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Murray Gell-Mann Quotes and Sayings

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I am frequently astonished that it so often results
in correct predictions of experimental results.
- Murray Gell-Mann

But when researchers at Bell Labs discovered that static
tends to come from particular places in the sky,
the whole field of radio astronomy opened up.
- Murray Gell-Mann

If someone says that he can think or talk about quantum
physics without becoming dizzy,
that shows only that he has not understood anything whatever about it.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Planets are too dim to be detected with existing equipment,
far away, except in these very special circumstances
where they're seen by their gravitational effect.
- Murray Gell-Mann

 

For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from
a love of Nature in all its manifestations.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Our planet doesn't seem to be the result of anything very special.
- Murray Gell-Mann

The chaos can act as a magnifier of quantum fluctuations
so that they can produce sizable effects in the world around us.
But we know that that can happen often.
- Murray Gell-Mann

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We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist,
and our work is a delightful game.
- Murray Gell-Mann

But I don't actually adopt the point of view that our
subjective impression of free will,
which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior,
comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I do not keep up with the details of particle physics.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Well, I don't like to get involved in these philosophical issues very much.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Now, what that means is that there is fundamental indeterminacy from quantum mechanics,
but besides that there are other sources of effective indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Sometimes the probabilities are very close to certainties,
but they're never really certainties.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression,
and then by renewed enthusiasm.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect
is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with
the behavior of some heavy,
macroscopic object; that's how we measure it.
- Murray Gell-Mann

So the old Copenhagen interpretation needs to be generalized,
needs to be replaced by something that can be used for the whole universe,
and can be used also in cases where there is plenty
of individuality and history.
- Murray Gell-Mann

When you think you're listening to several conversations at once,
they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing -
that is,
listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one.
- Murray Gell-Mann

You know, there was a time, just before I started to study physical science,
when astronomers thought that systems such as we have
here in the solar system required a rare triple collision of stars.
- Murray Gell-Mann

If we look at the way the universe behaves,
quantum mechanics gives us fundamental,
unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories
of the universe can be assigned probability.
- Murray Gell-Mann

What I try to do in the book is to trace the chain
of relationships running from elementary particles,
fundamental building blocks of matter everywhere in the universe,
such as quarks, all the way to complex entities,
and in particular complex adaptive system like jaguars.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Hugh Everett's work has been described by many people in terms of many worlds,
the idea being that every one of the various alternative histories,
branching histories, is assigned some sort of reality.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I think also of my colleagues in elementary particle theory in many lands,
and feel that in some measure I am here as a representative of our small,
informal, international fraternity.
- Murray Gell-Mann

As a theoretical physicist, I feel at once proud and
humble at the thought of the illustrious figures that
have preceded me here to receive the greatest of all honors in science,
the Nobel prize.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague
sense by a lot of writers,
but in physics it means a particular phenomenon,
namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely,
arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence,
is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
- Dale Carnegie

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful
to us than the injury that provokes it.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Why does man kill? He kills for food.
And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
- Woody Allen

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which
occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- P. D. James

I frequently hear our present period described as uncertain,
confused, chaotic.
- George Crumb

Pigs prefer to wallow in clean mud, but if nothing else is available,
they will frequently wallow in their own urine,
giving rise to the notion that they are dirty animals.
- Marvin Harris

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands,
all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control.
History has proven that.
- Lord Acton

In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself
from the persons around me and retire to some secluded
part of our noble forests.
- John James Audubon

America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children,
often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds,
they would frequently discover that they did not really
desire the things they failed to obtain.
- Andre Maurois

This was possible only by dint of extended periods
of frequently quite painful reflection and digestion.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently.
Things hitherto undone should be given,
I suspect, a wide berth.
- Max Beerbohm

To attempt to superimpose its views through the exercise of force,
is seldom the part of intelligence; it is frequently the part of ignorance.
- Paul Harris

I have frequently gained my first real insight into
the character of parents by studying their children.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

The best contraceptive is the word no -
repeated frequently.
- Margaret Smith

To the man who loves art for its own sake,
it is frequently in its least important and lowliest
manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

In discussions around the hiring and firing of Black faculty at universities,
the charge is frequently heard that Black women are
more easily hired than are Black men.
- Audre Lorde

My faith, inasmuch as I have any, is more like a kind
of Joseph Campbell thing,
and even that frequently finds itself tested to oblivion in siren waters.
- David Knopfler

The god, it would appear, was frequently thought of
as the physical progenitor or first father of his people.
- William Robertson Smith

Things we do not expect, happen more frequently than we wish.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up
to its level of sagacity,
but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.
- James Thurber

Government frequently has a problem recognizing perception versus reality.
- Bill Owens

Thought: Why does man kill? He kills for food.
And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
- Woody Allen

Frequently parents forget that children are people.
I don't try to treat Kristen as an adult,
but I do try to treat her as a person,
with a child's sensibilities.
- Kent McCord

The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently
to prolong a season of distress among the poor.
- Thomas Malthus

The older, thinner, and less productive grass lands,
however, frequently can be made to produce much larger
yields of feed in corn than if left,
as they are, in unproductive grass.
- David F. Houston

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest,
accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.
- Marcelene Cox

I love drums and still play frequently.
- Adrian Belew

You should tell yourself frequently 'I will only react
to constructive suggestions.'
This gives you positive ammunition against your own
negative thoughts and those of others.
- Jane Roberts

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.
- John Locke

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

When the major studios flourished many years ago,
an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft.
The studios really took care of their actors.
- James MacArthur

I feel my story has been exercised very thoroughly and very frequently.
- Jack Kilby

For life is but a dream whose shapes return,
some frequently, some seldom, some by night and some by day.
- James Thomson

The Guide is definitive.
Reality is frequently inaccurate.
- Douglas Adams

The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.
- Bess Myerson

Better to trust the man who is frequently in error
than the one who is never in doubt.
- Eric Sevareid

Words are not too old, only people are too old if they
use the same words too frequently.
- Elias Canetti

Frequently producers have partners that they never
let the public know about.
- Katherine Dunham

Exchange ideas frequently.
- James Cash Penney

In my experience, problems most frequently arise from
those who report for television,
with little field experience in your area but an insatiable
appetite for a sound bite.
- Alvin Adams


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