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Knowledge is best packaged with respect

English: Book of Knowledge (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An improvement on a previous quote.
The opposite of the above is condescension. Which just pushed to the fore the person you are rather than the knowledge you posses. Also begs the question of why is it you want to share: pride, prominence or ...

Contrary to popular belief, a camera is not a license to be a dick

Paparazzi (Photo credit: Todd Huffman) Nothing changes a person than giving them a camera.  Put any nice guy behind one and they become an inconsiderate jerk.  Especially when there are children involved. They stand in front of you, at events, everywhere, thinking that they have more right than you because they are capturing that moment for posterity. To these people, I say, "Live life but live it in front of the camera."

I really like quotes with the "contrary to popular belief" structure because it's fairly simple to construct an interesting quote. Not necessarily memorable but definitely easy. Just juxtapose an object against an adjective it's not normally associated with. A good one maximizes the distance between the two.

Why should you be surprised when hiring smart people to work for you, you will be eventually out-smarted.

Historians will debate as to whom really wore the pants / signed the checks / stamped the President's seal.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) And I mean that in several ways.
In the literal way is that those smart people who you hired will just gang up and go against you. In another way, the smart workers will just start finding ways to make their decisions seem to you like they were yours. You make the decisions, feel smart and take all the responsibility.

Originally, this thought stream came out when I read an article published in the early weeks of George W. Bush's presidency, pre-9-11. The article defended his academic record and dubious achievements outside of politics. It assured that despite of his history, George W. Bush redeemed himself by surrounding himself with smart people. They were supposed to do his bidding, provide him ideas but at the end, the decision would always be his. I thought it was an accident waiting to happen.
Turns out I really didn't have to wait for…