutorials are written by engineers who don't know the technology before writing them.

by Stephanie Hurlburt

Being human is an essential skill!

by Ruth Holloway

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

by Maya Angelou

Configuration should not stand in the way of getting started.

by Dan Abramov

Coding is not the goal. [...] The goal is creating great, usable and maintainable solutions to problems people have.

by Wiktoria Dalach

Accessibility is the goal to ensure that products support each individual user’s needs and preferences.

by Matt May

Better words make better products.

by Ashley Walls

"We don't have any non-JavaScript users" No, all your users are non-JS while they're downloading your JS.

by Jake Archibald

"When you use Serverless, your server is actually everywhere (and not nowhere as the name suggests)."

by Paolo Negri

Truncation is not a content strateg...

by Karen McGrane

Nobody loves what prettier does to their syntax. Everyone loves what prettier does to their coworkers' syntax.

by reddit user grensley

Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

by Kurt Vonnegut

I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.

by Voltaire

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

by Banksy

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.

by Vernā Myers

Just because you are grabbing all the low-hanging fruit doesn’t mean you are making a good fruit salad.

by Jenn Simmons

A team of senior engineers without junior engineers is a team of engineers.

by Malte Ubl

Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you're also the murderer

by Filipe Fortes

HTML is by default accessible. And fast. Our job as developers is to not fuck that up!

by Estelle Weyl

How to Take Criticism? Ask yourself: Is this helpful or not helpful? Translate. Stay curious. Hang in there until you receive actionable feedback.

by Chappell Ellison

Code never lies. Comments sometimes do.

by unknown

Every website is a web app and every web app is a website.

by gatsbyjs.org

Don’t Compare Your Behind-The-Scenes With Everyone's Highlight Reel. Don’t Compare Your Behind-The-Scenes With Everyone's Highlight Reel. Don’t Compare Your Behind-The-Scenes With Everyone's Highlight Reel. Don’t Compare Your Behind-The-Scenes With Everyone's Highlight Reel.

by Tara Hunt

Hacking your work life balance is a process.

by Jennifer Wadella

The hardest thing in web development is communication and talking with people.

by Charlie Owen

We don’t hire people to write code. We hire them to solve problems.

by Jem Young

What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months.

by Fred Brooks

Static is just a cache.

by Seva Zaikov

You have to reward your users for interaction.

by Stephen Shaw

No matter where you are instead of looking at your phone look at all the people and find the one that you connect with and realize that they're the center of the universe – because for them they are, just like you are for yourself.

by Chad Fowler

Love is a verb, not a noun.

by Teresa Colón

Always know it’s okay to be broken. It’s okay to talk about it and doing something about it.

by Sarah Vieira

Don't make assumptions on what people may or may not know. Any assumption you make is likely wrong.

by James M. Snell

Serverless is much like wireless. Wireless doesn't mean there's no more wires involved, it's just that you don't need to worry about them most of the time.

by unknown

Human beings are storytellers. We don’t see or observe things as they are but we impose a narrative line on the events in our life to add order to them.

by Zat Rana

Empathy is love's reason for being.

by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli in "The power of empathy"

“Fully Accessible” doesn’t exist.

by Rachamim David

Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.

by Kazuki Yamada

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.

by F.M. Alexander

Accessibility is about ensuring that there are no barriers preventing someone using a product or service.

by Philip Rutnam

The problem is that if you can’t say no, you can’t have priorities.

by Scott Berkun in Making Things Happen

Whenever you fall, pick something up.

by Author Oswald Avery

Before you release a website, tab through it. If you cannot see where you are on the page after each tab; you're not finished yet.

by Michiel Bijl

Nobody has ever thanked me for using complicated words.

by Eva Ferreira (Fronteers 2018)

The reason not every fantasy should be pursued is because fantasies never have negative repercussions. Reality does.

by Mark Manson

Essentially, engineering is all about cooperation, collaboration, and empathy for both your colleagues and your customers. If someone told you that engineering was a field where you could get away with not dealing with people or feelings, then I’m very sorry to tell you that you have been lied to.

by Yonatan Zunger

Pushing against a stereotype is emotional labor that men, white men in particular, don't have to perform. Instead, they can use that energy to focus on being a great engineer. Women and minorities, on the other hand, start and end the day at an emotional deficit.

by Emily Chang from her book Brotopia

If you don't like how @PrettierCode formats your code, it's because you care too much about code formatting.

by Kent C. Dodds

Talking to people is never a waste of time if you know how to listen.

by Francesc Campoy

When we took a closer look, we found that UI developers were spending less than 1/3 of their time actually building UI. The rest of that time spent was figuring out where and how to fetch data, filtering/mapping over that data and orchestrating many API calls. Sprinkle in some build/deploy overhead. Now, building UI is a nice-to-have or an afterthought.

by Mark Stuart on Paypal REST usage

Make time for your team, or you won't have one.

by Paul Rosania

Culture is how people make decisions when the boss isn’t in the room.

by Christa Quarles

Complexity is the enemy of accessibility.

by Allistair Duggin

We should see front-end development as a unique skillset that is critical to the success of any project.

by Robin Rendle

Bootstrap isn’t a skill though — front-end development is.

