pythonWe were setting up the classic "jumping bridal party" photo and I said, "When I count to three, everyone jump."
"Wait," someone said. "Do we actually jump on three, or is it one-two-three and then we jump, like on four?"
"Jump on three," I decided. As they moved into position I offhandedly said, "Three shall be the number thou shall count..." and almost everyone laughed.
Recognizable quotes can be extremely handy. One, they're like a verbal shorthand that explains in one or two sentences what normally takes much longer. Two, an appropriate reference can instantly create common ground with others. And if nothing else, muttering a line under your breath can be a great way to let off a little steam or gain a little perspective when you're frustrated or upset. Here are more quotes you can use in a variety of professional situations courtesy of those seminal business thinkers, the Pythons: "What have the Romans ever done for us?"