Literature is not an abstract science, to which exact definitions can be applied.It is an Art rather, the success of which depends on personal persuasiveness, on the author's skill to give as on ours to receive.
The first cause of Absurd conclusions I ascribe to the want of Method; in that they begin not their Ratiocination from Definitions; that is, from settled significations of their words: as if they could cast account, without knowing the value of the numerall words, one , two , and three .thomas hobbes
A theorem is a proposition which is a strict logical consequence of certain Definitions and other propositionsAnatol Rapoport
Philosophers and aestheticians may offer elegant and profound Definitions of art and beauty, but for the painter they are all summed up in this phrase: To create a harmonygino severini
The more elevated a culture, the richer its language. The number of words and their combinations depends directly on a sum of conceptions and ideas; without the latter there can be no understandings, no Definitions, and, as a result, no reason to enrich a language.Anton Chekhov
Laws with broad Definitions of rape are like laws making 55 mile per hour speed limits for men and no speed limits for women.warren farrell
Every artist feels alone and isolated, Friends are very important in terms of all sorts of Definitions of oneself. They tell you what you are and what they are aside from the intellectual aspects.jasper johns
I define UNIX as 30 Definitions of regular expressions living under one roof .donald knuth
I have read many Definitions of what is a conservationist, and written not a few myself, but I suspect that the best one is written not with a pen, but with an axe. It is a matter of what a man thinks about while chopping, or while deciding what to chop. A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his signature on the face of his land.aldo leopold
The Definitions of humanism are many, but let us here take it to be the attitude of those men who think it an advantage to live in society, and, at that, in a complex and highly developed society, and who believe that man fulfills his nature and reaches his proper stature in this circumstance. The personal virtues which humanism cherishes are intelligence, amenity, and tolerance; the particular courage it asks for is that which is exercised in the support of these virtues. The qualities of intelligence which it chiefly prizes are modulation and flexibility.Lionel Trilling
Jan Mentz , Paula Kotzé and Alta van der Merwe (2012) "A comparison of practitioner and researcher Definitions of enterprise architecture using an interpretation method." in: Advances in Enterprise Information Systems II . Charles Møller and Sohail Chaudhry eds. CRC Press 2012. p. 11–25
We can suspect that there is no universe in the organic, unifying sense, that this ambitious term has. If there is a universe, its aim is not conjectured yet; we have not yet conjectured the words , the Definitions , the etymologies, the synonyms, from the secret dictionary of God .
There have been many Definitions of hell, but for the English the best definition is that it is the place where the Germans are the police, the Swedish are the comedians, the Italians are the defense force, Frenchmen dig the roads, the Belgians are the pop singers, the Spanish run the railways, the Turks cook the food, the Irish are the waiters, the Greeks run the government, and the common language is Dutch.
Although the legal and ethical Definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness , and mistake law for justice .
Without losing ourselves in a wilderness of Definitions, we can all agree that the most obvious characteristic of an aphorism, apart from its brevity, is that it is a generalization. It offers a comment on some recurrent aspect of life, couched in terms which are meant to be permanently and universally applicable.
At the conceptual level there are numerous Definitions of curiosity which tend to encompass a broad range of characteristics. Boredom is one prerequisite or motivation for curiosity (exploration).
He who has the bigger stick has the better chance of imposing his Definitions of reality.
According to Gandhi, the seven sins are wealth without works, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Well, Hubert Humphrey may have sinned in the eyes of God, as we all do, but according to those Definitions of Gandhi's, it was Hubert Humphrey without sin.
Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention them, but prove attributes which are their results or Definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothing about them. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.
The Definitions of humanism are many, but let us here take it to be the attitude of those men who think it an advantage to live in society , and, at that, in a complex and highly developed society, and who believe that man fulfills his nature and reaches his proper stature in this circumstance. The personal virtues which humanism cherishes are intelligence , amenity, and tolerance ; the particular courage it asks for is that which is exercised in the support of these virtues. The qualities of intelligence which it chiefly prizes are modulation and flexibility.
Language education must include not only the serious study of what truth and falsehood mean in the context of a subject, but also what is meant by a fact, an inference, an assumption, a judgment, a generalization... In this way students will be learning both the language of a subject and the methods of inquiry in that subject, since inquiry consists of nothing else but the generation of questions, the invention of Definitions and metaphors, the separation of facts from inferences, the forming of generalizations...
If we wish to express our ideas in terms of the concepts synthetic and analytic, we would have to point out that these concepts are applicable only to sentences that can be either true of false, and not to Definitions. The mathematical axioms are therefore neither synthetic nor analytic, but Definitions. ...Hence the question of whether axioms are a priori becomes pointless since they are arbitrary.
One of the Definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.]]