Sunday, January 24, 2016


Observe things as they are and don't pay attention to other people.

Obstacles are those frightful little things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Occam’s Razor:  The simplest explanation for any phenomenon is likely to be the best one.

Oddly twee and brittle.

Of course, they all were right:  Dreck was the future and the future was Dreck.

“Of the two hearts, one is always warm and one is always cold:  the cold heart is more precious than diamonds;  the warm heart has no value and is thrown away.”

Off by an inch (at launch), miss by a mile (at market).

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises.


Oh would some power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us. (Robert Burns)

Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.

Old age isn’t a battle; it’s a massacre.

Old habits die hard.

On a blank sheet of paper, free from any mark, the most precious and beautiful characters can be written, the freshest and most beautiful pictures can be painted.

On her worst day, she’s a smile waiting to happen.

On the web, information is plentiful, wisdom is scarce.

On the web, it's hard to distinguish what is popular from what is true.

Once a need is satisfied, it is no longer a motivator.

Once is never and twice is always.

Once you accept his assumptions, even a madman seems reasonable.

Once you stop growing, you start dying.

Once you've given advice to someone, you're obligated.

100% of nothing is worth less than 1% of something.

One brick short of a load.

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

One cannot put something behind one until one has beheld it directly.

One could never win love so surely that one could stop imagining the pain of its loss.

One day it’s hot; then it’s not.

One day my father took me aside and left me there.

One does not love a place less for having suffered in it.

One does not plan and then try to make the circumstances fit those plans.  One tries to make plans fit the circumstances.

One does what one is; one becomes what one does.

One doesn’t learn from experience because the substance of things is always changing.

One eye on the clock-always!

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.  Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.

One good example is worth a thousand theories.

One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.

One great mistake made by intelligent people is to refuse to believe that the world is as stupid as it is.

One hand washes the other.

One is poisoned forever by the bad things that happen in the beginning.

One is sadder and the other wiser.

One learns from defeat, not from victory.

One life was never quite enough for what I had in mind.

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touch our human feelings.

One machine can do the work of a hundred ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

One man with courage makes a majority.

One man's loss is another man's gain.

One may be anonymous in a crowd, but at least you’re part of something.

One must, above all, endure.  (Il faut [d'agord] durer.)

One must care about a world one will not see.

One must have chaos in one's soul to give birth to a dancing star.

One must learn to be bored.

One must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.

One must not always think that feeling is everything.  Art is nothing without form.

One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.

One never tortures except by a kind of mutual agreement.

One of my strongest and most fully employed emotions: contempt. Contempt for others, contempt for myself.

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.  Write it on your heart that every day of the year is the best day of the year.

One of the most difficult tasks one can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games.

One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

One of the saddest things in the world is to have enough talent to try and too little to succeed.

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

One of the things I observed was that the most effective advertising had aspirational content.

One of the things I’ve learned is never to discuss process.

One of the things you cannot do in this life is impose conditions on love.

One of the tragedies of this life is that the men who are most in need of beating up are always enormous.

One of these days is none of these days.

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.

One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets go, one soon loses control of the head too.

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who only have an interest.

One reality has nothing to do with the other.

One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas.

One service more we dare to ask – pray for us, heroes, pray, that when fate lays on us our task, we do not shame the day.  (Kipling)

One should always have one’s boots on, and be ready to leave.
One should be just as careful in choosing one’s pleasures as in avoiding calamities.

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

One should never meet a man whose work one admires. The man is always so much less than the work.

One simply survives.  It may be the most imaginative thing we do.

One size never fits all.

One smart reader is worth a thousand boneheads.

One step forward, two steps back.

One supplies the cash, the other the cachet.

One sure sign of maturity is when you realize that it takes less time to do as you’re told than it does to complain about it.

One thing acquired through pain is better for a man than one hundred things easily acquired.

One thing I know and that is that I know nothing.

