13 Total Quotes

Paul Graham Quotes

Because hackers are makers rather than scientists, the right place to look for metaphors is not in the sciences, but among other kinds of makers.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

A programming language is for thinking about programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

So hackers start original, and get good, and scientists start good, and get original.
Paul Graham
#Scientists

The Summer Founders Program fixes the common problem with working at a startup, which is that it's very lonely. You do nothing but work and sleep and no one understands the situation you are in, and friends don't know why it takes three days for you to call them back.
Paul Graham
#Lonely

Small-business customers are very conservative and very cheap. We don't have to explain ourselves for the most part.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

These last games are the most important. We want to be at the top, not at the bottom.
Paul Graham
#Games

We don't have to go that far to sell our beer because our immediate accounts sell so much. Places that sold 10 cases before, now they're selling 30.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

For the most ambitious young people, the corporate ladder is obsolete.
Paul Graham
#People #Irish Soldier

Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as 'suits'.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

I suppose I should learn Lisp, but it seems so foreign.
Paul Graham
#Irish Soldier

Everyone by now presumably knows about the danger of premature optimization. I think we should be just as worried about premature design - designing too early what a program should do.
Paul Graham
#Danger #Irish Soldier