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Abstractions Sayings By Arthur Tress: Photography has an amazing ability to capture the fine detail of surface textures. But far Photography has an amazing ability to capture the fine detail of surface textures. But far too often these intricate patterns are loved by the photographer for their own sake. The richness of texture fascinates the eye and the photographer falls easy prey to such quickly-caught complexities. The designs mean nothing in themselves and are merely pictorially attractive abstractions. A central problem in contemporary photography is to bring about a wider significance in purely textural imagery. — Arthur Tress
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Abstractions Sayings By Sandi Metz: The general rule for refactoring into a new inheritance hierarchy is to arrange code so The general rule for refactoring into a new inheritance hierarchy is to arrange code so that you can promote abstractions rather than demote concretions. — Sandi Metz
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Abstractions Sayings By Thomas B. Macaulay: Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle. — Thomas B. Macaulay
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Abstractions Sayings By Leon Trotsky: The bourgeoisie, which far surpasses the proletariat in the completeness and irreconcilibility of its class The bourgeoisie, which far surpasses the proletariat in the completeness and irreconcilibility of its class consciousness, is vitally interested in imposing its moral philosophy upon the exploited masses. It is exactly for this purpose that the concrete norms of the bourgeois catechism are concealed under moral abstractions ... The appeal to abstract norms is not a disinterested philosophic mistake but a necessary element in the mechanics of class deception. — Leon Trotsky
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Abstractions Sayings By Niels Bohr: Isolated material particles are abstractions, their properties being definable and observable only through their interaction Isolated material particles are abstractions, their properties being definable and observable only through their interaction with other systems . — Niels Bohr
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Abstractions Sayings By Carl Sagan: If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as 'human rights'? How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder? — Carl Sagan
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Abstractions Sayings By Timothy Keller: The assurance of God's love, the promise of the Spirit's indwelling presence, the knowledge of The assurance of God's love, the promise of the Spirit's indwelling presence, the knowledge of our pardon, the access to his presence, the power to overcome our sinful habits, the knowledge of our pardon - all these things are abstractions until they are inwardly received for our actual use. They must not only grip our heart but shape our life through the operation of God's Spirit. — Timothy Keller
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Abstractions Sayings By Mark Rothko: We are concerned with similar states of consciousness and relationship to the world ... If We are concerned with similar states of consciousness and relationship to the world ... If previous abstractions paralleled the scientific and objective preoccupations of our times, ours are finding a pictoral equivalent for man's new knowledge and consciousness of his more complex inner self. — Mark Rothko
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Abstractions Sayings By Thomas Lewis: People rely on intelligence to solve problems, and they are naturally baffled when comprehension proves People rely on intelligence to solve problems, and they are naturally baffled when comprehension proves impotent to effect emotional change. To the neocortical brain, rich in the power of abstractions, understanding makes all the difference, but it doesn't count for much in the neural systems that evolved before understanding existed. Ideas bounce like so many peas off the sturdy incomprehension of the limbic and reptilian brains. The dogged implicitness of emotional knowledge, its relentless unreasoning force, prevents logic from granting salvation just as it precludes self-help books from helping. The sheer volume and variety of self-help paraphernalia testify at once to the vastness of the appetite they address and their inability to satisfy it. (118) — Thomas Lewis
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Abstractions Sayings By David McCullough: Roosevelt loved the subtleties of human relations ... He was sensitive to nuances in a Roosevelt loved the subtleties of human relations ... He was sensitive to nuances in a way that Harry Truman never was and never would be. Truman, with his rural Missouri background, and partly too, because of the limits of his education, was inclined to see things in far simpler terms, as right or wrong, wise or foolish. He dealt little in abstractions. — David McCullough
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Abstractions Sayings By Mario Vargas-Llosa: Their curses were not aimed at any definite target: they swore at such abstractions as Their curses were not aimed at any definite target: they swore at such abstractions as God, the Officers, the Mothers of Others, with more music than meaning. — Mario Vargas-Llosa
