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"Morality must guide calculation, and calculation must guide politics." - Madame De Stael

"Calculation has its advantages, but no one likes naked calculation." - Rich Lowry

"Chess is 99 percent calculation." - Andrew Soltis

"Calculation never made a hero." - John Henry Newman

"Common sense is calculation applied to life." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Failure is Central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation." - Henry Petroski

"The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation." - Miriam Beard

"Probability theory is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation." - Pierre-Simon Laplace

"That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion." - Thomas Huxley

"Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice." - Joseph Joubert

"Death is the surest calculation that can be made." - Ludwig Buchner

"Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities." - George Eliot

"the freaks of chance are not determinable by calculation." - Thucydides

"That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation." - Mary Ritter Beard

"We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation." - Francois De La Rochefouca

"Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail." - Henry Petroski

"Courage does not consist in calculation, but in fighting against chances." - John Henry Newman

"What economic calculation requires is a monetary system whose functioning is not sabotaged by government interference." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance." - Thomas Carlyle

"With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other." - Charles Dickens

"Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation." - Charles Baudelaire

"All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation." - Charles Baudelaire

"I base my calculation on the expectation that luck will be against me." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I emphasize that virtually every engineering calculation is ultimately a failure calculation, because without a failure criterion against which to measure the calculated result, it is a meaningless number." - Henry Petroski

"Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation." - Sun Tzu

"In India, I learned a proverb that says, 'Distrust the calculation seven times over, the mathematician a hundred times.'" - Julio Cesar de Mello e Souza

"This love for everyday things, part natural from the wide eye of Infancy, part a literary calculation" - Billy Collins

"Value is a perception not a calculation. Value is something people feel, not something we tell them they get" - Simon Sinek

"First, inevitably, the idea, the fantasy, the fairy tale. Then, scientific calculation. Ultimately, fulfillment crowns the dream." - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

"I love you, and beneath all that logic, calculation, and superstition, I know you love me too." - Richelle Mead

"Calculation is of the head; impulse is of the heart; and both are good in their way." - Henry Giles

"You have no idea, how much poetry there is in the calculation of a table of logarithms!" - Carl Friedrich Gauss

"The most common misconception people have had in the past is about my own control and calculation of my career." - George Michael

"I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not." - Fran Lebowitz

"The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigor of mathematical calculation." - Marquis De Custine

"Nature seems to have poured forth her riches so without calculation, merely to mark the fullness of her joy." - Margaret Fuller

"Monetary calculation is not the calculation, and certainly not the measurement, of value. Its basis is the comparison of the more important and the less important. It is an ordering according to rank, an act of grading (Cuhel), and not an act of measuring. It was a mistake to search for a measure of the value of goods. In the last analysis, economic calculation does not rest on the measurement of values, but on their arrangement in an order of rank." - Ludwig Von Mises

"It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could be relegated to anyone else if machines were used." - Gottfried Leibniz

"It seems to me, that if statesmen had a little more arithmetic, or were accustomed to calculation, wars would be much less frequent." - Benjamin Franklin

"In a body [like Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate." - Franklin Pierce

"One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation." - Ada Lovelace

"We are perhaps not far removed from the time when we shall be able to submit the bulk of chemical phenomena to calculation." - Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

"Art forms that appeal to [leftists] tend to focus on ... defeat and despair ... as if there were no hope of accomplishing anything through rational calculation." - Theodore Kaczynski

"The most fertile districts of the habitable globe are now actually cultivated by men for animals, at a delay and waste of aliment absolutely incapable of calculation" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession." - Samuel Johnson

"Surely love has nothing to do with the mind, it is not the product of the mind; love is entirely independent of calculation, of thought." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"When I have something to work against, it liberates my imagination. I believe very much in authentic inspiration. I'm not about calculation." - Jorgen Leth

"The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation." - Max Lucado

"There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation." - James E Faust

"They are supposed to be dispassionate dispensers of Pure Justice, icy islands of emotionless calculation. In short, umpires should be acute Republicans." - George Will

"Small businesses have made the call that to stay alive, health care isn't something they can provide. I think it's a tragic calculation." - Peter Lee

"If human nature felt no temptation to take a chance there might not be much investment merely as a result of cold calculation." - John Maynard Keynes

