Old John's

Xmas Almanac

No 2 ~ 1991

Another Cornucopia of 

Aphorisms, Axioms, Saws, Maxims,

Proverbs, Quotations & Adages

for the

Busy OSRAM Manager



We're neither pure nor wise nor good; we'll do the best we know

Candide to Cunegonda


All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance

Edward Gibbon


Forget the pressure, ignore the cameras, forget the crowd - just go out there                                                                   and enjoy yourselves!!

Will Carling before the Rugby World Cup Final

& John Reeves before Rounders vs Sales Dept

( England lost, ISD won!)


Patience is the virtue of asses

French Proverb


Though the mills of God grind slowly,

yet they grind exceeding small;

Though with patience he stands waiting

with exactness grinds he all

Friedrich von Logau




I don't do DINSAS!

J M Z Wallace




Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see

of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.

Mark Twain


Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building

Thomas Fuller MD


Few things are impossible to diligence and skill

Samuel Johnson


Either dance well or quit the ballroom

Greek Proverb


Eat the Babies!!

attributed to A Mills


Nothing is a colour, everything we see is light



ISD wish you a Happy Christmas  and a Peaceful and Successful New Year




I distrust all systematisers, and avoid them. The will to a system shows a lack of honesty.



But Lord! To see the absurd nature of Englishmen that cannot forbear laughing and jeering at

everything that looks strange

Samuel Pepys






The Helpdesk explaining again to a User that he really should try to remember his password


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