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Sunday, September 6, 2009

On 7:16 AM by KiAnna   No comments


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." -- Bill Cosby


If a fact is to be established by testimony, anonymous assertion is of no value; if it can be proved, by evidence to which the public have access, it is of no consequence (for the cause of truth) who produces it. A matter of opinion derives weight from the name which is attached to it; but a chain of reasoning is equally conclusive, whoever may be its author.
-- CharlesBabbage


My interpretation (feel free to add yours):

If a fact is to be established by testimony, anonymous assertion is of no value;

If you're trying to prove a point, leaving your identity unknown won't help you;

if it can be proved, by evidence to which the public have access, it is of no consequence (for the cause of truth) who
produces it.

if everyone can access the facts themselves, there won't be a problem for the person that announced the fact.

 A matter of opinion derives weight from the name which is attached to it; but a chain of reasoning is equally conclusive, whoever may be its author


The power and acceptance of your opinion depends on your reputation, however if you can give good reasoning for your argument, that would be accepted as well.


For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong. (H.L. Menken)

I find that to be true, for every problem, someone has a plan that seems classy and well thought out but eventually backfires.


"You only pay attention to things that are meaningful to you, So the meaning of your life is what you pay attention to." my drinking buddy, Ken (--AlistairCockburn)

 Men- You can't live with them, you can't flush them down the toilet, and who would you send to unplug it if you did? -- CindeeAndres

Knowledge is something you can use, Belief is something that uses you. -- IdriesShah

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." -- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

You're damned if you do; you're damned if you don't -- BartSimpson

"I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" -- MrVoltaire


according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (5th ed. 1999 p.521), this is a misquotation "attributed to Voltaire, but in fact a later summary of his attitude by S. G. Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1907)"


Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. - G.K. Chesterton

"I may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night" (source unknown)





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