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Quotes of the Month – January, 2009

“Cui Bono Fuerit” (“Whom did it benefit?”)

Gaius Cassius Longinus (before 85 BC – October 42 BC), a Roman senator, the prime mover in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, and the brother in-law of Brutus

“He is great who confers the most benefits.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century

“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007), American author, in his book, Hocus Pocus

“Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month, other just go over them.”

Sally Poplin

“The [United States] budget is like a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythicals beans into it, then reaches in and tries to pull real ones out.”

Will Rogers (1879 – 1935), American comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer, and actor

Bonus quote:

“Sure [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, … backwards and in high heels.”

Robert Thaves (1924 – 2006), in his May 3, 1982 “Frank and Ernest” comic strip.

Applying the quote to IT, we could say that, “Sure CEO’s are great, but don’t forget that CIO’s support everything that CEO’s do, … driving blindfolded and using troublesome technology.” Good luck with your IT/business alignment!

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