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“All good teachers will tell you that the most important quality they bring to their teaching is their love for the children. But what does that mean? It means that before we can teach them, we need to delight in them. Someone once said that children need one thing in order to succeed in life: someone who is crazy about them. We need to find a way to delight in all our students. We may be the only one in their lives to do so. We need to look for the best, expect the best, find something in each child that we can truly treasure.... If children recognize that we have seen their genius, who they really are, they will have the confidence and resilience to take risks in learning. I am convinced that many learning and social difficulties would disappear if we learned to see the genius in each child and then created a learning environment that encourages it to develop.”
Steven Levy
“Epstein came up with an elaborate plan, including TV ads, and presented it to the board. The board rejected it.

“It really came down to this,” McCaffrey later said. “We have a limited budget. Do we want to put that money into the technology, into the infrastructure, into hiring really great people? Or do we want to blow it on a marketing campaign that we can’t measure?” Larry and Sergey told Epstein that his interim stint was over”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“[Google is] an omnivorous collector of information, a hyperencyclopedic vault of human knowledge, an unerring auctioneer, an eerily skilful student of languages, behaviour, and desires.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“You can’t argue with facts. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“Inherently, Larry & Serge aren't paper-oriented - they're product oriented. If they have another 10 minutes, they want to make something better. They don't want to take 10 minutes to tell you something they did.
- Terry Winograd”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“We designed Google to be the kind of place where the kind of people we wanted to work here would work for free.
- Urs Hölzle”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“Ideas... [are] like babies - everything about their environment [says] they shouldn't exist. But they do. You can't dwell on problems too early, or they will swamp the virtues and you will decide not to do the project.
(Attributed to Mike Jones)”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“Kay himself has conceded that technological wizards generally fall into two categories: the Michelangelo types who dream of Sistine Chapels and then actually spend years building them, and the da Vincis, who have a million ideas but seldom finish anything themselves.”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“Mesmo se você falhar em meio a algo ambicioso, é muito difícil falhar por completo”,”
Steven Levy, Google - A Biografia 
“in keeping with the Hacker Ethic, no artificial boundaries were maintained.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“She noted the lack of female hardware hackers, and was enraged at the male hacker obsession with technological play and power.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Because to hackers, passwords were even more odious than locked doors.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“It is astounding that Google, whose corporate philosophy is ‘don’t be evil,’ would enable evil by cooperating with China’s censorship policies just to make a buck,” he said in a press release. “… Many Chinese have suffered imprisonment and torture in the service of truth—and now Google is collaborating with their persecutors.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“central tenets of the Hacker Ethic: the free flow of information, particularly information that helped fellow hackers understand, explore, and build systems.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“For the first time in my life I was reading things which had not been approved by the Prophet’s censors, and the impact on my mind was devastating. Sometimes I would glance over my shoulder to see who was watching me, frightened in spite of myself. I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. (from Revolt in 2100)”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“still working hard at Google, even though they had the wealth of Saudi princes.”
Steven Levy, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
“There is nothing more frustrating to a hacker than to see an extension to a system and not be able to keep hands-on.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“��The very best companies in the world are best not only because of their creativity, but because of their ability to implement.”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“— the new Atari firm was just beginning to put together a home setup to play that game, in which two people control “paddles” of light”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Compare it to its contemporary, the space program. The latter focused on a single mind-blowing goal, a moon landing, which was successfully met. And then the enterprise fizzled, becoming decreasingly relevant to the general public. The main benefits of the whole enterprise seem to have been Teflon, Tang, and a stack of very cool photographs. ARPA—by using its relatively meager bankroll (millions, not billions) to seed an entire culture devoted to transforming computers into instruments of communications and mental augmentation—bootstrapped a revolution that would change the way all of us worked, created, and thought.”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“but by and large ITS proved that the best security was no security at all.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“Systems are organic, living creations: if people stop working on them and improving them, they die.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
“stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too."��”
Steven Levy, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
“In their view, hacking would be better served by using the best system possible.”
Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition


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