De duobus malis **minus** est semper eligendum. Of two evils the
lesser should always be chosen.

— c.1413 De Imitatione Christi, bk.3, ch.12, section 2.

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war **minus** the shooting... There are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.

— 1945 'The Sporting Spirit'.

In the abstract world of American economists, equations run both ways; they believe that by changing the sign of a variable from plus to **minus** or from **minus** to plus or the price and quantity of x or y, the direction of historical movement can be reversed.

— Chapter Eight, International Finance, p. 336

For instance, the blood of hibernating arctic squirrels may supercool to **minus** 3 degrees, when it would normally congeal. The supercooled blood still flows, since it remains a liquid, but the slightest disturbance will cause it to freeze, killing the squirrel; therefore, you should not disturb hibernating arctic squirrels.

— pg. 113 (Faster than the Speed of Light)

Cantantes licet usque (**minus** via laedit) eamus .

— Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.

Book IX, line 64.

There is no reason to deny the Macedonians' own traditions about their early kings and the migration of the Macedones[..] The basic story as provided by Herodotus and Thucydides, **minus** the interpolation of the Temenid connections, undoubtedly reflects the Macedonians' own traditions about their early history.

— p. 84 (In the Shadow of Olympus: The Emergence of Macedon (1990))

Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion **minus** his opinion.

— Chapter VIII "The Mildness of the Yellow Press"

If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions, it is not love, but a transaction that never fails to lay stress on a plus and a **minus**.

— p. 219 (The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation (1906))

M. Comte's philosophy, in practice, might be compendiously described as Catholicism **minus** Christianity.

— "On the Physical Basis of Life" (1868).

If you want a simple model for predicting the unemployment rate in the United States over the next few years, here it is: It will be what Greenspan wants it to be, plus or **minus** a random error reflecting the fact that he is not quite God.

—

Think of Adam and Eve like an imaginary number, like the square root of **minus** one: you can never see any concrete proof that it exists, but if you include it in your equations, you can calculate all manner of things that couldn’t be imagined without it.

— Ch. 21 : Lord Asriel's Welcome

Nam in omnibus fere **minus** valent præcepta quam experimenta.

— In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.

— Quintilian,

Nunquam se **minus** otiosum esse quam cum otiosus; nec **minus** solum quam cum solus esset.

— That he was never less at leisure than when at leisure; nor that he was ever less alone than when alone.

— Cicero,

Damna **minus** consueta movent.

— The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us.

— Claudianus,

Fulgente trahit constrictos Gloria curru Non **minus** ignotos generosis.

— Glory drags all men along, low as well as high, bound captive at the wheels of her glittering car.

— Horace,

Post id, frumenti quum alibi messis maxima'st Tribus tantis illi **minus** reddit, quam obseveris. Heu! istic oportet obseri mores malos, Si in obserendo possint interfieri.

— Besides that, when elsewhere the harvest of wheat is most abundant, there it comes up less by one-fourth than what you have sowed. There, methinks, it were a proper place for men to sow their wild oats, where they would not spring up.

— Plautus,

In the abstract world of American economists, equations run both ways; they believe that by changing the sign of a variable from plus to **minus** or from **minus** to plus or the price and quantity of x or y, the direction of historical movement can be reversed.

— Chapter Eight, International Finance, p. 336

Omnes quibus res sunt **minus** secundæ magis sunt, nescio quomodo, Suspiciosi; ad contumeliam omnia accipiunt magis; Propter suam impotentiam se credunt negligi.

— All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected.

— Terence,

Sit mihi quod nunc est, etiam **minus** et mihi vivam Quod superest ævi si quid superesse volunt di.

— Let me possess what I now have, or even less, so that I may enjoy my remaining days, if Heaven grant any to remain.

— Horace,

"There is no reason to deny the Macedonians' own traditions about their early kings and the migration of the Macedones[..] The basic story as provided by Herodotus and Thucydides, **minus** the interpolation of the Temenid connections, undoubtedly reflects the Macedonians' own traditions about their early history.

—

One of the most frequently mentioned equations was Euler's equation, Respondents called it "the most profound mathematical statement ever written"; "uncanny and sublime"; "filled with cosmic beauty "; and "mind-blowing". Another asked: "What could be more mystical than an imaginary number interacting with real numbers to produce nothing ?" The equation contains nine basic concepts of mathematics once and only once in a single expression. These are: e (the base of natural logarithms); the exponent operation; ?; plus (or **minus**, depending on how you write it); multiplication; imaginary numbers; equals; one; and zero.

— Robert P. Crease, in "The greatest equations ever" at PhysicsWeb (October 2004)

One of the most frequently mentioned equations was Euler 's equation, Respondents called it "the most profound mathematical statement ever written"; "uncanny and sublime"; "filled with cosmic beauty "; and " mind -blowing". Another asked: "What could be more mystical than an imaginary number interacting with real numbers to produce nothing ?" The equation contains nine basic concepts of mathematics once and only once in a single expression. These are: e (the base of natural logarithms); the exponent operation; ?; plus (or **minus**, depending on how you write it); multiplication; imaginary numbers; equals; one; and zero.

— Robert P. Crease, in "The greatest equations ever" at PhysicsWeb (October 2004)

Your goals, **minus** your doubts, equal your reality.

— Author and publisher of the

Verum ubi pro labore desidia, pro continentia et aequitate libido atque superbia invasere, fortuna simul cum moribus immutatur. Ita imperium semper ad optimum quemque a **minus** bono transfertur. (II)

— But when sloth has introduced itself in the place of industry, and covetousness and pride in that of moderation and equity, the condition of a state is altered together with its morals; and thus authority is always transferred from the less to the more deserving.

Cui peccare licet peccat **minus**. Ipsa potestas Semina nequitiæ languidiora facit.

— He who has it in his power to commit sin, is less inclined to do so. The very idea of being able, weakens the desire.

— Ovid,

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