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The minute a man is convinced that he is interesting, he isn't.
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The mirror sees the man as beautiful, the mirror loves the man; another
mirror sees the man as frightful and hates him; and it is always the same
being who produces the impressions.
-- Marquis D.A.F. de Sade
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The misnaming of fields of study is so common as to lead to what might be
general systems laws. For example, Frank Harary once suggested the law that
any field that had the word "science" in its name was guaranteed thereby
not to be a science. He would cite as examples Military Science, Library
Science, Political Science, Homemaking Science, Social Science, and Computer
Science. Discuss the generality of this law, and possible reasons for its
-- Gerald Weinberg, "An Introduction to General Systems
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The Modelski Chain Rule:
1: Look intently at the problem for several minutes. Scratch your
head at 20-30 second intervals. Try solving the problem on your
2: Failing this, look around at the class. Select a particularly
3: Procure a large chain.
4: Walk over to the selected student and threaten to beat him severely
with the chain unless he gives you the answer to the problem.
Generally, he will. It may also be a good idea to give him a sound
thrashing anyway, just to show you mean business.
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"The molars, I'm sure, will be all right, the molars can take care of
themselves," the old man said, no longer to me. "But what will become
of the bicuspids?"
-- The Old Man and his Bridge
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The mome rath isn't born that could outgrabe me.
-- Nicol Williamson
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The moon is made of green cheese.
-- John Heywood
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The moon may be smaller than Earth, but it's further away.
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The Moral Majority is neither.
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The more complex the mind, the greater
the need for the simplicity of play.
-- Captain Kirk, "Shore Leave"