„In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on.“

Minds, Brains and Programs (1980)

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—  Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany 1954

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„All human activity is a matter of motion and decision.“

—  Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. American industrial engineer 1868 - 1924

Gilbreth (1917) in: Popular Science, Dec 1920, p. 34 ( online http://books.google.nl/books?id=-ikDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA34).

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„At terrestrial temperatures matter has complex properties which are likely to prove most difficult to unravel; but it is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.“

—  Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944

The Internal Constitution of Stars, Cambridge. (1926). ISBN 0521337089
Paraphrased variants: It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
It is not too much to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.

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„We know as little of a supreme being as of Matter. But there is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of Matter. The world beyond is reality, and experiential fact. We only don't understand it.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

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„Quick decisions won't solve this matter, we got to try and be patient“

—  Angelo Mathews Sri Lankan cricketer 1987

Mathews on how the team isn't doing that well (kicked out of World T20), quoted on ibnlive, "Angelo Mathews exits World T20 as Sri Lanka's tragic hero" http://www.ibnlive.com/cricketnext/news/angelo-mathews-exits-world-t20-as-sri-lankas-tragic-hero-1221743.html, March 27, 2016.
Contexto: It has been a disappointing few months for all of us. We let down the fans, we let down the whole country. All we can do is stick to one combination, not try and change the team too much. Quick decisions won't solve this matter, we got to try and be patient.

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„Every reader in Spaceland will easily understand that my mysterious Guest was speaking the language of truth and even of simplicity. But to me, proficient though I was in Flatland Mathematics, it was by no means a simple matter.“

—  Edwin Abbott Abbott, livro Flatland

Fonte: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884), PART II: OTHER WORLDS, Chapter 16. How the Stranger Vainly Endeavoured to Reveal to Me in Words the Mysteries of Spaceland
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„The purpose of organizations is to exploit the fact that many (virtually all) decisions require the participation of many individuals for their effectiveness.“

—  Kenneth Arrow American economist 1921 - 2017

Fonte: 1970s-1980s, The Limits Of Organization (1974), Chapter 2, Organization And Information, p. 33