Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Quote of the day

I've been reading through lots of stuff today and came across some quite good/interesting quotations that had been used in a presentation to lighten it up a bit - it did really need it because it was all about the political aspects of change linke to the modernization of the NHS...so here they are:
“Kids, you tried your best ….
And you failed miserably.
The lesson is ‘never try’”
Homer Simpson

“Counterfeits of the past, under new names, can easily be mistaken for the future… We must be wary of the trap”
Victor Hugo: 1872 Les Miserables
And here are couple of others that are quite fun as well. (If you ever get stuck for quotations try this.)

"One of the indiciments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence
are so rarely found in the same person"
William Feather (1908 - 1976)

"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts needing altering"
Doctor Who
"I have a new philosphy. I'm going to dread one day at a time"
Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000), Charlie Brown in "Peanuts"
"The key of being a good manager is keeping people who hate me
away from those who are still undecided"
Casey Stengel (1890 - 1975)
"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind"
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
"It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea"
Robert Anton Wilson
I had a lecture on health and safety yesterday, Newcastle apparently has one of the best records for health and safety amongst the big universities in England and they are very keen on keeping it that way...so we had this hour long talk on what not to do, basically not to leave firedoors open and not to let any of your cells escape (that was for all the biochemists who spend their time in labs).
The guy who gave the lecture was a total safety geek (he read health and safety reports for fun) but he was actually very interesting. But I learned that according to law companies are required to make every effort for your health and safety as long as it is 'reasonably practicable' i.e. it doesn't cost a fortune and there is no other cheaper way of doing it.

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