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Comment#  ·   Fair (145 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are often the stepping stones to utter failure.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (314 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Lada.

Unknown, in Success and Failure and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (109 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

My hands are free, but my mind hesitates.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (126 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Schedules: The first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Non-Reciprocal Laws of Expectations: Negative expectations yield negative results. Positive expectations yield negative results.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (156 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Nothing is difficult to those who have the will.

Unknown, (motto of the Dutch Poet's Society), in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (987 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Official Project Stages: (1) Uncritical Acceptance. (2) Wild Enthusiasm. (3) Dejected Disillusionment. (4) Total Confusion. (5) Search for the Guilty. (6) Punishment of the Innocent. (7) Promotion of the Non-participants.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (106 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Oliver's Law: Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (251 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Once you've tried to change the world you find it's a whole bunch easier to change your mind.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (88 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Only those who do not expect anything are never disappointed. Only those who never try, never fail.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (100 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (99 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Perfection is only achieved on the point of collapse.

Unknown, (from Bjarne Stroustrup's book on C++), in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (1099 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998  · 

Never try to out-stubborn a cat.

Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, in Success and Failure

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (29 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.

Robert Heller, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (52 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Prophecy is many times the principal cause of the events foretold.

Thomas Hobbes, in Science and Religion and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account.

Doug Hofstadter, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (22 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Success is like a fart -- only your own smells nice.

James P. Hogan, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (117 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.

Doug Horton, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (201 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.

Doug Horton, in Success and Failure

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