DBA Proverbs… One More Time

Todays’ post is yet another entry in my on-going series of favorite, helpful quotes for DBAs (and others)… As regular readers of this blog know, I collect quotes, sayings, and proverbs that apply to database administration (or, at least, I think they apply). And today’s blog entry is the latest in a semi-regular series of DBA proverbs. The other entries can be found here: DBA Proverbs and More DBA Proverbs.

So, without further ado, here are today’s quotes…

  • 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
  • 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
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance – Confucius
  • Knowin’ all the words in the dictionary ain’t gonna help if you got nuttin’ to say – Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. – John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users? – Clifford Stoll
  • It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers – James Thurber
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest – Benjamin Franklin
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw
  • If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick – Bob Dylan
  • The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory – Paul Fix
  • If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside – Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld magazine [I’m not sure if Cringely said this first or not.]
  • We are all ignorant, only on different subjects – Mark Twain
  • et us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness – James Thurber

That’s all for today… Thanks for reading!


About craig@craigsmullins.com

I'm a strategist, researcher, and consultant with nearly three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development.
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