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"... non-action is not passivity."
- "Fear has its use bu cowardice has none." -- Gandhi
If the cuckoo does not sing, kill it
- Nakanunara, koroshiteshimae, hototogisu
If the cuckoo does not sing, coax it
- Nakanunara, nakashitemiseyou, hototogisu
If the cuckoo doesn’t sing, wait for it
- Nakanunara, nakumadematou, hototogisu
- Beware the shortsighted quick fix that can lead to worse problems
- The close-at-hand problem is always the one the defender must take care of before anything else, but the solution should include what you are committing yourself to over the long haul.
"It is altogether too easy to let the burden of the immediate problem obliterate other considerations from your thinking and to jump at what promises to be a quick fix. What often happens is that you have not achieved a long-range success but only converted one difficulty into another perhaps less obvious but no less onerous one.
- -- Robert Byrne. "Pastimes; Chess," New York Times. December 24, 1989.
Wikiquote explains here that the following is misattributed --
- • I am only one, but I am one.
- • I can not do everything, but I can do something.
- • I must not fail to do the something that I can do.
I learned these word as a Helen Keller quotation, and I think of her each time I read them.
- A politician uses history the way a drunk uses a lamp post -- for support rather than illumination. -- John Dower
- Mark Twain said: "People commonly use statistics the way a drunk uses a lamp post, for support rather than illumination."