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Abstractions Sayings By William Cecil Dampier: The fundamental concepts of physical science, it is now understood, are abstractions, framed by our The fundamental concepts of physical science, it is now understood, are abstractions, framed by our mind, so as to bring order to an apparent chaos of phenomena. — William Cecil Dampier
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Abstractions Sayings By Paul Cezanne: Literature expresses itself by abstractions, whereas painting, by means of drawing and colour, gives concrete Literature expresses itself by abstractions, whereas painting, by means of drawing and colour, gives concrete shape to sensations and perceptions. — Paul Cezanne
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Abstractions Sayings By Frank X. Barron: On the ward there was hurt and pain so big and so deep that speech On the ward there was hurt and pain so big and so deep that speech could not express it. I had been interested in philosophy, and suddenly philosophy came alive for me, for here the basic questions of human existence were not abstractions: they were embodied in human suffering — Frank X. Barron
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Abstractions Sayings By Ernst F. Schumacher: We must learn to think in terms of an articulated structure that can cope with We must learn to think in terms of an articulated structure that can cope with a multiplicity of small-scale units. If economic thinking cannot grasp this it is useless. If it cannot get beyond its vast abstractions, the national income, the rate of growth, capital/output ratio, input-output analysis, labour mobility, capital accumulation; if it cannot get beyond all this and make contact with the human realities of poverty, frustration, alienation, despair, breakdown, crime, escapism, stress, congestion, ugliness and spiritual death, then let us scrap economics and start afresh. — Ernst F. Schumacher
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Abstractions Sayings By Eugene H. Peterson: God's providence is never characterizedin broad generalities or pious abstractions but always in the particular, God's providence is never characterized
in broad generalities or pious abstractions but always in the particular, in the personal, in the recognition of grace in an unlikely time, at an unlikely place. Who could have anticipated ravens? — Eugene H. Peterson
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Abstractions Sayings By George Henry Lewes: The spontaneous tendency to invoke a Final Cause in explanation of every difficulty is characteristic The spontaneous tendency to invoke a Final Cause in explanation of every difficulty is characteristic of metaphysical philosophy. It arises from a general tendency towards the impersonation of abstractions which is visible throughout History. — George Henry Lewes
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Abstractions Sayings By Chuck Klosterman: I care about strangers when they're abstractions, but I feel almost nothing when they're literally I care about strangers when they're abstractions, but I feel almost nothing when they're literally in front of me. — Chuck Klosterman
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Abstractions Sayings By Guido Van Rossum: There is an incredibly large spectrum of possible causes for program bugs, including simple typos, There is an incredibly large spectrum of possible causes for program bugs, including simple typos, "thinkos," hidden limitations of underlying abstractions, and outright bugs in abstractions or their implementation. — Guido Van Rossum
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Abstractions Sayings By Stephen M. Stigler: Jorge Luis Borges understood this. In a fantasy short story published in 1942, "Funes the Jorge Luis Borges understood this. In a fantasy short story published in 1942, "Funes the Memorious," he described a man, Ireneo Funes, who found after an accident that he could remember absolutely everything. He could reconstruct every day in the smallest detail, and he could even later reconstruct the reconstruction, but he was incapable of understanding. Borges wrote, "To think is to forget details, generalize, make abstractions. In the teeming world of Funes there were only details. — Stephen M. Stigler
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Abstractions Sayings By Peter Matthiessen: Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers. — Peter Matthiessen
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Abstractions Sayings By Chuck Klosterman: Now, obviously, all old people seem cool whenever we see black-and-white images of their younger Now, obviously, all old people seem cool whenever we see black-and-white images of their younger selves. It's human nature to inject every old picture with positive abstractions. We can't help ourselves. We all do it. We want those things to be true, because we all hope future generations will have the same thoughts when they come across forgotten photographs of us. — Chuck Klosterman
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Abstractions Sayings By Edith Wharton: As for the momentary madness which had fallen upon him on the eve of his As for the momentary madness which had fallen upon him on the eve of his marriage, he had trained himself to regard it as the last of his discarded experiments. The idea that he could ever, in his senses, have dreamed of marrying the Countess Olenska had become almost unthinkable, and she remained in his memory simply as the most plaintive and poignant of a line of ghosts.
