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Stuff
"I've now stopped accumulating stuff. Except books—but books are different. Books are more like a fluid than individual objects. It's not especially inconvenient to own several thousand books, whereas if you owned several thousand random possessions you'd be a local celebrity." Books as a fluid!
books  paulgraham  stuff 
december 2011 by infovore
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I suspect a lot of people aren't sure what's the top idea in their mind at any given time. I'm often mistaken about it. I tend to think it's the idea I'd want to be the top one, rather than the one that is. But it's easy to figure this out: just take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it's not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something."
paulgraham  ideas  creativity  thinking 
july 2010 by infovore
Be Good
"...if you put those two ideas together, you get something surprising. Make something people want. Don't worry too much about making money. What you've got is a description of a charity."
paulgraham  essay  writing  business  startup 
april 2008 by infovore
Microsoft is Dead
"I'm glad Microsoft is dead. They were like Nero or Commodus—evil in the way only inherited power can make you. Because remember, the Microsoft monopoly didn't begin with Microsoft."
microsoft  web20  business  essay  paulgraham  internet  software 
april 2007 by infovore

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