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From Brion's Collection

Hoffstedt's Employment Principle:  Confusion creates jobs.

Ely's Law:  Wear the right costume and the part plays itself.

First Rule of Pathology:  Most well-trodden paths lead nowhere.

Hoffer's Law:  When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Murphy's Law of Research:  Enough research will tend to support your theory.

Newton's Little-Known Seventh Law:  A bird in the hand is safer than one overhead.

The Bureaucracy Principle:  Only a bureaucracy can fight a bureaucracy.

Disimoni's Rule of Cognition:  Believing is seeing.

An Old Geologist's Saying: I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.

Van Herpen's Law:  The solving of a problem lies in finding the solvers.

Courtois' Rule:  If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk less.

Grelb's Reminder: Eighty percent of all people consider themselves to be above-average drivers.

Darrow's Comment on History:  History repeats itself.  That's one of the things wrong with history.

Finman's Law of Mathematics:  Nobody wants to read anyone else's formulas.

Paul's Law:  You can't fall off the floor.

Chapman's Commentary on Paul's Law:  It takes children three years to learn Paul's Law.

Brown's First Rule of Leadership:  To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

Helga's Rule:  Say no, then negotiate.

Stenderup's Law:  The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up.

Feinberg's Second Principle:  Memory serves its own master.

Souder's Law:  Repetition does not establish validity.

Rap's Law of Inanimate Reproduction:  If you take something apart and put it back together enough times,

                                                                              eventually you will have two of them.

De Nevers' Law of Debate:  Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

Churchill's Commentary on Man:  Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will

                                                                   pick himself up and continue on.

Young's Second Law:  It is the dead wood that holds up the tree.

Corollary:  Just because it is still standing, doesn't mean it is not dead.

Edwards' Time/Effort Law:  Effort x Time = Constant

                                                       A. Given a large initial time to do something, the initial effort will be small.

                                                       B. As time goes to zero, effort goes to infinity.

Corollary:  If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

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