Quotes of the Day for 12 December 2002 – Accounting
I had a request for quotes on accounting, which turned out to be more work than I expected. At least if I didn't want to insult any accountants among the readership. There don't seem to be a lot of warm, profound, or uplifting quotes on the subject. I'm not sure why that would be ...
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
- Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955
Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.
- Charles J. C. Lyall
Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won't eat less beef today because you have written down what it cost yesterday.
- Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784
If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
- Jean Paul Getty, 1892 - 1976
People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.
- Oscar Wilde
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- Robert Anson Heinlein
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