"A cold-blooded, calculation, unprincipled, usurper, without a virtue, no statesman, knowing nothing of commerce, political economy, or civil government, and supplying ignorance by bold presumption." - Thomas Jefferson

"I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other." - Plato

"Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled and thus baffles all calculation." - Henri Bergson

"A state-of-the-art calculation requires 100 hours of CPU time on the state-of-the-art computer, independent of the decade." - Edward Teller

"No theory about our bodies as mere objects of observation and calculation (as distinct from partners in communicative interaction, assumed to be free) can comprehend human nature." - Allen W. Wood

"I do think there are very few extreme right-wing gay Republicans. Although it depends how you define "extreme right-wing." They're making a political calculation." - Kirby Dick

"Seems like people could behave themselves without making a calculation regarding how likely or unlikely they are to kill other people." - Robert James Thomson

"A thriller must be thrilling. A mystery may or may not be a thriller depending on how much breathless emotion it has, as opposed to cerebral calculation." - David Morrell

"If we can't get back to principles and integrity and it's reduced just the interest of calculation and Machiavellian manipulation, we are in deep trouble." - Cornel West

"Action on the move creates its own route; creates to a very great extent the conditions under which is it to be fulfilled, and thus baffles all calculation." - Henri Bergson

"Gentleness, good treatment, honor the victor and dishonor the vanquished, who should remain aloof and owe nothing to pity - In war, audacity is the finest calculation of genius." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"The abundance of our definitive words about God shows that we don't view him as a great mystery anymore, but as a sterile calculation without ambiguity or obscurity." - Skye Jethani

"My errors have been errors of calculation and judging men, not in appreciating the true nature of truth and ahimsa or in their application." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Cold calculation, random spots of color, mathematically exact construction (clearly shown or concealed), drawing that is now silent and now strident.... Is this not form?" - Giacomo Puccini

"[S]he stood for some moments gazing at the sisters, with affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other." - Charles Dickens

"Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"However I am is however I am. When you see me onstage or in the press, there's not a lot of thought and calculation that goes into it." - Sheryl Crow

"Like Americans, people outside America want fun, want an emotional compensation for the utilitarianism and calculation that mark the rest of their lives." - Todd Gitlin

"Indeed, as the above calculation indicates, to take full advantage of the memory space available, the ultimate laptop must turn all its matter into energy." - Seth Lloyd

"Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight." - Henry R Luce

"To be spontaneous means not to act out of the past, because out of the past is all cunningness, cleverness, calculation, arithmetic." - Rajneesh

"Cold calculation, random spots of color, mathematically exact construction (clearly shown or concealed), drawing that is now silent and now strident . . . . Is this not form?" - Giacomo Puccini

"It was so simple to paint things as I saw them; to put without special calculation a red close to a blue." - Paul Gauguin

"Time-space as commonly understood, in the sense of the distance measured between two time-points, is the result of time calculation." - Martin Heidegger

"The best calculation is the absence of calculation. Once you have attained a certain level of recognition, others generally figure that when you do something, it's for an intelligent reason. So it's really foolish to plot out your movements too carefully in advance. You're better off acting capriciously." - Pablo Picasso

"In a world in which the price of calculation continues to decrease rapidly, but the price of theorem proving continues to hold steady or increase, elementary economics indicates that we ought to spend a larger and larger fraction of our time on calculation." - John Tukey

"Le Verrier-without leaving his study, without even looking at the sky-had found the unknown planet [Neptune] solely by mathematical calculation, and, as it were, touched it with the tip of his pen!" - Camille Flammarion

"I cannot bear to think that our young men are merely living four years in a country club and spending their lives wholly in a spirit of calculation and snobbishness." - John Grier Hibben

"As a rule, so-called "positional" sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praise-worthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities." - Alexander Alekhine

"A 99% Value-at-Risk calculation does not evaluate what happens in the last one percent... This is like an airbag that works all the time, except when you have a car accident." - David Einhorn

"I love you because I love you, because it would be impossible not to love you. I love you without question, without calculation, without reason good or bad, faithfully, with all my heart and soul, and every faculty." - Juliette Drouet

"The mind has its illusions as the sense of sight; and in the same manner that the sense of feeling corrects the latter, reflection and calculation correct the former." - Pierre-Simon Laplace

"I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second." - Thomas Jefferson

