Fixing Things

Sunday, December 2, 2012 – Fixing Things

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones. ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head. ~ Charlie Chaplin

There is one thing about Englishmen, they won’t fix anything till it’s just about totally ruined. You couldn’t get the English to fix anything at the start. No! They like to sit and watch it grow worse. Then, when it just looks like the whole thing has gone up Salt Creek, why, the English jump in and rescue it. ~ Will Rogers

Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet. ~ Scott Adams

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It’s an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms. ~ Colin Powell

It’s absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we’ve got rockets, we’ve got Saran Wrap – fix it! ~ Lewis Black

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap. ~ Carrie P. Snow

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde

Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse! ~ Jessamyn West

It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered. ~ Christian Nevell Bovee

One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. ~ Anton Chekhov

Your birth is a mistake you’ll spend your whole life trying to correct. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.  ~ Carl Jung

America is a mistake, a giant mistake. ~ Sigmund Freud

I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. ~ John Peel

A clever man commits no minor blunders. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Learn from the mistakes of others – you can never live long enough to make them all yourself. ~ John Luther

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. ~ Salvador Dalí

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic. ~ Edward De Bono

Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them. ~ Peter Ustinov

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. ~ Rita Mae Brown

No mistake is so commonly made by clever people as that of assuming a cause to be bad because the arguments of its supporters are, to a great extent, nonsensical. ~ Thomas Henry Huxley

Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm. ~ Dan Heist

We’re all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don’t make any big ones. ~ Samuel Butler

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~ Marilyn Monroe

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. ~ Robert Fulghum

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. ~ Dalai Lama XIV


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