Moments of Zen

Sorry, I stole the headline from  The Daily Show, but „aphorisms“ seemed a bit archaic.

Learn from your losses, you paid for them. – Tyler Bollhorn

Gesegnet seien jene, die nichts zu sagen haben und trotzdem schweigen. – Karl Valentin

Wer keine Zweifel hat, ist schlicht verrückt. – Peter Ustinov

Wenn du ein Schiff bauen willst, trommle nicht Männer zusammen, um Holz zu beschaffen und die Arbeit einzuteilen, sondern lehre sie die Sehnsucht nach dem weiten, endlosen Meer. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

You can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, travelling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abcesses and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you” they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say ‘yes’. – Terry Pratchett

Champagne! In victory you deserve it. In defeat you need it. – Napoleon

Die meisten Menschen sind zu gut erzogen um mit vollem Munde zu sprechen, doch sie haben keine Bedenken es mit leerem Kopf zu tun. – Oscar Wilde

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it! – Upton Sinclair

Such a severe depression and banking crisis could not have been achieved by normal civil servants and politicians, it required economists’ involvement. – Paul Wolf, Chef-Kommentator für Ökonomie der Financial Times

First confess! – Karsten Steinbach, Lufthansa-Pilot, zum Thema Krisenkommunikation

Greed, like gravity, is pretty much always there. – Tyler Cowen, New York Times

The lavishness of a conference and its intellectual quality are almost perfectly negatively correlated – Paul Krugman

If you want to be part of a recapitalisation worth fifty billion quid, you can expect to have to contribute a fifty-billion quid pro quo. – Andrew Hill, FT Alphaville

Beware of geeks bearing formulas. – Warren Buffett

Es stimmt, daß langfristig irrationale Bewertungen auf den Finanzmärkten verschwinden. Allerdings kann der Markt länger irrational bleiben, als du flüssig bleiben kannst. – John Maynard Keyne.

If you torture data long enough, nature will alwas confess.– Ronald Coase.

Alles, was schiefgehen kann, wird irgendwann auch schiefgehen. – Murphy’s Law

Testing can show the presence of errors, but not their absence. – Edsger Dijkstra

Economics is the painful elaboration of the obvious.

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

Talk is cheap. Supply exceeds Demand.

In war it does not matter who is right, but who is left. – Winston Churchill

Ein Ökonom, der nur ein Ökonom ist, kann kein guter Ökonom sein. Friedrich von Hayek

Der Sündenbock ist kein Herdentier. – Erwin Huber

Common sense is not so common – Voltaire

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