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There is a tendency to seek an objective account of
by Thomas Nagel

There is a tendency to seek an objective account of
everything before admitting its reality.
- Thomas Nagel

Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable.
- Thomas Nagel

Life may be not only meaningless but absurd.
- Thomas Nagel

Eventually, I believe, current attempts to understand
the mind by analogy with man-made computers that can
perform superbly some of the same external tasks as
conscious beings will be recognized as a gigantic waste of time.
- Thomas Nagel

 

If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

It is important to do what you don't know how to do.
It is important to see your skills as keeping you
from learning what is deepest and most mysterious.
If you know how to focus, unfocus.
If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

Truth is a tendency.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

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Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer
knows the propensity to dream,
the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim Berners-Lee

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The tendency of old age to the body,
say the physiologists,
is to form bone.
It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old
man whose opinions are not ossified.
- Bob Wells

And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency
to look for people who live by kindness,
tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.
- Martin Scorsese

Once the object has been constructed,
I have a tendency to discover in it,
transformed and displaced,
images, impressions, facts which have deeply moved me.
- Alberto Giacometti

The tendency is to keep doing things the way you have done them.
- Maurice Strong

It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class,
and to force society into an organization of only two classes,
one at each social extreme.
- William Graham Sumner

The Japanese have a strong tendency to suppress their own feelings.
That's the Japanese character.
They kill their own emotions.
- Ichiro Suzuki

Because there is very little honor left in American life,
there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
- Norman Mailer

And we owe science to the combined energies of individual men of genius,
rather than to any tendency to progress inherent in civilization.
- Chauncey Wright

I have a very steadfast tendency to parent myself,
to monitor my development into the person I want to be.
I've tried to keep the corruption minimal.
- Fiona Apple

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what
is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting.
- Donald Norman

What has destroyed every previous civilization has
been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
- Henry George

Duruing all these years there existed within me a tendency
to follow Nature in her walks.
- John James Audubon

I have a tendency to say yes to a script or no to a script.
Not yes based on a rewrite.
- William H. Macy

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken
as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.
- Lord Jeffrey

There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency,
and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility.
- Karl Lehmann

I have a tendency to kick it up.
I like to rattle the cage.
- Lisa Marie Presley

I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble
upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices,
and then to make it the representative of a whole class.
- Walter Lippmann

An inborn tendency toward science turning it into a lifelong commitment.
- Bruno Rossi

There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture.
And that is not always a virtue.
- Francis Arinze

The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan
value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to
assume that there is a fixed pie,
that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
- Milton Friedman

Moreover, we are showing a dismaying tendency to recast God in Man's image.
- James L. Buckley

I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors.
I'll miss the devotion we have to this work.
Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end.
- Dennis Franz

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision
and strengthens our most fatal tendency -
the belief that the here and now is all there is.
- Allan Bloom

Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing,
but the inexorable succession of generations requires
that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed.
- Garrett Hardin

I write funny.
If I can make my wife laugh, I know I'm on the right track.
But yes, I don't like to get Maudlin.
And I have a tendency towards it.
- Gene Wilder

I love sleep.
My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake,
you know?
- Ernest Hemingway

My tendency is to be very experimental.
- Sean Lennon

There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I have a tendency to often share the point of view
of the conspiracy theory.
- Marion Cotillard

We managed to hang in there.
Today when people get married there's a tendency to
run away when things get tough.
There is a lot of strength in hanging together.
- Jerry Stiller

Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate
though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind.
But God help us all!
It is at present a sad jar of atoms.
- Lord Byron

Local color has a fatal tendency to remain local;
but it is also true that the universal often borders on the void.
- Hervey Allen

Modem science, then, maintains on the one hand that nature,
both organic and inorganic, strives towards a state
of order and that man's actions are governed by the same tendency.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency
whatever to make men good reasoners.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant
modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
- Walter Pater

First, people don't read novels off screens,
and they don't have a tendency to shell out real money
for books when they don't retain anything physically for their money.
- Jack L. Chalker

Life begins at 40 - but so do fallen arches,
rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell
a story to the same person,
three or four times.
- Helen Rowland

The tendency to aggression is an innate,
independent, instinctual disposition in man...
it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
- Sigmund Freud

A cold atheistical materialism is the tendency of the
so-called material philosophy of the present day.
- Adam Sedgwick

Long before the thousand millions are here,
the mighty centrifugal tendency, inherent in this stock
and strengthened in the United States,
will assert itself.
- Josiah Strong

People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses.
- P. J. Harvey

I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines
in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts -
the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products.
- Richard Wagner

You know, I am against lynching and lynching is a tendency of the people.
- Jacques Verges

I guess when I first started speaking with an American accent,
there's a tendency to create a caricature of the accent
because you just exaggerate the pieces that stand out to you.
- Radha Mitchell

The odds are always against you no matter what your previous history is.
You have to overcome the tendency to relax.
- Tom Osborne

The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands
makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.
- Georgia Harkness

For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency
is to develop in the form of a sheaf,
creating, by its very growth, divergent directions
among which its impetus is divided.
- Henri Bergson

Yeah, there's a tendency to get pigeonholed in Hollywood.
- Mark Ruffalo

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
- David Hare

In the period from 1824 to 1833, the tendency was steadily in the former direction,
but it was only in the latter part of it that it was made really efficient.
- Henry Charles Carey

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
- Jane Addams

One of the problems I have with a lot of movies these
days is that everything is too well lit.
In the world of digital creations there is a tendency to show too much.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor,
to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor,
and to give it to those who do not labor.
- William Cobbett

Man could not stay there forever.
He was bound to spread to new regions,
partly because of his innate migratory tendency and
partly because of Nature's stern urgency.
- Ellsworth Huntington

Unfortunately, we are finding the bureaucratic inefficiencies
and red tape have a tendency to slow the efforts of
individuals and communities working to rebuild.
- Bobby Jindal

In the larger companies, you have this tendency to get top-down direction.
- Vinton Cerf

Regrettably, I do sometimes have to fight a tendency to be bitchy.
- Marie Windsor

When Reagan was elected, I felt that the Agency had
gone much more into the service of a political tendency
in the country with which I had already felt very strong disagreement.
- Aldrich Ames

We also have a tendency to root for the fugitive.
We're always on the side of the animal being chased.
- Norman Jewison


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