Far too many relied on the classic **formula** of a beginning, a
muddle, and an end. Larwood

— 1978 On judging the Booker Prize entries for1977, in New Fiction, no.15, Jan.

There is no secret ingredient or hidden **formula** responsible for the success of the best Japanese companies.

— p. 130 (Made in Japan (1986))

He will be missed as a friend and colleague and as the ultimate professional. It's the end of Michael's career in **formula** One so in that sense, it is the end of an era. When you look at his record, that's going to be difficult to beat.

— Rory Byrne, Ferrari chief designer, who designed all of Schumacher's championship winning cars

I
thought that writing a detective story would be a wonderful
apprenticeship because, whatever people tell you, a crime
novel is not easy to write well. As I continued with my
craft I became increasingly fascinated by the
form and realized that you can use the **formula** to say
something true about men and women and the society in
which they live.

— 1991 'Series Detectives', collected in Brown and Munro (eds) Writers Writing (1993).

The **formula** 'Two and two is five' is not without its attractions.

— 1864 Notes from Underground.

The function just found cannot, it is true, express rigorously the probabilities of the errors: for since the possible errors are in all cases confined within certain limits, the probability of errors exceeding those limits ought always to be zero, while our **formula** always gives some value. However, this defect, which every analytical function must, from its nature, labor under, is of no importance in practice, because the value of our function decreases so rapidly... that it can safely be considered as vanishing. Besides, the nature of the subject never admits of assigning with absolute rigor the limits of error.

—

My **formula** for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

— As quoted in "Quotable Cary" at

In fact, maybe Metcalfe's Law is the **formula** for Doug Engelbart's scaling of human knowledge, just as Watt's steam engine scaled human power.

— Part V, The Next Barrier,

The physicist who states a law of nature with the aid of a mathematical **formula** is abstracting a real feature of a real material world, even if he has to speak of numbers, vectors, tensors, state-functions, or whatever to make the abstraction.

— in

How are we to adjudicate among rival ontologies? Certainly the answer is not provided by the semantical **formula** "To be is to be the value of a variable"; this **formula** serves rather, conversely, in testing the conformity of a given remark or doctrine to a prior ontological standard.

— "On What There Is"

In alchemical treatises, the **formula** L'Oeuvre au Noir … designates what is said to be the most difficult phase of the alchemist's process, the separation and dissolution of substance. It is still not clear whether the term applied to daring experiments on matter itself, or whether it was understood to symbolize trials of the mind in discarding all forms of routine and prejudice. Doubtless it signified one or the other meaning alternately, or perhaps both at the same time.

— Author's note, p. 367

The **formula** for achieving a successful relationship: You should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

— Quentin Crisp,

Implicit in the Hollywood **formula** of mom-by-option and dad-by-default is mom never at fault...to a fault.

— p. 93. (Part IV: Where do we go from here)

I believe that no one who is familiar, either with mathematical advances in other fields, or with the range of special biological conditions to be considered, would ever conceive that everything could be summed up in a single mathematical **formula**, however complex.

— The evolutionary modification of genetic phenomena. Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of Genetics 1, 165-72, 1932.

A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal **formula**, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas.

— Concurring,

The investor has a right to expect good results to flow from a consistent and courageous application of the principle of buying after the market has declined substantially and selling after it has had a spectacular rise. But he cannot expect to reduce this principle to a simple and foolproof **formula**, with profits guaranteed and no anxious periods.

— Chapter II, The Investor and Stock-Market Fluctuations, p. 33

The first step of adoration of Buddha is shown in the **formula** of “Adoration to Buddha ( nama....sambuddhassa ).

— Ujitani Uken, in Indian Buddhism: A Survey with Bibliographical Notes (1980), p.84

Two inscriptions found in Greco-Bactrian Cursive Script found in Afghanistan mention the Buddhist **formula** of Adoration ( namas ) to Buddha.

— Hajime Nakamura, in "Indian Buddhism: A Survey with Bibliographical Notes (1980)", p.115

From the middle of the Nineteenth Century, nearly every modern book on Logic has contained the words: Entia non sunt multiplicanda, præter necessitatem : quoted as if they were the words of William of Ockham. But nobody gives a particular reference to any work of the Singular and Invincible Doctor …:; my own fruitless inquisition for the **formula**, in those works of Ockham which have been printed, has led me to disbelieve that he ever used it to express his Critique of Entities.

— William M. Thorburn, in

When we went to school we were told that we were governed by laws, not men. As a result of that, many people think there is no need to pay any attention to judicial candidates because judges merely apply the law by some mathematical **formula** and a good judge and a bad judge all apply the same kind of law. The fact is that the most important part of a judge's work is the exercise of judgment and that the law in a court is never better than the common sense judgment of the judge that is presiding.

— Robert H. Jackson, reported in Eugene Gerhart,

The bourgeois thinkers of the eighteenth century thus turned Aristotle’s **formula** on its head: satisfactions which the Greek philosopher had identified with leisure were now transposed to the sphere of work, while tasks lacking in any financial reward were drained of all significance and left to the haphazard attentions of decadent dilettantes. It now seemed as impossible that one could be happy and unproductive as it had once seemed unlikely that one could work and be human.

— Alain de Botton,

What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some **formula**, of peace.

— Joseph Conrad, in

We believe that the elements in the chemical **formula** of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.

— El Lissitzky (1967; 1980)

A trivial philosophy of mathematics holds that every well-formed mathematical **formula**, in any language of mathematics is true (and its negation is true), and any philosophical sentence about mathematics is also true.

— Koji Tanaka, et al., in "Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications: Logic and Applications", p.296

There can never be another Murray Walker. We will try to enjoy **formula** One and motor racing without him, but it will never be the same. Unless I am mistaken, we've lost an institution.

— Martin Brundle — reported in Gary Emmerson (December 31, 2000) "The Express: Bye bye motor mouth Murray",