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Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

George Carlin "Pablo Casals was 94 and still practicing three hours a day and someone said to him, 'Why do you still paractice three hours a day?' And he said, 'I'm Beginning to notice some improvement.'"
  Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
N.W. Dougherty The ideal engineer is a composite. He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer; but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems.
Albert Einstein If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Thomas Edison I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
Yoda Do, or do not. There is no 'try'
Thomas Jefferson I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
General Patton If a man does his best, what else is there?
H. G. Wells Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
Henry Ford Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Henry David Thoreau Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
  The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is opened.

Thomas  Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Dizzy Dean

It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.

Wood Allen

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

John Wanamaker

I know half of my money is wasted on advertising… I just don’t know which half.

Victor Hugho

Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two have the grander view?


To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.


A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.


An engineer is someone who is good with figures, but doesn't have the personality of an accountant.

EW Dijkstra

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

Thomas Edison

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Vince Lombardi

It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.


The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.


It's not what you know, it's what you do with what you know.

Coleman Hawking

You don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying.


Every great achievement was once considered impossible.

Indira Gandhi

There are two kinds of people, those that do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.


Only dead fish go with the current.

Corrie Ten Boom

Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

James CNova

There are as many opportunities as the stars in the sky, but you'll never reach them by gazing at them.


Do what you can, with what you have, where you're at.

  The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Plato  Those who seek power are invariably the least fit to wield it.
  Education reflects rays of possibility.
Albert Einstein Three rules of work:
1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.
2. From discord, find harmony.
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein In theory, facts determine theory, but in fact theory determines facts. Ultimately everything is either philosophy or theology
O'Toole's Commentary on Murphy's Law Murphy was an optimist
Murphy's Law If anything can go wrong, it will
The Unspeakable Law As soon as you mention something, if it's good, it goes away, if it's bad, it happens.
Nonreciprocal Law of Expectations Negative expectations yield negative results. Positive expectations yield negative results.
Howe's Law Every man has a scheme that will not work.
Zymurgy's First Law of Evolving Systems Dynamics Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.
Etorre's Observation The other line moves faster.
Skinner's Constant (Flannagan's Finagling Factor)  That quantity which, when multiplied by, divided by, added to, or subtracted from the answer you get, gives the answer you should have gotten.
Law of Selective Gravity An object will fall so as to do the most damage.
Jennings Corollary The chance of the bread falling with the butter side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
Gordon's First Law If a research project is not worth doing, it is not worth doing well.
Maier's Law f the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.
Hoare's Law of Larger Problems Inside every large problem is a smaller problem struggling to get out.
Boren's First Law When in doubt, mumble.
The Golden Rule Whoever has the gold makes the rules.
Barth's/Boulding's Distinction: There are two types of people: those that divide people into two types, and those that do not.
Segal's Law A person with one watch knows what time it is. A person with two watches is never sure.
Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Management The first 90 percent of the project takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten- percent takes the other ninety percent.
Farber's Fourth Law Necessity is the mother of strange bed fellows.
Lautermilch's First Law The first report is always wrong.
Lautermilch's Second Law Progress is always faster in the wrong direction.

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