„There are no easy choices. The way ahead will be very hard.“
„The best thing software can be is easy, but the way to do this is to get the defaults right, not to limit users' choices.“
— Paul Graham English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist 1964
"The Other Road Ahead" http://www.paulgraham.com/road.html, September 2001
— Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955
Sometimes quoted with "difficult" instead of "hard". A similar thought was expressed by automobile executive Clarence Bleicher in 1947 (before Bill Gates was born): "if you get a tough job, one that is hard, and you haven’t got a way to make it easy, put a lazy man on it, and after 10 days he will have an easy way to do it".
„Change isn't easy. Changing the way you live means changing the way you think, means changing what you believe about life. That's hard.“
— Dean Koontz, One Door Away from Heaven
Context: Change isn't easy, Micky. Changing the way you live means changing the way you think. Changing the way you think means changing what you believe about life. That's hard, sweetie. When we make our own misery, we sometimes cling to it even when we want so bad to change, because the misery is something we know. The misery is comfortable. Geneva Davis; chapter 1, p. 8
„No one behind, no one ahead.
The path the ancients cleared has closed.
And the other path, everyone's path,
easy and wide, goes nowhere.
I am alone and find my way.“
— Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998
„Christ, you know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be.
The way things are going,
they're going to crucify me.“
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
"Ballad of John and Yoko" (1969)
„If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation.“
— Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
Context: If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation. Whoever concerns himself with big technology, either to push it forward or to stop it, is gambling in human lives. <!-- Pt. 1, Ch. 1
„One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Context: But at the moment I'd like to talk about another way because this threat is with us and at the moment is more imminent. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.... Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this. Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine (1961 LP)
„It is very pleasant to scratch an itching ring-worm, but the sensation one gets afterwards is very painful and intolerable. In the same way the pleasures of this world are very attractive in the beginning, but their consequences are terrible to contemplate and hard to endure.“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
„It is very easy to sail along with the majority -- easy to sail the way the boats are going -- easy to float with the stream; but when you come to swim against the tide, with the men on the shore throwing rocks at you, you will get a good deal of exercise in this world.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899