But all these abstractions and eliminations made of his mind a rather empty and echoing place, and he supposed that was one of the reasons why the busy animated people on the Beaufort lawn shocked him as if they had been children playing in a grave-yard. — Edith Wharton
Abstractions Sayings By Ayn Rand: Hence the sterile, uninspiring futility of a great many theoretical discussions of ethics, and the Hence the sterile, uninspiring futility of a great many theoretical discussions of ethics, and the resentment which many people feel towards such discussions: moral principles remain in their minds as floating abstractions, offering them a goal they cannot grasp and demanding that they reshape their souls in its image, thus leaving them with a burden of undefinable moral guilt. — Ayn Rand
Abstractions Sayings By Richard Courant: Mathematical objects states "only the relationships between mathematically 'undefined objects' and the rules governing operations Mathematical objects states "only the relationships between mathematically 'undefined objects' and the rules governing operations with them." It doesn't matter what mathematical things are: it's what they do that counts. Thus mathematics hovers uneasily between the real and the not-real; its meaning does not reside in formal abstractions, but neither is it tangible. This may cause problems for philosophers who like tidy categories, but it is the great strength of mathematics - what — Richard Courant
Abstractions Sayings By William James: See the exquisite contrast of the types of mind! The pragmatist clings to facts and See the exquisite contrast of the types of mind! The pragmatist clings to facts and concreteness, observes truth at its work in particular cases, and generalises. Truth, for him, becomes a class-name for all sorts of definite working-values in experience. For the rationalist it remains a pure abstraction, to the bare name of which we must defer. When the pragmatist undertakes to show in detail just why we must defer, the rationalist is unable to recognise the concretes from which his own abstraction is taken. He accuses us of denying truth; whereas we have only sought to trace exactly why people follow it and always ought to follow it. Your typical ultra-abstractions fairly shudders at concreteness: other things equal, he positively prefers the pale and spectral. If the two universes were offered, he would always choose the skinny outline rather than the rich thicket of reality. It is so much purer, clearer, nobler. — William James
Abstractions Sayings By Stephen Dunn: Oh abstractions are just abstract until they have an ache in them. Oh abstractions are just abstract
until they have an ache in them. — Stephen Dunn
Abstractions Sayings By Brian Aldiss: If more people had put their fellow human beings before abstractions last century, we shouldn't If more people had put their fellow human beings before abstractions last century, we shouldn't be where we are now. — Brian Aldiss
Abstractions Sayings By Stephanie Kuehn: But maybe he'd always known. Maybe the cool winds of fate and the flag-snap flutter But maybe he'd always known. Maybe the cool winds of fate and the flag-snap flutter of destiny had always been there, tickling his spine, whispering in his ear it's gonna catch up with you boy one of these days the truth'll come back so you'd better go go go, until finally, Emerson couldn't help but listen. There was only so much ruin the mind could rationalize. There was only so much badness that could be suppressed for so long. His guilt, on its own, was utterly meaningless - just a showy type of magic that changed nothing because changing nothing was the endgame all along. Words like absolution and forgiveness and redemption would never apply to someone like him. Those terms were just abstractions. Names for what other people called the moments between darkness. — Stephanie Kuehn
Abstractions Sayings By Kaiten Nukariya: Life as observed only from the scientific point of view is bare abstraction; it is Life as observed only from the scientific point of view is bare abstraction; it is not concrete life; nor is life as observed only in the interrelated-will-attitude point of view the whole of life. Both are abstractions. Concrete life includes both phases. — Kaiten Nukariya
Abstractions Sayings By Edith Sitwell: Answers I kept my answers small and kept them near;Big questions bruised my mind but Answers
I kept my answers small and kept them near;
Big questions bruised my mind but still I let
Small answers be a bullwark to my fear.
The huge abstractions I kept from the light;
Small things I handled and caressed and loved.
I let the stars assume the whole of night.
But the big answers clamoured to be moved Into my life. Their great audacity
Shouted to be acknowledged and believed.
Even when all small answers build up to
Protection of my spirit, still I hear
Big answers striving for their overthrow.
And all the great conclusions coming near — Edith Sitwell
Abstractions Sayings By Jeffrey Rosen: When I was in law school I was taught that the great writers were people When I was in law school I was taught that the great writers were people like [Oliver Wendell] Holmes Jr. and [Benjamin N.] Cardozo. But you go back and read their prose and it's sort of perfumed and very ornate and show-offy. And they're constantly striving for these abstractions that seem archaic nowadays. — Jeffrey Rosen
Abstractions Sayings By Robert Hayden: We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We must go on struggling to be human, though monsters of abstractions police and threaten us. — Robert Hayden
Abstractions Sayings By Alan W. Watts: Idolatry is not the use of images, but confusing them with what they represent, and Idolatry is not the use of images, but confusing them with what they represent, and in this respect mental images and lofty abstractions can be more insidious than bronze idols — Alan W. Watts
Abstractions Sayings By Mildred Jordan: What matters is that I have found a sort of peace in a primative God What matters is that I have found a sort of peace in a primative God outside of theories and abstractions. — Mildred Jordan
