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New quotes, yet to be categorized (added February 16, 2002) . . .


If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon


Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done. - Andy Rooney


Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. - Andre Gide


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. - Albert Einstein


A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. - Roald Dahl


Our whole problem is to make the mistakes as fast as possible. - Physicist John Archibald Wheeler


Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. - Sir John Harvey-Jones


They are obliged to look their bosses and clients in the eye and lie rather than show uncertainty about outcomes. Uncertainty is for wimps. - Tom DeMarco, Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency


Good companies excel in the creative use of slack. And bad ones only obsess about removing it. - Tom DeMarco


What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are - Epictetus


Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. - W. C. Fields


The full collection of quotes previously found on this page has grown to the extent that they require a bit of organization. You can find them by browsing the following category links:

Assumptions, perceptions, illusions and resistance to change

Cause-and-effect

Communication, conflict, and concerns

Focus, mindfulness, and the resultant "flow" experience

Goals and systems

Implausible ideas and "Flying pig" injections

On learning and thinking for ourselves

On change

On the limits to throughput

On the preference for action and change

Speed and time

The power of and need for identifying the current constraint

The Socratic approach

Uncertainty, the unknown, and the unknowable

General wise-ass and curmudgeonly comments


Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. - Tom Robbins

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