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Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 2013 Quotations and some new Laws of Life

"What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge. We want more . . . opportunities to cultivate our better natures."
~~ labor leader Samuel Gompers [1850-1924]

"The man who complains about the way [that] the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."
~~ football coach Lou Holtz

"Take care of what you like or you will be forced to like what you get."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Power doesn't always corrupt. Power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power is that power always reveals."
~~ Robert Caro

"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know [that] it is part of a tree."
~~ Michael Crichton [1942-2008]

“[Corporations] cannot commit treason . . . for they have no souls."
~~ Sir Edward Coke [1552-1634]

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"Paris is always a good idea."
~~ Audrey Hepburn [1929-93]

"Temples are to be dedicated to the gods, and books to good men."
~~ Aristides the Just [530-468 BCE]

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land."
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing [that] it is stupid."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"I am an optimist because I don't see the point in being anything else."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste."
~~ Charlotte Brontë [1816-55]

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"Always have bail money."
~~ rapper 50 Cent

"It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do."
~~ playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière [1622-73]

"[Republicans in Congress] will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy."
~~ President Barack Obama, January 2013

"You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun."
~~ blatherskite Limp Rushbaugh, on 16 January 2013

“Thank God [that] men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50]

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope."
~~ Maya Angelou

"A secret is something [that] you can only tell one person – at a time."
~~ Beat poet Allen Ginsberg [1926-97]

"Humility is attentive patience."
~~ Simone Weil [1909-43]

"The real is always way ahead of what we can imagine."
~~ novelist Paul Auster

"We must have standards, no matter how low."
~~ Anne Lamott

"When the final result is expected to be a compromise, it is often prudent to start from an extreme position."
~~ John Maynard Keynes [1883-1946]

"I think [that] the universe is all spots and jumps, without coherence or orderliness . . . it consists of events - short, small, haphazard. Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions just as truly as are catalogues and encyclopedias."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970], in 1931

"I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy."
~~ sign at Sandy Hook rally in Pennsylvania

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"You never fail until you stop trying."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in a moment of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact."
~~ Edmund Burke [1729-97]

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a noble art of leaving things undone."
~~ Lin Yu-T’ang [1895-1976]

=== more Laws of Life ===

Murphy's Paradox
"Doing it the hard way is always easier."

Spencer's Three Laws of Data
1. Anyone can make a decision given enough facts.
2. A good manager can make a decision without enough facts.
3. A perfect manager can operate in perfect ignorance.

Meadow's Maxim
"You can't push on a rope."

Leo Rogers' Commentary
"If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."

Howe's Law
"Everyone has a scheme that will not work."

Munder's Corollary:
"Everyone who does not work has a scheme that does."

O'Brien's Law
"Nothing is ever done for the right reasons."

Hardin's Law
"You can never do just one thing."

Law of The Individual
"Nobody really cares or understands what anyone else is doing."

Hane's Law
"There is no limit to how bad things can get."

Jay's First Law of Leadership
"Changing things is central to leadership, and changing them before anyone else does is creative leadership."

Thine's Law
"Nature abhors people."
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