All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Blake’s 7

Note – Blake’s 7 was a British science fiction series from the late 70’s to early 80’s. It was created by Terry Nation, noted for creating the Daleks for Dr. Who.

  • Trust is only dangerous when you have to rely on it.
  • Reality is a dangerous concept.
  • There is no logical reason why aliens should be hairy.
  • I am not stupid, I’m not expendable, and I’m not going.
  • No good deed goes unpunished.
  • It is frequently easier to be honest when you have nothing to lose.
  • Civilization has always depended on courtesy rather than truth.
  • On Earth it is considered ill-mannered to kill your friends while committing suicide.
  • The art of leadership is delegation.
  • All that patience gets you is older.
  • Show me someone who believes in something, and I will show you a fool.
  • Regret is part of being alive — but keep it a small part.
  • He who trusts can never be betrayed, only mistaken.
  • Infallibility depends on your point of view.
  • There are times when even the most cynical must trust in luck.
  • Heroics seldom run to schedule.
  • Dignity, at all costs, dignity.
  • The choice is very simple — either you can fight, or you can die.
  • In the end, winning is the only safety.
  • Power usually makes its own rules.
  • Some days are better than others, Section Leader.
  • It is not necessary to become irrational in order to prove that one cares; indeed, it is not necessary to prove it at all.
  • While there’s life, there’s threat.
  • Luck has nothing to do with it.
  • Strategic withdrawl is running away, but with dignity.
  • Idealism is a wonderful thing; all you really need is someone rational to put it to proper use.
  • Nobody is indispensible.
  • Everyone’s entitled to one really bad mistake.
  • In the end, your word is all there is, really.
  • There are other rules, but you’ll find out what those are when you break them.