The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Don't force it; get a larger hammer.
If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.
Those whose approval you seek the most give you the least.
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
If you wait, it will go away.
Inside every small problem is a large problem struggling to get out.
Spend sufficient time confirming the need and the need will disappear.
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
When reviewing your notes before an exam, the most important will be illegible.
The only things that start on time are those that you're late for.
If at first you don't succeed, read the manual.
The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again.
Enough research will tend to support your theory.
Any tool when dropped, will roll into the least accessible corner of the workshop.
If it moves, salute it; if it doesn't move, pick it up; if you can't pick it up, paint it.
No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.
Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
If anything can go wrong, it will.
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
When the plane you are on is late, the plane you want to transfer to is on time.
Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are.
In a social situation, the most difficult thing to do is usually the right thing to do.
If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.
Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.
A little ignorance can go a long way.
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
Anything can be made to work if you fiddle with it long enough.
When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer. Corollary: Provided, of course, that you know there is a problem.
The most important leg of a three legged stool is the one that's missing.
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse.
Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you have tried.
Any order that can be misunderstood has been misunderstood.
Whenever a system becomes completely defined, someone discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.
If you can't learn to do it well, you should learn to enjoy doing it badly.
You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
No matter which direction you start it's always against the wind coming back.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The remaining work to finish in order to reach your goal increases as the deadline approaches.
Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.
No matter which way you ride, it's uphill and against the wind.
When working on a project, if you put away a tool that you're certain you're finished with, you will need it instantly.
Social innovations tend to the level of minimum tolerable well being. I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.