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I know the obvious winners and losers. It’s that vast unwashed middle crowd where I need help! Senior R&D Portfolio Manager (~2000). Personal Communication

It's hard to do good science when you're always looking over your shoulder. DIA Pharmaceutical Industry Survey+ Participant

Man simply overreaches himself if he believes that he can assess the whole range of consequences resulting from his action. Ratzinger, Joseph. Cardinal Ratzinger (1996). Truth and Freedom

I take from the rich and give to the middle class. Well, the upper middle class. Danny DeVito, as "Larry The Liquidator" Garfield in Other People’s Money+

The directors of such companies, however, being the managers rather of other people's money+ than of their own, it cannot well be expected, that they should watch over it with the same anxious vigilance with which the partners in a private [firm] frequently watch over their own Smith, Adam (1776). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules. Morison, Elting E. (1968). Men, Machines, and Modern Times

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men Isaiah 29:13

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw (1903). Maxims for Revolutionists

Without some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all. Stanhope, Philip. 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1749)

If we can agree that the … problem [of Early Stage R&D] is mainly one of rapid adoption to changes in the particular circumstances [during development of the prototype+], it would seem to follow that the ultimate decisions must be left to the people who are familiar with these circumstances, who know directly of the relevant changes and of the resources immediately available to meet them. We cannot expect that this problem will be solved by first communicating all this knowledge to a central board which, after integrating all knowledge, issues its orders. We must solve it by some form of decentralization … but the “man on the spot” cannot decide solely on the basis of his limited but intimate knowledge of the facts … There still remains the problem of communicating to him such further information as he needs to fit his decisions into the overall … system. Adapted from Hayek, Friedrich A. (1945). The Use of Knowledge in Society, H.17