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The half minute which we daily devote to the winding-up
by Charles Babbage

The half minute which we daily devote to the winding-up
of our watches is an exertion of labour almost insensible;
yet,
by the aid of a few wheels, its effect is spread over
the whole twenty-four hours.
- Charles Babbage

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher,
as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms
he may think undeservedly severe.
- Charles Babbage

The fatigue produced on the muscles of the human frame
does not altogether depend on the actual force employed in each effort,
but partly on the frequency with which it is exerted.
- Charles Babbage

That the state of knowledge in any country will exert
a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it,
is a principle too obvious to require investigation.
- Charles Babbage

 

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some
portion of the neglect of science in England,
may be attributed to the system of education we pursue.
- Charles Babbage

The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion,
and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.
- Charles Babbage

At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool,
human labour becomes abridged.
- Charles Babbage

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That science has long been neglected and declining in England,
is not an opinion originating with me,
but is shared by many, and has been expressed by higher authority than mine.
- Charles Babbage

The proportion between the velocity with which men or animals move,
and the weights they carry, is a matter of considerable importance,
particularly in military affairs.
- Charles Babbage

Some kinds of nails, such as those used for defending
the soles of coarse shoes,
called hobnails, require a particular form of the head,
which is made by the stroke of a die.
- Charles Babbage

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein,
and given over a hopeless race.
- Charles Babbage

The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which,
nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions.
- Charles Babbage

Another mode of accumulating power arises from lifting
a weight and then allowing it to fall.
- Charles Babbage

A tool is usually more simple than a machine;
it is generally used with the hand,
whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power.
- Charles Babbage

Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over
extensive lines with great rapidity.
- Charles Babbage

It will be readily admitted, that a degree conferred by an university,
ought to be a pledge to the public that he who holds
it possesses a certain quantity of knowledge.
- Charles Babbage

Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary,
in order to economize time, to increase the velocity.
- Charles Babbage

The economy of human time is the next advantage of
machinery in manufactures.
- Charles Babbage

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
- Charles Babbage

In turning from the smaller instruments in frequent
use to the larger and more important machines,
the economy arising from the increase of velocity becomes more striking.
- Charles Babbage

Perhaps it would be better for science,
that all criticism should be avowed.
- Charles Babbage

The difference between a tool and a machine is not
capable of very precise distinction;
nor is it necessary,
in a popular explanation of those terms,
to limit very strictly their acceptation.
- Charles Babbage

In England, the profession of the law is that which
seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent,
from the circumstance, that in it ability,
coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage,
cannot fail of obtaining reward.
- Charles Babbage

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray,
Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures,
will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly
to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
- Charles Babbage

To those who have chosen the profession of medicine,
a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history,
and, indeed, of several other departments of science,
affords useful assistance.
- Charles Babbage

I am inclined to attach some importance to the new system of manufacturing;
and venture to throw it out with the hope of its receiving
a full discussion among those who are most interestedin the subject.
- Charles Babbage

Those from whose pocket the salary is drawn,
and by whose appointment the officer was made,
have always a right to discuss the merits of their officers,
and their modes of exercising the duties they are paid to perform.
- Charles Babbage

A powerful attraction exists, therefore,
to the promotion of a study and of duties of all others
engrossing the time most completely,
and which is less benefited than most others by any
acquaintance with science.
- Charles Babbage

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute.
When they consist of a limited number of persons,
eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of
ambition to be admitted on their list.
- Charles Babbage

The accumulation of skill and science which has been
directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods,
has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated;
distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages.
- Charles Babbage

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good
policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany,
to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed
in the drudgery of elementary instruction.
- Charles Babbage

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Confidence is half of victory.
- Yiddish Proverb

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

How you respond to the challenge in the second half
will determine what you become after the game,
whether you are a winner or a loser.
- Lou Holtz

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal.
As spirits they belong to the eternal world,
but as animals they inhabit time.
- C. S. Lewis

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead.
- Jewel

The marvelous richness of human experience
would lose something of rewarding joy
if there were no limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful
if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- Helen Keller

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible.
I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.
- Debi Thomas

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating
only the top half of each slice.
- Barbra Streisand

Get well cards have become so humorous that if you
don't get sick you're missing half the fun.
- Flip Wilson

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

Shrinking away from death
is something unhealthy and abnormal -
which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
- Carl Jung

I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars,
would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
- Bette Davis

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Life is half spent before we know what it is.
- George Herbert

Think of how stupid the average person is,
and realize half of them are stupider than that.
- George Carlin

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

Times like these, dark times,
they do funny things to people.
They can tear them apart.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

I live in my own place -
have never copied anyone even half,
and at any master who lacks the grace -
to laugh at himself - I laugh.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
- Yogi Berra

What would be the use of immortality to a person
who cannot use well a half an hour.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin


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