"If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

"A skyscraper is at the same time a triumph of the machine and a tremendous emotional experience, almost breath-taking. Not merely its height but its mass and proportions are the result of an emotion, as well as of calculation." - George Gershwin

"Sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action; it is calculation realized; it is the doctrine of proportion reduced to practice; it is foreseeing contingencies, and providing against them." - Hannah More

"Una's face was an unbroken block of calculation, saving where, upon her upper lip, a little down of hair fluttered. Yet it gave one an uncanny feeling. It made one think of a tassel on a hammer." - Djuna Barnes

"Cathedrals are an unassailable witness to human passion. Using what demented calculation could an animal build such places? I think we know. An animal with a gorgeous genius for hope." - Lionel Tiger

"Many of the opposition [to the new Federal Constitution] wish to take from Congress the power of internal taxation. Calculation has convinced me that this would be very mischievous." - Thomas Jefferson

"I always work better when I do not reason, when no question of right or wrong enter in,-when my pulse quickens to the form before me without hesitation nor calculation." - Edward Weston

"Let your beauty manifest itself without talking and calculation. You are silent. It says for you: I am. And comes in meaning thousandfold, comes at long last over everyone." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"The closet exists because people don't talk about it, so that people going into political careers make a calculation early on. They say to themselves, "well, the closet is under the radar, I can do this."" - Kirby Dick

"Let your beauty manifest itself without talking and calculation. You are silent. It says for you: I am. And comes in meaning thousandfold, comes at long last over everyone." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"The infinite, absolute character of Virtue has passed into a finite, conditional one; it is no longer a worship of the Beautiful and Good; but a calculation of the Profitable." - Thomas Carlyle

"With English literature, if you do a bit of shonky spelling, no one dies, but if you're half-way through a maths calculation and you stick in an extra zero, everything just crashes into the ravine." - Mark Haddon

"At a moderate calculation, among a million of persons inhabiting the metropolis, there are, at least, twenty-five thousand children who attend these schools, and cost their parents as many pounds sterling, per annum." - Joseph Lancaster

"Even the simplest calculation in the purest mathematics can have terrible consequences. Without the invention of the infinitesimal calculus most of our technology would have been impossible. Should we say therefore that calculus is bad?" - Stanislaw Ulam

"Let your beauty manifest itself without talking and calculation.? You are silent. It says for you: I am. And comes in meaning thousandfold?, comes at long last over everyone." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime." - William Kirby

"There will be no misgiving, no shrinking back, no calculation of overpowering odds, no terror of possible consequences, if you frankly accept the gift which God offers you tomorrow." - Joseph Barber Lightfoot

"Most of the tasks we do are for humans. For example, a tax calculation is counting numbers so the government can pull money out from my wallet, but government consists of humans." - Yukihiro Matsumoto

"Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art." - Max Bill

"But we agree with the NTSB that if we eliminated the thrust- reverser calculation, it would be an extra margin of safety. Airport capacity and airline efficiency are important, but safety is the most important thing." - Laura Brown

"The PS3 is not a game machine. We've never once called it a game machine...With the PS3, our intentions have been to create a machine with supercomputer calculation capabilities for home entertainment." - Ken Kutaragi

"In the end the question is: Who is to be master, man or his machines? As long as the control over technology rests primarily on economic calculation, the victor is not likely to be man." - Robert Heilbroner

"The potential savings in the national budgets from the elimination of police, criminal courts, standing armies, pollution control agencies, drug enforcement, and many poverty programs is almost beyond calculation." - Pat Robertson

"Without calculation, economic activity is impossible. Since under Socialism economic calculation is impossible, under Socialism there can be no economic activity in our sense of the word All economic change, therefore, would involve operations the value of which could neither be predicted beforehand nor ascertained after they had taken place. Everything would be a leap in the dark. Socialism is the renunciation of rational economy." - Ludwig Von Mises

"It was about three o'clock at night when the final result of the calculation [which gave birth to quantum mechanics] lay before me ... At first I was deeply shaken ... I was so excited that I could not think of sleep. So I left the house ... and awaited the sunrise on top of a rock." - Werner Heisenberg

"...comparing the capacity of computers to the capacity of the human brain, I've often wondered, where does our success come from? The answer is synthesis, the ability to combine creativity and calculation, art and science, into whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts." - Garry Kasparov

