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Charles Babbage Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul
grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Only the dreamer shall understand realities,
though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking.
- Margaret Fuller

A man is rich in proportion to
the number of things he can afford to let alone.
- Henry David Thoreau

A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.
- Will Rogers

Commonsense is the realized sense of proportion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Beauty is our weapon against nature;
by it we make objects,
giving them limit, symmetry, proportion.
Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.
- Camille Paglia

Men have a respect for scholarship and learning
greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
- Henry David Thoreau

The disparity between a restaurant's price and food
quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.
- Bryan Miller

The ship was masted according to the proportion of the navy;
but on my application the masts were shortened,
as I thought them too much for her, considering the nature of the voyage.
- William Bligh

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
- Ernest Hemingway

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault
the punishment it deserves.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music assists him in the use of harmonic and mathematical proportion.
- Marcus V. Pollio

The concentration and reciprocal effect of industry
and agriculture conjoin in a growth of productive powers,
which increases more in geometrical than in arithmetical proportion.
- Friedrich List

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
- Daniel Webster

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are
irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
- W. H. Auden

The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but
a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
- George H. Mead

Charter schools have a far higher proportion of teachers who are not certified.
- Maggie Gallagher

Everybody has a camcorder now, and they exploit these
incidents and blow them all out of proportion.
- Jim Fowler

A great proportion of the wretchedness which has embittered married life,
has originated in a negligence of trifles.
- Thomas Sprat

Not only does the proportion of the poor increase with the growth of the city,
but their condition becomes more wretched.
- Josiah Strong

Modern societies march towards morality in proportion
as they leave religion behind.
- Paul Bert

A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he
draws outward things to himself.
- Thomas Kempis

Do a little bit more than average and from that point
on our progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in.
- Paul J. Meyer

The world changes in direct proportion to the number
of people willing to be honest about their lives.
- Armistead Maupin

Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground;
they love to be amused in proportion to the degree
in which they weary themselves.
- Honore de Balzac

The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
- Denis Waitley

Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the
larger proportion of people are loving,
rational and happy.
- Julia Ward Howe

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe,
but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
- Ambrose Bierce

Some facts should be suppressed, or,
at least,
a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Bodies which contain a greater proportion of water
than is necessary to balance the other elements,
are speedily corrupted, and lose their virtues and properties.
- Marcus V. Pollio

There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when
the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct
proportion with the years.
- John Phillips Marquand

In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of
Europe and the Israelites.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion
to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness -
a harsh nurse,
who roughly rocks her foster - children into strength and athletic proportion.
- William C. Bryant

Just after World War II, this country led the world
in science by every way you could measure it,
yet the number of scientists was a tiny proportion of what it is now.
- James Lovelock


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