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Copyright © 2014
by John Kremer

The Quotable Books Series ...

When in Doubt, Kiss the Fish

And Other Extremely
Wise Advice


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(sample quotations from the book)

When in doubt, don't. — Lamar Alexander, Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book

When in doubt, act like a gorilla. — Antoine, director character in Early Edition TV show

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. — Francis Bacon, philosopher

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out. — William Blake, poet and artist

When in doubt, wear red. — Bill Blass, December 31, 1982

Guidelines for bureaucrats: 1) When in charge, ponder. 2) When in trouble, delegate. 3) When in doubt, mumble. — James H. Boren

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. — Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

When in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns. — Raymond Chandler, detective novelist

When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed. — Harry Chapman

When in doubt, buy your man a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why. — Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

When in doubt, just say, “But how do you feel about that?” — Tess Coleman, character in Freaky Friday movie

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. — Rene Descartes, philosopher

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried. — Dilbert's Laws of Work

What every computer consultant needs to know: 1) When in doubt, make it sound convincing. 2) Do not believe in miracles. Rely on them. — Finagle's Rules

When in doubt, medicate. — Dr. Ian Frechette, character in Cupid TV show

When in doubt, press a lot of buttons. — Gyro, the scientist (Donald Duck show)

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. — Cynthia Heimel

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. — Napoleon Hill, author

When in doubt, follow someone. — David Housewright, quoting from Chapter Four of the Universal Private Eye Instruction Manual, Third Edition

Secret #434: The boss is never wrong. Secret #435: When in doubt, see secret #434. — Jimmy James, character in NewsRadio TV show

When in doubt, look intelligent. — Garrison Keillor, radio personality

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever. — Nancy Kerrigan, ice skater

It really doesn’t take many words to tell a story, make a joke, or move people to tears of laughter or sorrow. When in doubt, cut some more. — John Kremer, author

When in doubt, take it as a compliment. — Angie Lyman

When in doubt, write about a funeral. — Frank McCourt, author, Angela's Ashes

When in doubt, predict that the present trend will continue. — Merkin's Maxim

When in doubt, spend gobs of cash on ads in all the major newspapers on a one-day rampage against government. That always beats befriending politicians and bureaucrats. — Top 10 Microsoft Non-Monopolistic Slogans (Internet humor)

When in doubt, empty your magazine. — Murphy's Rules of Combat Operations

When in danger,
When in doubt,
Run in circles,
Scream and shout. — Old Sailor's Proverb

When in doubt, get a doughnut. Many of the bad things that happen in cars driven by teenagers happen because a kid is ticked off, heartbroken, disappointed, tired, or depressed…. Pulling over for a doughnut and coffee is the perfect antidote to anxiety. — Hugh O’Neill, magazine columnist

When in doubt, back out on a technicality. — Walter Shapiro, political columnist, USA Today

When you cannot make up your mind which of the two evenly balanced courses of action you should do, choose the bolder. — W. J. Slim

When in doubt, tell the truth. — Mark Twain

First rule of a detective: When in doubt, hesitate. — V.I. Warshawski, fictional detective

When in doubt, do the obvious. — Franklin Watts


Here are the other seven books in the Illustrated Quotable Books section. Click on the titles to see sample quotations:

The Best Things in Life Are Free: My Favorite Quotations

How to Live Your Dreams

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

If God Intended Man to Smoke, He’d Have Set Him on Fire … and Other Conclusions of God’s Work

If I Had My Life to Live Over . . .

The Miracle of Life

Playing the Percentages: Lies, Damned Funny Lies, Statistics, and Everything in Between


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