A Quote by George S. Clason on defeat, desires, purpose, and simplicity

Desires must be simple and definite. They defeat their own purpose should they be too many, too confusing, or beyond a man's training to accomplish.

George S. Clason

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A Quote by George Hart on ability, language, order, possibility, simplicity, study, and thought

A little studied, but essential aspect of human natural-language production is the ability to form concise descriptive expressions. . . . A very simple model of sentence production involves two steps: first one has a thought, and then a sentence is chosen out of an infinite number of possibilities which expresses the thought. For example, a formal semantic model can be given in which the same "thought" (an expression in first-order predicate calculus) is expressed by the following four sentences: I see the big red thing I see the thing that both big and red It is the thing which is red and which is big I see What I here and now see is the thing which is big and not small and that is either round or not round and which has the property of being red.

George Hart

Source: Minimum Information Estimation of Structure, Ph.d., MIT, 1987

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A Quote by George Eliot on helpful, pity, simplicity, and wisdom

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 7, ch. 1, 1860.

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A Quote by George Eliot on men and simplicity

Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda

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A Quote by George Eliot on language, simplicity, and words

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on nature, nobility, observation, and simplicity

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on ideas, simplicity, and soul

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on animals, cities, civilization, climate, consequences, darkness, dependence, good, greatness, history, horses, ideas, inventions, life, motives, needs, power, simplicity, technology, and theory

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe. Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages. According to the Hay Theory of History, the invention of hay was the decisive event which moved the center of gravity of urban civilization from the Mediterranean basin to Northern and Western Europe. The Roman Empire did not need hay because in a Mediterranean climate the grass grows well enough in winter for animals to graze. North of the Alps, great cities dependent on horses and oxen for motive power could not exist without hay. So it was hay that allowed populations to grow and civilizations to flourish among the forests of Northern Europe. Hay moved the greatness of Rome to Paris and London, and later to Berlin and Moscow and New York.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions, Harper and Row, New York, 1988, p 135.

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A Quote by Freda Bright on family, neighbors, simplicity, and world

In the late 1600s the finest instruments originated from three rural families whose workshops were side by side in the Italian village of Cremona. First were the Amatis, and outside their shop hung a sign: "The best violins in all Italy." Not to be outdone, their next-door neighbors, the family Guarnerius, hung a bolder sign proclaiming: "The Best Violins In All The World!" At the end of the street was the workshop of Anton Stradivarius, and on its front door was a simple notice which read: "The best violins on the block."

Freda Bright

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A Quote by François Fénelon on achievement, admiration, belief, certainty, children, cleverness, conformity, faith, happiness, humility, ideas, innocence, integrity, men, passion, pride, profit, prudence, salvation, simplicity, spirit, stability, women,

There is a great difference between a lofty spirit and a right spirit. A lofty spirit excites admiration by its profoundness; but only a right spirit achieves salvation and happiness by its stability and integrity. Do not conform your ideas to those of the world. Scorn the "intellectual" as much as the world esteems it. What men consider intellectual is a certain facility to produce brilliant thoughts. Nothing is more vain. We make an idol of our intellect as a woman who believes herself beautiful worships her face. We take pride in our own thoughts. We must reject not only human cleverness, but also human prudence, which seems so important and so profitable. Then we may enter - like little children, with candor and innocence of worldly ways - into the simplicity of faith; and with humility and a horror of sin we may enter into the holy passion of the cross.

Francois Fenelon (1651 - 1715)

Source: Meditations

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