"If ... we choose a group of social phenomena with no antecedent knowledge of the causation or absence of causation among them, then the calculation of correlation coefficients, total or partial, will not advance us a step toward evaluating the importance of the causes at work." - Ronald Fisher

"These two rational faculties may be designated the Scientific Faculty and the Calculative Faculty respectively; since calculation is the same as deliberation, and deliberation is never exercised about things that are invariable, so that the Calculative Faculty is a separate part of the rational half of the soul." - Aristotle

"I think comedians get too much credit or too much criticism for the style of comedy they do, and they generally do the style of comedy that works for them. There's no kind of shrewd calculation going into the type of standup we all do. It's like David Cross is supposed to be doing the David Cross' type of standup." - Jim Gaffigan

"What is the use of aesthetics if they can neither teach how to produce beauty nor how to appreciate it in good taste? It exists because it behooves rational human beings to provide reasons for their actions and assessments. Even if aesthetics are not the mathematics of beauty, they are the proof of the calculation." - Franz Grillparzer

"We had stretched out our arms to each other and supported something in our joined hands, but this thing we were holding was like a sort of gas that exists when you believe in its existence and disappears when you doubt. The task of supporting it seems simple at first glance, but actually requires an ultimate refinement of calculation and a consummate skill." - Yukio Mishima

"As scientists the two men were contrasting types-Einstein all calculation, Rutherford all experiment ... There was no doubt that as an experimenter Rutherford was a genius, one of the greatest. He worked by intuition and everything he touched turned to gold. He had a sixth sense." - Chaim Weizmann

"The naive which is simultaneously beautiful, poetic, and idealistic, must be both intention and instinct. The essence of intention, in this sense, is freedom. Consciousness is far from intention. There is a certain enamoured contemplation of one's own naturalness or silliness which itself is unspeakably silly. Intention does not necessarily require a profound calculation or plan." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

"In almost every computation a great variety of arrangements for the succession of the processes is possible, and various considerations must influence the selections amongst them for the purposes of a calculating engine. One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation." - Ada Lovelace

"The more progress physical sciences make, the more they tend to enter the domain of mathematics, which is a kind of centre to which they all converge. We may even judge the degree of perfection to which a science has arrived by the facility with which it may be submitted to calculation." - Adolphe Quetelet

"Indeed, there is something to be said for the old math when taught by a poorly trained teacher. He can, at least, get across the fundamental rules of calculation without too much confusion. The same teacher trying to teach new math is apt to get across nothing at all..." - Martin Gardner

"Klout and various measurements of influence are fun. I love to see where I score on them, but there's a computer algorithm behind the calculation. If there's an algorithm, it can be gamed. Even if it's not gameable, you have to take a leap of faith that the number of followers, retweets, mentions, whatever really mean something." - Guy Kawasaki

"Our inner weighing of evidence is not a careful mathematical calculation resulting in a probabilistic estimate of truth, but more like a whirlpool blending of the objective and the personal. The result is a set of beliefs - both conscious and unconscious - that guide us in interpreting all the events of our lives." - Leonard Mlodinow

"Mathematics, in the common lay view, is a static discipline based on formulas...But outside the public view, mathematics continues to grow at a rapid rate...the guid to this growth is not calculation and formulas, but an open ended search for pattern." - Lynn Steen

"On great occasions it is almost always women who have given the strongest proofs of virtue and devotion; the reason is, that with men good and bad qualities are in general the result of calculation, while in women they are impulses springing from the heart." - Charles Tristan, marquis de Montholon

"Three or four threads may be agitated, like telegraph wires, at the same time, and if I were to tap them all I would reveal such a mixture of innocence and duplicity, generosity and calculation, fear and courage, I cannot tell the whole truth simply because I would have to write four journals at once." - Anais Nin

"As soon as an Analytical Engine exists, it will necessarily guide the future course of the science. Whenever any result is sought by its aid, the question will then arise - by what course of calculation can these results be arrived at by the machine in the shortest time?" - Charles Babbage

"The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation." - Alexander Hamilton

"More than sixty years ago, mathematical logicians, by defining precisely the concept of an algorithm, gave content to the ancient human idea of an effective calculation. Their definitions led to the creation of the digital computer, an interesting example of thought bending matter to its ends." - David Berlinski

"The art of drawing conclusions from experiments and observations consists in evaluating probabilities and in estimating whether they are sufficiently great or numerous enough to constitute proofs. This kind of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than it is commonly thought to be. . . ." - Antoine Lavoisier

