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Comment#  ·   Fair (1079 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

We trained hard, but it seemed that everytime we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.

Unknown, (sometimes incorrectly attributed to Petronius Arbiter), in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (269 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them.

Unknown, in Men and Women

Comment#  ·   Fair (145 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are often the stepping stones to utter failure.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (240 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Modern man is the missing link between apes and human beings.

Unknown, in Science and Religion

Comment#  ·   Fair (254 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mollison's Bureaucracy Hypothesis: If an idea can survive a bureaucratic review and be implemented it wasn't worth doing.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

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 (332 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism 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 (239 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts!

Unknown, in Science and Religion

Comment#  ·   Fair (278 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she says.

Unknown, in Men and Women

Comment#  ·   Fair (307 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

Unknown, in Men and Women

Comment#  ·   Fair (262 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (225 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never ask the barber if you need a haircut.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (230 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (255 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never give advice -- a wise man won't need it, a fool won't heed it.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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 (211 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never put off till tomorrow what you can avoid all together.

Unknown, in Work and Recreation

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 (228 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No one gets too old to learn a new way of being stupid.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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

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