One thing worse than being alone is wishing you were.

One thing you learn in racing is that they don't wait for you.

One thought driven home is better than three left on base.

One thumb permanently on the fast-forward button.

One way to kill a tiger is to distract it from so many different sides that it tries to run in every direction at once.

One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all.  (G. Casanova)

One will not go far wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.

One’s “real” life is almost always the life one doesn’t lead.

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.

Only a fool thinks price and value are the same thing.

Only a mediocre person is always at his or her best.

Only connect (E.M. Forster  Howard’s End)

Only God, my dear /
Could love you for yourself alone /
And not your yellow hair.

Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Only satisfied customers can give people job security.  Not companies.

Only so much inspiration is allotted even at the high end of the scale.

Only the exhaustive is truly interesting.

Only the spirit of attack born in a brave heart will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how advanced it is.  (Adolf Galland)

Only the untalented can afford to be humble.

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.

Only the winner goes to dinner.

Only the winners decide what were war crimes.

Only those items which I notice shaped my mind-without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos. (William James).

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Only those willing to go too far will know how far they can go.

Only three things to do about a mistake.  Admit it, learn from it, don’t repeat it.

Only truth can set the spirit free.

Only two things keep expanding until they die, software and tumors.

Only when you have crossed the river can you say the crocodile has a lump on its snout.

OODA Loop – observe, orient, decide, act

Oozing slime from every pore he slips his way across the floor.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Opening weekend:  it’s the first public referendum on a film’s prospects that carries the weight of empirical truth.

Opinions but no convictions.

Opportunity Costs are Everything – “Fucked or Famous”

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Opprobrium resonates in a way that praise seldom does.

Optimism -- girded by arrogance rather than preparation -- can only get us so far.

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.

Order must underlie everything, however disorderly it may appear.

Ordinary people only believe in the possible.  Extraordinary people visualize what is not possible or probable, but rather what is impossible.  And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.

Organized abandonment  (Drucker)

Original minds have but one good idea in a lifetime.

Originality is nothing more than judicious imitation. 9Voltaire)

Othello:  one that loved not wisely, but too well.

O.T.T. = Over the Top (broadcast)

Our average employees now work someplace else.

Our body fluids, the lubricant of intimacy and the nectar of life, have become death potions.

Our decision did not come easily, but it did come clearly.

Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.

Our desires always increase with our possessions.  The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  (Shakespeare)

Our emphasis on dismantling problems into their components and our obsessive emphasis on quantifying detail without context leaves us knowing more and more about less and less.

Our enemy is the concept of “impossible” – we just don’t buy it.

Our fears must never hold us back from pursuing our hopes.

Our freedom to discipline ourselves is a freedom we can lose if we don’t use it.

Our goal is not a great school system, it’s a system of great schools.

Our greatest foes, whom we must chiefly combat, are within.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Our ignorance of history makes us vilify our own age.

Our greatest leverage is in the future.  We can't change the past.  We can only react to the present.

Our knowledge (science) is growing faster than our wisdom (society).

Our last two presenters were one hour too long.

Our memories are independent of our wills, it is not easy to forget.

Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.

Our natures lie in motion, without which we die.

Our old friend Hugh Bris is back in town.

Our own irrational demands strike us as having the force of needs, while other people’s needs strike us as capricious indulgences.

Our passions may be our guides in life.

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Our philosophy is:  a little number times a big number is a big number.

Our style betrays us.  (Stylus virum arguit.)

Our theories determine what we measure.

Our view of the future is limited to our existing vocabulary.

Our whole lives are convoluted, egregious apologies to our mothers because our fathers have made such flawed husbands.

Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord make harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Outside of a person’s love, the most sacred thing they can give is their labor.

Outsourcing is a way station on the path to automation.

Over managed and under led.

Overfunding a start-up numbs the pain and slows the progress. (McKeown)

Overnight successes sure take a helluva long time.

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