These quotations contain information that is absolutely, often unabashedly true.
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"Never wrestle a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."
"It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm."
"No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious."
"No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself."
"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."
"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money."
"Enron is everywhere. When media companies consolidate, seeking economies of scale at the expense of independence and creativity, it's because their shareholders are always demanding bigger numbers. That's Enron. When investment banks 'spin' hot IPO stocks to their biggest clients, the goal isn't to help build a new company, it's to get 300 percent profits after a few hours of trading. That's Enron. When all the rules are lifted, and the government encourages businesses to do as they please, because, gosh darn it, regulation really puts a damper on the profit margin, that, more than anything else, is Enron too."
"We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us."
"What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary."
"Some people have a large circle of friends while others have only friends that they like."
"The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist."
"Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."
"The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up."
"A sweater is a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly."
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
"Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time."
"To demand 'sense' is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense."
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
"Everybody's a self-made man; but only the successful ones are ever willing to admit it."
"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe."
"No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers."
"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them."
"The Ideal is in thyself, the impediments too is in thyself."
"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."
"'He means well' is useless unless he does well."
"An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows."
"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
"Only the winners decide what were war crimes."
"Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack for being wrong, we could never get anything useful done. We think our way along by choosing between right and wrong alternatives, and the wrong choices have to be made as often as the right ones. We get along in life this way."
"He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals."
"Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination."
"Life is only one damn thing after another."
"We learn from history that we do not learn from history."
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
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