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Comment#  ·   Fair (153 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and realised that I had dug my own grave.

Dominic, (on the psychology of a gambler), in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (146 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who hesitates is probably smart... or maybe stapled to the floor.

Dr. Squid, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (110 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Sloppy thinking only gets worse with decapitation.

Dr. Squid, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (355 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There's nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Peter F. Drucker, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (59 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There's no success like failure, And failure's no success at all.

Bob Dylan, "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (415 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Alva Edison, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (54 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.

Joe Namath, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (46 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche, in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (77 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow.

Erik Nupponen, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (70 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

Sean O'Casey, in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (38 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Your ass is grass and I am the lawnmower.

J. A. O'Fihely, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (63 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state.

John Ousterhout, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You should emulate your heroes, but don't carry it too far. Especially if they are dead.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (208 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You're a genius if you fly a kite during a thunderstorm, and discover that lightning is electricity -- but you're an idiot if you fly a kite during a thunderstorm, and discover that lightning can kill you.

Unknown, (from Mad Magazine), in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (174 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Edward A. Murphy, Jr., in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (167 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it.

Edward A. Murphy, Jr., in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (100 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Franklin P. Jones, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (162 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

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