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No man is an island, entire of itself; …
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

“Meditation XVII” by John Donne (1572-1631)


It is a well known and much lamented fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it … (therefore) anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, “Fit the Twelfth” (1980) by Douglas Adams


“This is the worst kind of discrimination — the kind against me!”

Bender, Futurama, “War is the H Word” (2000) by Eric Horsted


Decisions are made by those that show up.

The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin


There's never enough time to do it right first time but there's always enough time to go back and do it again.

At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.

Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.


“If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”

Isaac Jaffe (Robert Guillaume), Sports Night, “The Hungry and the Hunted”, by Aaron Sorkin


One of the important rules for a long and happy life is that, if you are a rat, and if you are being chased by people who want to squash you, you should try to be somewhere else.

Elmer Rides The Rails (1991) by Patrick Cook
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