A collection of Alan Kay quotes

Art is the reminder that our brain is so limited that we can hardly deal with getting from one moment to the next, art forces us to acknowledge there is more there.

Jokes and discoveries are very much related (taking you into a different path and reveal that you’re in a  different context.

If you see the present as a construction, you can have ideas about the future that are much better.


“If you manage your top line (quality of your people, quality of your products, quality of your strategy), the bottom line will follow.”

-Mentor of Steve Jobs

In the days when Sussman was a novice, Minsky once came to him as he sat hacking at the PDP-6.

“What are you doing?”, asked Minsky.

“I am training a randomly wired neural net to play Tic-tac-toe”, Sussman replied.

“Why is the net wired randomly?”, asked Minsky.

“I do not want it to have any preconceptions of how to play”, Sussman said.

Minsky then shut his eyes.

“Why do you close your eyes?” Sussman asked his teacher.

“So that the room will be empty.”

At that moment, Sussman was enlightened.