Abstractions Sayings By Alan W. Watts: In this respect, the Chinese written language has a slight advantage over our own, and In this respect, the Chinese written language has a slight advantage over our own, and is perhaps symptomatic of a different way of thinking. It is still linear, still a series of abstractions taken in one at a time. But its written signs are a little closer to life than spelled words because they are essentially pictures, and, as a Chinese proverb puts it, "One showing is worth a hundred sayings." Compare, for example, the ease of showing someone how to tie a complex knot with the difficulty of telling him how to do it in words alone. — Alan W. Watts
Abstractions Sayings By Stephen L. Carter: Coming from a business family, she shied away from abstractions. Coming from a business family, she shied away from abstractions. — Stephen L. Carter
Abstractions Sayings By Albert Camus: No,' Rambert said bitterly, 'you can't understand. You're using the language of reason, not of No,' Rambert said bitterly, 'you can't understand. You're using the language of reason, not of the heart; you live in a world of ... of abstractions. — Albert Camus
Abstractions Sayings By Lloyd Alexander: When imagination fails, compassion and humaneness dwindle and atrophy along with it. Unleavened by imagination, When imagination fails, compassion and humaneness dwindle and atrophy along with it. Unleavened by imagination, the variety and richness of life turn into flat abstractions; people become objects to be manipulated
with the social consequences we know all too well. — Lloyd Alexander
Abstractions Sayings By Marni Jackson: When a mother comes home with her new baby, she will find her abstractions are When a mother comes home with her new baby, she will find her abstractions are all concrete now. 'Freedom' now means being able to take a shower. 'Mobility' means being able to reach the glass of water on the dresser while not breaking the baby's suction on the breast. 'Flexibility' means being able to push the Record function on the VCR without dropping the baby. — Marni Jackson
Abstractions Sayings By Roger Kimball: One dominant response to the Great War was "disillusion" and a repudiation of principles named One dominant response to the Great War was "disillusion" and a repudiation of principles named by such lofty abstractions as Honor, Patriotism, Virtue, and Beauty. It is easy to find examples of that solvent at work. But in another sense, the response to the war, especially on the continent, and most particularly in Germany, was just the opposite: it was what we might call the re-enchantment, the re-illusioning, of the world by means of a wholesale embrace of empty abstractions. The re-enchantment was malign, to be sure, but it was also thoroughgoing. Nazism was the most poisonous effort.It was, as [Modris] Eksteins puts it, "an attempt to lie beautifully to the German nation and to the world." This is where kitsch comes in. — Roger Kimball
Abstractions Sayings By Bryan Stevenson: Abstractions about capital punishment were one thing, but the details of systematically killing someone who Abstractions about capital punishment were one thing, but the details of systematically killing someone who is not a threat are completely different. — Bryan Stevenson
Abstractions Sayings By David Foster Wallace: One of the great Greek contributions to the very concept of mathematics was the conscious One of the great Greek contributions to the very concept of mathematics was the conscious recognition and emphasis of the fact that mathematical entities are abstractions, ideas entertained by the mind and sharply distinguished from physical objects or pictures. — David Foster Wallace
Abstractions Sayings By Steven Pinker: We live in an era of social science, and have become accustomed to understanding the We live in an era of social science, and have become accustomed to understanding the social world in terms of "forces," "pressures," "processes," and "developments." It is easy to forget that those "forces" are statistical summaries of the deeds of millions of men and women who act on their beliefs in pursuit of their desires. The habit of submerging the individual into abstractions can lead not only to bad science (it's not as if the "social forces" obeyed Newton's laws) but to dehumanization. — Steven Pinker
Abstractions Sayings By Oscar Wilde: Pre-Raphaelites they called themselves; not that they imitated the early Italian masters at all, but Pre-Raphaelites they called themselves; not that they imitated the early Italian masters at all, but that in their work, as opposed to the facile abstractions of Raphael, they found a stronger realism of imagination, a more careful realism of technique, a vision at once more fervent and more vivid, an individuality more intimate and more intense. For it is not enough that a work of art should conform to the aesthetic demands of its age: there must be also about it, if it is to affect us with any permanent delight, the impress of a distinct individuality, an individuality remote from that of ordinary men, and coming near to us only by virtue of a certain newness and wonder in the work, and through channels whose very strangeness makes us more ready to give them welcome. — Oscar Wilde
Abstractions Sayings By J. Allan Hobson: Amid the welter of vague political abstractions ... where meanings shift so quickly and so Amid the welter of vague political abstractions ... where meanings shift so quickly and so subtly, not only following changes of thought, but often manipulated artificially by political practitioners so as to obscure, expand, or distort ... a certain broad consistency in its relations to other kindred terms is the nearest approach to definition which such a term as Imperialism admits. Nationalism, internationalism, colonialism, its three closest congeners, are equally elusive, equally shifty, and the changeful overlapping of all four demands the closest vigilance. — J. Allan Hobson
Abstractions Sayings By Alexis Karpouzos: The world does not consist of subjects and objects, the "subject" and the "object" are The world does not consist of subjects and objects, the "subject" and the "object" are metaphysical abstractions of the single and indivisible Wholeness. Man's finite knowledge separates the Whole into parts and studies fragmentarily the beings. The Wholeness is manifested in multiple forms and each form encapsulates the Wholeness — Alexis Karpouzos
Abstractions Sayings By Edouard Seguin: Not one idiot in a thousand has been entirely refractory to treatment, not one in Not one idiot in a thousand has been entirely refractory to treatment, not one in a hundred has not been made more happy and healthy; more than thirty per cent have been taught to conform to social and moral law, and rendered capable of order, of good feeling, and of working like the third of a man; more than forty per cent have become capable of the ordinary transactions of life under friendly control, of understanding moral and social abstractions, of working like two-thirds of a man. — Edouard Seguin
