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Success and Failure

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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 (250 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 (97 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Putt's Law: Technology is dominated by two types of people: Those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (102 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Reach for the moon and if you miss at least you will land among the stars.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (101 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Silverman's Law: If Murphy's Law can go wrong, it will.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (121 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Small minds are the first to condemn great ideas.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (95 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (108 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Some day my boat will come in, and with my luck I'll be at the airport.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (103 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

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