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Miscellaneous Quotes


If you sat a monkey down in front of a keyboard,
the first thing typed would be a UNIX command.
                             - Bill Lye

BSD is for people who love UNIX; Linux is for people who hate Windows.
                             - Anonymous

A sysadmin's life is a sorry one.  The only advantage he has over
Emergency Room doctors is that malpractice suits are rare.  On the
other hand, ER doctors never have to deal with patients installing
new versions of their own innards.
                             - Sysadmin's Lament

Happiness is the derivative (in the mathematical sense) of progress.
                             - Dave Munson

Oh God, please make the world linear and Gaussian, just for today.
                             - Anonymous

... has the gift on compressing the largest amount of words into
the smallest amount of thoughts.
                             - Winston Churchill

He never donated his knowledge, he donated his opinion, which quite
frankly is useless.
                             - Anonymous student, University of Kansas

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any
hope  of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing
it well.
                             - G. K. Chesterton

There once was an old man from Esser,
Who's knowledge grew lesser and lesser.
        It at last grew so small,
        He knew nothing at all,
And now he's a College Professor.
                             - Unknown

It is so easy to miss pretty trivial solutions to problems deemed
complicated.  The goal of a scientist is to find an interesting problem,
and live off it for a while.  The goal of an engineer is to evade
interesting problems.
                             - Vadim Antonov  on NANOG

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal ideas from two 
persons is research.
                             - Anonymous

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the
expert's mind there are few.
                             - Japanese Zen-master Shunryu Suzuki

I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks.
All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes or of
appearing naive.
                             - Abraham Maslow, psychologist and philosopher

Failure is success if we learn from it.
                             - Malcolm Forbes

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
                             - Demosthenes, Greek orator and statesman

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true
security to be found.
                             - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Above all, try something.
                             - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Buses stop at bus stations, and trains stop at train stations.  The other 
day someone placed a computer on my desk and called it a workstation.
                             - Anonymous from IETF MANET, WG





Last updated Wednesday February 27, 2008