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Murphy's Laws

Select List of Murphy's Laws

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"Murphy's Law" has become a generic term for any statement that is witty and cynical. Many Murphy's Laws have to do with the professional workplace. I guess we could call Murphy the original Dilbert! Read twenty of my favorite Murphy's Laws.


  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

  • If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

  • If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

  • Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

  • Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

  • Every solution breeds new problems.

  • Enough research will tend to support your theory.

  • When there is a very long road upon which there is a one-way bridge placed at random, and there are only two cars on that road, it follows that: (1) the two cars are going in opposite directions, and (2) they will always meet at the bridge.

  • Smile... tomorrow will be worse.

  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

  • You never run out of things that can go wrong.

  • No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.

  • If your advance is going well, you are walking into an ambush.

  • The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.

  • Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.

  • If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

  • An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.

  • All's well that ends.

  • A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.

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