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100% consumption of starting materials does not necessarily mean good reaction15980 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A little contaminant makes a huge difference in color159192 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Time is one thing you can never get back.15372 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because you found it in literature doesn't mean it's correct147210 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No project is ever finished faster than you thought it would be.140136 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You can never have too much starting material.142179 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because your advisor references a paper and so does your book doesn't mean the reaction works136284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If you spend all day on the internet...you may not graduate in time.132284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Extractions and Columns always take longer than you think130357 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups116180 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Getting a PhD isn't about intelligence, it's about perseverance.112491 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one leaves details out of a paper without a reason.100407 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.99238 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The best solution to handwaving is DTFE ("Do the F*&ng Experiment")89245 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Yields go down faster, easier, and with less warning than they go up.88215 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.87327 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
reactions do not run themselves83444 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.81186 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
First time reactions are best run on a few mg's, no matter how simple they seem.80446 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Expensive glassware begs to be broken852813 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.67314 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Its always the last but one step of the synthetic scheme that doesn't work773117 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are NO trivial reactions.733715 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).64229 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The success of a reaction is inversely proportional to the value you attach to it643810 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Experiments should be boring - explosions are NOT FUN762727 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Decomp is never that far away.56378 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Projects take as much time as you give yourself.593113 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If it was easy it wouldn't be worth such a fancy degree.652023 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are two kinds of people, those who finish and those who do not.542913 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Anything is possible with a small equilibrium.532814 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Everyone's got problems - only Chemists have Solutions!553216 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The flask is our canvas...the periodic table is our paint.481425 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
It's not how many decisions you make; it's their outcome that matters most..1071 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A Ph.D. guide is a person whom you have to guide332325 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Dropped glassware always breaks on the third bounce.512145 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Gut feelings are a useful compass.6102 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The yellow fraction on a chromatography column is almost never the product.410 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
chemistry17515 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Five times 20%25 yield equals quantitative339 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Work could not be published on JACS is not good work1010 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Only a dry solvent is a good solvent.413551 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
five percent equals ninety five percent! It is only a question of optimization...293256 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
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