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Aiden Hao Song

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Computer Science

Life is too short to be ordinary.


Life & Philosophy

  1. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a decoration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
    – Mahammad Ali

  2. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
    – Dr.Seuss
  3. Ofren time we do all sorts of silly things to avoid appear different. Conformity happens so naturally that we can forget how powerful it is. We want to be accepted by our peers. We want to be part of the group. It's in our biology. But the thing that makes us human are those time that we listen to the whisper of our soul and allow ourselves to be pulled into the other direction.
    – Evan Spiegel
  4. Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.
    – Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
    – Marcus Aurelius
  6. We all get what we tolerate. All the problems in the world is always just fear.
    – Tony Robbins
  7. When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own - not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.
    – Marcus Auerlius
  8. Be clear about your intention and the universe would rise up to meet you wherever you are.
    – Oprah's letter to India.Arie
  9. Because wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure.
    – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  10. I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all.
    –The Stranger, Albert Camus
  11. Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
    – Galatians 6:9
  12. If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
    – Marcus Aurelius
  13. I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
    – Mahammad Ali
  14. We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
    – Seneca the Younger
  15. Beware that, when fighting mosters, you yourself do not become a moster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.
    – Mark Twain
  16. Why fit in when you born to stand out?
    – Dr.Seuss
  17. Excuses are born out of fear. Eliminate your fear and there will be no excuses.
    – Unknown
  18. A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.
    – Sonia Sotomayor
  19. In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or back into safety.
    – Abraham Maslow
  20. If you are still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.
    – Roman Price
  21. Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
    – Les Brown
  22. Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
    – Alan Watts
  23. Keep your goals away from the trolls.
    – Unknown
  24. If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.
    – Unknown
  25. People don't change their minds. They die, and are replaced by people with different opinions.
    – Arturo Albergati
  26. One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
    – Jack Kerouac
  27. The future depends on what we do in the present.
    –Mahatma Gandhi
  28. People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
    –John C. Maxwell
  29. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
    –Martin Luther King Jr.
  30. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
    –Jane Goodall
  31. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
    –Billy Cox
  32. Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
    –Oscar Wilde
  33. Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
    – Oscar Wilde
  34. The past is done. The future has plenty of room for change.
    – Anonymous
  35. If you are going through hell, keep going.
    – Winston Churchill
  36. As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you no matter what is wrong.
    –Jon Kabet-Zinn
  37. You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
    – Jon Kabet-Zinn
  38. Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more.
    – Jon Kabet-Zinn
  39. Be careful with your words. Once they are said they can only be forgiven, not forgetten.
    – Unknown
  40. All the things we think are so important in our lives are utterly insignificant in reality.
    – Marcus Aurelius
  41. Feelings are just victors. Let them come and go.
    – Mooji

Academic & Learning

  1. Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
    – Ben Stein
  2. The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find themselves in places no one had ever been.
    – Albert Einstein
  3. Mathematics requires a small dose, not of genius, but of an imaginative freedom which, in a larger dose, would be insanity.
    – Angus K. Rodgers
  4. Study what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irrelavant and original manner possible.
    – Richard Feynman
  5. Everything is difficult until you know how to do it.
    – Anonymous
  6. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, "I will try again tomorrow."
    – Mary Radmache
  7. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
    – Thomas Edison
  8. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
    –Mark Twain
  9. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, "I will try again tomorrow."
    – Mary Radmache
  10. For me, mathematics is a collection of examples; a theorem is a statement about a collection of examples and the purpose of proving theorems is to classify and explain the examples.
    – John B. Conway
  11. He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in the living room, and while lying in bed at night.
    – Mary Louise Bell divorce complaint
  12. I think a life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time.
    – Charlie Munger
  13. Launch and learn. Everything is progress.
    – Danielle LaPorte
  14. The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
    – Captain Jack Sparrow
  15. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
    – Albert Einstein
  16. Computer Programming is an art, because it applies accumulated knowledge to the world, because it requires skill and ingenuity, especially because it produces objects of beauty.
    – Donald Knuth, 1974
  17. Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
    – Martin Golding


  1. Every plan is made to be broken.
    – Sheryl Sandbergh
  2. Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
    – Phil Jackson
  3. I never took a day off in my 20's. Not One.
    – Bill Gates
  4. Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
    – Sara Blakely
  5. Don't fear moving slowly. Fear standing still.
    – Chinese Proverb
  6. All happy companies are different: Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: They failed to escape competition.
    –Competition Is for Losers, Peter Thiel