An example of using proverbs for learning are the Go Proverbs Illustrated by Kensaku Segoe. Here's an example from the book of a proverb for Go: The enemy's key play is my own key play.
The Bible also has a book of Proverbs: Proverbs 6:6-8 ... people should learn a lesson from the way ants live. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter.
There have been short sayings about Quality that have stuck with me and I continue to remember and apply.
- Say what you do and Do what you say.
- In Quality, we are trying to work ourselves out of a job.
- If it's not documented, it didn't happen.
- Quality advocates for the Customer.
- I trust in God, all others bring Data.
What's your favorite Quality saying? (Post a reply)
-attributed to Aristotle
Being wrong feels exactly like being right. (until you realize otherwise) Paraprased from Kathryn Schulz' TEDtalk "On Being Wrong". I use it a lot when people jump to corrective action without doing root cause analysis first.
as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces.
FRANK HERBERT, Children of Dune
(I couldn't resist posting this quote, the Dune series are among my favorite books to read. Especially the first 3 books- Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune)
Mike Tyson- American Pugilist
-System Administrator (Anon)
"Better late than wrong." - I would say this in response to people who wanted to release known non-conforming product to meet a deadline.
"Never time to do it right; always time to do it over." - One of my inspectors used to say this all the time in response to how much rework we had to do because we knowingly shipped bad product to meet deadlines only to have it shipped back for rework...argh!
And one I've seen at a few different places: "A mistake on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
And I love all the other ones posted!
In 2010 in Croatia, my welding inspector had a habit: each time I asked him "Is everything OK at site?", he always replied "Yes, yes, ....maybe!", while having an expression of uncertainty and shrugging.
Leaving out of the picture the hypothesis he himself didn't know sometimes, it was a way of saying that suggested me how critical the control of operations is. Even when you think everything is OK, still something may go wrong. And, at site, that happens frequently.
― Jerry Pournelle
"If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said, 'Faster horses.'"
"The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become." - Nathaniel Hawthorne