WIT AND WISDOM
Oft-stated quote to first-year medical students at Johns Hopkins University
from William Osler
"It is much more important to know
what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has."
Grossman's Misquote of R.L. Mencken:
"Complex Problems have simple, easy-to-understand wrong
"To estimate the time it takes to do a task: estimate the
time you think it should take, multiply by two, and change the unit of measure to the next
highest unit. Thus we allocate two days for a one-hour task."
"If an idea can survive a bureaucratic review and be
implemented, it wasn't worth doing"
"Nothing is impossible for people who don't have to do it
"There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of
Churchill's Commentary on Man:
"People will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time they will pick themselves
up and continue on"
Murphy's Seventh Corollary:
"Every solution breeds new problems"
"An expert is a person who avoids making the
small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy"
First Law of
"Certainty is an illusion"
Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, London - 1895
"Heavier than air flying machines are
RCA Executives - 1920
"This wireless music box [the radio] has no
imaginable commercial value. Who would pay
to hear a message sent to nobody in particular?"
H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers - 1927
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University - early 1929
"Stocks have reached what looks like a
permanently high plateau"
Thomas Watson, Chairman of the Board, IBM - 1943
"I think that there may be a world market for
maybe five computers"
Ken Olson, Chair, Digital Equipment - 1977
"There's no possible reason anyone would ever
want to have a computer in their home"
Bill Gates - 1981
"640K ought to be enough for everybody"