Phil's Favourite Quotes 

Here are some quotes, selected to fit in with my view of the world. Most are from Some are probably not verbatim, and/or I can't remember who said them, which may mean I'm actually the author.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei 1564 - 1642
Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. Dandemis. (American Writer Lawyer) 1815-1882
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were. John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. [You can modify this by changing "poetry" to something else, like "PR".] Paul Dirac 1902 - 1984
Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. Christopher Lasch
Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. [speaking of Albert Einstein] J. Robert Oppenheimer 1904 - 1967
There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good. [Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance] Robert Pirsig
I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic. Abigail Adams (first lady, wife of John Adams, 2nd president of USA) 1744-1818
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. John Kenneth Galbraith 1908-2006
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. John Kenneth Galbraith
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. John Kenneth Galbraith
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. John Kenneth Galbraith
I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding. Epicurus
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. Oswald Chambers (Scottish Theologian) 1874-1917
If you don't have a plan B, you don't have a plan. I think this was a 2nd world war general, eg Eisenhower. But I can't actually find it anywhere.
The public wants what the public gets. The Jam
Just because you win doesn't mean you're right. [These are what I thought the lyrics were (but aren't), so I'm giving some credit to the group.] Me, with help from Skunk Anansie.
Adding resource to a late software project will make it later. [And as an ad-lib extra, add "Removing resource will also make it later, and probably so will leaving the resource alone. Late software projects always get later."]
We have both types of music here. Country and Western. The Blues Brothers
To lose one is unfortunate, to lose two looks like carelessness. Oscar Wilde 
I think we agree, the past is over. George W Bush 1946-
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. Lee Iacocca
Only the mediocre are always at their best. Jean Giraudoux 1882-1944