Roy Tang

Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.

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This is a collection of quotes that I used for my randomly-generated email signature for around 10 years, before most of my mail usage became web-based. A lot of them are song lyrics I like, IM quotes, video game quotes, etc. Many of them are unsourced (I’ll correct that someday).

I delight in my pain, and I'm shattered like your promises;

Though I try to be sane, I'm just shattered like, shattered like your promises…

Is there a line that I could write

Sad enough to make you cry?

How would you know if you won't give me some time

To see if everything were to work out, you'd be mine

[18:24]<Raquel> di na naman nagtatakbo ng maayos yung edclient ko

[18:24]<Raquel> gulo na naman ng log ko

[18:24]<Raquel> :(

[18:24]<stang> hindi talaga tatakbo yan

[18:24]<Raquel> bakit hindi tatakbo?

[18:24]<stang> e kasi wala namang paa e

[18:24]<Raquel> hahahahahahaha…ang galing mo talaga mag-joke roy

All the things she keeps inside,

All the things that really matter;

The face puts on its best disguise,

And all is well until the heart betrays…

I believe in fate…but I also believe that a man should have the ability to defy fate and rise above his destiny.

Button for non-service floor does not light up.

I don't mind spending everyday

Out on your corner in the pouring rain

Look for the girl with the broken smile

Ask her if she wants to stay a while

If you were right and I was wrong

Why are you the one who's gone

And I'm still here?

Give me a little credit,

Have in me a little faith;

I wanna be with you forever,

But tomorrow's not too late…

I'll be true, I'll be useful, I'll be cavalier

I'll be yours my dear, and I'll belong to you

If you just let me through…

My heart is yours to fill or burst,

To break or bury, or wear as jewelry,

Whatever you prefer…

Opportunity knocks at the door while temptation leans on the doorbell.

Faith is to believe what you do not see;

the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.

  • St. Augustine

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Mess with the best, die like the rest…

My worst pains are words I cannot say

Still I will always fight on for you

“and through it all you'd watched me go, you never even cared that I needed you…”

– Dan England & John Ford Coley/ Who's Lonely Now

What the mind of men can conceive and believe,

the mind of man can achieve.

  • W. Clement Stone

The price for being the best is always having to be the best.

– Nanny Ogg, Lords and Ladies

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

  • Yoda, “The Empire Strikes Back”

Until you find something worth dying for, you're not really living.

  • Rebecca St. James

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

  • Albert Einstein

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.

What we do in life, echoes through eternity.

  • Maximus, “Gladiator”

A wise man once said, “I don't know.”

2 + 2 = 5 for extremely large values of 2.

My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.

“A good programmer is someone who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.”

“I'm sorry, our software is perfect. The problem must be you.

– Dogbert

All men are equal; it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference.

  • Voltaire

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.

  • Abraham Lincoln

“The world isn't fair, Calvin.”

“I know, but why it isn't ever unfair in my favor?”

  • in “Calvin & Hobbes”, by Bill Waterson

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

  • Albert Camus

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” (Bill Gates, 1981)

A friend is someone you call to help you move. A real friend is someone you call to help you move a body.

Defeat is worse than death, because you have to live with defeat.

Foolishness: “When others do a foolish thing, you should tell them it is a foolish thing. They can still continue to do it, but at least the truth is where it needs to be.”

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for yesterday's dream is today's hope and tomorrow's reality.”

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  • Robert Heinlein

My heart is saying “yes”, and my mind is saying “whatever, you never listen to me anyway.”

“There is no such thing as gravity. The Earth sucks, that is all.”

“My destiny is what I make it out to be, not what others want it to be.”

“Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.”

  • Arthur C Clarke

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up these defenses, you build this whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life. You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They do something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own any more. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.

  • Neil Gaiman

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

  • Victor Hugo

I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.

  • Jimi Hendrix

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

  • Italian proverb

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

  • Ambrose Redmoon

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

  • James Dean

It is not enough to have the courage of your convictions, you must also have the courage to have your convictions challenged.

