precise Quotes

As a lawyer you never speak with emotion. It's about the precise facts.
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— Kirsten Gillibrand
You should draw not what the thing looks like, not even what it is, but what it is doing... Gesture has no precise edges, no forms. The forms are in the act of changing. Gesture is movement in space.
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— Kimon Nicolaides
With the computer and programming languages, mathematics has newly-acquired tools, and its notation should be reviewed in the light of them. The computer may, in effect, be used as a patient, precise, and knowledgeable "native speaker" of mathematical notation.
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— Kenneth E. Iverson
The initial motive for developing APL was to provide a tool for writing and teaching. Although APL has been exploited mostly in commercial programming, I continue to believe that its most important use remains to be exploited: as a simple, precise, executable notation for the teaching of a wide range of subjects.
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— Kenneth E. Iverson
The practice of first developing a clear and precise definition of a process without regard for efficiency, and then using it as a guide and a test in exploring equivalent processes possessing other characteristics, such as greater efficiency, is very common in mathematics. It is a very fruitful practice which should not be blighted by premature emphasis on efficiency in computer execution.
— Kenneth E. Iverson
I have come to the realization that history is not a fixed thing, a collection of precise dates, facts and events (even cogent commencement quotes) that add up to a quantifiable, certain, confidently known, truth. It is a mysterious and malleable thing.
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— Ken Burns
I can give a precise day when Christ came to me and began to transform my life with his power and love.
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— Keith Ward
On the question of the world as a whole, science founders. For scientific knowledge the world lies in fragments, the more so the more precise our scientific knowledge becomes.
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— Karl Jaspers
The nerve. Threatening you and not being precise about it.
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— Karen Marie Moning
It was all the things I wanted my music to be, but yet it wasn't grand and it wasn't obtuse - it wasn't overshooting, it wasn't undershooting, it was precise. The lyrics and the way that I was able to extract and excavate emotion within me.
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— Justin Vernon
we must be precise with love, its language and its gestures. If it is to save us, we must look at it as clearly as we should learn to look at death
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— Julian Barnes
The mark of a mature, psychologically healthy mind is indeed the ability to live with uncertainty and ambiguity, but only as much as there really is. Uncertainty is no virtue when the facts are clear, and ambiguity is mere obfuscation when more precise terms are applicable.
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— Julian Baggini
In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.
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— Julia Cameron
If I'm writing, I'll say something metaphorical or approximate, whereas scientists are very precise.
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— Joyce Carol Oates
Stories come to us as wraiths requiring precise embodiments.
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— Joyce Carol Oates
Each time I undertake to reread Virginia Woolf, I am somewhat baffled by the signature breathlessness and relentlessly "poetic" tone, the shimmering impressionism, so very different from the vivid, precise, magisterial (and often very funny) prose of her contemporary James Joyce.
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— Joyce Carol Oates
To attain the rank of grand master of memory, you must be able to perform three seemingly superhuman feats. You have to memorize 1,000 digits in under an hour, the precise order of 10 shuffled decks of playing cards in the same amount of time, and one shuffled deck in less than two minutes. There are 36 grand masters of memory in the world.
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— Joshua Foer
I don't actually like blocking actors. I prefer giving actors freedom. They don't have to step on a precise mark with me. Instead of giving marks to the actors I like to give marks to the camera.
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— Jose Padilha
The worst labyrinth is not that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line
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— Jorge Luis Borges
The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.
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— Jorge Luis Borges
We have a very precise image - an image at times shameless - of what we have lost, but we are ignorant of what may follow or replace it.
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— Jorge Luis Borges
I'm a practicing psychiatrist and I think that I really believe in the advances of psychiatry. Our diagnoses are more precise.
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— Jonathan Michel Metzl
Becoming mature is not important for art. Technical perfection is not relevant to art. Precision in art is only achieved by total duty of loyalty. Love, lusciousness, birth and fertility are precise tools of art, like laws.
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— Jonathan Meese
There is no point in being precise if you do not even know what you are talking about.
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— John von Neumann
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
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— John von Neumann
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than the exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
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— John Tukey
I gained in experience with every plane shot down, and now was able to fire in a calm, deliberate manner. Each attack was made in a precise manner. Distance and deflection were carefully judged before firing. This is not something that comes by accident; only by experience can a pilot overcome feelings of panic. A thousand missions could be flown and be of no use if the pilot has not exchanged fire with the enemy.
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— John Trevor Godfrey
Photography's central sense of purpose and aesthetic: the precise and lucid description of significant fact.
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— John Szarkowski
Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.
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— John Ruskin
I had to get the voice back, the precise pitch of Sid's voice and I'd forgotten that I'd pitched him higher than my regular voice, so that was a little difficult to begin with. It was especially hard because we started recording in the morning so I had to warm up a lot and my usual voice is a little more gravelly.
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— John Leguizamo
Physiology is the basis of all medical improvement and in precise proportion as our survey of it becomes more accurate and extended, it is rendered more solid.
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— John Gorrie
With each draft, the work gets better, and usually that means tighter. It means getting the precise word, not the approximate word.
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— John Dufresne
A sound does not view itself as thought, as ought, as needing another sound for its elucidation, as etc.; it has not time for any consideration-it is occupied with the performance of its characteristics: before it has died away it must have made perfectly exact its frequency, its loudness, its length, its overtone structure, the precise morphology of these and of itself.
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— John Cage
Von Neumann languages do not have useful properties for reasoning about programs. Axiomatic and denotational semantics are precise tools for describing and understanding conventional programs, but they only talk about them and cannot alter their ungainly properties. Unlike von Neumann languages, the language of ordinary algebra is suitable both for stating its laws and for transforming an equation into its solution, all within the "language.
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— John Backus
In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.
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— John B. S. Haldane
A baseball field must be the most beautiful thing in the world. It's so honest and precise. And we play on it. Every star gets humbled. Every mediocre player has a great moment.
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— Jim Lefebvre
Film fixes a precise visual image in the viewer's head. In fiction, you just hope you're precise enough to convey the intended effect.
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— Jeff VanderMeer
In general, I have some precise ideas about everything, because the film is completed in my head before we ever start shooting. With casting, I am always present, even for the smallest character.
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— Jean-Pierre Jeunet
I love science fiction but I don't like fantastic [cinema]. For example, if you have a magical ring and you can explode the world with it. What are we talking about? You know, it's not interesting. I don't like Lord of the Rings. Even Star Wars, for me, I don't understand this kind of story. But Alien, because the rules of the game are very precise, it could happen. I love science fiction. I have an idea about robots in the future.
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— Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Steve Martin is such an exquisite and precise writer. Everything is so clear; it's like a bell. He says what he means and says it so beautifully
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— Jason Schwartzman