by Robin Rendle

You don't have to Marc Zuckerberg to be happy.

by Paul Jarvis

As designers, we disable people when we don’t get it right.

by Jamie Knight

It’s funny, cause no one has JavaScript disabled in 2018, except everyone has JavaScript disabled until it’s loaded and evaluated.

by Max Rovensky

Serverless thinking: Use a service whenever possible because services are almost always cheaper than people.

by Paul Johnston

Because you guys, it's not just about you guys.

by Knut Melvær

Becoming aware of our priviliges opens us up to listening & learning.

by Patricia Aas

When I think about my own Facebook use, I think often about that first website I made, and how that site served the exact same purpose then that Facebook does now.

by Jason Koebler

Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, it’s bad.

by Cory House

No one has every complained that something was too easy to read.

by Ashley Bischoff

If I slam a product or service I don’t like on Twitter, I’m publicly making a whole lot of engineers who put lot of work into it feel like shit.

by Emily Freeman

Life is too short to let things stay the way they are.

by David Neal

Even your favorite developers may not know many things that you know.

by Dan Abramov

Fast feedback loops lower stress, aid focus, foster creativity, and reduce risk.

by Cory House

Leadership is not tied to a position. Leadership is a mindset.

by Tom Bartel

Developers rarely refactor code unless it is cheap and safe to do so.

by Ovidiu Bute

Your smile is a messenger of your goodwill.

by Dale Carnegie

If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context. It’s that simple.

by Devon Price

Access isn't a yes or no question, it's a conversation.

by Robin M. Eames

[...] the people you admire on here are just people. They're nerds who struggle with impostor syndrome and self-doubt like you, and there's nothing special about them that isn't special about you too.

by Ian Coldwater

Every design decision has the potential to either include or exclude people.

by Alistair Duggin

By designing with accessibility in mind what we're actually doing is we're designing for our friends family and our future selves.

by Alistair Duggin

T.H.I.N.K. before you speak. T - is it True? H - is it Helpful? I - is it Inspiring? N - is it Necessary? K - is it Kind? I feel like I need this to pop up every time I go to post online.

by Bec Hil

Privilige is bound to its context.

by Amr Abdelwahab

What I don’t understand is why it’s okay if you can “just write JS”, but somehow you’re not good enough if you “just write HTML and CSS”.

by Mandy Michael

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

by @debihope

If Your Dreams Don't Serve You, Let Them Go

by Frank Denbow

Writing is the meetup you don't have to go to.

by Marcos Placona

Useless is not worthless.

by Charlie Gerard

We get together on the basis of our similarities; we grow on the basis of our differences.

by Virginia Satir

My github account is full of empty repositories with good intentions.

by Kelly Vaughn

You can spend a lifetime to build a good reputation and then ruin your efforts with less than 280 characters. Be mindful of what you share. Be less judgmental and mean spirited. Don’t belittle people. And if given a choice between clever or kind, always choose kind. Be kind.

by Vala Afshar

No amount of indentation or sorting imports alphabetically can fix a broken design.

by Dan Abramov

A full-page spinner is basically an admission of being too slow and apologising to the user.

by Jake Archibald

It's a mistake to learn a framework without first learning the fundamentals. That's why, when dealing with beginners, I always start off by making them build their own CPU, programming language and operating system.

by Mark Dalgleish

"Solving" a software problem by saying which tools or framework you'll use is like solving a math problem by saying which calculator you'll use.

by David Khourshid

The distance from zero to hero is exactly one character wide.

by unknown

Treat the world like a codebase. Leave it in a better shape than how you found it.

by Mudit Ameta

The internet is the world’s greatest university but you have to build your own curriculum, set your own schedule and grade your own work.

by Johnny Uzan

Good developer experience happens when doing the right thing is natural and messing up is hard.

by Kent C. Dodds

anxiety-driven development is me grepping and debugging by myself for hours instead of asking my teammate a simple question because i just feel like i'm "supposed to" be able to figure something out 😭

by amy nguyen

Frameworks are not tools for organising your code, they are tools for organising your mind.

by Rich Harris

If we, as leaders and managers, don’t take the time to remind our teams that we value them, we’re letting people’s imaginations fill in the gaps. That’s a recipe for stress.

by Jason Lengstorf

If you’re used to winning, winning is habitual, losing sucks. If you’re used to losing, losing is habitual, winning is epic.

by Danny Forest

Always be honest. It sounds dumb, but often the person we’re the least honest with is our own self.

by Danny Forest

Serverless is an idea, not any single implementation of that idea.

by Tierney Cyren

Leadership is about making choices when the waters are murky and it’s about modeling how to make tough choices so your team has the courage to do the same.

by Rukmini Reddy

Be careful not to say "nobody needs a CS degree" or "CS degrees are bad" when you really mean "I have not found myself at a disadvantage for the things I've wanted to accomplish in my life by not having a CS degree".

by @brianloveswords

[...] the degree to which other people want to work with you is a direct indication on how successful you’ll be in your career as an engineer. Be the engineer that everyone wants to work with.

by John Allspaw

Great is just good, but repeatable.

by Steph Smith

Documentation is a love letter to your future self.

by Julio Biason

The tech industry is not a meritocracy.

by Alex Qin