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Published Monday, September 05, 2016 @ 2:10 AM EDT
Sep 05 2016

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
-Douglas Adams

Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
-T. Harv Eker

Do not underestimate the power of The Force.
-George Lucas

Don't underestimate the power of being underestimated.
-Tim Fargo

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
-A.A. Milne

Friendly cynics and fierce enemies alike often underestimate or ignore the strong thread of moral purpose which runs through the fabric of American history.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely.
-Theodore Dreiser

Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It's really a great invention and I wouldn't underestimate the value of that, but they're not designed to take care of social needs.
-George Soros

Never underestimate the corrective lens that is sentimentality.
-Sarah Vowell

Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe.
-Claud Cockburn

Never underestimate the joy people derive from hearing something they already know.
-Enrico Fermi

Never underestimate the power of a lot of stupid people working in the same company.
-Karen Boucher

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Never underestimate the power of psychosis.
-Variously attributed

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
-Variously attributed

Never underestimate your adversary, not even in a snowball fight.
-J.P. Donleavy

Never underestimate your listener's intelligence, or overestimate you listener's information.
-Eric Sevareid

No one in this world, as far as I know.... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
-H.L. Mencken

Of course most people underestimate the warrior characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman peoples anyway. It takes a heap of piety to keep a Viking from wanting to go sack a city.
-Jerry Pournelle

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year- and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
-Tony Robbins

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
-Henry Adams

There's a persistent tendency for us to very seriously underestimate how much design has gone into our brains in the course of our beloved Gaia's yottaflop parallel computation running on a quintillion processors for several billion years.
-Rudy Rucker

They misunderestimated me.
-George W. Bush

Those you say they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste and end by debauching it.
-T.S. Eliot

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
-Leo Buscaglia

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
-Bill Gates

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