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Comment#  ·   Fair (165 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (187 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

While anyone can admit to themselves they were wrong, the true test is admission to someone else.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (182 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You are not what you think you are, you are not what they think you are, but you could be what you think they think you are.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (185 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You can't carve your way to success without cutting remarks.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (185 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (223 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

You cannot produce a baby in one month by impregnating nine women.

Unknown, 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 (66 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize you are in a hurry.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (280 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel in doing nothing.

Unknown, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (284 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

Unknown, in Success and Failure and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (152 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (117 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is said that the lonely eagle flies to the mountain peaks while the lowly ant crawls the ground, but cannot the soul of the ant soar as high as the eagle?

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (112 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Jenkinson's Law: It won't work.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (119 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Johnson's First Law: When any mechanical contrivance fails, it will do so at the most inconvenient possible time.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (132 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Jones' Law: The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (128 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Laugh at your problems; everybody else does.

Unknown, in Success and Failure

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