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Standards & Principles

Man looks at the sky and says 'This is east and that is west' but the sky knows no such difference. -- Buddha (?)

The cow don't get fatter by putting it on the scale.

Look, if the windmill is running, the wind is blowing. -- Molly Ivins [She probably didn't say it first, but she says it well.]

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. -- Thomas Jefferson (?)

Promises are made to be kept.

Things true and evident must of necessity be recognized by those who would contradict them. -- Epictetus, Concerning the Epicureans, Chap. xx.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. -- John F. Kennedy

Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason. -- W. H. Auden

The appearance of things to the mind is the standard of every action to man. -- Epictetus, That we ought not to be angry with Mankind, Chap. xxviii

Stuckness shouldn't be avoided. It's the psychic predecessor of all real understanding. An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an understanding of all Quality, in mechanical work as in other endeavors. -- Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (referring to that unproductive feeling/state)

Not everyone has a Life's Work. Some people simply have a Life. -- Mr. Blue (Garrison Keillor)

Some of us have a relentless urge to attempt what we can never be good at and neglect our true calling. -- Mr. Blue (Garrison Keillor)

Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. -- Ashleigh Brilliant

America's biggest failure is its inability to take comedy seriously. -- H.L. Mencken

Appearances to the mind are of four kinds.
  1) Things either are what they appear to be;
  2) or they neither are, nor appear to be;
  3) or they are, and do not appear to be;
  4) or they are not, and yet appear to be.
Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task. -- Epictetus, Chap. xxvii.

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell

I distrust all systematizers and I avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of integrity -- Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -- Emerson, SE

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. -- Oscar Wilde

Just as in nature systems of order govern the growth and structure of animate and inanimate matter, so human activity itself has, since the earliest times, been distinguished by the quest for order. -- Josef Muller-Brockman, Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. -- Isaac Asimov

There comes a time to put principle aside and do what's right.

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