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The Second Shop

I'd like to buy a minute please.
We don't sell minutes, only seconds.
Well then, I'll take sixty.
Why so many?
To make myself a minute.

Samuel T. Fox, Sea Spray

All things are artifical, for nature is the art of God.
T. Brown "On Dreams", Religio Medici (1642)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better thatn a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

I am your constant companion,
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.
Half of the tasks that you do you might just as well
Turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done.
After a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people
And the regret of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine but I will work with all its precision
Plus the intelligence of a person.
Now you may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and
I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
I am called Habit!


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