"'Scientific' computer simulations predict global warming based on increased greenhouse gas emissions over time. However, without water's contribution taken into account they omit the largest greenhouse gas from their equations. How can such egregious calculation errors be so blatantly ignored? This is why man-made global warming is 'junk' science." - Michael Myers

"When Newton saw an apple fall, he found In that slight startle from his contemplation- 'Tis said (for I'll not answer above ground For any sage's creed or calculation)- A mode of proving that the earth turn'd round In a most natural whirl, called 'gravitation'; And this is the sole mortal who could grapple, Since Adam, with a fall, or with an apple." - Lord Byron

"Those who have a natural talent for calculation are generally quick-witted at every other kind of knowledge; and even the dull, if they have had an arithmetical training, although they may derive no other advantage from it, always become much quicker than they would have been." - Plato

"A watch can only tell us how much time it is, how much time has passed, or how much time must still pass before something will occur. These statements are related not to time itself but only to its measurement or calculation." - Medard Boss

"At the Egyptian city of Naucratis there was a famous old god whose name was Theuth; the bird which is called the Ibis was sacred to him, and he was the inventor of many arts, such as arithmetic and calculation and geometry and astronomy and draughts and dice, but his great discovery was the use of letters." - Plato

"The data set of proxies of past climate used in Mann...for the estimation of temperature from 1400 to 1980 contains collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, incorrect calculation of principal components and other quality control defects." - Steve McIntyre

"To practice space is thus to repeat the joyful and silent experience of childhood; it is, in a place, to be other and to move toward the other...Kandinsky dreamed of: 'a great city built according to all the rules of architecture and then suddenly shaken by a force that defies all calculation." - Michel De Certeau

"Fear breeds upon itself because it is a hermaphrodite capable of endless reproduction. Fear is a contagious disease, spreading from its first victim to others in the vicinity until it is powerful enough to take charge of a group, in which event it becomes panic. Fear is the afterbirth of reason and calculation. It takes time to recuperate from fear." - Ernest K. Gann

"If you buy something because it's undervalued, then you have to think about selling it when it approaches your calculation of its intrinsic value. That's hard. But if you buy a few great companies, then you can sit on your ass. That's a good thing." - Charlie Munger

"More than any single action by the government since the end of the war, this one would change the face of America with straightaways, cloverleaf turns, bridges, and elongated parkways. Its impact on the American economy-the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction, the rural areas it would open up-was beyond calculation." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"When confronted with information streaming from the eyes, the brain will interpret this information in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Time is energy. The longer the brain spends performing some calculation, the more energy it consumes. Considering the brain runs on about 40 watts of power (a lightbulb!), it doesn't have a lot of energy to spare." - Gregory Berns

"Indeed, the most important part of engineering work-and also of other scientific work-is the determination of the method of attacking the problem, whatever it may be, whether an experimental investigation, or a theoretical calculation. ... It is by the choice of a suitable method of attack, that intricate problems are reduced to simple phenomena, and then easily solved." - Charles Proteus Steinmetz

"The faith of scientists in the power and truth of mathematics is so implicit that their work has gradually become less and less observation, and more and more calculation.... But the facts which are accepted by virtue of these tests are not actually observed at all." - Susanne Katherina Langer

"If your every human plan and calculation has miscarried, if, one by one, human props have been knocked out, and doors have shut in your face, take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: "Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter."..." - Catherine Marshall

"Politicians generally form alliances and not friendships. Individuals and institutions achieve their ends through continual barter. But deals are not bonds. Indeed, intense emotional involvement with anything - with issues, ideology, a woman, even a family - can be a handicap, not only consuming valuable time, but more importantly, reducing flexibility and the capacity for detached calculation needed to take maximum advantage of continually changing circumstances." - Doris Kearns Goodwin

"If I'm writing by intuition, generally that calculation works itself out. But if I'm writing a mystery, and somebody has to have a reason for doing what he's doing, and it's not anything I can imagine myself wanting to do, things get a little more difficult to write, and careless mistakes are made." - Cynthia Voigt

"We are just a blip. I found it very interesting when Clive [Oppenheimer] interviewed the Ethiopian scientists and asked them, "Do we have another 100,000 years?" In their calculation, mankind will be entering a very critical phrase a thousand years from now." - Werner Herzog