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DBA Proverbs, Part 3 DBA Proverbs, Part 3

Another installment in my semi-regular series of favorite quotes applicable to database administration.

Over the years I have collected sayings and proverbs that I think might have some applicability to database administration... I've blogged lists of favorite quotes twice before (see DBA Proverbs and DBA Proverbs, Part 2), and I think it is time for another group of my favorite quotes... so here goes.

  • The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense - Tom Clancy
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing - George Bernard Shaw
  • Things may come to those who wait ... but only the things left by those who hustle - Abraham Lincoln
  • Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use - Wendell Johnson
  • If you hide your ignorance no one will hit you and you will never learn - Ray Bradbury
  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored - Aldous Huxley
  • The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it - Chinese proverb
  • You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room - Dr. Seuss
  • Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution - Willa A. Foster
  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can - Montaigne
  • It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it - Joseph Joubert
  • Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation - Edward R. Murrow
  • Men have become the tools of their tools - Henry David Thoreau
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal - Henry Ford
  • Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing - Wernher Von Braun
  • Learn from the mistakes of others -- you can never live long enough to make them all yourself - John Luther
  • If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score? - Vince Lombardi
  • For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong - Henry Louis Mencken
  • The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing - John Powell
  • Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology - John Tudor

    Until next time...

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  • 3 more quotes

    Posted by rbutler at 2007-02-13 11:26 AM
    "In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
    After all, if we do the wrong thing, at least we can learn."
    Theodore Roosevelt

    "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967

    To be good only to yourself is to be good for nothing. - François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778
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