„It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.“

—  Molière

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„Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do.“

—  Gene Kranz NASA Flight Director and manager 1933

Address to his branch and flight control team on the Monday morning following the Apollo 1 disaster (30 January 1967), known as "The Kranz Dictum"; as published in Failure Is Not An Option : Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (2000) by Gene Kranz, p. 204. The phrase "tough and competent" was echoed by NASA Director Sean O'Keefe following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, adding that "these words are the price of admission to the ranks of NASA, and we should adopt it that way."
Contexto: Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it.
We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, "Dammit, stop!"
I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did.
From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: "Tough and Competent." Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for.
Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect.
When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write "Tough and Competent" on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.

Peter Singer photo

„We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented.“

—  Peter Singer Australian philosopher 1946

Introduction (p. xv)
Writings on an Ethical Life (2000)

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Mariano Rajoy photo

„We do what we can do means what exactly means, that we do what we can do.“

—  Mariano Rajoy Spanish politician 1955

26 June, 2017
As President, 2017
Fonte: Vozópuli http://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/Rajoy-Conteste-senor-Barcenas-telefono_2_1048115186.html

„We always do what’s natural, only sometimes we shouldn’t do it.“

—  Alfred Bester, livro The Stars My Destination

Chapter 6 (p. 98).
The Stars My Destination (1956)

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F. W. de Klerk photo

„We're not doing what we do because of sanctions. We're doing what we do because we believe it is right.“

—  F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936

As quoted in Freedom in the World: Political Rights & Civil Liberties, 1990-1991 https://web.archive.org/web/20180917224837/https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/Freedom_in_the_World_1990-1991_complete_book.pdf (1991), New York: Freedom House, p. 16
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Jordan Peterson photo

„What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.“

—  Julia Cameron, livro The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way (1992)
Contexto: What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us. <!-- p. 108

Mignon McLaughlin photo

„As we are human, we can't do what we can't do; as we're neurotic, we can't do what we can.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Neurotics and neurosis

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John Ruskin photo

„What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.“

—  John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900

The Crown of Wild Olive, lecture IV: The Future of England, section 151 (1866).

Theo de Raadt photo

„Linux people do what they do because they hate Microsoft. We do what we do because we love Unix.“

—  Theo de Raadt systems software engineer 1968

Quoted in [Is Linux For Losers?, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/intelligentinfrastructure/2005/06/16/linux-bsd-unix-cz_dl_0616theo.html, Lyons, Daniel, 2005-06-16, 2007-01-10]

Confucius photo

„To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.

As quoted in Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau, Ch. 1
Attributed

Nicolaus Copernicus photo

„To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.“

—  Nicolaus Copernicus Renaissance mathematician, Polish astronomer, physician 1473 - 1543

Confucius, as quoted in Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau, Ch. 1
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„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“