  • Christopher Phillips

[14:24]<stang> bigyan ka ng tip

[14:25]<stang> pwede ka mag-type ng isang buong sentence sa jabber, nde mo kailangan break up into 1-2 words each

[14:25]<stang> :P

[14:25]<Tara> ano ba yan

[14:26]<stang> hehe

[14:26]<stang> e kse may ginagawa ako, 5 times sunod-sunod tumunog yung jabber e

[14:26]<stang> kala ko tuloy andami mong sinabi

[14:26]<Tara> hahaha =)

[14:26]<Tara> edi

[14:26]<Tara> ms

[14:26]<Tara> ok

[14:26]<Tara> pala

[14:26]<Tara> kung

[14:26]<Tara> isa

[14:26]<Tara> isa

[14:27]<Tara> ko

[14:27]<Tara> i-jab

[14:27]<Tara> ung

[14:27]<Tara> sasabihin

[14:27]<Tara> ko

[14:27]<Tara> o

[14:27]<Tara> do

[14:27]<Tara> di

[14:27]<Tara> ba

[14:27]<Tara> nakakapeste

[14:27]<Tara> ?

[14:27]<Tara> ha

[14:27]<Tara> ha

[14:27]<Tara> ha

[14:27]<Tara> ha

[14:27]<Tara> ha

[14:27]<Tara> !

[14:27]<stang> ok…kaya mo din pala maging makulit

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

  • Franklin Roosevelt

Paradise is not a place – it's a state of mind.

Opportunity may knock only once but it passes by your door every day.

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

You never know when you're making a memory.

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

-Rene Descartes

“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.”

  • John A. Shedd

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. –Buddha

“If history is to change, let it change!

If the world is to be destroyed, so be it!

If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh.”

  • Magus, Chrono Trigger

“In our world, every storm has an end.

Every night, brings a new morning.

What's important is to trust those you love, and never give up.

We must all keep hope alive…”

  • Chrono Trigger

“Fate has no forgiveness for those who dare stand against it.”

  • Chrono Cross

“You gotta believe!”

  • Parappa the Rapper

But of all these friends and lovers

There is no one compares with you.

And these memories lose their meaning

When I think of love as something new.

Though I know I'll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know I'll often stop and think about them

In my life, I love you more.

“The only wrong thing would be to deny what your heart truly feels.”

– The Mask of Zorro

Separates the best from the rest

Talk is cheap. Shut up and dance!

There's gotta be something that would be worthwhile for me to give to you

We need a connection but you seem to push me far away from you

“Wish she knew what she does to my heart

Every time she turns and walks away…”

“How much longer are you willing to fight?”

“I'll fight to my last breath, until I reach my limit, until I have nothing more to give.”

“And after that? What then?”

“I'll fight some more.”

“I want nothing more than to

Sit outside heaven's door

And listen to you breathing

It's where I wanna be”

“So, what's your New Year's resolution?”

“I resolve to live life on purpose, to take control of my fate, to seize each day as if it were my last. I will be reckless. I will be daring. I will be strong. I will challenge fate. I will defy the gods. Or I will die trying.”

“…Why can't you just quit smoking or go on a diet like ordinary people?”

“It's like you don't know me at all. Life is too short to be ordinary.”

“I know now I have to keep on breathing. Because the sun will rise tomorrow, and you never know what the tide will bring.”

“You have been weighed. You have been measured. You have been found wanting.”

The price of being a sheep is boredom.

The price of being a wolf is loneliness.

Choose one or the other with great care.

  • Hugh McLeod

Tinatawag kita, sinusuyo kita…

Di mo man marinig, di mo man madama…

O kay tagal din kitang mamahalin…

[10:16]<Tata> hehe, :) cute mo talaga :)

[10:16]<stang> I know =p

[10:16]<Tata> cute mo talaga.. =p

“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed”

– Chinese proverb

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand tall and shake the heavens.

The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time. The other 10% takes another 90% of the time.

“Kahit na ilang ulit mo akong saktan

Basta't sa susunod ay wag mo na akong iiwan…”

when in doubt, sugod

Put your heart in my hands

You'll be safe here

“Destiny is what we work toward. The future doesn't exist yet. Fate is for losers.”

  • Douglas Coupland, “Girlfriend in a Coma”

I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I'm all out of gum.

