“The first rule of magic is simple. Don’t waste your time waving your hands and hoping when a rock or a club will do.”
— McCloctnik the Lucid
While this quote is really about magic, I would classify it as some sort of advice as well. To me, this quote says that most people try to do things one way because it seems easier or faster. But If we really think about what we want done, and consider multiple options, we may see that there is another, more effective way of handling the situation.
What the author of the quote is saying is that magic should not be used just to be used. Why should you use magic to do something that you could have done yourself. Or, don’t waste your time using magic, when it would be much more effective to just use something else.
An example. if you want to get a raise at work, don’t sit around, praying for it, or sacrificing your children to the god of work affairs, just work harder, come up with a good idea for the company, or find a productive way to show your loyalty and dedication to your company.
I guess what I’m really saying here is: consider your options, and choose the one that makes the most sense.