I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
Nine-tenths of the value of a sense of humor in writing is not in the things it makes one write but in the things it keeps one from writing. It is especially valuable in this respect in serious writing, and no one without a sense of humor should ever write seriously. For without knowing what is funny, one is constantly in danger of being funny without knowing it.robert benchley
Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it, while there's time.
Don't knock th' weather. Nine-tenths o' th' people couldn' start a conversation if it didn' change once in a while.kin hubbard
Nine-tenths of the activities of a modern Government are harmful; therefore the worse they are performed, the better.bertrand russell
Nine–tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
Creation has the truth written all over it — the age of the universe, the history of the world — but nine-tenths of mankind either don't know it or think it's a sham, because it isn't what their book or their prophet says, and it isn't cozy or manipulable enough.sheri s. tepper
To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall.thomas henry huxley
The duty of "saving" became nine-tenths of virtue and the growth of the cake the object of true religion.john maynard keynes
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