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    Poor Richard's for Planners

    I am thinking about putting together a planner's equivalent of Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, with all its pithy sayings. A stitch in time saves nine. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Etc, etc.

    Do any cyburbanites have a favorite saying or aphorism that they apply in planning practice?

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    You can't regulate ugly.
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    Have you looked at this website:

    http://planneronline.homestead.com/quotes.html
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    My least favourite is

    "It's my land I'll do what I want on it."

    Hear it at least once a day.

    Here are a few I like

    "Sh*t flows downhill" the only civil engineering I know.

    From Deuteronomy 19:14 "You must not move your neighbor's boundary marker, set up by former generations, on the property that will be allotted to you in the land that the Lord your G-d is giving you to possess."

    "I was in the war and killed better men than you." Used on one of our inspectors.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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    Quote Originally posted by donk
    "Sh*t flows downhill" the only civil engineering I know.
    The first half of that quote is "Water seeks its own level."
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    Not exactly Poor Richard's level, but yesterday at a Planning Commission meeting this old guy called me a "necktie wearing c**ksucker!" All these people gasped when he said it and I just cracked up. We're still laughing about it this morning.

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    Quote Originally posted by MD Planner
    Not exactly Poor Richard's level, but yesterday at a Planning Commission meeting this old guy called me a "necktie wearing c**ksucker!" All these people gasped when he said it and I just cracked up. We're still laughing about it this morning.
    I was at a public hearing, in a very rural part of the province, when a guy got up and said, "You know the problem here tonight? There are too many people wearing ties".

    Except for going to court, I've never worn a tie to work since then.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    On pitching to Stan Musial:
    "Once he timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy."
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    On writing and interpreting local laws:
    The Devil is in the definitions.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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