  • Duke Nukem

I dream ahead to what I hope for

And I turn my back on loving you

How can this love be a good thing

Not knowing what I'm going through

  • Three Doors Down

Nakita ko na lahat ito

Pinahihiwatig ng mata mo

  • Mojofly

Huwag kang matakot, di mo ba alam

Nandito lang ako, sa iyong tabi

Di kita pababayaan kailanman

  • Eraserheads

Never let the sun set on tomorrow

Before the sun rises today

  • Nine Days

Kill me a little, kill me a little every day

  • Rivermaya

Dilbert: You took their money and gave them nothing. What does that make you?

PHB: The winner!

You've got a fast car

Is it fast enough so you can fly away?

We gotta make a decision

Leave tonight or live and die this way?

I'm stronger now, stronger now than I was before

There's no way you can hurt me

Nakita ko na lahat ito pinahihiwatig ng mata mo

Ok naman ang UI natin dba? Nde naman kasing pangit ng ACTION?

If you should find yourself and a friend being chased by a cheetah, you have but one hope: trip your friend

-Suq'ata Saying

Love is like a rhino, short-sighted and hasty; if it cannot find a way, it will make a way.

–Femeref adage

PHB: “The website needs to be more webbish. But not too webbish. How long will that take?”


Dilbert: This is where you agree with me and we go on with our lives.

Big stubborn dumb guy: I will fight you to the end of the earth!

Tanging hiling ko sayo na tuwing umuulan

Maalala mo sanang may nagmamahal sa yo, ako

Life is short, no regrets.

Q: What did c:\DarthVader say to c:\DarthVader\LukeSkywalker?

A: “Luke, I'm your folder”

Q: They call me Hadouken, you know why?

A: 'Coz I'm down-right fierce.

Don't think you are…know you are!

  • Morpheus, “The Matrix”

Those who know, do not speak. Those who speak, do not know.

  • Bruce Lee

A single grain of rice can tip the scale.

One man can make a difference.

  • Emperor, “Mulan”

Napapalingon tuwing ika'y dumadaan

Napapangiti hindi ko alam ang dahilan

Alam kung hindi pupuwedeng maging tayo

Pero minsan nagiiba ang ikot ng mundo

Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen hard.

Practice wellness.

Play with abandon.


Choose with no regret.

Appreciate your friends.

Continue to learn.

Do what you love.

Live as if this is all there is.

  • Mary Anne Radmacher

“If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?”

  • Hobbes, the tiger

There's a little black spot on the sun today; That's my soul up there

It's the same old thing as yesterday; That's my soul up there

Contrary to what most people would say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see.

I see a planet where love is foremost, where war is non-existent. A planet of peace, and a planet of understanding. I see a planet called utopia. And I see us invading that planet, because they'd never expect it.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

I wanna give you whatever you need

What is it you need? Is it what I need?

I wanna give you whatever you need

What is it you need? Is it within me?

I've been dreaming for so long

To see you smile right back at me

From where you are

I've been wishing for so long

To see you smile right back at me

Like I'm somebody special

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet?

Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?

You left a stain on every one of my good days

But I am stronger than you know; I have to let you go

You called down that thunder, now reap the whirlwind

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action; and till action, lust

Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,

Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;

Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight;

Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,

Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,

On purpose laid to make the taker mad:

Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;

Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;

A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;

Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.

All this the world well knows; yet none knows well

To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

  • Shakespeare, Sonnet 129

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?

  • Hunter S. Thompson

If you don't know what you want, it's probably sleep.

Reaching out to you from afar

Across the heavens to where you are

It's like chasing after a shooting star

<Raquel> Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to the place where you don't have to be anything else

[18:06]<Raquel> anong ibig sabihin ng <okularnik>?

[18:06]<Raquel> alam mo?

[18:12]<Raquel> sabi lang ng shoti mo

[18:12]<stang> naku

[18:13]<stang> lagot ka

[18:13]<Raquel> bakit?

[18:13]<stang> salitang bicol yun

[18:13]<stang> ibig sabihin habambuhay na kayong magka-away

[18:13]<Raquel> anong ibig sabihin nun?

