„The million, million, million … to one chance happens once in a million, million, million … times no matter how surprised we may be that it results in us.“
— Ronald Fisher English statistician, evolutionary biologist, geneticist, and eugenicist 1890 - 1962
Quoted by K.Mather, Heredity 30, 89–91, 1973.
— Thucydides Greek historian and Athenian general 460
Book I, 1.84-
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
„Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire walk with me!“
— David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946
„I wanted one thing – to show the fantastic world created by nature over millions of years. Film offered me that chance.“
— Karel Zeman Czech film director, artist and animator 1910 - 1989
Šlo mi o jedno — ukázat fantastický svět, který vytvořila příroda před mnoha miliony let. A film mi tuto možnost nabízel. Quoted on the website of the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague (in English http://www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz/en/karel-zeman/quotes and Czech http://www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz/cz/karel-zeman/citaty).
„"Do you not quarrel, brother Heber?" says one. No, I do not. But; when a woman begins to dispute me, about nine times out of ten I get up and say, "Go it," and then go off about my business; and if ever I am so foolish as to quarrel with a woman, I ought to be whipped; for you may always calculate that they will have the last word.“
— Heber C. Kimball American Mormon leader 1801 - 1868
Journal of Discourses 5:277 (Sept. 27, 1857)
„Let us admit that no matter how small the chance it could happen, one molecule could be created by such astronomical odds of chance. However, one molecule is of no use. Hundreds of millions of identical ones are necessary. Thus we either admit the miracle or doubt the absolute truth of science.“
— Pierre Lecomte du Noüy French philosopher 1883 - 1947
Human Destiny, 1947, p. 33 Commenting on Charles-Eugene Guye's calculation that the odds against the random formation of a particular protein molecule would be about 1 in 10 to the 243rd.
„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
Context: 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. Ch. 3 "Footnote on Criticism", pp. 85-104
„Historically, the original purpose of the theory of probability was to describe the exceedingly narrow domain of experience connected with games of chance, and the main effort was directed to the calculation of certain probabilities.“
— William Feller Croatian-American mathematician 1906 - 1970
Introduction, The Nature of Probability Theory, p. 3.
„But in reason if one man has no right to command all other men--the expedient of despotism--neither has he any right to command even one other man; nor yet have ten men, or a million, the right to command even one other man, for ten times nothing is nothing, and a million times nothing is nothing.“
— Isabel Paterson author and editor 1886 - 1961
„Marxism has only killed 100 million people, so naturally at the new voice of the mainstream center Democratic Party, they’re ready to give it another chance.“
— Charles Foster Johnson American musician 1953
August 26, 2007 http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=26823_Daily_Kos_Diary-_Mainstream_Marxism&only