— David Zindell, livro Neverness
— Ian Stewart British mathematician and science fiction author 1945
Fonte: The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World
„Music is of two kinds: one petty, poor, second-rate, never varying, its base the hundred or so phrasings which all musicians understand, a babbling which is more or less pleasant, the life that most composers live.“
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Il y a deux musiques: une petite, mesquine, de second ordre, partout semblable à elle-même, qui repose sur une centaine de phrases que chaque musicien s'approprie, et qui constitue un bavardage plus ou moins agréable avec lequel vivent la plupart des compositeurs.
Massimilla Doni http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Massimilla_Doni (1839), translated by Clara Bell and James Waring
„This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers.“
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
To question genetic intelligence is not racism (2007)
Contexto: We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things. The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity. It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science.
To question this is not to give in to racism. This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers. It is very likely that at least some 10 to 15 years will pass before we get an adequate understanding for the relative importance of nature versus nurture in the achievement of important human objectives. Until then, we as scientists, wherever we wish to place ourselves in this great debate, should take care in claiming what are unarguable truths without the support of evidence.
„Hey, you're gonna have to keep it simple for us folks! Keep the words simple so we can understand what you're talking about.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
„In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on.“
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
Minds, Brains and Programs (1980)
„A user interface should be so simple that a beginner in an emergency can understand it within 10 seconds.“
— Ted Nelson American information technologist, philosopher, and sociologist; coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia" 1937
Ted Nelson motto http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=6681
„Classical musicians can sometimes get very hung up on the idea that there's a right way and there's a wrong way. You can see this destroy a lot of players. Jazz musicians have a way of understanding that there are a lot of different ways of doing things. That's what's great about them, they're so friendly. And they are so individualistic - that's why they can accept someone like me.“
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
The Independent, 03/04/1998
On Classical Music
„Be patient with the belligerence of the simple-minded. It is not easy to understand that one doesn’t understand“
— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916
Geduld mit der Streitsucht der Einfältigen! Es ist nicht leicht zu begreifen, dass man nicht begreift.
Fonte: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 20.
— Paulo Coelho, livro Like the Flowing River
Fonte: Like the Flowing River
„Young people wonder how the adult world can be so boring. The secret is that it is not boring to adults because they have learned to enjoy simple things like covert malice at one another's expense. This is why they talk so much about the value of human understanding and sympathy - it has a certain rarity value in their world.“
— Celia Green British philosopher 1935
Advice to Clever Children (1981)
„Then Old Age, and Experience, hand in hand,
Lead him to death, and make him understand,
After a Search so painful, and so long,
That all his Life he has been in the wrong.“
— John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester English poet, and peer of the realm 1647 - 1680
A Satire Against Mankind (1679)
„Our debt to the Bible and Classics is so great that this type of research will deepen our understanding of our culture and of ourselves.“
— Cyrus H. Gordon American linguist 1908 - 2001
Fonte: The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (1965 ), Ch.VIII Further Observations on the Bible
Contexto: If archeology had yielded only the Epic of Kret, we would have enough to bridge the gap between the Iliad and Genesis. But... our new sources are so rich that we have only begun... The years ahead bid fair to be the most fruitful in the annals of Classical and Biblical scholarship. Our debt to the Bible and Classics is so great that this type of research will deepen our understanding of our culture and of ourselves.
„Spike's was a very simple philosophy when we met him. I think that now he is forming one, and I think that the best thing that he has come up with so far is that a lot of being human is about degradation and pain and humiliation. I think he's starting to understand that for the first time. I think he got away from that by becoming a vampire and that's why he was so keen to stop being human, but he's getting back to being human now.“
— James Marsters American actor 1962
Spike's philosophies about life http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/interviews/marsters/page3.shtml
„We cannot exert our understanding without from time to time understanding something of importance; and this act of understanding may be accompanied by the awareness of our understanding, by the understanding of understanding, by noesis noesos, and this is so high, so pure, so noble an experience that Aristotle could ascribe it to his God.“
— Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973
“What is liberal education,” p. 8
Liberalism Ancient and Modern (1968)
„In order to depict a man one must understand him, and to understand him one must be like him; in order to portray his psychological activities one must be able to reproduce them in oneself. To understand a man one must have his nature in oneself.“
— Otto Weininger, livro Sex and Character
Fonte: Sex and Character (1903), p. 105.
„The labor should include rest breaks so that the worker has time to recover from fatigue. Now one of the very first requirements for a man who is fit to handle pig iron as a regular occupation is that he shall be so stupid and so phlegmatic that he more nearly resembles in his mental make-up the ox than any other type. The man who is mentally alert and intelligent is for this very reason entirely unsuited to what would, for him, be the grinding monotony of work of this character. Therefore the workman who is best suited to handling pig iron is unable to understand the real science of doing this class of work.“
— Frederick Winslow Taylor American mechanical engineer and tennis player 1856 - 1915
Fonte: Principles of Scientific Management, 1911, p. 59.
„Be guided by feeling alone. We are only simple mortals, subject to error; so listen to the advice of others, but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling.“
— Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot French landscape painter and printmaker in etching 1796 - 1875
Quote from Corot's 'Notebooks', ca. 1856, as quoted in Artists on Art – from the 14th – 20th centuries, ed. by Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves; Pantheon Books, 1972, London, p. 241
„My grandmother used to say life was so much easier when you were simple-minded.
It’s taken me almost my whole life to understand what she meant.“
— Brian Andreas American artist 1956
Fonte: Still Mostly True