[18:13]<stang> iwasan mo na lang na sabayan sya sa hallway

[18:13]<stang> delikado

I begged you not to go,

I begged you, I pleaded;

Claimed you as my only hope,

Watched the floor as you retreated;

  1. Always have a plan

  2. Always be ready to abandon that plan

You know what Google Maps is lacking? Ion cannon button.

Everytime I see the shelter

Everytime I walk away

You're the laughter in my silence

The goal that feeds my day

Vindicated, I am selfish, I am wrong;

I am right, I swear I'm right, swear I knew it all along;

Isigaw mo sa hangin,

Tumindig at magsilbing

Liwanag sa diliam

Ewan ko sa yo, ang labo mo

[13:08]<kc> sa assessment kaya, pwede ilagay yun… “Roy is psychic.”

Sometimes I wonder does she really know

What she does when she makes me feel this way…

Wish she knew what she does to my heart

Every time she turns and walks away…

Iba na ang iyong ngiti

Iba na ang iyong tingin

Nagbago nang lahat sa iyo…

[14:11]<cbagor> yung tungkol po sa regularization letter

na ibibigay po sana sa inyo ni ms. mayose today, she

will will only be able to release it on Dec. 19-20 because

she's tied up w/ meeting with mr. lee.

[14:12]<josh> ok po :D

[14:12]<josh> so pwede pa kaming materminate between now and dec.19 :D :D

[14:14]<Roy> wow nasa tech lead mailing list ka din! :p

[14:14]<Kerwin> wow onga

[14:14]<Roy> asteeg

[14:16]<Kerwin> pareho na tayo level, hehe joke

[11:50]<Roy> may K: ka ba?

[11:52]<Raquel> anong K?

[11:52]<Roy> hay…failure

[11:52]<Raquel> bakit?

[11:52]<Roy> dapat kse ganito

[11:52]<Roy> <Raquel> Wala akong K

<stang> sinabi mo pa!

[11:54]<Raquel> hahha

[11:57]<Roy> hobby ko kaya mag collect ng funny jabber conversations

Darating ako, simbilis pa ng hangin

Sa oras na kailangan mo, makaaasa ka sa akin

“[Walking through the Okinawa airport, Daniel and Miyagi find a poster advertising Sato's karate school. The poster shows Sato breaking a log with his bare hands]

Daniel: You think you could break a log like that?

Miyagi: Don't know. Never been attacked by a tree. "

– Karate Kid II

When I see you, I think of all that we've become

And I'm blinded, like I'm staring at the sun

Without hope, without pride, little things that seem to weaken us

Without fear, live your lives, let the magic turn your life around

“We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris.”

– Larry Wall, Programming Perl (1st edition)

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

Courage is the beginning of strength; Patience is the beginning of wisdom.

I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings

I have no rival, no man can be my equal, take me to the future of your world

It doesn't matter who you are underneath

It's what you do that defines you

We live in the present, whether you like it or not.

Don't think about past regrets or future worries.

What's important is that at the end of each day you can say to yourself, “I did a damn good job today.”

One can be greater than a hundred. If it's the right one.

int getRandomNumber() {

return 4; // chosen by fair dice roll, guaranteed to be random


“We'll launch so many tasks, we'll blot out the sun.”

“Then, we'll code in the shade.”

What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?

Oo inaamin ko, saging lang kami.

Pero sa lahat ng puno sa Pilipinas, saging lang ang may puso!

Saging lang!

Tatlong oras na akong nagpapacute sa yo

Di mo man lang napapansin ang bagong t-shirt ko

My new hobby: Reading people's jabber status.

Make yours interesting!

It's the moment of truth, it's all on the line

This is the place, this is the time

You must be swift as the coursing river

With all the force of a great typhoon

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon


No. of people who have called me psychic: 5





WWBD - What would Batman do?

If you were a robot, and I knew but you didn't, would you want me to tell you?

[18:31]<kc> hindi ba valid comment ung mukhang inverted butt crack?

[18:32]<stang> I'm so putting that sa sig

[18:33]<stang> I would log it as a low

[18:33]<stang> I expect the phrase “inverted butt crack” to appear in the bug report

People see what they want to see.

The only sovereign we can allow to rule us is reason.

Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Would you ask Picasso to play Pictionary? Or Noah Webster to play Boggle?

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