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Probability Quotes

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The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

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I don't believe in providence and fate,
as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability.
- Max Frisch

Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and
open yourself to the new forms of probability.
- Hans Bender

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half.
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
- John Major

 

In the U.S.A.
or Europe there is no realistic way to estimate the type,
magnitude, or probability of the risk,
nor any way to narrow down the potentially affected regions.
- Jurgen Habermas

Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability.
- Claude Shannon

We can say with certainty - or 90% probability -
that the new industries that are about to be born will
have nothing to do with information.
- Peter Drucker

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The laws of probability, so true in general,
so fallacious in particular.
- Edward Gibbon

In trials of fact, by oral testimony,
the proper inquiry is not whether is it possible that
the testimony may be false,
but whether there is sufficient probability that it is true.
- Simon Greenleaf

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.
- Edward Thorndike

The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again.
- B. F. Skinner

The scientific imagination always restrains itself
within the limits of probability.
- Thomas Huxley

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance
of getting something right,
there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
- Andy Rooney

Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of
success is not almost one,
then it is damn near zero.
- David R. Ellis

But to us, probability is the very guide of life.
- Joseph Butler

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
- William Osler

From principles is derived probability,
but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
- Tom Stoppard

We didn't push the Russians to intervene,
but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Life is a school of probability.
- Walter Bagehot

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 is being talked about now is the probability of
the Sharon government launching an attack against Lebanon
to eliminate the resistance of Hezbollah by using the
American war against Iraq.
But, of course, in this case, we will certainly fight with all our strength.
- Hassan Nasrallah

Entropy theory, on the other hand, is not concerned
with the probability of succession in a series of items
but with the overall distribution of kinds of items in a given arrangement.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The fact that we don't keep repeating tests in the
same arena is not because the probability of the hypothesis
showing its falsity in other arenas goes up after it
has passed tests in one arena.
- Robert Nozick

In the financial system we have today,
with less risk concentrated in banks,
the probability of systemic financial crises may be
lower than in traditional bank-centered financial systems.
- Timothy Geithner

It is almost possible to predict one or two days in advance,
within a rather broad range of probability,
what the weather is going to be; it is even thought
that it will not be impossible to publish daily forecasts,
which would be very useful to soci.
- Antoine Lavoisier

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic,
we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world.
One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker
entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
- Vannevar Bush

Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge.
A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting
the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty,
and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
- George Boole

A property in the 100-year floodplain has a 96 percent
chance of being flooded in the next hundred years without global warming.
The fact that several years go by without a flood does
not change that probability.
- Earl Blumenauer

Let me state what the official IPCC prediction is:
Sea levels could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century,
but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that.
- Steven Chu

One important measurement issue concerns the fat tails
problem that I mentioned earlier.
VAR is concerned with extreme outcomes.
If the tails of the probability distributions we are using are too thin,
our VAR measures are likely to be too low.
- John Hull

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own,
in all probability for life.
In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk
to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!
- Nellie Bly

The new always happens against the overwhelming odds
of statistical laws and their probability,
which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty;
the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
- Hannah Arendt

From one point of view, one individual's vote
doesn't make any difference whatsoever.
The probability of an election swinging
by a single vote is infinitesimal.
On the other hand, if everybody took the attitude
that voting didn't matter, there could never
be a democratically elected government - at all.
So, does your vote matter? You bet your vote matters.
And, at least as much as your vote matters,
your intention for the future of the world matters.
That's so important, it's worth saying again.
At Least As Much As Your Vote Matters,
Your Intention For The Future Of The Entire World Matters.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Religious faith depends on a host of social,
psychological and emotional factors that have little
or nothing to do with probabilities,
evidence and logic.
- Michael Shermer

All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgements of probabilities,
and not on certainties.
- Charles W. Eliot

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities,
and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
- James Anthony Froude

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting
anything with perfect determinism because it deals
with probabilities from the outset.
- Arthur Eddington

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

All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities,
and not on certainties.
- William Reddington Hewlett

I find fault with my children because I like them and
I want them to go places -
uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect
and anything that affects the probabilities of failure
on the part of those that are closest to me,
that concerns me - I find fault.
- Branch Rickey

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you have health, you probably will be happy,
and if you have health and happiness,
you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Today is probably a good day for something;
but it's a better day for doing nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands.
That's probably why they get along so well.
- Jonathan Carroll

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given
me the same adrenaline rush as racing.
- Valentino Rossi

A woman in love can't be reasonable -
or she probably wouldn't be in love.
- Mae West

If cats were double the size they are now,
they'd probably be illegal.
- Doug Coupland

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

I would never kill a living thing, although I probably
have inadvertently while driving automobiles.
- Don Van Vliet

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

I think Australian food is probably some of the best in the world.
- Karrie Webb

If a man smiles all the time,
he's probably selling something that doesn't work.
- George Carlin

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis


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