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Herbert Simon Quotes and Sayings

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The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
- Herbert Simon

Related topics: Design

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed
at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
- Herbert Simon

Technology may create a condition, but the questions
are what do we do about ourselves.
We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we
better find ways to like ourselves.
- Herbert Simon

Forget about Nobel prizes; they aren't really very important.
- Herbert Simon

 

The social sciences, I thought, needed the same kind
of rigor and the same mathematical underpinnings that
had made the "hard" sciences so brilliantly successful.
- Herbert Simon

I don't care how big and fast computers are,
they're not as big and fast as the world.
- Herbert Simon

No one has characterized market mechanisms better than Friedrich von Hayek.
- Herbert Simon

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The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating,
even awe-inspiring - but impersonal.
It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it.
- Herbert Simon

One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you,
you better use it.
- Herbert Simon

Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.
- Herbert Simon

One finds limits by pushing them.
- Herbert Simon

Maybe we ought to have a world in which things are
divided between people kind of fairly.
- Herbert Simon

All correct reasoning is a grand system of tautologies,
but only God can make direct use of that fact.
- Herbert Simon

In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program;
all else is prophecy.
- Herbert Simon

The engineer, and more generally the designer,
is concerned with how things ought to be -
how they ought to be in order to attain goals,
and to function.
- Herbert Simon

Learning is any change in a system that produces a
more or less permanent change in its capacity for adapting to its environment.
- Herbert Simon

Human knowledge has been changing from the word go
and people in certain respects behave more rationally
than they did when they didn't have it.
They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds.
- Herbert Simon

What information consumes is rather obvious:
it consumes the attention of its recipients.
Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention,
and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among
the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
- Herbert Simon

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting
are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent -
not with how things are but with how they might be -
in short,
with design.
- Herbert Simon

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems,
are quite simple.
The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is
largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment
in which we find ourselves.
- Herbert Simon

There are no morals about technology at all.
Technology expands our ways of thinking about things,
expands our ways of doing things.
If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes
and if we're good people we use it for good purposes.
- Herbert Simon

Most of us really aren't horribly unique.
There are 6 billion of us.
Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals.
So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our
ability to get along as a part of nature,
rather than being the lords over nature.
- Herbert Simon

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
- Thomas J. Watson

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

There are six components of wellness:
proper weight and diet,
proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit,
control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.
- Kenneth H. Cooper

The bottom line is, if somebody doesn't go through
proper security screening,
they're not going to go on the flight.
- John Pistole

The class distinctions proper to a democratic society
are not those of rank or money,
still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned,
of race, but of age.
- W. H. Auden

You can't be a proper comic unless you've been out
on stage and felt the fear.
- Johnny Vegas

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory;
it is one of the happiest marriages on earth,
and one of the shortest lived.
- Bernard De Voto

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the
proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
- Frederick Douglass

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites,
and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
- Aeschylus

It may be proper to observe, that I had now passed
the utmost frontier of the white settlements on that border.
- William Bartram

Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench,
underscoring the importance of appointing judges who
have a proper understanding of their constitutional role.
- Paul Weyrich

The questions of philosophy proper are human desires
and fears and aspirations -
human emotions -
taking an intellectual form.
- Chauncey Wright

The proper time to influence the character of a child
is about a hundred years before he is born.
- Dean Inge

I'd bowled a lot, but I never really had proper lessons.
- John Goodman

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question.
It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing.
The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
- Bertrand Russell

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to start a proper academy and recruit juniors
from all over Pakistan following my retirement after
the World Open in 1993 but there was no support.
- Jahangir Khan

Prim and proper white women, I like what I see.
- Guy Madison

If Milosevic is to be tried, he has to be tried by a proper court,
an impartial, properly constituted court which has international respect.
- Harold Pinter

Madam: If you discover any more comets,
can you not wait until they are announced by the proper authorities?
- George Phillips Bond

So popular is the naval service the only embarrassment
is that men volunteer so rapidly we have to work overtime to give them hardy,
adequate housing and proper training.
- Josephus Daniels

Men and women want to do a good job,
and if they are provided the proper environment,
they will do so.
- William Reddington Hewlett

Liberty is the proper end and object of authority,
and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good,
just, and honest.
- John Winthrop

I have the fault of being a little more sincere than is proper.
- Moliere

Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.
- Sigmund Freud

The military's own report says that one-third of deaths
and casualties could have been avoided if proper body
armor and vehicle armor had been provided from the start of the war.
- John Olver

If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns,
then even if one's desires are many,
what harm would they be to good order?
- Xun Zi

After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging
for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and
touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
- Lee Konitz

But again, I put in my time with Marvel and DC so there
was that period of my life of trying to learn how to
draw and tell stories in a proper fashion.
- Todd McFarlane

The proper function of man is to live,
not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
- Jack London

I should like to know what is the proper function of women,
if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home,
and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
- George Eliot

Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused
by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and
making the proper adjustments.
- Jim Evans

We were not treated by our own government as proper
human beings and consequently,
some outsiders did not regard us as the same kind of humans as themselves.
- Jung Chang

It is a governing principle of nature,
that the agency which can produce most good,
when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil.
- James F. Cooper

Man may act according to that principle or inclination
which for the present happens to be strongest,
and yet act in a way disproportionate to,
and violate his real proper nature.
- Joseph Butler

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
- Morihei Ueshiba

I've had my moments of insanity.
But there is a certain responsibility to set proper
examples for your children,
and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life.
- Andy Garcia

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty,
just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
- John Ruskin

Non-citizen terrorist suspects are not members of the
American national community,
and they have no proper claim on the rights Americans accord one another.
- Richard Perle

Excellent, there's nothing quite like a blunt object
to reinforce proper administration ethics.
- Simon Travaglia

There was nothing then but the revelation of the spirit-of
God that could make any of the Israelites understand
and believe that he was their proper Messiah.
- Elias Hicks

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself
assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.
- Thurgood Marshall

I regard freedom of expression as the primary right
without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.
- Lord Hailsham

Photography does not create eternity,
as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
- Andre Bazin

For most men, life is a search for the proper manila
envelope in which to get themselves filed.
- Clifton Fadiman


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