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100% consumption of starting materials does not necessarily mean good reaction16090 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A little contaminant makes a huge difference in color160192 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Time is one thing you can never get back.15472 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because you found it in literature doesn't mean it's correct148210 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No project is ever finished faster than you thought it would be.141136 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You can never have too much starting material.142189 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because your advisor references a paper and so does your book doesn't mean the reaction works137284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If you spend all day on the internet...you may not graduate in time.133284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Extractions and Columns always take longer than you think131357 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups116190 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Getting a PhD isn't about intelligence, it's about perseverance.113491 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one leaves details out of a paper without a reason.101407 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.100238 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The best solution to handwaving is DTFE ("Do the F*&ng Experiment")90245 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Yields go down faster, easier, and with less warning than they go up.89215 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You don't have to be the smartest student in graduate school, just don't be the slowest buffalo in the herd.88327 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
reactions do not run themselves84444 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Hofstadter's Law: Everything takes longer than you think it will, even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law.82186 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
First time reactions are best run on a few mg's, no matter how simple they seem.80456 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Expensive glassware begs to be broken862813 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one ever spends as much time in the lab as they think they need to-just more than they know they want to.68314 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Its always the last but one step of the synthetic scheme that doesn't work783117 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are NO trivial reactions.743715 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
your path to a PhD is a straight line between two dots. Most people follow a squiggle path. You DONT want to orbit (the first dot).65229 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The success of a reaction is inversely proportional to the value you attach to it653810 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Experiments should be boring - explosions are NOT FUN772727 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Decomp is never that far away.56388 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Projects take as much time as you give yourself.603113 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If it was easy it wouldn't be worth such a fancy degree.662023 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are two kinds of people, those who finish and those who do not.543013 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Anything is possible with a small equilibrium.542814 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Everyone's got problems - only Chemists have Solutions!563216 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The flask is our canvas...the periodic table is our paint.491425 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
It's not how many decisions you make; it's their outcome that matters most..1171 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A Ph.D. guide is a person whom you have to guide342325 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Dropped glassware always breaks on the third bounce.512245 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Gut feelings are a useful compass.6112 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The yellow fraction on a chromatography column is almost never the product.420 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
chemistry18515 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Five times 20%25 yield equals quantitative349 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Work could not be published on JACS is not good work1011 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Only a dry solvent is a good solvent.413552 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
five percent equals ninety five percent! It is only a question of optimization...303256 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
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