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    precise Quotes

    True depth of understanding is wide and steady,Shallow understanding is lazy and wandering,Words of wisdom are precise and clear
    — Zhuangzi
    You have to be precise. You have to be specific, but you want to be accurate. That is first and foremost. You want to be on top of the story, but words do matter.
    — Wolf Blitzer
    tags: stories  precise 
    I try to make what I have written tighter, stronger and more precise, eliminating every element that's not doing useful work. Then I go over it once more, reading it aloud, and am always amazed at how much clutter can still be cut.
    — William Zinsser
    tags: work  reading  precise 
    Mathematics is much less formally complete and precise than computer programs.
    — William Thurston
    Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership's exquisite sensitivity.
    — William Safire
    tags: meaning  precise 
    Martin [Campbell] is very energetic and precise. He'll on the set like four hours early with a flashlight and I thought, well, I'll certainly try to be very neat about my script like Martin, which I wasn't, but I'm not going to do that bit with the 4AM and the flashlight. I'd love to be able to say I was nervous, but I wasn't. The only time I ever had anxiety it turned out to be asthma.
    — William Monahan
    tags: time  thoughts  anxiety  hell  precise 
    A preemptive action today, however well-justified, may come back with unwelcome consequences in the future. And because... I've done this. I've ordered these kinds of actions - I don't care how precise your bombs and your weapons are, when you set them off, innocent people will die.
    — William J. Clinton
    I know that the precise magnitude and patterns of climate change cannot be fully predicted. But global warming clearly is a growing, long-term threat with profound consequences. And make no mistake about it, it will take decades to reverse.
    — William J. Clinton
    God is very precise in this point; he will say to such as invent ways to worship him of their own, coin means to mortify corruption, obtain comfort in their own mint: 'Who hath required this at your hands?' This is truly to be 'righteous over-much,' as Solomon speaks, when we will pretend to correct God's law, and add supplements of our own to his rule.
    — William Gurnall
    tags: law  comfort  rules  god  worship  precise  invent 
    The more precise the measurement of position, the more imprecise the measurement of momentum, and vice versa.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: precise 
    Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have.
    — Walter Pater
    A book, like a person, has its fortunes with one; is lucky or unlucky in the precise moment of its falling in our way, and often by some happy accident counts with us for something more than its independent value.
    — Walter Pater
    tags: people  moment  value  book  precise 
    Perhaps we all lose our sense of reality to the precise degree to which we are engrossed in our own work, and perhaps that is why we see in the increasing complexity of our mental constructs a means for greater understanding, even while intuitively we know that we shall never be able to fathom the imponderables that govern our course through life.
    — W. G. Sebald
    I've always believed that if you are precise in your thoughts, it's not the lines you say that are important - it's what exists between the lines. What I'm compelled by most is that transparency of thought, what is left unspoken.
    — Vera Farmiga
    tags: thoughts  precise 
    There has been a great deal said about a 3,00-mile high-angle rocket. The people who have been writing these things that annoy me, have been talking about a 3,000-mile high-angle rocket shot from one continent to another, carrying an atomic bomb and so directed as to be a precise weapon which would land exactly on a certain target, such as a city.
    — Vannevar Bush
    tags: people  writing  annoy  precise 
    What will most certainly happen is that there will be very clear and full communication between the government and independents and minor parties. The precise mechanisms will evolve over time, but we certainly intend to keep the minor parties and the independents very much in the loop. We have to if we want our legislative agenda to have a reasonable chance of success and that's what we intend to do.
    — Tony Abbott
    I want to be a hybrid fighter. From Pacquiao I was able to learn that a big heart is also essential when in the ring. Get his stamina, never lose steam from the beginning of the fight until the very last round. From Mayweather, yes, you are correct that I am learning to be precise, patient and the change of range. It makes me an unpredictable fighter. Opponents will be confused as to what element I'll use when fighting.
    — Tomoki Kameda
    I don't think Stoppardian has a precise definition.
    — Tom Stoppard
    Everything we did in the 1960s was designed to fission, to weaken faith in and conformity to the 1950s social order. Our precise surgical target was the Judeo-Christian power monolith, which has imposed a guilty, inhibited, grim, anti-body, anti-life repression on Western civilization.
    — Timothy Leary
    It's superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There's this sense of being super-alive. You're in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don't know about. Unlike them, you're alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what's going to happen.
