„Wouldn't it be conceited to suggest that I had the abilities to describe the deity?“
The Quotable Sir John
Contexto: We may find the Divine to be 3,000 times what we think it is now. It's like asking the tulip there to explain you. The tulip is a beautiful creation, with millions of atoms cooperating with each other to produce great beauty, but ask that tulip to talk about you, and it can't do it. It doesn't have those perceptive abilities. Wouldn't it be conceited to suggest that I had the abilities to describe the deity?
„I hate to say this... it's made to order. Then, I disorder it a little bit or, I should say, I reorder it. I wouldn't be so presumptuous to claim that I had the ability to disorder it. I wish I did.“
— Frank Stella American artist 1936
Fuente: Quotes, 1971 - 2000, Bomb: X Motion Picture and Center for New Art Activities, 2000, p. 28.
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
„Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the world becomes a market place for you.“
— Abraham Joshua Heschel Polish-American Conservative Judaism Rabbi 1907 - 1972
Fuente: Who Is Man? (1965), Ch. 5<!-- The sense of the ineffable, p. 89 -->
Contexto: Faith is not belief, an assent to a proposition, faith is attachment to the meaning beyond the mystery.
Knowledge is fostered by curiosity; wisdom is fostered by awe. Awe precedes faith; it is the root of faith. We must be guided by awe to be worthy of faith.
Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the world becomes a market place for you. The loss of awe is the avoidance of insight. A return to reverence is the first prerequisite for a revival of wisdom, for the discovery of the world as an allusion to God.
— David Lee Roth Rock vocalist; lead singer with Van Halen 1954
Susie Shellenberger (2005) The One Year Devos for Teens 2, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., ISBN 1414301812, p. 357.
„If all of those millions, their demands haven't been achieved, they would have turned into aggressive revolts, and then we -as armed forces- wouldn't have had the ability to deal with that.“
— Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Current President of Egypt 1954
Remarks by el-Sisi during a military conference (28 April 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC93fn9s3-c.
„What had stopped them both in their tracks was Gamow's suggestion that the laws of physics could describe something being created out of nothing.“
— John D. Barrow British scientist 1952
The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos (2011)
Contexto: Einstein had spent the previous thirty years showing how we could understand the behaviour of whole universes with simple maths. Gamow saw that those universes must have had a past that was unimaginably different to the present. What had stopped them both in their tracks was Gamow's suggestion that the laws of physics could describe something being created out of nothing.<!--ch. 1, p. 2
— Ron White American comedian 1956
„Since language is linear, whereas the unfolding of the universe takes place in a multitude of dimensions, language is limited in its ability to describe reality.“
— Subhash Kak Indian computer scientist 1947
The Circle of Memory, An Autobiography (2016)
„It is important to distinguish the difficulty of describing and learning a piece of notation from the difficulty of mastering its implications. […] Indeed, the very suggestiveness of a notation may make it seem harder to learn because of the many properties it suggests for exploration.“
— Kenneth E. Iverson Canadian computer scientist 1920 - 2004
Notation as a Tool of Thought (1979)
— Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist 1932 - 2016
"On the Disadvantages and Advantages of Death" in La mort et l'immortalié, edited by Frédéric Lenoir (2004)
— Marcus Sedgwick British writer and illustrator 1968
„The Archetype of Man had not leaped to any false conclusions, had not mistaken Jorl for a deity. Rather, it withheld judgment until it had compiled sufficient explanation.“
— Lawrence M. Schoen American writer and klingonist 1959
Fuente: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard (2015), Chapter 32, “Ghost in the Machine” (p. 298)
„I read world literature and I read French romances in the originals. I had quite a profound knowledge - no, that sounds conceited, but I did have a profound interest in everything spiritual.“
— Baldur von Schirach German Nazi leader convicted of crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg trial 1907 - 1974
To Leon Goldensohn, March 10, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004
„One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life's losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I'm concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn't be fighting me, they'd be doing something constructive themselves.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Fuente: 1980s, p. 59
„One of the things I bring to my play is my Indian identity – my ability to shrug off a loss as destiny and hope for better tomorrow. I am often described as a “natural” or “intuitive player.”“
— Viswanathan Anand Indian chess player 1969
Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower
— Redd Foxx American comedian and actor 1922 - 1991
As quoted in More Sex Talk : A New Collection of Ribald, Raunchy, and Provocative Quotations (2002) by James Wolfe, p. 114; similar lines were also used in the comedic routines of Rodney Dangerfield.
— Ingrid Bergman Film actress from Sweden 1915 - 1982
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
Quoted in The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy (2000), p. 112, and Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals (2012), p. 22 <!-- also in -->
Contexto: I wouldn't mind going to jail if I had three cellmates who played bridge. … The approach and strategies [of bridge and stock investing] are very similar. In the stock market you do not base your decisions on what the market is doing, but on what you think is rational. With bridge, you need to adhere to a disciplined bidding system. While there is no one best system, there is one that works best for you. Once you choose a system, you need to stick with it.
„I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity — it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind.“
— Norman Mailer, libro An American Dream
Stephen Rojack, in Ch. 5
An American Dream (1965)