Monthly Archives: August 2006

proverbs of the day

“Examine what is said, not who speaks.”
(old Arab proverb)

“It is easier to optimize correct code than to correct optimized code.”
(Bill Harlan)


“The world is a dangerous place to live – not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein)

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight…but the size of the fight in the dog.”
(Dwight D. Eisenhower)


“Ultimately, most problems can be solved by applying a large brick to the correct skull. Difficulties arise when you don’t have a brick or can’t find the right skull. The devil is always in the details.”
(Marcus Cole)

“Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend’s friend has a friend; be discreet.”
(the Talmud)


“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”
(G.K. Chesterton)

on israel

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
(Dr. Seuss)

“The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.”
(George Orwell, polemic, May 1946, Second Thoughts on James Burnham)

“You can get more with a kind word and a 2-by-4 than with just a kind word alone.”
(Marcus, B5)

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today a gift.”
(anonymous Somalian refugee)

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
(Henry Ford)

“Always something new, always something different, and sometimes it isn’t horrible.”
(Rand al’Thor)


“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
(Saint Jerome)


“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
(Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Recife, Brazil)

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”
(Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene iii, William Shakespeare)


“With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.”
(William Lloyd Garrison)


“Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1845.)


“Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake.”
(Napoleon Bonaparte)

by jennifer unlimited

“Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows.”
“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”
“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.”

(Jennifer Unlimited)

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“Who am I? I’m Susan Ivanova, Commander, daughter of Andrei and Sofie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance, and the boot that is gonna kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart. I’m death incarnate and the last living thing that you’re ever going to see. God sent me.”
(Ivanova in Babylon 5: Between the Darkness and the Light)


“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
(Richard Bach, Illusions)

“Everyone has a right to be stupid, but Comrade McDonald abuses the privilege.”
(Leon Trotsky)

found on comp.lang.python

“Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.”
(Brian Kernighan)