    — Tim Tharp
    tags: secret  people  moment  right  precise 
    Seeing then that truth consisteth in the right ordering of names in our affirmations, a man that seeketh precise truth, had need to remember what every name he uses stands for; and to place it accordingly; or else he will find himself entangled in words, as a bird in lime-twigs; the more he struggles, the more belimed.
    — Thomas Hobbes
    I will not allow a Delia Smith cookbook in my house! It's all so precise with Delia, and it makes cooking seem so inaccessible.
    — Theresa May
    tags: precise 
    Innate sensuousness rarely has any desire for accuracy, no desire for precise information. It basks in sunshine, bathes in color, dwells in a sense of the impressive and the gorgeous, and rests there. Accuracy is not necessary except in the case of aggressive, acquisitive natures, when it manifests itself in a desire to seize. True controlling sensuousness cannot be manifested in the most active dispositions, nor again in the most accurate.
    — Theodore Dreiser
    tags: desires  nature  true  precise 
    These diagnostic profiles like depression, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, it's half science and the other half is a committee of doctors bickering over what it should be, and it has changed. It's not precise like a diagnosis of tuberculosis would be very precise.
    — Temple Grandin
    To be more precise, it's ethics and liberation, and as a consequence there is an ethics of liberation.
    — Tariq Ramadan
    Now death is uncool, old-fashioned. To my mind the defining characteristic of our era is spin, everything tailored to vanishing point by market research, brands and bands manufactured to precise specifications; we are so used to things transmuting into whatever we would like them to be that it comes as a profound outrage to encounter death, stubbornly unspinnable, only and immutably itself.
    — Tana French
    tags: death  mind  research  precise 
    I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always stand out. And so the galleries began to hang my work in their best rooms, always in the middle, because my painting was attractive. It was precise. It was 'finished'.
    — Tamara de Lempicka
    Love doesn't suit the lazy; sometimes it requires strong, precise actions.
    — Susanna Tamaro
    tags: action  strong  precise 
    To be more precise it was the color of heartache.
    — Susanna Clarke
    tags: heartache  precise 
    I have no problem with anyone being precise about small things.
    — Steven Zaillian
    tags: problem  precise 
    Men walk through tragedy, quietly, calm and precise on the outside, tearing themselves to shreds inside.
    — Steven Herrick
    tags: men  tragedy  precise 
    Precise adaptation, with each part finely honed to perform a definite function in an optimal way, can only lead to blind alleys, dead ends, and extinction.
    — Stephen Jay Gould
    tags: precise 
    Lettering is a precise art and strictly subject to tradition. The 'New Art ' notion that you can make letters whatever shapes you like,is as foolish as the notion, if anyone has such a notion, that you can make houses any shapes you like. You can't, unless you live all by yourself on a desert island.
    — Stanley Morison
    tags: live  precise 
    It's fine, precise, detailed work, the infinitely small motor management of diamond cutters and safecrackers that we do in our heads.
    — Stanley Elkin
    Very soon I discovered that if one gets a feeling for no more than a dozen other radiation and nuclear constants, one can imagine the subatomic world almost tangibly, and manipulate the picture dimensionally and qualitatively, before calculating more precise relationships.
    — Stanislaw Ulam
    I love film and TV, the medium of them, just because it's such a smaller screen. It's much more precise. Ideally, I'd like to do maybe a film a year of some sort and use that to work more in the theatre because theatre really is my first love.
    — Shuler Hensley
    tags: work  media  film  year  precise 
    A conviction is in the nature of a verdict and judgment, and therefore it must be precise and certain.
    — Sherrilyn Kenyon
    tags: nature  precise 
    According to String Theory, what appears to be empty space is actually a tumultuous ocean of strings vibrating at the precise frequencies that create the 4 dimensions you and I call height, width, depth and time.
    — Roy H. Williams
    tags: time  space  ocean  precise 
    I'm a singer, not a vocal stylist. My breathing is correct; my enunciation is precise. Because of that, I can sing anybody's music. Yet there are stylists whose technical skills are so underdeveloped they can sing only their own songs their own way. They might be remembered for their hits longer than I am. I'll probably be working longer than they are. I can sing whatever the times and the trends demand.
    — Ronnie Milsap
    tags: time  song  music  precise 
    Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language.
    — Ron Paul
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