Quotes

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

— Mark Twain

February 21, 2024

Put typescript on the outer edges of the things outside of your control

— Andre de Albuquerque

Shared with me by Andre on a Build in Public: Live call—the conversation (and this quote) really helped me figure out a more nuanscaed take on when and where to use Typescript as an indie hacker.

February 2, 2024

I’m going to keep throwing startups at the wall until one hooks me a meeting w/ PG

— texoport

User texoport from my streams chat (texoport__)

January 16, 2024

I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I felt that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actor, kidding ourselves on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between those two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other - that kept me going.

— Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

Delivered to me in an indirect way by sugaree27 from my Twitch chat—this quote perfectly captures the two headspaces I find myself in daily when it comes to being an indie hacker/startup founder.

January 11, 2024

yeah dude, you are either playing ranked matches in games, or in life

— h3llofriend

User h3llofriend on my Twitch stream

January 5, 2024

If only my peak productivity hours weren’t 7-9am and 9-11pm—flanked myself

— Liam Bigelow

Shared on my stream

November 26, 2023

To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You must accept the most tedious tasks with pleasure.

— Bruce Lee

Shared with me by hoochiemamma on my stream—a quote I very much agree with

November 23, 2023

You seek problems because you need their gifts.

— Richard Bach

Shared with me by my wonderful friend Jack (dutch_dangle) on my Twitch stream.

November 20, 2023

Don’t forget the skateboard

— codefork

A chat message from codefork on my Twitch stream, in reference to a 'skateboard -> scooter etc.' MVP model I'd planned out (i.e. don't feature creep, keep the MVP simple!)

November 19, 2023

Design is when designers design a design to produce a design.

— John Heskett

Shared to me by the wonderful ManniMoki on my stream

November 18, 2023

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others

— Martha Graham

Passed to me by hittaus on my Twitch channel through a video titled 'How To Get Started: The Cult of Done' by No Boilerplate on YouTube (a fantastic channel)

November 16, 2023

The hardest part of design work is hiding who you stole it all from

— Threecreepio

November 2, 2023

Design implements ideas. Points a bit towards the culture. But doesn’t dictate.

— hittaus

from Twitch chat

July 26, 2023

Names are the smallest possible unit of documentation.

— Emma Ferguson

From this article, title "Your Codebase Deserves Better Names": https://medium.com/samsara-engineering/your-codebase-deserves-better-names-d53fa2283c26

July 13, 2023

Leaders are hunters; the rest blindly follow.

— Damon Chen

Damon is a leader amongst indie hackers himself

July 12, 2023

Accessibility is for everyone, your future self will thank you someday.

— ManniMoki

Manni's take on a11y—I like this a lot. Manni was inspired by this quote: https://twitter.com/annaecook/status/1660681101021700096

July 10, 2023

Everyday we are all learning in this field [development], it’s to big to know everything. You learn what you need and when you need it. We all do.

— flowwwiii

July 10, 2023

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

— Lao Tzu

July 8, 2023

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.

— Marian Anderson

July 8, 2023

Do only the needful

— Unknown

From user dota2attitude on Twitch—I could do with tattooing this on my arm.

June 30, 2023

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

— Marcus Aurelius

May 7, 2023

I can think. I can wait. I can fast.

— Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

May 6, 2023

Gangsters do what they want, bitches do what they can.

— Sean Stenthouse

The sage wisdom Sean delivered to his younger peers at his school leavers assembly

May 6, 2023