Abstractions Sayings By Percy Bysshe Shelley: The most refined abstractions of logic conduct to a view of life, which, though startling The most refined abstractions of logic conduct to a view of life, which, though startling to the apprehension, is, in fact, that which the habitual sense of its repeated combinations has extinguished in us. It strips, as it were, the painted curtain from this scene of things. I confess that I am one of those who are unable to refuse my assent to the conclusions of those philosophers who assert that nothing exists but as it is perceived. — Percy Bysshe Shelley
Abstractions Sayings By Sendhil Mullainathan: Policymakers think that if they get the abstractions right, that will drive behavior in the Policymakers think that if they get the abstractions right, that will drive behavior in the desired direction. But the world happens in real time. — Sendhil Mullainathan
Abstractions Sayings By Robert Anton Wilson: I have developed, over the years, some sense of the difference between real horseshit that I have developed, over the years, some sense of the difference between real horseshit that you can step in and Ideal Platonic Horseshit that exists, evidently, only in the contemplation of those who worship such abstractions; and I continue to notice that Natural Law bears an uncanny resemblance to ideal Platonic Horseshit. — Robert Anton Wilson
Abstractions Sayings By Terry Tempest Williams: I truly believe that to stay home, to learn the names of things, to realize I truly believe that to stay home, to learn the names of things, to realize who we live among ... then I believe a politics of place emerges where we are deeply accountable to our communities, to our neighborhoods, to our home ... If we are not rooted deeply in place, making that commitment to dig in and stay put ... then I think we are living a life without specificity, and then our lives become abstractions. Then we enter a place of true desolation. — Terry Tempest Williams
Abstractions Sayings By Sarah Caldwell: That's what it is that you rehearse - the making of music, not the playing That's what it is that you rehearse - the making of music, not the playing of notes as abstractions. — Sarah Caldwell
Abstractions Sayings By Susanne K. Langer: The world of physics is essentially the real world construed by mathematical abstractions, and the The world of physics is essentially the real world construed by mathematical abstractions, and the world of sense is the real world construed by the abstractions which the sense-organs immediately furnish. To suppose that the "material mode" is a primitive and groping attempt at physical conception is a fatal error in epistemology. — Susanne K. Langer
Abstractions Sayings By David Salsburg: There is indeed a fundamental beauty in mathematical abstractions. They so attracted the Greek philosopher There is indeed a fundamental beauty in mathematical abstractions. They so attracted the Greek philosopher Plato that he declared that all those things that we can see and touch are, in fact, mere shadows of the true reality and that the real things of this universe can be found only through the use of pure reason. Plato's knowledge of mathematics was relatively naive, and many of the cherished purities of Greek mathematics have been shown to be flawed. — David Salsburg
Abstractions Sayings By Andreas Gursky: In retrospect I can see that my desire to create abstractions has become more and In retrospect I can see that my desire to create abstractions has become more and more radical. Art should not be delivering a report on reality, but should be looking at what's behind something. — Andreas Gursky
Abstractions Sayings By Georgia O'Keeffe: I have painted portraits that to me are almost photographic. I remember hesitating to show I have painted portraits that to me are almost photographic. I remember hesitating to show the paintings, they looked so real to me. But they have passed into the world as abstractions - no one seeing what they are. — Georgia O'Keeffe
Abstractions Sayings By Virginia Woolf: For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, forget the private figure, or if we in the intensity of our private emotions forget the public world. Both houses will be ruined, the public and the private, the material and the spiritual, for they are inseparably connected. — Virginia Woolf
Abstractions Sayings By Giambattista Vico: But the nature of our civilized minds is so detached from the senses, even in But the nature of our civilized minds is so detached from the senses, even in the vulgar, by abstractions corresponding to all theabstract terms our languages abound in, and so refined by the art of writing, and as it were spiritualized by the use of numbers, because even the vulgar know how to count and reckon, that it is naturally beyond our power to form the vast image of this mistress called Sympathetic Nature. — Giambattista Vico
Abstractions Sayings By Samael Aun Weor: Gnosis is lived upon facts, withers away in abstractions, and is difficult to find even Gnosis is lived upon facts, withers away in abstractions, and is difficult to find even in the noblest of thoughts. — Samael Aun Weor
Abstractions Sayings By Aldous Huxley: All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in subsituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in subsituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly,those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder. — Aldous Huxley
Abstractions Sayings By Terry Tempest Williams: I think we are living a life without specificity, and then our lives become abstractions. I think we are living a life without specificity, and then our lives become abstractions. — Terry Tempest Williams
Abstractions Sayings By Peter Landesman: Modern art, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to fraud. Its abstractions are sometimes difficult to Modern art, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to fraud. Its abstractions are sometimes difficult to understand or grasp, and a modern painting is often loved less because of its intrinsic quality - its beauty, as conventionally understood - than because of the identity of the painter, its mark of social status. — Peter Landesman
