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A person is just about as big as the things that make him angry.
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A person who has both feet planted firmly
in the air can be safely called a liberal.
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A person who has nothing looks at all there is and wants something.
A person who has something looks at all there is and wants all the rest.
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A person who is more than casually interested in computers should be well
schooled in machine language, since it is a fundamental part of a computer.
-- Donald Knuth
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A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
-- Elbert Hubbard
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A physicist is an atoms way of knowing about atoms.
-- George Wald
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A pickup with three guys in it pulls into the lumber yard. One of the men
gets out and goes into the office.
"I need some four-by-two's," he says.
"You must mean two-by-four's" replies the clerk.
The man scratches his head. "Wait a minute," he says, "I'll go
Back, after an animated conversation with the other occupants of the
truck, he reassures the clerk, that, yes, in fact, two-by-fours would be
"OK," says the clerk, writing it down, "how long you want 'em?"
The guy gets the blank look again. "Uh... I guess I better go
check," he says.
He goes back out to the truck, and there's another animated
conversation. The guy comes back into the office. "A long time," he says,
"we're building a house".
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A pig is a jolly companion,
Boar, sow, barrow, or gilt --
A pig is a pal, who'll boost your morale,
Though mountains may topple and tilt.
When they've blackballed, bamboozled, and burned you,
When they've turned on you, Tory and Whig,
Though you may be thrown over by Tabby and Rover,
You'll never go wrong with a pig, a pig,
You'll never go wrong with a pig!
-- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"
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A pipe gives a wise man time to think
and a fool something to stick in his mouth.
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A place for everything and everything in its place.
-- Isabella Mary Beeton, "The Book of Household Management"
[Quoted in "VMS Internals and Data Structures", V4.4, when
referring to memory management system services.]