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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 ...

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The quotes:

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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