|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|You will find me drinking gin|
In the lowest kind of inn,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.
-- G.K. Chesterton
|To those accustomed to the precise, structured methods of conventional|
system development, exploratory development techniques may seem messy,
inelegant, and unsatisfying. But it's a question of congruence:
precision and flexibility may be just as disfunctional in novel,
uncertain situations as sloppiness and vacillation are in familiar,
well-defined ones. Those who admire the massive, rigid bone structures
of dinosaurs should remember that jellyfish still enjoy their very
secure ecological niche.
-- Beau Sheil, "Power Tools for Programmers"
|Normally our rules are rigid; we tend to discretion, if for no other reason|
than self-protection. We never recommend any of our graduates, although we
cheerfully provide information as to those who have failed their courses.
-- Jack Vance, "Freitzke's Turn"
|Many mental processes admit of being roughly measured. For instance,|
the degree to which people are bored, by counting the number of their
fidgets. I not infrequently tried this method at the meetings of the
Royal Geographical Society, for even there dull memoirs are occasionally
read. [...] The use of a watch attracts attention, so I reckon time
by the number of my breathings, of which there are 15 in a minute. They
are not counted mentally, but are punctuated by pressing with 15 fingers
successively. The counting is reserved for the fidgets. These observations
should be confined to persons of middle age. Children are rarely still,
while elderly philosophers will sometimes remain rigid for minutes altogether.
-- Francis Galton, 1909