The Web is like Usenet, but the elephants are untrained.
(with apologies to Gene Spafford)
Every great invention requires two people:
If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.
Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.
The Divine Afflatus
(Christians) wouldn’t have much of a religion if it weren’t for the death penalty. What if Jesus spent thirty days in the county jail for your sins?
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
Time Enough for Love, by Robert Heinlein
Politics is just a name for the way we get things done… without fighting. We dicker and compromise and everybody thinks he has received a raw deal, but somehow after a tedious amount of talk we come up with some jury-rigged way to do it without getting anybody’s head bashed in. That’s politics. The only other way to settle a dispute is by bashing a few heads in… and that is what happens when one or both sides is no longer willing to dicker. That’s why I say politics is good even when it is bad… because the only alternative is force – and somebody gets hurt.
Podkayne of Mars, by Robert Heinlein
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
The optimist believes this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
The Silver Stallion
Any leader who advances too far ahead of the troops risks being mistaken for the enemy.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent, and there they remain. In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties. Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
The Peter Principle