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Aldous Huckley on progress
Technological advances have simply provided us with more effective means of moving backward. Engler's rule for innovations
Any innovation requires the ability not so much to be based on the knowledge that exists in this area, but to bypass it.
Rule of conceptual persistence
If you think a lot about something big enough, you never have to do it.
The growth is directly proportional to the promises made. Profits are inversely proportional to promises kept.
Curtin's Law of Survival
The winner is not the one who is right, but the one who is the lion. (This is an amazing "double" pun: in English the word "left" means both "left" and "remaining"; in Russian this "remaining" turns out to be a lion.)
From the fact that everything has changed, it does not at all follow that anything has changed.
Do a little more every day than others expect, and very soon each of them will expect more from you.
All children are future ex-idealists.
No one would even try to do anything if they first had to refute all possible objections.
Briznicker principle of interest
Almost everything is more popular now than it used to be.
The vitality and prosperity of ideas is inversely proportional to their rationality and validity.
The progress of civilization is expressed in an increase in the number of important actions that we are able to perform without thinking about them at all.
Bernard Shaw's observations
A rational person adapts to the world around him, while an unreasonable person persists in his attempts to adapt the world around him to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on unreasonable people.
If you are moving by inertia, then you are rolling down.
When you live in the past, you have one advantage - it is cheaper.
If you want to go back to your youth, it is best to start by repeating your own stupidity.
You can be young only once, but immature - forever.
Millions of people crave immortality but don't know what to do on a rainy Sunday.
Nostalgia is the realization that life was not as unbearable as it seemed at the time.
Maxim Cuban How weak and insignificant are the efforts of Man in comparison with the intractable elements of nature - but only until the course of this struggle begins to be explained in detail to the grandchildren.
Observations of Duezabu (also credited to Mark Twain)
If you refrain from drinking, smoking, partying and running around for skirts, then you do not have to ensure yourself a long life - but it will seem long to you.
Don't worry about how to avoid temptations - as they get older, they will start to avoid you.
Bernard Shaw's principle
Virtue is simply a lack of temptation.
Traditions are solutions for which we have forgotten the corresponding problems.
There is no greater burden than your own great potential.