A Quote by Sir William Rowan Hamilton on imperfection

I regard it as an inelegance, or imperfection, in quaternions, or rather in the state to which it has been hitherto unfolded, whenever it becomes or seems to become necessary to have recourse to x, y, z, etc..

William Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865)

Source: a letter from Tait to Cayley.

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A Quote by Thucydides on absence, accuracy, composers, contentment, desires, fear, future, history, imperfection, interest, judgment, knowledge, labor, memory, past, possessions, reflection, romance, and trust

With reference to the narrative of events, far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand, I did not even trust my own impressions, but it rests partly on what I saw myself, partly on what others saw for me, the accuracy of the report being always tried by the most severe and detailed tests possible. My conclusions have cost me some labor from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eyewitnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but I shall be content if it is judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it. My history has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. I, sec. 22

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on aim, imperfection, and perfection

It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on country, happiness, imperfection, perception, reason, and serenity

In every country where man is free to think and to speak, difference of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences, when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently, and leaving our horizon more bright and serene.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by St. François de Sales on imperfection

It is a great imperfection to complain unceasingly of little things.

St. Francois de Sales (1567 - 1622)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on imperfection, love, opportunity, and world

When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world - no matter how imperfect - becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Robert Silliman Hillyer on danger, imperfection, mind, and world

Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world.

Robert Silliman Hillyer (1895 - ?)

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A Quote by Richard H. Winkel on age, direction, eternity, existence, experience, government, imperfection, intelligence, laws, order, planning, purpose, and universe

The universe exists under a reign of eternal law, surpassing the imperfect laws of human government. Such orderliness, such domination by law, imply intelligent planning and purpose. Nothing happens of itself. Nowhere, in the age-old experience of man, has continued order been found except as the product of intelligent direction.

Richard H. Winkel

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A Quote by Raymond Chandler on imperfection, justice, and laws

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.

Raymond Chandler (1888 - 1959)

Source: The Long Good-bye, 1953

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on imperfection, laws, love, and truth

He in whom the love of truth predominates . . . submits to the inconvenience of suspense and imperfect opinion; but he is a candidate for truth . . . and respects the highest law of his being.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Essays. Intellect

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