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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on information, justice, life, people, and persuasion

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Konrad Zuse on certainty, correction, information, justice, politics, problems, reality, and theory

Of course, we knew that the official reports were sketchy, if not falsified. But, in terms of information theory, this is precisely where the problem lay: How were we to reconstruct reality from incomplete or false reports? It is not true that virtually all news in a totalitarian state is false. On the contrary, most news is completely correct, albeit tendentiously slanded; it is just that certain information is suppressed. One can adjust for the political slanting of the news, but there is virtually no way to fill in the omissions.

Konrad Zuse

Source: Konrad Zuse in The Computer- My Life,1993 p.55 (On totalitarian Germany)

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A Quote by Joseph Marshall Wade on advice, failure, information, men, and success

If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure I would seek advice from men who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.

Joseph Marshall Wade

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A Quote by John Eden on information and knowledge

Has knowledge been left for roadkill along the information superhighway?

John Eden

Source: John Eden/Tony Stone in Images

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A Quote by John Adams on america, art, communication, country, curiosity, destruction, earth, freedom, honor, information, power, readiness, sacred, service, slander, tenderness, thinking, and writing

But none of the means of information are more sacred, or have been cherished with more tenderness and care by the settlers of America, than the press. Care has been taken that the art of printing should be encouraged, and that it should be easy and cheap and safe for any person to communicate his thoughts to the public. And you, Messieurs printers, whatever the tyrants of the earth may say of your paper, have done important service to your country by your readiness and freedom in publishing the speculations of the curious. The stale, impudent insinuations of slander and sedition with which the gormandizers of power have endeavored to discredit your paper are so much the more to your honor; for the jaws of power are always opened to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by Jacques René Chirac on business, commitment, concern, consequences, courage, debt, decisions, globalization, government, imagination, information, mistakes, work, and world

Never before has information been so important, to governments and businesses alike. And please don't imagine that some of you gathered here today may be less concerned than others. Globalization means that the "butterfly effect" is everywhere at work. The mistakes of a stockbroker in Singapore or the collapse of the Baht in Bangkok, the decisions of a Finnish industrial concern, or what the Governor of Minas Gerais in Brazil decides to do about his State's debt, have had consequences for the world as a whole. More than raw information, what I expect from you is shrewd judgement and foresight. I also expect you to have the courage to commit yourself by proposing new initiatives.

Jacques Chirac (1932 -)

Source: Reception for Ambassadors, at the Elysée Palace, 26, August 1999

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A Quote by Herbert Simon on information, needs, poverty, and wealth

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon

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A Quote by Gertrude Stein on common sense, day, and information

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946)

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A Quote by Franklin Pierce Adams on information

I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881 - 1960)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on information, kindness, learning, meditation, philosophy, secrets, thought, truth, and water

For it is esteemed a kind of dishonour unto learning to descend to inquiry or meditation upon matters mechanical, except they be such as may be thought secrets, rarities, and special subtleties, which humour of vain supercilious arrogancy is justly derided in Plato. . . . But the truth is, they be not the highest instances that give the securest information; as may well be expressed in the tale . . . of the philosopher, that while he gazed upwards to the stars fell into the water; for if he had looked down he might have seen the stars in the water, but looking aloft he could not see the water in the stars. So it cometh often to pass, that mean and small things discover great, better than great can discover the small.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: The Advancement of Learning, J.M. Dent and Son, London, England, 1973, pp 71-72.

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