Arbitrary Related Quotes



If you think success is about so many more things and is so much more arbitrary, then you can be much more open to the idea that you can be Ben Fountain and publish your great book at forty-nine.

Malcolm Gladwell

#Arbitrary #Fountain


Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.

Abbie Hoffman

#Arbitrary #Distinctions #Illegal #Legal #Medical #Political


What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries-these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the Soul.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

#Arbitrary #Centuries


Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a lifestyle and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds.

Madalyn Murray O'hair

#Arbitrary #Assumptions #Creeds #Outlook #Unreservedly


Later, however, I came to recognize the objective nature of these dreams or fantasies ... Thus it was that I gradually came to acknowledge that such fantasies or dreams are neither meaningless nor purely arbitrary but rather convey a sort of "second meaning" of the terms applied.

Wolfgang Pauli

#Arbitrary #Objective #Purely


The jury system has come to stand for all we mean by English justice. The scrutiny of 12 honest jurors provides defendants and plaintiffs alike a safeguard from arbitrary perversion of the law.

Winston Churchill

#Arbitrary #Safeguard #Scrutiny


A fundamental element of human nature is the need for creative work, for creative inquiry, for free creation without the arbitrary limiting effects of coercive institutions. A decent society should maximize the possibilities for this fundamental human characteristic to be realized.

Noam Chomsky

#Arbitrary #Characteristic #Maximize


We move from more or less plausible but really arbitrary assumptions, to elegantly demonstrated but irrelevant conclusions.

Wassily Leontief

#Arbitrary #Assumptions #Demonstrated #Irrelevant


We would have every arbitrary barrier thrown down. We would have every path laid open to women as freely as to men. If you ask me what offices they may fill, I reply-any. I do not care what case you put; let them be sea captains, if you will.

Margaret Fuller

#Arbitrary #Captains #Freely #Reply


It is a very bad idea for governments to create arbitrary and unfair outcomes, or outcomes resulting from the passions and whims of the government rather than from the law, just because they have the power to do so.

Paul Singer

#Arbitrary #Unfair #Whims