I suggest all my students follow this as well.
- What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
- What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
- Who cares and why?
- If you’re successful, what difference will it make? What applications are enabled as a result?
- What are the risks?
- How much will it cost? How long will it take?
- What are the midterm and final check points to evaluate progress towards success?
- Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. -- Albert Einstein
- The thing that differentiates scientists is a purely artistic ability to discern what is a good idea, what is a beautiful idea, what is worth spending time on and most importantly what is a problem that is sufficiently interesting yet sufficiently difficult that it hasn't yet been solved and yet the time for solving it has come. -- Savas Dimopoulos
- And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Let this be my last word, that I trust thy love. -- Rabindranath Tagore
- 君子之于天下也，无适也，无莫也，义之与比。 -- 《论语》
- There is no better land than a barren land, to show your fertility. -- HS
- Veni, vidi, vici. -- Julius Caesar
- 人心惟危，道心惟微，惟精惟一，允执厥中。 -- 《尚书 • 大禹谟》
- 大学之道，在明明德，在亲民，在止于至善。知止而后有定，定而后能静，静而后能安，安而后能虑，虑而后能得。物有本末，事有终始。知所先后，则近道矣。-- 《大学》
- 孰能浊以静之徐清，孰能安以动之徐生. --《 道德经》
- 天行健，君子以自强不息。地势坤，君子以厚德载物。 -- 《易经》 & 清华校训（梁启超 @ 1914）