„With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.“

Attributed to von Neumann by Enrico Fermi, as quoted by Freeman Dyson in "A meeting with Enrico Fermi" in Nature 427 (22 January 2004) p. 297 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/427297a

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—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

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Contexto: The Master said: "Everything that exists is God." The pupil understood it literally, but not in the true spirit. While he was passing through a street, he met with an elephant. The driver (mahut) shouted aloud from his high place, "Move away, move away!" The pupil argued in his mind, "Why should I move away? I am God, so is the elephant also God. What fear has God of Himself?" Thinking thus he did not move. At last the elephant took him up by his trunk, and dashed him aside. He was severely hurt, and going back to his Master, he related the whole adventure. The Master said, "All right, you are God. The elephant is God also, but God in the shape of the elephant-driver was warning you also from above. Why did you not pay heed to his warnings?"

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„I then had one of the three or four long intimate conversations with him which are all I can boast.“

—  Winston S. Churchill, livro Lord Randolph Churchill

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„Four blind men went to see an elephant.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

Saying 6; this is a variant of widely used teaching anecdotes of India involving blind men and an elephant.
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Contexto: Four blind men went to see an elephant. One touched the leg of the elephant, and said, "The elephant is like a pillar." The second touched the trunk, and said, "The elephant is like a thick stick or club." The third touched the belly, and said, "The elephant is like a big jar." The fourth touched the ears, and said, "The elephant is like a winnowing basket." Thus they began to dispute amongst themselves as to the figure of the elephant. A passer-by seeing them thus quarrelling, said, "What is it that you are disputing about?" They told him everything, and asked him to arbitrate. That man said, "None of you has seen the elephant. The elephant is not like a pillar, its legs are like pillars. It is not like a big water-vessel, its belly is like a water-vessel. It is not like a winnowing basket, its ears are like winnowing baskets. It is not like a thick stick or club, but its proboscis is like that. The elephant is the combination of all these." In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity.... Different creeds are but different paths to reach the Almighty.

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„I can count to four and repeat. I'm a drummer.“

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„I believe that none can "save" his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion.“

—  Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

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Contexto: I believe that none can "save" his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion. The knowledge and awareness of the freeing alternatives can reawaken in an individual all his hidden energies and put him on the path to choosing respect for "life" instead of for "death."

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„I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be President.“

—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845

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Contexto: Do they think that I am such a damned fool as to think myself fit for President of the United States? No, sir; I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be President.

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—  Nancy Cartwright American actress 1957

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„I’m strapped at home, strapped when I travel I pop my trunk and make these bitches spread like cattle.“

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