„For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed.

The riddle does not exist.

If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.“

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„Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.“

—  John Tukey American mathematician 1915 - 2000
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„The right way to ask the question is: How does the concept of a point fit into the logical structure of Euclid's geometry? ...It cannot be answered by a definition.“

—  Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
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„A million words cannot express what a glance can convey, and a million glances cannot express what a moment of silence can.“

—  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spiritual leader 1956
Context: A million words cannot express what a glance can convey, and a million glances cannot express what a moment of silence can. A moment of silence conveys so much more than any other expression. Still, love is beyond silence too. You can describe silence to some extent, but that which is beyond silence cannot be expressed. You give, you hug... but still something remains unexpressed. Narada Bhakti Sutras (2001)

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