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Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager ...
by Laurence J. Peter

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
- Laurence J. Peter

Related topics: Teen

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter PHOTO

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Facts are stubborn things,
but statistics are more pliable.
- Laurence J. Peter

 

Work is accomplished by those employees who have not
yet reached their level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made
a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
- Laurence J. Peter

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you
hear but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence J. Peter

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Education is a method whereby
one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
- Laurence J. Peter

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.
- Laurence J. Peter

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why
the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Men now monopolize the upper levels...
depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart
he would have been not to have taken it.
- Laurence J. Peter

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind,
what is the significance of a clean desk?
- Laurence J. Peter

If you don't know where you're going,
you will probably end up somewhere else.
- Laurence J. Peter

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly
intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
- Laurence J. Peter

Slump, and the world slumps with you.
Push, and you push alone.
- Laurence J. Peter

Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.
- Laurence J. Peter

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.
- Laurence J. Peter

Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.
- Laurence J. Peter

America is a country that doesn't know where it is
going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
- Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is a process by which people are free to
choose the man who will get the blame.
- Laurence J. Peter

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it,
and the rest of us.
- Laurence J. Peter

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
- Laurence J. Peter

The great question is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with failure.
- Laurence J. Peter

It's better to have loved and lost than to have to
do forty pounds of laundry a week.
- Laurence J. Peter

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time
when the quo has lost its status.
- Laurence J. Peter

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell,
and advertise.
- Laurence J. Peter

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing
our parents' shortcomings.
- Laurence J. Peter

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before
Father Time takes it away.
- Laurence J. Peter

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls;
the soldier details his wounds,
the shepherd his sheep.
- Laurence J. Peter

Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian
than going to the garage makes you a car.
- Laurence J. Peter

Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will
establish a reputation as an expert.
- Laurence J. Peter

A man convinced against his will is not convinced.
- Laurence J. Peter

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
- Laurence J. Peter

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
- Laurence J. Peter

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses,
is in the eye of the beholder.
- Laurence J. Peter

As a matter of fact is an expression that precedes
many an expression that isn't.
- Laurence J. Peter

Television has changed the American child from an irresistable
force to an immovable object.
- Laurence J. Peter

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees
have to be appointed to do the work.
- Laurence J. Peter

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
- Laurence J. Peter

A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.
- Laurence J. Peter

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.
- Laurence J. Peter

When in doubt or danger, run in circles,
scream and shout.
- Laurence J. Peter

Nobody can be perfect unless he admits his faults,
but if he has faults how can he be perfect?
- Laurence J. Peter

A censor is an expert in cutting remarks.
A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
- Laurence J. Peter

Heredity is nothing but stored environment.
- Luther Burbank

Our character is not so much the product of race and
heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits,
by which we are nurtured and live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure
and success are due to heredity,
and how far to environment.
But environment is the easier of the two to improve.
- John B. S. Haldane

Freedom was conditioned by man's physical body,
heredity, and environment.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

Of course, I also attribute some of my hearing loss
to being in the infantry in World War II.
It's probably a combination of heredity and noise exposure.
- George Kennedy

Both of these branches of evolutionary science,
are, in my opinion, in the closest causal connection;
this arises from the reciprocal action of the laws
of heredity and adaptation.
- Ernst Haeckel

The man of the future may, and even must,
do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor
variations not given by heredity.
- G. Stanley Hall

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment
do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Heredity provides for the modification of its own machinery.
- James Mark Baldwin

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation;
it does not mean running away from the struggle.
On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes,
with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering,
of psychological complexes and injustices.
- Paul Tournier

Here he tells us that the new birth is first of all 'not of blood'.
You don't get it through the blood stream,
through heredity.
Your parents can give you much, but they cannot give you this.
- E. Stanley Jones

We know from our clinical experience in the practice
of medicine that in diagnosis,
prognosis, and treatment, the individual and his background
of heredity are just as important,
if not more so, as the disease itself.
- Paul Dudley White

Training - training is everything; training is all there is to a person.
We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature;
what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training.
We have no thoughts of our own, no opinions of our own;
they are transmitted to us, trained into us.
All that is original in us, and therefore fairly creditable
or discreditable to us, can be covered up and hidden
by the point of a cambric needle, all the rest being atoms
contributed by, and inherited from, a procession of ancestors
that stretches back a billion years to the Adam-clam
or grasshopper or monkey from whom our race has been
so tediously and ostentatiously and unprofitably developed.
And as for me, all that I think about in this plodding sad pilgrimage,
this pathetic drift between the eternities,
is to look out and humbly live a pure and high and blameless life,
and save that one microscopic atom in me that is truly me:
the rest may land in Sheol and welcome for all I care.
- Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
- Phyllis Diller

Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain
about what he wants and sets out to get it,
no holds barred.
Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.
- Donald Trump

Cereal eating is almost a marker for a healthy lifestyle.
It sets you up for the day, so you don't overeat.
- Bruce Barton

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers,
telephones and television sets.
They ask - when will we get a road to our village.
- Thabo Mbeki

Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,
is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
- May Sarton

We are drawn to our television sets each April the
way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
- Vincent Canby


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