Quotes / Boring, but Practical

Tim-Tom: We leave the gas on... They go in their sleep, all quiet-like —
Kevin: Aw, I wanted to hear 'em scream!
Tim-Tom: It's not as much fun, but it will look more like an accident.

Collot d'Herbois, incredulous, half-contemptuous, did not altogether approve of these schemes, which seemed to him wild and uncanny; he liked the direct simplicity of a summary trial, of the guillotine, or of his own well stage-managed "Noyades."

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

So many in the UNDF disparage the seeming technological disparity between the UNDF and the Covenant. But those who truly understand war knows that it is not the flashiest or shiniest new piece of technology that delivers, but rather it's the ones that does nothing more than getting the job done when coupled with the skill of the user. More often than not, low tech is the best tech.

[The staff weapon] is a weapon of terror; it's made to intimidate the enemy. [The P90] is a weapon of war; it's made to kill your enemy.
Colonel O'Neill, Stargate SG-1

There are two kinds of scientific progress: the methodical experimentation and categorization which gradually extend the boundaries of knowledge, and the revolutionary leap of genius which redefines and transcends those boundaries. Acknowledging our debt to the former, we yearn, nonetheless, for the latter.
Academician Prokhor Zakharov, Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri

You should practice diligently with the bamboo sword every day. Superiority is not just a matter of secret techniques.

Roy: I'll take dull efficiency over exciting uncertainty any day of the week.
Belkar: Obviously, your girlfriend feels the same way. Surprise burn!

"..in defense of the recent Survivor seasons, honestly I can't say that I blame them. They're there to win. people setting up elaborate plans that fall flat on their faces in front of them one by one, engineering the votes in a way that even if they don't go your way, they still eliminate a potential threat and not an ally, dramatic power shifts, people who try their hardest at every challenge, do make an interesting show to watch. Except that most of those people don't win, they either lose control or are sniffed out as a threat and are subsequently voted out. Meanwhile, Pagonging, making people think you're dumber than you actually are, and simply keeping your mouth shut has been proven on numerous times to get you further in the game and oftentimes even winning. Given that these guys are here to win, I can't say that I blame them for wanting to just do a strategy that makes for a dull show, but wins them the game or gets them really far without getting medevaced or simply dropped when you're not of use to the people who've taken control. What makes a good game does not always make a good show, and what makes a good show does not always make a good game."
A Post at Survivor Sucks.

"We played a simple game, it wasnít pretty for us but at the end of the day it was effective. Thatís the way weíre going to have to continue to play."
Dave Lowry, Head Coach of the Victoria Royals

Abel: Pffftheheh ... But, yeah, we still struck down that dude while he was doing his bragging speech. That's major negative coolness points for us right here !
Aaron: I prefer to think of it as "Preemptive strike", here.
Joseph: Yeah, you have a point, but sometimes, being practical trumps being awesome. Living is important, right?
Abel: ... Ya got a good point here, y'know .

Malack: Ah, the life of an adventuring cleric. I remember it well. A perpetual struggle to maintain the hit point totals of four or five nigh-suicidal tomb robbers determined to deplete them at all costs. Like bailing out a sinking ship with a thimble, most days.
Durkon: Aye, Aye! It's like "C'mon! Could ye manage to go ten minutes without perforating your aorta? Just once!?"

"Once every one is aboard, the robotic tank uses its circuits.... and its impressive off-road speed to do the thing involving common sense. Go AROUND the lake. It may take a while longer but be damned if it is not safer"

Still, Vimes retained a soft spot for the old man. He'd been a successful soldier, as these things went; he'd generally been on the winning side, and had killed more of the enemy by good if dull tactics than his own men by bad but exciting ones.
Vimes on Captain Tilden, Nightwatch

Fiona: I know it's not state-of-the-art.
Jacobs: Never let me down before.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, on the Carbine.

Walsh: We use the latest in scientific technology and state-of-the-art weaponry and you, if I understand correctly, poke them with a sharp stick.
Buffy: Well, it's more effective than it sounds.

(Discussing the recently destroyed Death Star)
Tagge: I look at the state of the Empire and ask myself "How many Super Star Destroyers could we have made with the resources we threw into Tarkin's Folly?"
Vader: Tarkin had vision. You have graphs.
Tagge: I have the graphs and the command. My plans may not be as glamorous or as grand as yours or the departed Tarkin, but they work.

In the grand plans of Pentex, there is one small company that remains unappreciated by most of the higher-ups in the corporation. This company doesn't get the "sexy" jobs, like destroying the environment, unearthing ancient Wyrm entities, or turning Kinfolk children into serial killers. But without the hard work and good old-fashioned craftsmanship of Safe Haven Construction, none of the other faces of Pentex could get their work done.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Book Of The City

Sewer Rats ignore human pawns in obvious places of power. Let the respected vampires muck about with mortal politics: sometimes, ten well-chosen bureaucrats or aldermen can achieve far more than the mayor ever could. Political celebrities come and go, but well-placed ghouls can stay involved in city politics for years and years. Corporate employees on the fast track to success may work for a company for a few years, but a janitor can gain access to the same building for a lifetime.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Nosferatu (Revised)

Don't be stupid, long ears. You want to know what I see? Leather armor for ease of movement, chainmail to stop a dagger in the dark, a helmet to protect the head, a small sword and shield to use in narrow spaces.
Goblin Slayer, Dwarf Shaman, describing Goblin Slayer's gear.

"Bland works."
Bill Davis, Progressive Conservative Premier of Ontario (1971-1985), in defense of his centrist governance

Bryce: What's our motto?
Bodyguards: Boring is always best!

We do no overload our operatives with the gadgetry of Iteration X or the escapism of the Void Engineers. We do not obsess over creating the perfect life-form as do the Progenitors, or play the trite espionage games of the New World Order. For this reason, our Convention brethren dismiss us. To many Technocrats, we are glorified bean counters. Someone has to watch the bottom line, and the lot has fallen to us. To a large extent, this is true. We do watch the bottom line, but with an intensity that our colleagues cannot possibly imagine.
Mage: The Ascension - Convention Book: Syndicate