Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo. A lack of leadership is no substitute for inaction. Be content with what you’ve got, but make sure you’ve got plenty. Creditors have better memories than debtors. Don’t bite the hand that has your paycheck in it. Appearances are not everything; it just looks like they are. An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.
Project management is like pushing a wheelbarrow full of frogs to market. A disagreeable task is its own reward. Beware of those wearing suspenders with belts. Do whatever your enemies do not want you to do. Bureaucracy: a method for transforming energy into solid waste.
Rule of defactualization: Information deteriorates upward through bureaucracies. All great discoveries are made by mistake.
A good slogan can stop analysis for fifty years. Error is often more earnest than truth. An original idea can never emerge from a committee in its original form. Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed.
Don’t permit yourself to get between a dog and a lamppost. A little ignorance can go a long way. By the time you have the right answers, no one is asking you questions. Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers.
Even paranoids have enemies.
Always remember to pillage before you burn. Creativity is no substitute for knowing what you are doing. Anything is possible, but nothing is easy. A short line outside a building becomes a long line inside. Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back.
Pick good people. Talent never wears out. Everything in moderation, including moderation. A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to put in his mouth. Anything that doesn’t eat you today is saving you for tomorrow. Here’s the easiest way to figure the cost of living: take your income and add ten percent. Don’t get lost in the shuffle, shuffle along with the lost.
Anyone can admit they were wrong; the true test is admitting it to someone else. People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. Any wire cut to length will be too short. Everything should be a simple as possible, but no simpler. Any change looks terrible at first.
All work and no play will make you a manager.
A well-adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. Those who complain about the way the ball bouncers usually dropped it.
Producing a system from a specification is like walking on water; it’s easier if it’s frozen.
Say no, then negotiate.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. That which cannot be taken apart will fall apart.
Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.
The best way to realize your dreams is to wake up.