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  • OlvynChuruOlvynChuru Member Posts: 2,869
    Writers who try to write from the point of view of a character who is smarter than they are should consider asking that character if this is a good idea before proceeding.

    -- How NOT to Write a Novel
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    edited June 2019
    That's so true... I have read many books where one of the characters is a a genius level+ entity. They always sound like gibberish or they stretch logic to the point of making the whole story unbelievable. It's very rare to see a well written genius character and realize that everything they did, even the mistakes they made, were part of a greater plan.
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  • Montresor_SPMontresor_SP Member Posts: 2,202
    Murphy's Laws:
    1. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
    2. Everything takes longer than you think.
    3. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
    4. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
    5. If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
    6. If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
    7. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
    8. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
    9. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
    10. Mother nature is a b**ch.
    11. It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
    12. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
    13. Every solution breeds new problems.

    O'Toole's commentary: Murphy was an optimist.
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    If you want to make a dangerous man your friend, let him do you a favor.
    -- Warden Lewis E. Lawes
  • Montresor_SPMontresor_SP Member Posts: 2,202
    Whenever a person says to you that they are as innocent as can be in all concerning money, look well after your own money, for they are dead certain to collar it if they can.

    - Inspector Bucket, Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
  • BillyYankBillyYank Member Posts: 2,768
    edited June 2019
    UNFAIR - Term applied to advantages enjoyed by other people which we tried to cheat them out of and didn’t manage.

    -John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (from the Hipcrime Vocab)
  • Rik_KirtaniyaRik_Kirtaniya Member Posts: 1,742
    "The surest way to kill a desire is to fulfill it."

    --- Me
    "It may not necessarily be the safest or the best way to do so. :p "

    --- Also Me
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
    -- D. H. Lawrence
  • KamigoroshiKamigoroshi Member Posts: 5,870
    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absense.
    -- Wael

    Absolutely not playing PoE II right now. :P
  • DrHappyAngryDrHappyAngry Member Posts: 1,577
    To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
    -- Plutarch

    If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
    -- Epicurus

    There is nothing that exists so great or marvelous that over time mankind does not admire it less and less.
    -- Lucretius
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    Remember that what you believe will depend very much on what you are.
    -- Noah Porter
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    Confusing yourself is a way to stay honest.
    -- Jenny Holzer
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
    -- Niccolo Machiavelli
  • ElysianEchoesElysianEchoes Member Posts: 475
    A black or malign disposition, an effeminate disposition; a wild inhuman disposition, a sheepish disposition, a childish disposition; a blockish, a false, a scurril, a fraudulent, a tyrannical: what then? If he be a stranger in the world, that knows not the things that are in it; why not be a stranger as well, that wonders at the things that are done in it?

    -- Marcus Aurelius
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    If you are given two contradictory orders, obey them both.
    -- Brintnall's Second Law
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    Some folks can look so busy doing nuthin' that they seem indispensable.
    -- Kin Hubbard
  • DaxTheTrillDaxTheTrill Member Posts: 11
    “I’m such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.”
    – Woody Allen

    (Yeah, I can relate to this one... Alot)
  • StromaelStromael Member Posts: 195
    edited August 2019
    Two favourites of mine:

    Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
    -- Richard Feynman

    My hotel is as clean as an elven a**e.
    -- Anonymous
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
    -- Herbert Spencer
  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,213
    There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve.
    -- Mike Leavitt
  • DragonKingDragonKing Member Posts: 1,977
    "Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
    With a resolute heart and cheerful?
    Or hide your face from the light of day
    With a craven soul and fearful?
    Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
    Or a trouble is what you make it,
    And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
    But only how did you take it?

    You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
    Come up with a smiling face.
    It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
    But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
    The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
    Be proud of your blackened eye!
    It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
    It's how did you fight -- and why?

    And though you be done to the death, what then?
    If you battled the best you could,
    If you played your part in the world of men,
    Why, the Critic will call it good.
    Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
    And whether he's slow or spry,
    It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
    But only how did you die?"

    Edmund Vance Cooke
  • Montresor_SPMontresor_SP Member Posts: 2,202
    The world's dullest subjects, in order:

    a. Somebody else's diet.
    b. How to make money for a worthy cause.
    c. The Kardashians.

    - Larry Niven
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