Kristof Kovacs

Software architect, consultant

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." (Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist painter, 1881 - 1973)

"If you know yourself as well as your enemy, then you do not need to fear the result of 100 battles." (Sun Tzu, Military strategist, ~544-496 BC)

"When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called 'the People's Stick.'" (Bakunin, Russian political philosopher, anarchist, 1814-1876)

"The difference between stupid and intelligent people - and this is true whether or not they are well-educated - is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations - in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward." (Neal Stephenson, Writer)

"Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms." (First law of thermodynamics)

"Any time you're afraid to do something and you do it, it makes you stronger. Even if you fail." (Fred Bartlit, Law firm owner)

"Style is not fashion, it's something we have inside" (Lino Ieluzzi, Al Bazar owner)

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." (Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc.)

"No plan survives the first two minutes of battle." (Helmuth von Moltke, the Elder, Chief of the Imperial German General Staff, 1858 - 1888)

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." (Eric Hoffer, social writer and philosopher, 1902-1983)

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have” (Socrates, Classical Greek philosopher, 469 BC – 399 BC)

"Whoever tries the most stuff and screws the most stuff up and most rapidly launches the next try wins." (Tom Peters, American writer and business management consultant)

"One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter. One who, while himself seeking happiness, does not oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will find happiness hereafter." (Siddhārtha Gautama, Awakened one, the Buddha, 563 BC - 483 BC)

"So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today." (Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of mankind)

"Personally, I have lost my country and, worse still, in my country there has been a lot of destruction, suffering, and unhappiness. I have spent not only the majority of my life, but also the best part of my life outside Tibet. If you think of this from that angle alone, there is hardly anything that is positive. But from another angle, you can see that because of these unfortunate things I have had another type of freedom, such as the opportunity of meeting different people from different traditions and also of meeting scientists from different fields. From those experiences my life has been enriched and I have learned many valuable things. So my tragic experiences have also had some valuable aspects." (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet's leader-in-exile)

"To handle yourself, use confidence, effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. To handle others, use your heart." (Phramaha Sangthong Dhammacaro, Dhammaduta Monk)

"Be here now, be somewhere else later." (Zen proverb)