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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1784
AUTHOR: Chester William Nimitz (1885–1966)
QUOTATION: Is the proposed operation likely to succeed? What might be the consequences of failure? Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of matériel and supplies?
ATTRIBUTION: Admiral CHESTER W. NIMITZ.Life, July 10, 1944, p. 84, describes these as “three favorite rules of thumb which … he has printed on a card he keeps on his desk.”