„Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.“

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American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919

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„Conventional wisdom is not to put all of your eggs in one basket. 80/20 wisdom is to choose a basket carefully, load all your eggs into it, and then watch it like a hawk.“

—  Richard Koch German medical historian and internist 1950

Source: The 80/20 principle: the secret of achieving more with less (1999), p. 28

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„He puts the biscuit in the basket.“

—  Keith Olbermann American sports and political commentator 1959

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„Renewable energy has its limitations and the government cannot put all its eggs in the same basket. We must develop different sources of energy, otherwise an energy crisis could result in a serious national security issue.“

—  Ma Ying-jeou Taiwanese politician, president of the Republic of China 1950

Ma Ying-jeou (2013) cited in: " Ma reiterates commitment to use of ‘green’ power http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/05/26/2003563211" in The Taipei Times, 26 May 2013.
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„To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Sancho to Don Quixote, in Ch. 9, Peter Anthony Motteux translation (1701).
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Context: To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket. And though I am but a clown, or a bumpkin, as you may say, yet I would have you to know I know what is what, and have always taken care of the main chance...

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„Trust is as slippery as a basket of eels sometimes.“

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„My subjects are like rats in a basket.“

—  Moulay Ismail second ruler of the Moroccan Alaouite dynasty 1646 - 1727

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„You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947

At a fund-raiser in Manhattan, as quoted in "Hillary Clinton Calls Many Trump Backers ‘Deplorables,’ and G.O.P. Pounces" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/us/politics/hillary-clinton-basket-of-deplorables.html by Amy Chozick, The New York Times (10 September 2016)
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Context: You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.

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„"You are a weak reed, Recruit Green!" Helve shouted. "Weak reeds make for badly woven baskets! This platoon will not be a badly woven basket!"“

—  Garth Nix Australian fantasy writer 1963

Source: The Keys to the Kingdom series, Sir Thursday (2006), p. 156.

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„No, I don't learn the basket catch from Mays“

—  Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972

As quoted and paraphrased in "Perfect Record With 'Basket Catch' Says Bob Clemente" http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/41874494/ by John Carroll (UP), in The Connellsville Daily Courier (Tuesday, May 7, 1957), p. 8
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Context: "No, I don't learn the basket catch from Mays," Roberto protested in his marked Puerto Rican accent. "It was Luis Olmo and Herman Franks who teach me when I in Dodger chain. That back in 1954 Winter league. Before that, I miss fly ball many time 'cause I try to catch too high. But now no drop one ball since I use basket catch." Clemente said Olmo and Franks instructed him to catch the ball about chest high instead of holding his hands outstretched. Later, he said, It became more natural for him to drop his hands even lower, below his waistline. "It work good for me and I juss keep doing it," he said. "It make it more easy for me to throw too, after I make catch."

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„To do a job effectively, one must set priorities. Too many people let their "in" basket set the priorities.“

—  Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986

Context: To do a job effectively, one must set priorities. Too many people let their "in" basket set the priorities. On any given day, unimportant but interesting trivia pass through an office; one must not permit these to monopolize his time. The human tendency is to while away time with unimportant matters that do not require mental effort or energy. Since they can be easily resolved, they give a false sense of accomplishment. The manager must exert self-discipline to ensure that his energy is focused where it is truly needed.

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„You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile.“

—  Vincent de Paul French priest, founder and saint 1581 - 1660

As quoted in Homelessness in America : A Forced March to Nowhere (1982), p. 121
Context: You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see and the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.

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