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John Carmack Quotes and Sayings

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Rocket science has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty.
- John Carmack

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
- John Carmack

I'd rather have a search engine or a compiler on a
deserted island than a game.
- John Carmack

Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie.
It's expected to be there, but it's not that important.
- John Carmack

 

It's nice to have a game that sells a million copies.
- John Carmack

At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective
thing that can't win for everyone,
while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random
symbol for petty tribal behavior.
- John Carmack

The speed of light sucks.
- John Carmack

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The Xbox 360 is the first console that I've ever worked
with that actually has development tools that are better
for games than what we've had on PC.
- John Carmack

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.
- John Carmack

Everybody's saturated with the marketing hype of next-generation consoles.
They are wonderful, but the truth is that they are
as powerful as a high end PC is right now.
- John Carmack

Programming is not a zero-sum game.
Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you.
I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming.
- John Carmack

Focused, hard work is the real key to success.
Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the
next step towards completing it.
If you aren't sure which way to do something,
do it both ways and see which works better.
- John Carmack

Because of the nature of Moore's law,
anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer
can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent
programmer some number of years later.
- John Carmack

The cost of adding a feature isn't just the time it takes to code it.
The cost also includes the addition of an obstacle to future expansion.
The trick is to pick the features that don't fight each other.
- John Carmack

When you launch in a rocket, you're not really flying that rocket.
You're just sort of hanging on.
- Michael P. Anderson

Suddenly Star Wars came out while we were on hiatus,
and we looked like the old Buck Rogers series,
where they had cigarette smoke blowing out the back of the rocket ship.
- Gregory Harrison

What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars.
- William Wordsworth

My favorite album would have to be Rocket To Russia.
I feel this album has the most classic Ramones songs.
- Johnny Ramone

Stand back!
I gotta get some rocket fuel out of the fridge!
- Adam Savage

I certainly remember building model rockets.
It was fun to watch the rocket blast into the air,
suspenseful to wonder if the parachute would open to
bring the rocket safely back.
- Eric Allin Cornell

The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business.
But I've had to learn a little bit about it.
It's not rocket science: You get ratings,
that's good.
- Al Franken

It's not rocket science.
It's social science.
- Clement Mok

I even have a Harmony Rocket and a Stratocaster with
a scalloped neck back in Florida.
- Daisy Berkowitz

If you put somebody on a crack pipe and give them a 9 mm Baretta,
you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out
what's going to happen next.
- James Lee Burke

The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than
it was before the Challenger accident.
- Sally Ride

If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die.
- Bruce Cockburn

If there is a small rocket on top of a big one,
and if the big one is jettisoned and the small one is ignited,
then their speeds are added.
- Hermann Oberth

Build a rocket ship and leave the earth!
- Jon Heder

I don't think makeup is rocket science or a cure for cancer.
- Cindy Crawford

To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project
him into the controlling gravitational field of the
moon where the passengers can make scientific observations,
perhaps land alive, and then return to earth -
all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne.
- Lee De Forest

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion.
When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended,
she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.
- Lionel Blue

The two things that matter the most to me:
emotional resonance and rocket launchers.
Party of Five, a brilliant show, and often made me cry uncontrollably,
suffered ultimately from a lack of rocket launchers.
- Joss Whedon

The rocket had worked perfectly, and all I had to do
was survive the reentry forces.
You do it all, in a flight like that,
in a rather short period of time, just 16 minutes as a matter of fact.
- Alan Shepard

Nowhere in this country should we have laws that permit
drinking and driving or drinking in vehicles that are on American highways.
This is not rocket science.
We know how to prevent this, and 36 states do.
- Byron Dorgan

Yet another proposal would have us rocket the waste into the sun,
but, as you're probably aware, about one in ten of
our space shots doesn't quite make it out of the earth's gravitational field.
- David R. Brower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Rocket scientists agree that we have about reached
the limit of our ability to travel in space using chemical rockets.
To achieve anything near the speed of light we will
need a new energy source and a new propellant.
Nuclear fission is not an option.
- Wilson Greatbatch

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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