“…the first thing a principle does – if it really is a principle – is kill somebody.”
Peter Death Breedon Wimsey, to the Warden, in D. Sayers, Gaudy Night (1936)
"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
- Practice must flow from principles.
- Nothing important is objective.
- If you can't explain it to Josh, you don't understand it.
- We got here from there for reasons.
- The other side has good reasons for its position.
- Some battles aren't worth winning (P Ylvisaker).
- Beware inferences based on residuals.
- Earn more points than you spend.
- Always go there.
- Silence has value.
- Give bad news in person.
- Never surprise up.
- You have to plug it in.
- Dysfunctional technology is worse than no technology.
- Every so often you have to clean your desk.
- Don't work on the way home.
- Principles need not apply under $1,000.
- Everything costs twice as much as you think.
- If throwing money can solve a vexing problem, do that.
- Red wine goes with everything.
- When there isn't any red wine, white wine, if dry enough, is better than nothing (R Schmitt).
- Good food is worth paying for.
- There are only forty people in the world.
- Sports metaphors always mislead.
- Unaffordable success is nothing of the sort.
- Apology doesn't require guilt.
- Link, don't copy.
- Computers are never free.
- Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence
(via A Smith, from J Martin, writing as H Bauer, To Rise Above Principle: The Memoirs of an Unreconstructed Dean, University of Illinois Press, 1988).
- Never quarrel with the parking god.
- Answer the question.
- Higher education is fractal (K Klingenstein).
- Free choice is antithetical to efficient support.
- ∫Clue is a constant (J Schiller).
- Added value only earns points if it doesn't add cost.
- Complexity is infectious (K Klingenstein).
- People think differently about Chevys and Jags.
- Never eat green Key-lime pie.
- Bribery has its limits.
- If it doesn't scale, then success is failure.
- "Confusion" may be just a myth, indistinguishable from advanced technology (D Champion).
- Avoid restaurants whose name includes the word "Margarita".
- If a thing is not worth doing, then it's not worth doing well (H Bauer, op. cit.).
- Be careful. The toe you stepped on yesterday may be connected to the ass you have to kiss today (B Cianci).
- The first thing any rich new technology will do is point out how poor existing policies are (K Klingenstein).
- Professors are expected to speak in triads: two seems superficial, and four is superfluous (D Hutchinson).
- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese (W Nelson).
- G Jackson, ed.