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    quantity Quotes

    It is clear that Economics, if it is to be a science at all, must be a mathematical science ... simply because it deals with quantities... As the complete theory of almost every other science involves the use of calculus, so we cannot have a true theory of Economics without its aid.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: true  economics  quantity 
    One of the most important axioms is, that as the quantity of any commodity, for instance, plain food, which a man has to consume, increases, so the utility or benefit derived from the last portion used decreases in degree. The decrease in enjoyment between the beginning and the end of a meal may be taken as an example.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: men  food  quantity  example 
    Believe it or not, bananas do contain a small quantity of Musa Sapientum bananadine, which is a mild, short-lasting psychedelic.
    — William Powell
    tags: believe  quantity 
    It were good to know how much hay an acre of every sort will bear; how many cattle the same weight of each sort of hay will feed and fatten; what quantity of grain and other commodities the same acre will bear in one, three or seven years; unto what use each soil is proper; all which particulars I call intrinsic value, for there is also another value merely accidental or extrinsic.
    — William Petty
    tags: value  quantity 
    Each year, therefore, a dollar spent on alcoholic beverages has purchased a smaller quantity.
    — William Lyon Mackenzie King
    tags: quantity  year 
    Everyone who comes out does a very foolish thing in bringing such a quantity of clothes that he never wants.
    — William John Wills
    tags: quantity 
    You don't look at it as the size of the role. Quantity is not the point. You can be as thorough in 30 seconds as you can in three hours.
    — William Hurt
    tags: quantity 
    Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.
    — William Golding
    It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.
    — William Ellery Channing
    A friend knows how to allow for mere quantity in your talk, and only replies to the quality.
    — William Dean Howells
    I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work?
    — William Allingham
    Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.
    — William Allen White
    Of all evil things the least quantity is to be borne, but of learning and knowledge, the more a man hath, the better he can bear it.
    — Wilfred Bion
    tags: evil  men  learning  quantity 
    It seems sensible to discard all hope of observing hitherto unobservable quantities, such as the position and period of the electron... Instead it seems more reasonable to try to establish a theoretical quantum mechanics, analogous to classical mechanics, but in which only relations between observable quantities occur.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: hope  quantity 
    We measure genius by quality, not by quantity.
    — Wendell Phillips
    tags: genius  quantity  quality 
    Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm - which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of American farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems.
    — Wendell Berry
    Beauty . . . cannot be interpreted. It is not an empirically verifiable fact; it is not a quantity.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: beauty  quantity 
    In this case, the particle formed has correspondingly less energy, whereas the product nucleus passes into the ground state with emission of the quantity of energy saved as gamma radiation.
    — Walther Bothe
    tags: energy  quantity 
    Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    I delight in the diffusion of learning; yet, I must confess it, I am most gratified and transported at finding a large quantity of it in one place; just as I would rather have a solid pat of butter at breakfast, than a splash of grease upon the table-cloth that covers half of it.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    There are no limitations set by this electric universe upon any man's multiplication power. Each man sets his own limitations in accordance with his desires. He be a thin wire which gathers little energy and carries a weak current, or he may be a heavy one. That is true of all energy borrowed from the universe by all of us. It is there in unlimited quantities, but the gauge of the kind of wire each of us is set by ourselves.
    — Walter Russell
    Not only does a bureaucracy tend to under-government in point of quality; it tends to over-government in point of quantity.
    — Walter Bagehot
    tags: quantity 
    A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
    — Walter Bagehot
    We are identified and known by the sort of fruit, the quantity of fruit, and the quality of fruit borne out in our daily conversation, conduct, and character. There is no greater criterion for Christians. It is the paramount gauge of God's people.
    — W. Phillip Keller
    Sometimes quantity has a quality all its own.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: quantity  quality 
    Buy less, choose well: that's the maxim. Quality not quantity. That's the most environmentally friendly thing you can do.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    tags: quantity  quality 
    Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody's buying far too many clothesI mean, I know I'm lucky, I can just take things and borrow them and I'm just okay, but I hate having too many clothes. And I think that poor people should be even more careful. It doesn't mean therefore you have to just buy anything cheap. Instead of buying six things, buy one thing that you really like. Don't keep buying just for the sake of it.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    tags: people  hate  poor  quantity  quality 
    I wish you didn't have to design so often. Try to do quality and cut down on quantity. I think fashion is very, very important.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    The only thing I do worry about is that the more films I do the more visible I am going to become as a personality because of press and because of the sheer quantity of films.
    — Vincent D'Onofrio
    As towards most other things of which we have but little personal experience (foreigners, or socialists, or aristocrats, as the case may be), there is a degree of vague ill-will towards what is called Thinking. ... I am tempted to believe that much of the mischief thus laid at the door of that poor unknown quantity Thinking is really due to its ubiquitous twin-brother Talking.
    — Vernon Lee
    That is the future, and it is probably nearer than we think. But our primary problem as universities is not engineering that future. We must rise above the obsession with quantity of information and speed of transmission, and recognize that the key issue for us is our ability to organize this information once it has been amassed - to assimilate it, find meaning in it, and assure its survival for use by generations to come.
    — Vartan Gregorian
    Love is a quality, not a quantity.
    — Vanna Bonta
    tags: quantity  quality 
    We can often do more by doing less. God is not particularly interested in quantity production. That is an American standard, not a Bible standard.
    — Vance Havner
    If ever you wish to meet intellectual frauds in quantity, go to Paris.
    — V. S. Naipaul
    tags: wishes  quantity 
    Such compression of large amounts of information into a few exformation-rich macrostates with small quantities of nominal information are not only intelligent: they are very beautiful: yes, even sexy. Seing a jumble of confused data and shreds of rote learning compressed into a concise, clear message can be a real turn-on.
    — Tor Nørretranders
    tags: real  learning  sexy  quantity 
    You will be remembered, in the long haul, for the quality of your work, not the quantity of your work. No one evaluates Picasso based on the number of paintings he churned out.
    — Tom Peters
    Authors and publishers want fair compensation and a means of protecting content through digital rights management. Vendors and technology companies want new markets for e-book reading devices and other hardware. End-users most of all want a wide range and generous amount of high-quality content for free or at reasonable costs. Like end-users, libraries want quality, quantity, economy, and variety as well as flexible business models.
    — Tom Peters
    Jesus was much more interested in the quality of the people's response to him than in the quantity of the crowd.
    — Timothy Keller
    tags: jesus  quantity  quality 
    Loneliness sometimes gives me a quantity of creativeness - you're drinking another glass of wine and you're feeling even worse. Art doesn't work without pain; art also exists for compensating pain.
    — Till Lindemann
    The most basic inherent constraint is that neither time nor wisdom are free goods available in unlimited quantity. This means that in social processes, as in economic processes, it is not only impossible to attain perfection but irrational to seek perfection- or even to seek the best possible result in each separate instance.
    — Thomas Sowell
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