Anonymous quotations.

Proverbs or saying are listed according to their source. EG: "Chinese proverbs" will be listed under "C".

To thine own self be true.

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty.

Seven Sins:

  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Lust
  • Anger
  • Greed
  • Sloth


  1. Survey
  2. Question
  3. Read
  4. Recite
  5. Review

The Engineer's Algorithm

  1. Define the problem.
  2. Gather information.
  3. Seek solutions.
  4. Choose and implement the best solution.
  5. Follow up.

Trust but verify.

Historically 10% are radicals for change, 10% are radicals for the status quo, and 80% are in between.

Because the Customer...
...has a need we have a job to do.
...has a choice, we must be the better choice.
...has sensibilities, we must be considerate.
...has an urgency, we must be quick. unique, we must be flexible.
...has high expectations, we must excel.
...has influence, we have the hope of more customers.

Because of the customer, we exist.

The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a crisp new $20 Bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" The hands still were up in the air. "Well", he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground, and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

"Now, who still wants it?" he said. Hands still went into the air.

"My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 dollars. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we are worthless, but no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you."

"The worth of our lives come not in what we do, or who we know, but by who we are. You are special, don't ever forget it!"

The Religions disperse, kingdoms fall apart, but works of science remain for all ages.

-Words carved on stone astronomical observatory erected by Ulugh-Beg, Tamerlane's grandson, in Samarkand in 1528-29.

You never win a case on the facts; you win based solely on how you classify those facts.

Certain things will catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.

There are three kinds of people in the world: the well poisoners, the lawn mowers, and the life enhancers.

There is no right and wrong. There is only fun, and boring.

90% of your benefit comes from the first 10% of the effort.

Brilliant people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people.

"Science" means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

Conversation is but carving;
Give no more to every guest
Than he is able to digest;
Give him always of the prime
And but little at a time;
Give to all but just enough
Let them neither starve nor stuff,
And that each may have his due
Let your neighbor carve for you.

-From 1902 Farmer's Almanac.

All your base are belong to us

-Famous example of engrish.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip, Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

The harder you work at what you should be, the less you'll try to hide what you are.

The followers of most religions (and of no organized religion) feel that their beliefs are true and that the beliefs of other groups are, at least to some degree, false. By itself, this stance is not dangerous to public order. However, profound evil can result when they also oppress other religious groups, or discriminate against them, or disseminate hatred against them.

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.

Social tact is making your company feel at home, even though you wish they were.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The Courage to change those that I can
And the Wisdom to know the difference

If you died, your company could replace you shortly, but your family would feel the loss forever. Is it wise to invest so much more time on work than on your family?

Harsh Reality of IT Project Life Cycle

  1. Phase 1: Uncritical acceptance.
  2. Phase 2: Wild enthusiasm.
  3. Phase 3: Dejected disillusionment.
  4. Phase 4: Total confusion.
  5. Phase 5: Search for the guilty.
  6. Phase 6: Punishment of the innocent.
  7. Phase 7: Promotion of non-participants.

Life is not measured in the number of breaths we take but in the number of moments that take our breath away. [2004-09-02T16:32:39Z]

You're not dead.

-The answer to the question "What is the meaning of Life?" according to a child.

Know thyself.

I've got nothing against God. It is his fan club that I can't stand.


True worth is in being, not seeming--
    In doing, each day that goes by,
Some little good-- not in dreaming
    Of great things to do by and by.
For whatever men say in their blindness,
    And spite of the fancies of youth,
There's nothing so kingly as kindness,
    And nothing so royal as truth.

We get back our mete as we measure--
    We cannot do wrong and feel right,
Nor can we give pain and gain pleasure,
    For justice avenges each slight.
The air for the wing of the sparrow,
    The bush for the robin and the wren,
But always the path that is narrow
    And Straight, for the children of men.

'Tis not in the pages of story
    The heart of its ills to beguile,
Though he who makes courtship to glory
    Gives all that he hath for her smile.
For when from her heights he has won her,
    Alas! it is only to prove
That nothing's so sacred as honor,
    And nothing so loyal as love!

We cannot bargain for blisses,
    Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
    Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
    Nor gaining of great nor of small,
But just in the doing, and doing
    As we would be done by, is all.

Through envy, through malice, through hating,
    Against the world, early and late,
No jot of our courage abating--
    Our part is to work and to wait.
And slight is the sting of his trouble
    Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
    Whatever his fortunes or birth.

Abuse, aggravate, agitate, alarm, anger, annoy, badger, beset, bother, bullyrag, disquiet, distress, disturb, exasperate, fluster, frighten, frustrate, goad, harass, harm, harry, hassle, heckle, hound, hurt, intimidate, irritate, jeer, maltreat, molest, nettle, persecute, perturb, pester, plague, provoke, rattle, ruffle, scare, shock, tantalize, tease, torment, torture, tousle, upset, vex or worry

-Common zoo sign

A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn.

Reality: that which does not go away when you stop believing in it.

I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind!

In Maidanek, Poland, there was only one place where the children were treated kindly; at the entrance to the gas chamber each one was handed a sweet.

-Summation in trial of war criminal Adolf Eichmann, NY Times (1961-09-27.).

Whoever refuses to remember the inhumanity is prone to new risks of infection.

-On 40th anniversary of end of World War II, quoted in NY Times (1985-05-12).

If this creature is a murderer, then so are we all. This snake has killed one British soldier; we have killed many. This is not murder, gentlemen. This is war.

-Administration in the State of South Carolina, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State (The WPA Guide to South Carolina), p. 408, Oxford University Press (1941). Plea by an American soldier for the life of a rattlesnake found near a dead British soldier, after the 1780 battle of the Blue Savanna.

The rules of drinking games are taken more serious than the rules of war.

The staff is the root of all the long weapons, and the saber is the prerequisite for the short weapons.

The spear is the king of the long weapons, whereas the sword is the leader of the short weapons.

A hundred days of barehand, a thousand days of spear, and ten thousand days of sword.

Sword uses speed and technique; saber requires cunning, trickery, and power.

Saber, power, won by strength. Sword, soft, won by technique.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

The only way to pass any test is to take the test.

The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

Do not look where you fell but where you slipped.

The strong fall down but the weak stay down.

Learn to write your hurts in sand.
Learn to carve your blessings in stone!

Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be.

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.

-Supposedly a hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

This has also been attributed to various people such as Chuck Reid, Yogi Berra, and Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut.

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