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Generalities Quotes

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Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up
in our politics and say definite things which mean something,
or whether we shall always go on using generalities
to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Politicians...
talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief.
They're so awful, they're really funny.
I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics.
- Paul Lynde

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs,
but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
- Alfred North Whitehead

 

Generalities don't count and won't help you in football.
- Knute Rockne

Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the
mind from the great outdoors;
is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
- Howard Nemerov

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can
no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice,
but so can the quest for austere generalities which
are so very general indeed that they are incapable
of application to any particular.
- E. T. Bell

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If you're doing a large, complicated character with radio controls,
it might take a number of people several months to
make it and if you're talking about a quick little hand puppet,
it could be made in 2 days, so there's enormous range there,
and no real easy generalities.
- Jim Henson

History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with.
It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with
impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
- Howard Nemerov

For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.
- George Ade

Because all of biology is connected,
one can often make a breakthrough with an organism
that exaggerates a particular phenomenon,
and later explore the generality.
- Thomas R. Cech

Since the generality of persons act from impulse,
much more than from principle, men are neither so good
nor so bad as we are apt to think them.
- Augustus Hare

As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen.
- Jacques Derrida

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that
special case which contains all the germs of generality.
- David Hilbert

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific
Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical
generality and vagueness.
- Wilfred Owen

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

Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality;
for mere individual existence or actuality without
any regularity whatever is a nullity.
Chaos is pure nothing.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will,
the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection.
Its basic elements are logic and intuition,
analysis and construction, generality and individuality.
- Richard Courant

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry,
simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense
of the fitness of things,
creative mathematicians now, as in the past,
are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than
by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
- E. T. Bell

Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century,
it turned out that the equations that really work in
describing nature with the most generality and the
greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle.
- Edward Witten

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed
by fear rather than reverence,
and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment
that it brings than because of its own foulness.
- Aristotle

The idea of a federal betting parlor on atrocities
and terrorism is ridiculous and it's grotesque.
- Ron Wyden

My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house.
I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor,
and I would like all the flowers to be white.
- Anne Rice

I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor,
who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was wonderful.
- Betty Smith

When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice
cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.
- Snoop Dogg

You get to where you kind of like it,
and It's a habit That's hard to break.
I still find myself sittin' in a cafe,
like a pizza parlor.
- Chris LeDoux

We not only romanticize the future; we have also made
it into a growth industry,
a parlor game and a disaster movie all at the same time.
- Eugene Kennedy

We are beginning to wonder whether a servant girl hasn't
the best of it after all.
She knows how the salad tastes without the dressing,
and she knows how life's lived before it gets to the parlor door.
- Djuna Barnes

If the poor overweight jogger only knew how far he
had to run to work off the calories in a crust of bread
he might find it better in terms of pound per mile
to go to a massage parlor.
- Christiaan Barnard

When I came to New York and I opened the window of
the thirty-fifth-floor apartment,
there's light pollution and fog, and I couldn't see my star.
So I drew it on my wrist with a pen,
but it kept washing away.
Then I went to a tattoo parlor on Second Avenue and had it done.
- Gisele Bundchen

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism
and become a fearless is mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly -
indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
- Arianna Huffington

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever
to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
- Oscar Wilde

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time
capsules in order to give those people living in the
next century or so some idea of what we are like.
- Alfred Hitchcock

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -
the idea that anything is possible.
- Ray Bradbury

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world
with a broader significance
than the narrow association of
members in a sect or creed.
- Helen Keller

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain


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