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    logic Quotes

    China has consistently surprised us. When I returned from the United States many years ago, it was unimaginable that we would end up where we are now. What China has achieved defies all logic. I credit this to the hard work and enterprising spirit of the Chinese people.
    — Zhang Xin
    tags: people  work  logic  spirit  year 
    Will someone please explain to me the logic that says we can trust someone with a Boeing 747 in bad weather, but not with a Glock 9mm?
    — Zell Miller
    tags: trust  logic  bad 
    Some people really live and work within the same doctrine, the same diagram with the same logic.
    — Zaha Hadid
    tags: people  work  live  logic 
    Today the people from my State of Tennessee would listen to this debate, or even talk about a reference to God on our money or in the Halls of Congress or in our Pledge and say, please, let common sense and logic win the day and prevail versus legal mumbo jumbo.
    — Zach Wamp
    tags: people  logic  god  money  congress 
    I am like a machine being driven to excessive rotations: the bearings are incandescing and, in a minute, melted metal will begin to drip and everything will turn to nothing. Quick: get cold water, logic. I am pouring it over myself by the bucketload but the logic sizzles on the hot bearings and dissipates elusive white steam into the air.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: logic  water  machine 
    The mighty power of logic cleanses all it touches.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: power  logic 
    Our ego seeks to understand everything. It wants all the answers. Part of what destroys the ego and connects us with the light is doing things that absolutely don't make any sense. If we want something beyond logic, like a miracle, we have to do something that is beyond logic.
    — Yehuda Berg
    tags: ego  logic  miracle 
    It's really not a stretch. The checks and balances are the same. The drums are the executive branch. The jazz orchestra is the legislative branch. Logic and reason are like jazz solos. The bass player is the judicial branch. One our greatest ever is Milt Hinton, and his nickname is "The Judge."
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: logic  balance 
    I have never yet had anyone who could, through the use of logic and reason, justify the Federal Government borrowing the use of its own money. I believe the time will come when people will demand that this be changed. I believe the time will come in this country when they will actually blame you and me and everyone else connected with the Congress for sitting idly by and permitting such an idiotic system to continue.
    — Wright Patman
    From the point of view of logic, my report on 'Exclusion principle and quantum mechanics' has no conclusion. I believe that it will only be possible to write the conclusion if a theory will be established which will determine the value of the fine structure constant and will thus explain the atomistic structure of electricity, which is such an essential quality of all atomic sources of electric fields actually occurring in nature.
    — Wolfgang Pauli
    Of science and logic he chatters,As fine and as fast as he can;Though I am no judge of such matters,I'm sure he's a talented man.
    — Winthrop Mackworth Praed
    tags: men  logic 
    If you go to a magic show, you don't want to see logic.
    — Willie Nelson
    tags: magic  logic 
    All your clear and pleasing sentences will fall apart if you don't keep remembering that writing is linear and sequential, that logic is the glue that holds it together, that tension must be maintained from one sentence to the next and from one paragraph to the next and from one section to the next, and that narrative - good old-fashioned storytelling - is what should pull your readers along without their noticing the tug.
    — William Zinsser
    Logic should no longer be considered an elegant and learned accomplishment; it should take its place as an indispensable study for every well-informed person.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: people  logic 
    Logic is not only an exact science, but is the most simple and elementary of all sciences; it ought therefore undoubtedly to find some place in every course of education.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: logic  education 
    It has got to the point in this country where men believe they are men, just because that is their birthright. If that is true, then, by the same logic, an animal held captive in a zoo is still a free wild beast.
    — William Powell
    tags: animals  men  believe  true  logic  wild 
    Wilhelm Steinitz was the first man to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess.
    — William Hartston
    tags: men  logic  chess  games  appreciate 
    The subtleties of mathematics defecate the grossness of our apprehension, and supply the elements of a sounder and severer logic.
    — William Godwin
    tags: logic  mathematics 
    All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void.
    — William Gibson
    tags: sleep  night  logic 
    Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
    — William E. Gladstone
    tags: men  mistakes  logic  mind  strength 
    Dreaming is the opportunity to hold a citizenship in two worlds, equally real but with different logic and limitations.
    — William C. Dement
    When you are a great scholar of stupidity, logics and marketing, you can do practically everthing, from business to trading, from spiritual research to artistic criticism.
    — William C. Brown
    In Italy, above all in view of the next general election, political parties, movements and new politicians continue to proliferate, naturally all inspired by the logic of the most severe, rigorous and atavistic stupidity.
    — William C. Brown
    Logic and over-analysis can immobilise and sterilize an idea. It's like love. The more you analyse it, the more it disappears.
    — William Bernbach
    tags: logic  ideas 
    The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges. Or, to change the figure, total science is like a field of force whose boundary conditions are experience.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    Implication is thus the very texture of our web of belief, and logic is the theory that traces it.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: belief  logic 
    If pressed to supplement Tweedledee's ostensive definition of logic with a discursive definition of the same subject, I would say that logic is the systematic study of the logical truths. Pressed further, I would say that a sentence is logically true if all sentences with its grammatical structure are true. Pressed further still, I would say to read this book.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: truth  true  logic  book  read  definition 
    Logic is an old subject, and since 1879 it has been a great one.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: logic 
    Logic chases truth up the tree of grammar.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: truth  logic 
    The soul cannot be humbled by fasts and prayer; it must be broken by mortal sin to experience forgiveness of sin and rise to a state of grace. Otherwise, religion is nothing but dead logic.
    — Willa Cather
    Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good.'
    — Will Smith
    tags: evil  thoughts  logic 
    It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.
    — Will Durant
    tags: true  logic  gift  india  philosophy  chess 
    In its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic.
    — Will Durant
    Especially among Christians in positions of wealth and power, the idea of reading the Gospels and keeping Jesus' commandments as stated therein has been replaced by a curious process of logic. According to this process, people first declare themselves to be followers of Christ, and then they assume that whatever they say or do merits the adjective "Christian".
    — Wendell Berry
    I've already written a section in the annual report for next year explaining why I think in one case that the figures on our balance sheet as calculated are wrong. But it's the standard way of doing it. It's holy writ. The SEC wants us to do it that way, and we'll do it that way, and I'll explain why I think it's wrong and shareholders can read it and see whether they agree with my logic or don't.
    — Warren Buffett
    tags: logic  wrong  balance  holy  read  standard  year 
    As far as I know, the question of whether and how it could be strategically or morally justified was never the subject of open debate in Germany after 1945, no doubt mainly because a nation which had murdered and worked to death millions of people in its camps could hardly call on the victorious powers to explain the military and political logic that dictated the destruction of the German cities.
    — W. G. Sebald
    Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
    — Victor Borge
    tags: humor  truth  logic 
    It is perplexing to see the flexibility of the so-called 'exact sciences' which by cast-iron laws of logic and by the infallible help of mathematics can lead to conclusions which are diametrically opposite to one another.
    — Vasco Ronchi
    tags: law  logic  help  mathematics 
    Colleges are a unique space in our culture. They're a temporary constellation of humans, like a workplace. And the rules about sexual assault and harassment in a workplace are narrow rules. They're stricter than what's considered criminal on a city street. By this logic, the same rules should exist at universities too.
    — Vanessa Grigoriadis
    when dancing is right, the movement possesss a logic common to us all, an inevitability that takes it beyond the personal and egocentric and makes of it classical art.
    — Twyla Tharp
    tags: personal  right  logic 
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