„Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.“

—  Hilaire Belloc, IV. On Making an Omelette
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„There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.“

—  Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis American publisher 1850 - 1933
Quoted in "The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right" - Page 39 - by William P. Martin - Reference - 2004

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„You can not have omelettes without breaking eggs“

—  Joseph Chamberlain British businessman, politician, and statesman 1836 - 1914
Context: You can not have omelettes without breaking eggs; you can not destroy the practises of barbarism, of slavery, of superstition, which for centuries have desolated the interior of Africa, without the use of force; but if you will fairly contrast the gain to humanity with the price which we are bound to pay for it, I think you may well rejoice in the result of such expeditions as those which have recently been conducted with such signal success in Nyassaland, Ashanti, Benin, and Nupé—expeditions which may have, and indeed have, cost valuable lives, but as to which we may rest assured that for one life lost a hundred will be gained, and the cause of civilization and the prosperity of the people will in the long run be eminently advanced. The True Conception of Empire http://www.bartleby.com/268/5/14.html (31 March 1897). Speech given to the Royal Colonial Institute. The phrase "omlets are not made without breaking eggs" first appeared in English in 1796. It is from the French, "on ne saurait faire d'omelette sans casser des œufs" (1742 and earlier), attributed to François de Charette.

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„There is something, however humble, which can properly be called skill among those who recognise themselves as economists.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
p. 4; quoted in Andrew Mearman (2011) " Three cheers for Kenneth Boulding! http://www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/document_uploads/109014.pdf", who further commented: "Boulding (1958) defined economics in terms of what economists are or, from Viner, what economists do. Further, Boulding holds that there are skills which are unique to economists."

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„The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642
Loose paraphrase of Salviati on Day 3 http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/dialogue3.html: "For when the sun draws up some vapors here, or warms a plant there, it draws these and warms this as if it had nothing else to do. Even in ripening a bunch of grapes, or perhaps just a single grape, it applies itself so effectively that it could not do more even if the goal of all its affairs were just the ripening of this one grape."

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„Many there are who fail to see that there can be but one lord, and that those who do not make GOD Lord of all do not make Him Lord at all.“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(J. Hudson Taylor. Separation and Service: Or Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII. London: Morgan & Scott, n.d., 47).

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„It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.“

—  Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands
An Outcast of the Islands (1896), Pt. 3, Ch. 2; possibly an adaptation of a Polish proverb, "Ten się nie myli, kto nic nie robi" — "One is not wrong, who does nothing."

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„He said nothing: seldom do those who are silent make mistakes.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Chapter 4, “Mimir’s Head and Odin’s Eye” (p. 45)

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„Those who make revolutions by halves do nothing but dig their own tombs.“

—  Louis Antoine de Saint-Just military and political leader 1767 - 1794
(January 1793) [Source: Oeuvres Complètes de Saint-Just, vol. 1 (2 vols., Paris, 1908), p. 414]

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„The number of people who can copulate properly may be few; the number who can write well are infinitely fewer.“

—  Hugh MacDiarmid Scottish poet, pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve 1892 - 1978
Review of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)

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„Santayana's aphorism must be reversed: too often it is those who can remember the past who are condemned to repeat it.“

—  Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian, social critic, and public intellectual 1917 - 2007
The Bitter Heritage: Vietnam and American Democracy (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966) p. 91

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