Abstractions Sayings By Tom Lehrer: There's something mathematically satisfying about music: notes fit together and harmony and all that. And There's something mathematically satisfying about music: notes fit together and harmony and all that. And mathematics has to do with abstractions and making connections. — Tom Lehrer
Abstractions Sayings By Emil M. Cioran: Despair is the state in which anxiety and restlessness are immanent to existence. Nobody in Despair is the state in which anxiety and restlessness are immanent to existence. Nobody in despair suffers from "problems", but from his own inner torment and fire. It's a pity that nothing can be solved in this world. Yet there never was and here never will be anyone who would commit suicide for this reason. So much for the power that intellectual anxiety has over the total anxiety of our being! That is why I prefer the dramatic life, consumed by inner fires and tortured by destiny, to the intellectual, caught up in abstractions which do not engage the essence of our subjectivity. I despise the absence of risks, madness and passion in abstract thinking. How fertile live, passionate thinking is! Lyricism feeds it like blood pumped into the heart! — Emil M. Cioran
Abstractions Sayings By Robert M. Pirsig: Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. — Robert M. Pirsig
Abstractions Sayings By Albert Camus: The world expects of Christians that they will raise their voices so loudly and clearly The world expects of Christians that they will raise their voices so loudly and clearly and so formulate their protest that not even the simplest man can have the slightest doubt about what they are saying. Further, the world expects of Christians that they will eschew all fuzzy abstractions and plant themselves squarely in front of the bloody face of history. We stand in need of folk who have determined to speak directly and unmistakably and come what may, to stand by what they have said. — Albert Camus
Abstractions Sayings By Jose Medina: First, it is a commitment to particularism, to giving priority to the specificity of particulars, First, it is a commitment to particularism, to giving priority to the specificity of particulars, not to abstractions and generalities that divert our attention away from concrete realities. Idealizations tend to be partial and distorting, obscuring the heterogeneity and complexity of actual experiences and concrete practices, which is why they do not provide an adequate standpoint for the diagnosis of social problems and injustices. — Jose Medina
Abstractions Sayings By Joni Mitchell: A woman I knew just drowned herselfThe well was deep and muddyShe was just shaking A woman I knew just drowned herself
The well was deep and muddy
She was just shaking off futility
Or punishing somebody
My friends were calling up all day yesterday
All emotions and abstractions
It seems we all live so close to that line
and so far from satisfaction — Joni Mitchell
Abstractions Sayings By Alexander A. Stepanov: To see how to make something more general, you need to start with something concrete. To see how to make something more general, you need to start with something concrete. In particular, you need to understand the specifics of a particular domain to discover the right abstractions. — Alexander A. Stepanov
Abstractions Sayings By Letty Cottin Pogrebin: Like many another romance, the romance of the family turns sour when the money runs Like many another romance, the romance of the family turns sour when the money runs out. If we really cared about families, we would not let 'born again' patriarchs send up moral abstractions as a smokescreen for the scandal of American family economics. — Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Abstractions Sayings By Wendell Berry: To be well used, creatures and places must be used sympathetically, just as they must To be well used, creatures and places must be used sympathetically, just as they must be known sympathetically to be well known ... The "animal scientist" to whom it is of no concern whether or not animals suffer will almost inevitably aid and abet the destruction of the decent old ideal of animal husbandry and, as a consequence, increase the suffering of animals. I hope that my country may be delivered from the remote, cold abstractions of university science. — Wendell Berry
Abstractions Sayings By George Boole: Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect. — George Boole
Abstractions Sayings By Rem Koolhaas: I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends - architectural thinking in terms I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends - architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs and organizational structure. These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines, and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well. — Rem Koolhaas
Abstractions Sayings By Charlotte Bronte: ... she does not resent her grief. No; the weakness of that word would make ... she does not resent her grief. No; the weakness of that word would make it a lie. To her, what hurts becomes immediately embodied: she looks on it as a thing that can be attacked, worried down, torn in shreds. Scarcely a substance herself, she grapples to conflict with abstractions. Before calamity she is a tigress; she rends her woes, shivers them in convulsed abhorrence. Pain, for her, has no result in good; tears water no harvest of wisdom; on sickness, on death itself, she looks with the eye of a rebel. Wicked, perhaps, she is, but also she is strong: and her strength has conqueredBeauty, has overcome Grace, and bound both at her side, captives peerlessly fair, and docile as fair. Even in the uttermost frenzy of energy is each maenad movement royally, imperially, incedingly upborne. ... Fallen, insurgent, banished, she remembers the heaven whereshe rebelled. — Charlotte Bronte
Abstractions Sayings By Vine Deloria Jr.: It is this subtle dimension of understanding that marks the southwestern Indian peoples from other It is this subtle dimension of understanding that marks the southwestern Indian peoples from other religions and separates tribal peoples from the world's religions. Somewhere in the planetary history religious expression changed from participation in the sound, color and rhythm of nature to the abstractions of man outside this context pleading for temporary respite and hoping in the next life to return to the Garden. — Vine Deloria Jr.
