Subject: Problems

When all else fails, follow instructions.

Inside every large problem is a small problem struggling to get out.

An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.

Never say “Oops” always say “Ah, interesting!”

The most expensive component is the one that breaks.

I'll say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it, and that's more than I can say for prosperity.

(1868 – 1930) cartoonist, humorist & journalist

I ain’t got no respect for no religion where the head guy claims he can’t make no mistakes. Like he’s, waddya call, inflammable.

television character, All In the Family (Carroll O’Connor)

Every solution breeds new problems.

If you pick up a chunk of broken concrete and try to pitch it into an adjacent lot, it will hit a tree limb and come down right on the driver’s side of your car windshield.

Most accidents in well-designed systems involve two or more events of low probability occurring in the worst possible combination.

After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an automobile accident, you begin to worry about history.

(1953 – ) comedian & actor

A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems than you have to.

(1925 – ) columnist & journalist

She had an unequaled gift of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.

(1843 – 1916) American-born writer

No one is listening until you make a mistake.

Avoid any action with an unacceptable outcome.

You can't tell how deep a puddle is until you step into it.

If you mess with something long enough, it'll break.

Whoops: An exclamation that translates roughly into “get a sponge.”

There is no job so simple that it cannot be done wrong.

Asking dumb questions is easier than correcting dumb mistakes.

Trying is just the first step toward failure.

cartoon character in The Simpsons (Dan Castellaneta)
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