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Things to consider. Nothing is for sure.

"One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts." --Benjamin Franklin

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said. But I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” --Richard M. Nixon

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you live at all. Happiness, in the ancient, noble verse, means self fulfillment and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God or luck or fate bestowed upon them.” --Leo Rosten

”Facts can be like bikini bathing suits. What they conceal is more interesting than what they reveal.” --David Lucier

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” --Woody Allen

Heed this, field engineers: "Work is of two kinds: First, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter. Second, telling other people (millwrights) to do so. --Bertrand Russell

"Beauty is only skin deep. But ugly goes straight to the bone!" --Unknown

""Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." --Admiral Hyman Rickover, (1900-1986), US Navy

"Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are." --Oscar Wilde

Finally, for the field engineer who's been known to brag too much (Emmitt Facquet, are you reading this?): "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is for ever." --Napoleon Bonaparte

"Learn from other people's mistakes because there is not enough time in life to make them all yourself." ---Eleanor Roosevelt

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