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“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: ‘Try to please everybody’.”
- Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist, 1882-1958
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Also, non business related, from George Orwell:
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
One of my favourites was by John Lennon.
"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plan"
I'll second that one.
When my daughter got engaged she began planning out this huge wedding. Then along came an unexpected pregnancy, which changed everything.
Slightly distraught about the situation she was in and having to change plans, I told her, "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans"
Fast forward one year.
After having the baby, (a girl) it's time for the baby to be baptized. There I am sitting in church, listening to the priest talk to all the new parents about life, then I practically fall off my seat when I heard the Priest tell them "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans".
Whilst counter-intuitive to many, the proverb neatly summarises pretty much all of modern methods of rapid systems engineering and deployment. Sometimes attributed to Mark Twain and at other times to Prof. Justin Time.