Murphy's Laws and Other Observations
- If anything can go wrong, it will.
- If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the first one to go wrong.
- If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
- If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
- Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
- If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
- Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
- Mother Nature is a bitch.
O'Tooles Commentary On Murphy's Laws
- Murphy was an optimist.
- You can't win.
- You can't even break even.
- You can't even quit the game.
Forsyth's Second Corollary to Murphy's Laws
- Just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, the roof caves in.
- Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.
The Laws of Computer Programming
- Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
- Any given program costs more and takes longer each time it is run.
- If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
- If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.
- Any given program will expand to fill all the available memory.
- The value of a program is inversely proportional to the weight of its output.
- Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capability of the programmer who must maintain it.