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Success and Failure

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tiny.ag/f6aon4ji  ·   Fair (1099 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Never try to out-stubborn a cat.

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

tiny.ag/iwcasutl  ·   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

tiny.ag/ifr4pyih  ·   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

tiny.ag/qn68ckxs  ·   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

tiny.ag/wiq0woar  ·   Fair (22 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

James P. Hogan, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/hvtbkoet  ·   Fair (32 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.

Albert Guinon, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/pyfjvpn5  ·   Fair (79 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.

Sacha Guitry, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/dncdjxtf  ·   Fair (55 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/oxoy2gsu  ·   Fair (480 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/koexwc3k  ·   Fair (364 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man is able to do what he is unable to imagine. His head trails a wake through the galaxy of the absurd.

René Char, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/yespcqa6  ·   Fair (82 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No pressure, no diamonds.

Mary Case, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/zfe8lgun  ·   Fair (50 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking.

Arthur Block, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/ikcjtldg  ·   Fair (451 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.

Daniel Boorstin, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/rwq2lgkv  ·   Fair (77 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act and, in acting, to live.

Omar Bradley, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/cya9lpyt  ·   Fair (77 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.

Ernest Bramah, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/br8cx6zt  ·   Fair (628 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.

Werner von Braun, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/qv5khfql  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

Werner von Braun, in Science and Religion and Success and Failure

tiny.ag/hobsgyde  ·   Fair (343 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Why be a man when you can be a success?

Bertolt Brecht, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/bvz84ngk  ·   Fair (208 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Mythical Man-Month (paperback)

Brooks' Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.

Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/dcbu6t7e  ·   Fair (77 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep going forward.

Charlotte Brontë, in Success and Failure