Abstractions Sayings By Huston Smith: Hinduism advises such people not to try to think of God as the supreme instance Hinduism advises such people not to try to think of God as the supreme instance of abstractions like being or consciousness, and instead to think of God as the archetype of the noblest reality they encounter in the natural world. — Huston Smith
Abstractions Sayings By Richard Rohr: true biblical faith leaves you very vulnerable to reality, because now there is no place true biblical faith leaves you very vulnerable to reality, because now there is no place to hide. No wonder we prefer abstractions over the actual! We can hide behind abstractions, but Incarnation leaves you both utterly exposed and constantly invited. incorporation — Richard Rohr
Abstractions Sayings By Robert Nathan: In the morning of the world," he said, "when the dew still lay upon the In the morning of the world," he said, "when the dew still lay upon the Garden, man was created so that there might be some one to enjoy it. In order that he might relish beauty, he was given a soul; and having a soul, he was given speech, since without speech, it is impossible to understand such abstractions as the soul. That was a mistake, but I do not see how it could have been avoided. — Robert Nathan
Abstractions Sayings By Roberto Calasso: Maybe I'm inclined to what Nietzsche called "impure thought," that is to say, a kind Maybe I'm inclined to what Nietzsche called "impure thought," that is to say, a kind of thought where abstractions are so mixed with the facts of life that you can't disentangle them. I feel thought in general, and in particular what is unfortunately called "philosophy," should lead a sort of clandestine life for a while, just to renew itself. By clandestine I mean concealed in stories, in anecdotes, in numerous forms that are not the form of the treatise. Then thought can biologically renew itself, as it were. — Roberto Calasso
Abstractions Sayings By Michael Crichton: Nobody is driven by abstractions like 'seeking truth. Nobody is driven by abstractions like 'seeking truth. — Michael Crichton
Abstractions Sayings By Henry Beston: I am glad that the country world ... retains a power to use our English I am glad that the country world ... retains a power to use our English tongue. It is a part of its sense of reality, of its vocabulary of definite terms, and of its habit of earthly common sense. I find this country writing an excellent corrective of the urban vocabulary of abstractions and of the emotion disguised as thinking which abstractions and humbug have loosed upon the world. May there always be such things as a door, a milk pail, and a loaf of bread, and words to do them honor. — Henry Beston
Abstractions Sayings By Sydney J. Harris: The truly terrible thing about the war spirit, about the fear and hate hysteria it The truly terrible thing about the war spirit, about the fear and hate hysteria it generates, is that it forces us to think and talk and feel in terms of abstractions - those "communists" this time, those "fascists" last time.
But those we are fighting and killing are people - men, women and children - not political, geographic or economic abstractions. They are, in the main, as decent and fearful and confused as we are. And they regard us as abstractions as much as we do them. — Sydney J. Harris
Abstractions Sayings By Kurt Vonnegut: Unk, standing at a porthole, wept quietly. He was weeping for love, for family, for Unk, standing at a porthole, wept quietly. He was weeping for love, for family, for friendship, for truth, for civilization. The things he wept for were all abstractions, since his memory could furnish few faces or artifacts with which his imagination might fashion a passion play. — Kurt Vonnegut
Abstractions Sayings By Jack Campbell: You're not fighting for abstractions. No one does. Humans pay lip service to that, to You're not fighting for abstractions. No one does. Humans pay lip service to that, to big causes and great purposes, but any politician of any skill soon learns that what really motivates people is the small, personal things. Close friends, family, the small area they call home. They wrap those things around ideals and call them precious, but they're precious for the smallest and closest of reasons. Soldiers may swear to fight for their flag, but they really fight because of the soldiers next to them. — Jack Campbell
Abstractions Sayings By Abraham H. Maslow: Self-actualized people ... live more in the real world of nature than in the man-made Self-actualized people ... live more in the real world of nature than in the man-made mass of concepts, abstractions, expectations, beliefs and stereotypes that most people confuse with the world. — Abraham H. Maslow
Abstractions Sayings By Gustave Flaubert: In the end idealism annoyed Bouvard. 'I don't want any more of it: the famous In the end idealism annoyed Bouvard. 'I don't want any more of it: the famous cogito is a bore. The ideas of things are taken for the things themselves. What we barely understand is explained by means of words that we do not understand at all! Substance, extension, force, matter and soul, are all so many abstractions, figments of the imagination. As for God, it is impossible to know how he is, or even if he is! Once he was the cause of wind, thunder, revolutions. Now he is getting smaller. Besides, I don't see what use he is. — Gustave Flaubert
Abstractions Sayings By Daniel Smith: One of the things anxiety educates you in is how deeply physical thought can be, One of the things anxiety educates you in is how deeply physical thought can be, how concrete. In anxiety, there is no time to luxuriate in abstractions. It's just you and your mind, which has fists and is using them. It may be dualistic and logically untenable to posit the situation as You v. Head; it may not make sense philosophically. But in the throes of anxiety? In the cognitive shit? There's really no other way to think about what's going on. — Daniel Smith
Abstractions Sayings By F Scott Fitzgerald: Yet in the awful majesty of her pain he went out to her unreservedly, almost Yet in the awful majesty of her pain he went out to her unreservedly, almost sexually. He wanted to gather her up in her arms, as he so often had Nicole, and cherish even her mistakes, so deeply were they part of her. The orange light through the drawn blind, the sarcophagus of her figure on the bed, the spot of face, the voice searching in the vacuity of her illness and finding only remote abstractions.
