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William of Occam Quotes and Sayings

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It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
- William of Occam

Plurality should not be posited without necessity.
- William of Occam

Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

 

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain.
To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
- Carlos Castaneda

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

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Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not
people so modest that none will set,
and so vain that none will follow them.
- Augustus Hare

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

Life and death are important.
Don't suffer them in vain.
- Bodhidharma

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence;
a vain man,
in order that it may.
- William Hazlitt

I have been vain since birth.
I expected other people to like what I did,
although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.
- Wallace Shawn

Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead
of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann G. Hamann

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I thought it was quite vain to say, I want to be a model.
- Kate Moss

Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you,
your efforts will most likely be in vain.
- Dave Pelzer

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain,
while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls
slipping from a broken string.
- George Dennison Prentice

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others;
it make us vain,
in fact, of our modesty.
- Louis Kronenberger

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain.
Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish,
the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
- Florence Nightingale

I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding.
- Mary Chesnut

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself;
a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Jean de la Bruyere

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain,
but more humble.
- James M. Barrie

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action;
and they will make it if they cannot find it.
- Jacob Bronowski

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

Men are but children of a larger growth,
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.
- Diane Arbus

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers
answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
- Andre Breton

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community,
without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
- Jeremy Bentham

Christianity, democracy, science, education,
wealth, and the cumulative inheritance of a thousand years,
have not preserved us from the vain repetition of history.
- Ralph A. Cram

I don't believe things happen in vain.
I believe they happen for a reason.
- Tracey Gold

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
- Danny Glover

All Juleps are made for present use,
and therefore it is in vain to speak of their duration.
- Nicholas Culpeper

Half of the secular unrest and dismal,
profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain
ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
- Henry Van Dyke

Death is not more certainly a separation of our souls
from our bodies than the Christian life is a separation
of our souls from worldly tempers,
vain indulgences, and unnecessary cares.
- William Law

Few can believe that suffering, especially by others,
is in vain.
Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers,
then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
- Adam Clayton

If a war be undertaken...
before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it,
that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
- Charles Eliot Norton

I wouldn't write anything autobiographical.
If you've lived a life like Laurence of Arabia,
it might be a consideration, but otherwise it's a little bit vain,
it seems to me.
- James Lee Burke

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge,
for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
- Khalil Gibran

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

I think the best actors are the most generous,
the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain,
greedy and insecure.
- Kenneth Branagh

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased
with the effect he produces on other people.
- Max Beerbohm

Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
This false world is but transitory.
- William Dunbar

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

In God's world, for those who are in earnest,
there is no failure.
No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken,
no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.
- Frederick William Robertson

In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws
and draw entrenchments around our institutions.
- James McHenry

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest
every act in life as though it were thy last.
- Aristotle

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.
Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
- Lord Byron

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind,
since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others,
and we teach the good that they are good in vain.
- Walter Winchell

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty,
and just reasoning to delicate sentiment.
In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.
- David Hume

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

How vain, without the merit, is the name.
- Homer

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
- Saul Bellow

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

No great man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess
who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
- Thomas Kempis

To be a man's own fool is bad enough,
but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
- Thomas Gray

All other ways of mortification are vain,
all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
- John Owen

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

The generality have considered that disease is but
a confused and disordered effort in Nature,
thrown down from her proper state, and defending herself in vain.
- Thomas Sydenham

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell


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