Up there in the foremost echelons of my favourite quotes is this:
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
For me, this epitomises Free Software: the wood, the work and the orders are the Software itself, whilst the “vast and endless sea” is Freedom. How ridiculously romantic of me ;)
I had buried the quote in some notes, and was trying to unearth it a few days ago, tracking down the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Wikipedia. So it was edifying to see it on today’s Google doodle, marking the 110th anniversary of his birth.