„He [Khufu] had discovered the fact that if you tell somebody to do something, nine times out of ten he will do it.“
— Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950), Part I: It Seems There Were Two Egyptians, Cheops, or Khufu
— Terry Pratchett, livro Equal Rites
Fonte: Equal Rites
„Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Fonte: 1920s, Prejudices, Third Series (1922), Ch. 3 "Footnote on Criticism", pp. 85-104
Contexto: Truth, indeed, is something that is believed in completely only by persons who have never tried personally to pursue it to its fastness and grab it by the tail. It is the adoration of second-rate men — men who always receive it as second-hand. Pedagogues believe in immutable truths and spend their lives trying to determine them and propagate them; the intellectual progress of man consists largely of a concerted effort to block and destroy their enterprise. Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed. In whole departments of human inquiry it seems to me quite unlikely that the truth ever will be discovered. Nevertheless, the rubber-stamp thinking of the world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that error and truth are simply opposites. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it has been cured of one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. This is the whole history of the intellect in brief. The average man of today does not believe in precisely the same imbecilities that the Greek of the Fourth Century before Christ believed in, but the things that he does believe in are often quite as idiotic.
Perhaps this statement is a bit too sweeping. There is, year by year, a gradual accumulation of what may be called, provisionally, truths — there is a slow accretion of ideas that somehow manage to meet all practicable human tests, and so survive. But even so, it is risky to call them absolute truths. All that one may safely say of them is that no one, as yet, has demonstrated that they are errors. Soon or late, if experience teaches us anything, they are likely to succumb too. The profoundest truths of the Middle Ages are now laughed at by schoolboys. The profoundest truths of democracy will be laughed at, a few centuries hence, even by school-teachers.
„If you do not worship God, you worship something, and nine times out of ten it will be yourself. You have a duty to worship God, not because He will be imperfect and unhappy if you do not, but because you will be imperfect and unhappy.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
„Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself.“
— James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
"Elements of Success", as published in President Garfield and education. Hiram college memorial (1882), compiled by B. A. Hinsdale, p. 331
„People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you might strike out, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That's what can move the world. That's art.“
— Haruki Murakami, livro South of the Border, West of the Sun
Variante: People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you can forget, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That's what can move the world. That's art.
Fonte: South of the Border, West of the Sun
„Time will come when one's safety lies in ten things: nine of which are in staying aloof from men, and the tenth in staying silent.“
— Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818
Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 446-450.
— Alan Dean Foster American fiction writer 1946
„Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her—when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?“
— Helen Rowland American journalist 1875 - 1950
A Guide to Men (1922)
„Time is that which is measured by a clock. This is a sound way of looking at things. A quantity like time, or any other physical measurement, does not exist in a completely abstract way. We find no sense in talking about something unless we specify how we measure it. It is the definition by the method of measuring a quantity that is the one sure way of avoiding talking nonsense about this kind of thing.“
— Hermann Bondi British mathematician and cosmologist 1919 - 2005
Hermann Bondi (1980), Relativity and Common Sense: A New Approach to Einstein, p. 65
„It's not a comfortable thing, to be chosen so. I tried to avoid it for a long time, but God finds ways of dealing with draft dodgers.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, Borders of Infinity (1989)
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1933
In response to the question “How many women would be enough” [on the Supreme Court] during interview https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/chat-women-supreme-court-11976773 with Diane Sawyer at The Women’s Conference (Long Beach, California, October 26, 2010)
„And ninety-nine percent of the human race, no matter how smart they are, will do the convenient thing instead of the wise thing, and kid themselves into thinking they can somehow escape the consequences. We’re just built that way.“
— Poul Anderson, livro Brain Wave
Fonte: Brain Wave (1954), Chapter 4 (p. 28)
— Willard van Orman Quine American philosopher and logician 1908 - 2000
Ways of Paradox and Other Essays (1976), p. 174
— Richelle Mead, Bloodlines
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.
Fonte: Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen (1898), p. 370 http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435065322687?urlappend=%3Bseq=458: "If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing—court obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie." Other versions of the saying were repeated in several of Hubbard's later writings.