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September 9, 2021


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Gall’s Law:

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.”

Brook's Law

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.


Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.
—Edward V. Berard


Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, it's bad.
—Cory House


Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.
—Burt Rutan


"All models are wrong, but some are useful"
—Statistician George Box

“The Information Super Highway is still a dirt road in some places”

Computer Science is the first engineering discipline in which the complexity of the objects created is limited solely by the skill of the creator, and not by the strength of raw materials.Computer Science is the first engineering discipline in which the complexity of the objects created is limited solely by the skill of the creator, and not by the strength of raw materials.

B. Reid

The website should never be ahead of the airplane


“Years ago I first saw a poster of Murphy\'s law: If anything can go wrong, it will. That\'s ridiculous. So I wrote a set of alternatives. I called them Peter\'s laws: If anything can go wrong, fix it. “No” means begin again one level higher. Do it by the book, but be the author.”

Peter Diamandis

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Without execution, vision, is just another word for hallucination.” >>>>>:Mark Hurd, HP

“If You Want to Gather Honey Don\'t Kick Over the Beehive”

Dale Carnegie

“Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.”

Thomas H. Huxley

“God himself, sir, does not propose to judge man until the end of his days.”

“Why should you and I?”

Dr. Johnson

“There are three kinds of lies,” “lies, damned lies and statistics.” >>>>>Benjamin Disraeli

“THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY UNDER HIGH HEAVEN TO GET ANYBODY TO do anything. Did you ever think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”

Dale Carnegie

“The deepest urge in human nature is “the desire to be important”.”

Dr. John Dewey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.”

Leonard Bernstein

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.

Sun Tzu

Seeing what other do no see is called brilliance, knowing what others do not know is called genius. Brilliant geniuses win first.

Sun Tzu

A military operation is like a fire, if it is not stopped, it will burn itself out.

Sun Tzu

Courage without humaneness is like knowing how to reap but not how to sow.

Sun Tzu

Be careful in the beginning, and you have no trouble in the end.

The I Ching

Anger can revert to joy, wrath can revert to delight, but a nation destroyed cannot be restored to existence, and the dead cannot be restored to life.

Sun Tzu

Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness.

Sun Tzu

When people deserve reward, this should be duly noted even if you personally detest them. When people deserve punishment, this should not be forgone even if they are close to you.


Without deception you cannot carry out strategy, without strategy you cannot control the opponent. >>MEI YAOCHEN

Deception is for the purpose of seeking victory over an enemy; to command a group requires truthfulness.


Therefore when you induce others to constuct a formation while you yourself are formless, then you are concentrated while the opponent is divided.

Sun Tzu

So a military force has no constant formation. water has no constant shape: the ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius.

Sun Tzu

Those who come in a conciliatory manner want to rest.

Sun Tzu

When forces angrily confront you but delay engagement , yet do not leave, it is imperative to watch them carefully.

Sun Tzu

The individualist without strategy who takes opponents lightly will inevitably become the captive of others.

Sun Tzu


“A man without a smiling face must not open a shop”

Ancient Chinese Proverb

“A horse can be lead to water. A pencil must be lead.”

“An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.”

Nicholas Chamfort


“Life once wrecked all her dream ships on the sharp rocks of reality, but in the sunny, fantasy isles of insanity, all her barkentines race into port with canvas billowing and winds singing through the masts.”

Dale Carnegie

“cat spelled backwards does not spell god”

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Benjamin Franklin

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”

Marie Curie

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw


“If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.”

U.S.A.F. Ammo Troop

“Any ship can be a minesweeper… once.”


“No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection.”

Joe Gay

“Bravery is being the only one who knows you\'re afraid.”

David Hackworth

“Nobody kicks ass without Tanker gas.”

Refueling world


“Don\'t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There\'s one marked \'Brightness,\' but it doesn\'t work.”


“I\'m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”

ce e cummings

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” >>:Dorothy Nevill

“Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.”

Mark Twain

“The purpose of life is to fight maturity.”

Dick Werthimer

“That’s not right… that’s not even wrong!”

Wolfgang Pauli

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