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Bits of wisdom

It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think.
Thomas Sowell
Interview with Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge
The source of the exhilaration associated with computer programming is the continual unfolding within the mind and on the computer of mechanisms expressed as programs and the explosion of perception they generate.
Alan J. Perlis
Forward to Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Emphasis mine.

Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are, in my opinion, more interesting than the inventions themselves.
George Polya
How to Solve It

To be sure, the "sources" that Polya is referring to are the inventor's thought processes, the internal dialogues of posed questions and attempts at answers - all the inner turmoil which finally led to the idea.

That journey is what I find most interesting of all!

To doubt everything and to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; each saves us from thinking.
Henri Poincare
Science and Hypothesis
Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that is is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble.
Alan J. Perlis
Epigrams on Programming
We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.
John Dewey
Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.
Eric Hoffer
The Temper of Our Time