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"Multiplicity ought not to be posited without necessity."

Occam's Razor
William of Ockham (1285-1349)

Otherwise stated:
Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Words of Wisdom

  • "The obvious often escapes us." — Crock

  • "The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it cannot be done."
    — John Ruskin, "The Common Law of Business Balance"

  • "Multiplicity ought not to be posited without necessity." — Occam's Razor
    (Otherwise stated: Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.)

  • "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." — Calvin Coolidge

  • "Chance favours the prepared mind." — Louis Pasteur

  • Necessity is the mother of invention. (For example, the wheel.)

  • Invention is the mother of necessity. (For example, the i-pod.)

  • Fame is fleeting; obscurity is forever.

  • What one fool can do, another fool can also do.

  • One fool can ask more questions than 10 wise men can answer. — Mongolian proverb
  • Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

  • Never confuse ignorance with stupidity.

  • Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

  • The total intelligence on this planet is constant. The population keeps increasing.

  • Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

  • Faulty conclusions come from selected facts.

  • It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing.

  • It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

  • No man's credit is as good as his money.

  • Failing to try is worse than having tried and failed.

  • Failure is acceptable, but only if tax deductible.

  • If you are going to do something wrong, enjoy it.

  • Being an optimist after you've got everything you want doesn't count.

  • Most people can stand anything, except pain, hunger, and poverty.

  • Between two evils, always pick the one you never tried before.

  • There is more to life than increasing its speed.

  • The reverse side always has a reverse side.

  • Anyone can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.

  • There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do, and not doing it.

  • Happiness is excess in moderation - unhappiness is moderation to excess.

  • Tradition is what you follow when you haven't time to do it right.

  • For ordinary work: Measure twice, cut once. For important work: measure 3 times, cut once.

  • I've been meaning to do that.

  • By the time we've learned all the rules, we're too old to play the game.

  • The unforseen make the future unforseeable.

  • Current trends will not extend indefinitely.

  • The future isn't what it used to be.

  • No matter where you go, there you are.

  • The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of meeting the schedule has been forgotten.

  • "That's Not My Job."
    This is the story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

  • When you're finished, quit.

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