As he arose the tears fled lava-like into her bandages. — F Scott Fitzgerald
Abstractions Sayings By Brent Weeks: Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence. — Brent Weeks
Abstractions Sayings By Caio Fonseca: My forms are not abstractions of things in the real world. They're also not symbols. My forms are not abstractions of things in the real world. They're also not symbols. I would say that my job is to invent these forms and to put them together in a way that keeps your interest, to give the forms a quirky identity so you can engage with them, so you realize there's an inner intelligence or logic. — Caio Fonseca
Abstractions Sayings By Robert Anton Wilson: Every nervous system creates its own "reality," minute by minute - we live inside a Every nervous system creates its own "reality," minute by minute - we live inside a "bubble" of neural abstractions which we identify with reality. You can make this neurological fact into conscious experience, and you will never be bored or depressed again. — Robert Anton Wilson
Abstractions Sayings By Neil Postman: The reader must come armed , in a serious state of intellectual readiness. This is The reader must come armed , in a serious state of intellectual readiness. This is not easy because he comes to the text alone. In reading, one's responses are isolated, one'sintellect thrown back on its own resourses. To be confronted by the cold abstractions of printed sentences is to look upon language bare, without the assistance of either beauty or community. Thus, reading is by its nature a serious business. It is also, of course, an essentially rational activity. — Neil Postman
Abstractions Sayings By Aldous Huxley: The pursuit of truth is just a polite name for the intellectual's favorite pastime of The pursuit of truth is just a polite name for the intellectual's favorite pastime of substituting simple and therefore false abstractions for the living complexities of reality. — Aldous Huxley
Abstractions Sayings By Jack Vance: You used the word "civilization", which means a set of abstractions, symbols, conventions. Experience tends You used the word "civilization", which means a set of abstractions, symbols, conventions. Experience tends to be vicarious; emotions are predigested and electrical; ideas become more real than things. — Jack Vance
Abstractions Sayings By Robert A. Heinlein: Hurry was not a concept that could be symbolized in the Martian language and therefore Hurry was not a concept that could be symbolized in the Martian language and therefore must be presumed to be unthinkable. Speed, velocity, simultaneity, acceleration, and other mathematical abstractions having to do with the pattern of eternity were part of Martian mathematics, but not of Martian emotion. — Robert A. Heinlein
Abstractions Sayings By Michel Aflaq: We did not adopt socialism out of books, abstractions, humanism, or pity, but rather out We did not adopt socialism out of books, abstractions, humanism, or pity, but rather out of need for the Arab working class is the mover of history in this period. — Michel Aflaq
Abstractions Sayings By Aime Cesaire: Communism has served us ill in having us swap a living brotherhood for what looks Communism has served us ill in having us swap a living brotherhood for what looks to have the features of the coldest of all chill abstractions. — Aime Cesaire
Abstractions Sayings By Carl Von Clausewitz: But everything takes a different shape when we pass from abstractions to reality. In the But everything takes a different shape when we pass from abstractions to reality. In the former, everything must be subject to optimism, and we must imagine the one side as well as the other striving after perfection and even attaining it. Will this ever take place in reality? — Carl Von Clausewitz
Abstractions Sayings By Fulton J. Sheen: The assumption that numbers and mathematical or logical laws are mental is due to the The assumption that numbers and mathematical or logical laws are mental is due to the even more widespread notion that only particular sensible entities exist in nature, and that relations abstractions, or universals cannot have any such objective existence - hence they are given a shadowy existence in the mind. — Fulton J. Sheen