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Tucker’s Wisdom

  1. Women are the root of all evil.
  2. Usually, the female of the species is the most deadly.
  3. Work hard, do good things.
  4. Civilians are like cockroaches: they’re gonna outlast us all!!!
  5. No one is useless; they can always be used as a bad example.
  6. Admit nothing, deny everything and make counter accusations.
  7. Its you and me until its you or me then its just you, baby. Go get ’em!!
  8. Don’t tell me anything that I might have to testify to.
  9. No good deed goes unpunished.
  10. A task passed is a task completed.
  11. Cast blame far and wide.
  12. A bad precedent becomes the standard.
  13. Comfort is wrapping oneself in the blanket of credible deniability.
  14. Kill the “good idea fairy” at EVERY opportunity.
  15. What some call “arrogance”, others would call “an aggressive, warfighting spirit”.
  16. When the leaders stop leading, the followers will stop following.
  17. Discovery learning is, by definition, painful.
  18. Kids are cute UNTIL they’re yours!
  19. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make proud.
  20. Ein Befehl ist ein Befehl.  Wen einen Befehl nicht befolgt wird bestraft.
  21. Experience is the worst teacher as she gives the test first and the lesson follows.
  22. it is better to have and not need than to need and not have.
  23. There are two ways of doing things in this world: Your way and the Right Way. The difference between being a man and boys is know which one to do AND doing it.
  24. It is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.
  25. The biggest kid on the playground makes all the rules!
  26. Don’t confuse movement as progress.
  27. Don’t confuse the process as the product.
  28. Once you find a job that you like, you’ll never have to go to work again.
  29. In NATO, the only things that get done are those that the Boss checks.
  30. Every NATO meeting results in more meetings and less decisions.
  31. Throw enough money at any problem and it WILL go away.
  32. NATO has an endemic fear to act, BOLDY or otherwise.
  33. Don’t look on it as an obstacle but as an opportunity.
  34. To the victor goes the history.
  35. Its better to be tried by twelve than to be carried by six.
  36. Rube Goldberg was NATO’s lead Project Management Trainer.
  37. Don’t e-mail MAD!!
  38. If the minimum wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.
  39. Justice is only for those who can afford it; for the rest of us, it comes in very small amounts.
  40. Don’t go to the boss with a problem without a solution.
  41. Pressure will bust a pipe.
  42. Promote to the hightest level of incompetency.
  43. You don’t stop playing because you get old.  You get old because you stop playing!!
  44. Hope is not a viable course of action.
  45. Life is easy.  It’s living that makes it hard.
  46. Careful what you ask for; you just might get it!
  47. No one ever gets punished in NATO but they can surely be embarrassed.
  48. Regulations provide direction and guidance.  They DO NOT dictate actions; Regulations are guidance for the wise and followed by fools.
  49. We all determine our own level of success / pain.
  50. Fix / Do it right the first time and you won’t have to fix / do  it again.
  51. The rules are there for a reason; don’t change them unless you understand them.
  52. Don’t burn the bridge you’re walking on.
  53. Men say mean, nasty things to each other and don’t mean them.  Women, on the other hand, say nice, sweet things to each other.  And don’t mean them.
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