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Behold, the fool saith, “Put not all thine eggs in the one basket” — which is but a manner of saying, “Scatter your money and your attention”; but the wise man saith, “Put all your eggs in the one basket and — WATCH THAT BASKET.”
— Pudd’nhead Wilson
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
— Computers, Communications and the Public Interest, pp. 40‒41, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1971
With my whole body, I taste these peaches.
Carelessness is worse than a thief.
The human understanding is moved by those things most which strike and enter the mind simultaneously and suddenly, and so fill the imagination; and then it feigns and supposes all other things to be somehow, though it cannot see how, similar to those few things by which it is surrounded.
— Novum Organum, Aphorism 47, 1620
Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of consciousness, are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others….
— Principles of Psychology, I, pp. 403‒404
The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries.
A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
— Epigrams on Programming, Sept., 1982