Divide by Nought


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What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
— Mark Twain

“We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.”
— Unknown

“Columbus did not know where he was going. When he got back, he didn’t know where he had been. But he had a great adventure. And he did it all on borrowed money. There’s hope for all of us.”
— Unknown


“O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words. I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.”
— William Shakespeare; Costard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V, Scene 1

“Vi veri veniversum vivus vici”
(“By the power of truth, I, a living man, have conquered the universe”)
— From Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
— V’s introduction to Evey from V for Vendetta (Film)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson
from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
— Robert Fritz

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I’d kill for a Nobel Peace prize.
Borrow money from pessimists- they don’t expect it back.
Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.

“Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.”
— Warren Bennis, Ph.D. “On Becoming a Leader”

“A rich life is often filled with personal challenges, exalting triumphs, and sometimes crushing defeats. But one person can set the world in motion and bring harsh reality screeching to a halt. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take small steps…”
— Unknown

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: “WOO HOO what a ride!”
— Unknown

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge”
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
— Charles Darwin

“I had a quote.
Then I saw the flying monkeys.
They saw me.
They attacked me.
The flying monkeys stole my quote.
Now all I have is this story.”
— Unknown

“We’ve secretly switched the dilithium crystals in the Enterprise warp core with new Folger’s Crystals… let’s watch what happens.”
— Unknown

“There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing
Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a’blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of hell a’glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
The danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!”
— from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

“Real software engineers work from 9 to 5, because that is the way the
job is described in the formal spec.  Working late would feel like
using an undocumented external procedure.”
— Unknown

“Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with
talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
— Calvin Coolidge

“During their lifetimes every man and woman will stumble across a
great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up,
dust themselves down, and carry on as if nothing ever happened.”
— Sir Winston Churchill

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When
you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s
— Albert Einstein (on relativity)

“…Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings
total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over
me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner
eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
— Frank Herbe

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary
project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends
limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you
find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces,
faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a
greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
— Patanjali

“People who make money often make mistakes and even have major
setbacks but they believe they will eventually prosper and they see
every setback as a lesson to be applied in their move towards
— Jerry Gillies

“Transcendence is the power to be born anew, to make a fresh start, to
turn over a new leaf, to begin with a clean slate, to enter into a
state of grace, to have a second chance.

Transcendence makes no reference to the past, whether your past has
been overflowing with victories or filled with defeats. When you enter
a state of transcendence, you are able to create a new life,
unburdened by both the victories and the defeats of the past.

Transcendence is more than just the accurate realization that the past
is over. It is also a realignment of all dimensions of yourself with
the very source of your life.

…Transcendence evokes the power to start from scratch, outside the
realm where previous … actions are in play, because transcendence is
an ever-new state of being, once you enter into it, each new moment is
alive with fresh possibilities – possibilities that may never have
seemed possible before.”
— Robert Fritz
Excerpt from “The Path of Least Resistance

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination
for success.”
— Napoleon Hill

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in
your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose
sight of the shore.”
— Andre Gide

// If this code works, it was written by Paul DiLascia.
// If not, I don’t know who wrote it.
— Paul DiLascia

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and
commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to
excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
— Mario Andretti

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in
which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to
yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing
that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

“There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its
only reward is that it’s easy.”
Source Unknown

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. Out of discord, find harmony. In the
middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
— Albert Einstein

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t
cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
— David Lloyd George

“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey
that matters in the end.”
— Ursula Le Guin “The Left Hand of Darkness”

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
— Jim Rohn

“Nothing is more powerful for your future than being a gatherer of
good ideas and information. That’s called doing your homework.”
— Jim Rohn

“I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that
wouldn’t screw to save its species. I wanted to open the dump valves
on oil tankers and smother all the French beaches I’d never see. I
wanted to breathe smoke.”
— Tyler Durden


Written by me

Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11:49 pm

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