Murphy's law

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Murphy's law is a popular adage that states that "things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance," or more commonly, "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." A number of variants on the rule have been formulated, as have several corollaries.

Quotes[edit]

  • If it can happen, it will happen.
    • Precedent condensed by team members according to George E. Nichols [citation needed]
  • If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it.
    • Version attributed to Edward A. Murphy in "Murphy Lives!" by Robert L. Forward, in Science 83 (January-February 1983), p. 78
  • If there's more than one way to do a job and one of those ways will end in disaster, then somebody will do it that way.
    • Version attributed to Edward A. Murphy in People Magazine (31 January 1983), p. 82
  • If there's more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way.
    • According to Robert Murphy (son of Edward A. Murphy, Jr.) his father's statement was along these lines; reported in People (31 January 1983), p. 82; alternately reported as "If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it", in "Murphy Lives!" by Robert L. Forward, Science 83 (January-February 1983), p. 78; also commonly reported as, "If anything can go wrong, it will", in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (1982) edited by J. A. Simpson, p. 4.
  • Anything That Can Possibly Go Wrong, Does
    • Epigraph of The Butcher: The Ascent of Yerupaja (1952) by John Sack
  • Colonel Stapp's favorite takeoff on sober scientific laws — Murphy's Law, Stapp calls it — 'Everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong'
    • Lloyd Mallan, in Men, Rockets and Space Rats (1955), possibly the earliest printed use of Murphy's name in connection with the law.
  • Murphy's Quantum Law: Anything that can, could have, or will go wrong, is going wrong, all at once.
  • If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe or pregnancy, then someone will do it.

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