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We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and ...
by Abdolkarim Soroush

We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society.
But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts
are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth
and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult
tasks of religious intellectuals.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs;
only afterwards,
do they pursue any higher needs.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline,
an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity
or an Islamic identity also came into being.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

 

In order for answers to become clear,
the questions have to be clear.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

Energy is a concept that has been coined by physicists.
There is no observable thing known as energy anywhere.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

In many of the things that people do,
they themselves are the centre of attention,
but they inscribe some other name on their banner.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

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We must break problems down into small,
digestible bits.
We must define the concepts that we use and explain
what components they consist of.
We must tackle small problems.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated
and that its honour has been trampled underfoot,
it will want to express its identity and this expression
of an identity will take different shapes and forms.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

Doctors coin money when they do procedures but family
medicine doesn't have any procedures.
- David Jones

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg

Nations it may be have fashioned their Governments,
but the Governments have paid them back in the same coin.
- Joseph Conrad

Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
- John Wanamaker

I had to choose, I'd be so sad.
They are flip sides of the same coin.
I love both comedy and drama.
- Dianne Wiest

Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness,
and he who is a leader must always act alone.
And acting alone, accept everything alone.
- Ferdinand Marcos

Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin.
- Ned Rorem

Soon it's all going to be digital anyway.
It's all going to be saved on a little coin somewhere.
- Richard Donner

If you exchange information internationally,
you must strengthen data protection.
Those are two sides of the same coin.
- Gijs de Vries

We operate under a jury system in this country,
and as much as we complain about it,
we have to admit that we know of no better system,
except possibly flipping a coin.
- Dave Barry

The only currency I value is the coin of the spirit.
That's very important in my life.
- Kinky Friedman

Before you can hit the jackpot, you have to put a coin in the machine.
- Flip Wilson

Silver and gold are not the only coin;
virtue too passes current all over the world.
- Euripides

The art of the critic in a nutshell:
to coin slogans without betraying ideas.
The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
- Walter Benjamin

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Even as a coin attains its full value when it is spent,
so life attains its supreme value when one knows how
to forfeit it with grace when the time comes.
- Felix Marti-Ibanez

Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin.
In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.
- Ida P. Rolf

I'm not so sure that people consider homelessness to be as important as,
say, the Vietnam War.
One should never even try to equate them because,
of course, they're tragedies on both sides of the coin.
- Graham Nash

The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as
that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should,
like current coin, be called in, and,
from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.
- Alexander Smith

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm:
it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which
we must cling as to a treasure,
and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words,
or in exact and priggish argument.
- George Sand

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise,
not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation,
not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the
downright ignorance of the nature of coin,
credit and circulation.
- John Adams

When the machine had been fastened with a wire to the track,
so that it could not start until released by the operator,
and the motor had been run to make sure that it was in condition,
we tossed a coin to decide who should have the first trial.
Wilbur won.
- Orville Wright

It turned out in the long run that Lincoln's credit
and the popular confidence that supported it were as
valuable both to his creditors and himself as if the
sums which stood over his signature had been gold coin in a solvent bank.
- John George Nicolay

Cyberspace.
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson

Party domination and State leadership are concepts
incompatible with one another.
- Franz von Papen

Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love
of concepts and mathematics,
was a marvelous experience.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

The analysis of concepts is for the understanding nothing
more than what the magnifying glass is for sight.
- Moses Mendelssohn

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
photography in Star Wars.
He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that
I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.
- John Dykstra

A great amount has been talked and written about what
constitutes a sufficient balance and what really is
meant by the concepts of "balance" and "deterrence".
- Alva Myrdal

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend
the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.
- Abdus Salam

We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts,
and we no longer know what they mean.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings
of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned
to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word.
- Charles D. Broad

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part,
the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's
tools and yesterday's concepts.
- Marshall McLuhan

Scientific man is already on the moon,
and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

The concepts of Joss are pure, and express attitudes and technical ideals.
- Cliff Shaw

Western concepts of ownership and privatization came
in and clashed with that.
So land began to be exchanged.
- Neil Abercrombie

We must think differently, look at things in a different way.
Peace requires a world of new concepts,
new definitions.
- Yitzhak Rabin

But I think the bomb instead constitutes merely a first
step in a new control by man over the forces of nature
too revolutionary and dangerous to fit into old concepts.
- Henry L. Stimson

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself,
substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.
- John Chrysostom

I believe all religions are becoming obsolete,
clinging to ancient concepts.
- John Templeton

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe,
grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts,
emerges ahead of his accomplishments.
- John Steinbeck

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds.
As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement,
you are increasing your odds of achieving success.
- Bo Bennett

Here we encounter two conflicting concepts with which
we must come to grips in our time:
the idea of national solidarity and the idea of international cooperation.
- Gustav Stresemann

Some people argue that we should limit choice in favour of good local services.
My response is simple: why should we assume those two
concepts are mutually exclusive?
- John Hutton

The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic
objects there are in the universe:
the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time.
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

We've heard from many teachers that they used episodes
of Star Trek and concepts of Star Trek in their science
classrooms in order to engage the students.
- Patrick Stewart

The center of Western culture is Greece,
and we have never lost our ties with the architectural
concepts of that ancient civilization.
- Stephen Gardiner

When man becomes reconciled to nature,
when space becomes his true background,
these words and concepts will have lost their meaning,
and we will no longer have to use them.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

The words printed here are concepts.
You must go through the experiences.
- Saint Augustine

We speak of virtue, honour, reason; but our thought
does not translate any one of these concepts into a substance.
- Wilhelm Wundt

Hence it happens that one takes words for concepts,
and concepts for the things themselves.
- Johann G. Hamann

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled
utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno

Because most writers have totally unrealistic concepts of how publishing works.
- Jim Harrison

Unfortunately, a lot of the concepts in the Bible are
based on ancient mythology that doesn't fit the findings of science.
- Clyde Tombaugh

In Japanese art, space assumed a dominant role and
its position was strengthened by Zen concepts.
- Stephen Gardiner

I am closer to a European viewpoint of the world than an American one.
My ethics and ideals are based on European concepts.
- Bianca Jagger

One of the concepts essential to molecular manufacturing
is that of a self-replicating manufacturing system.
That concept has lagged behind in its acceptance.
- Ralph Merkle

Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
- Immanuel Kant

I think it was more personal, but I certainly tried
to adapt certain concepts of Surrealism.
- Trevor Dunn

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

It's not just a revue where one song is done,
then another.
There are concepts and ideas at work.
- Hal David

My job is to interpret the law based on how the legislature
and the court has done it and then,
of course, to use our system of justice to develop
some new legal tools and new concepts.
- Bill Scott


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