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Machinery Quotes


"Machinery makes men like itself." - Gerald Stanley Lee

"Magic [has] been replaced by machinery." - Shilo Shiv Suleman

"Memory whispers someplace in that jumbled machinery." - Ken Kesey

"a little oil makes machinery work easy ..." - Fanny Fern

"More than machinery, we need humanity." - Charlie Chaplin

"I would as soon pray to God with machinery as to sing to God with machinery." - Charles Spurgeon

"Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church." - Charles Spurgeon

"I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." - Harry Blackmun

"Fear is the sand in the machinery of life." - E Stanley Jones

"Don't throw a monkey-wrench into the machinery." - Philander Chase Johnson

"Machinery is the subconscious mind of the world." - Gerald Stanley Lee

"I believe... that security declines as security machinery expands." - E B White

"There is no room in war for delicate machinery." - Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell

"Never trust machinery more complicated than a knife and fork." - Robert A Heinlein

"ordinary eternal machinery, like the grinding of the stars" - Leonard Cohen

"Words are such gross machinery, so primitive and ambiguous." - Frank Herbert

"Heredity provides for the modification of its own machinery." - James Mark Baldwin

"How complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is." - Kurt Vonnegut

"I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." - Harry A Blackmun

"Animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery." - Peter Dinklage

"Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators absorb bogons, letting machinery work again." - Charles Stross

"Hormones, vitamines, stimulants and depressives are oils upon the creaky machinery of life. Principal item, however, is the machinery." - Martin H Fischer

"I have deep respect for people's individual faith, but when faith gets connected to the machinery of state, or the machinery of hate, I find it very confronting." - Andrew Denton

"But a rise in the wages of labour would not equally affect commodities produced with machinery quickly consumed, and commodities produced with machinery slowly consumed." - David Ricardo

"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness." - Aldous Huxley

"Technocracy wants to do everything by machinery. Machinery is doing just fine. If it can't kill you, it will put you out of work." - Will Rogers

"For I thought Epicurus and Lucretius By Nature meant the Whole Goddam Machinery." - Robert Frost

"Prayer is one of the necessary wheels of the machinery of providence." - Charles Spurgeon

"My way of learning is to heave a wild and unpredictable monkey-wrench into the machinery." - Dashiell Hammett

"From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death," - Harry A Blackmun

"The emptiness was intense, like the stillness in a great factory when the machinery stops running." - Willa Cather

"There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America." - Oscar Wilde

"Worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil." - E Stanley Jones

"The way to get killed around machinery was to take things for granted." - Richard Mckenna

"Tact does for life just what lubricating oil does for machinery." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

"The machinery of the world is far too complex for the simplicity of men." - Jorge Luis Borges

"Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live." - Henry Ford

"The Cause and Effect law is the secret gearing in the machinery of Nature." - Samael Aun Weor

"I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society." - Henry David Thoreau

"The Devil is perfectly willing that the church should multiply its organizations and its deftly contrived machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ, if it will only give up praying...The Devil is not afraid of machinery; he is only afraid of God. And machinery without prayer is machinery without God." - R. A. Torrey

"From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." - Harry Blackmun

"Mine was the role of the oilcan in making the machinery clunk around." - Hugh Casson

"Good cheer is a great lubricant; it oils all of life's machinery." - Orison Swett Marden

"Their imaginations were flywheels on the ramshackle machinery of the awful truth." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The economy of human time is the next advantage of machinery in manufactures." - Charles Babbage

"Man will never be enslaved by machinery if the man tending the machine be paid enough." - Karel Capek

"The technical is not just the machinery. The technical is a disposition to life." - Leon Kass

"Blogs are the main exception I make in my aversion to complex machinery." - Laurie R King

"I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans." - Herman Wouk

"Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do." - Robert A Heinlein

"Machinery is the chief symbol of modern civilization; it represents a great sin." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers." - Karl Marx

"For it is the working people who have their hands on the machinery. And only by stopping the machinery of destruction can we ever hope to stop this madness." - Judi Bari

"I am delighted to know that Principia Mathematica can now be done by machinery. . . I am quite willing to believe that anything in deductive logic can be done by machinery." - Bertrand Russell

"One day you're racing about the business of life, harried but vital, a part of its machinery. Then gradually but inexorably you are left out, until one day you find the machinery tearing along without you - and nobody even notices." - Marjorie Holmes

"There is a fundamental difference, however, between asking to be permitted to keep a vegetative relative on costly machinery, and asking the taxpayers or society as a whole to pay for such machinery." - Jacob M. Appel

"You and your brain are two things. The brain is your machinery just like everything else is your machinery. This hand is my mechanism; I use it. My brain is my mechanism; I use it." - Rajneesh

"Without ethics, everything happens as if we were all five billion passengers on a big machinery and nobody is driving the machinery. And it's going faster and faster, but we don't know where." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

"Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you." - Michael Caine

"Hollywood is ten million dollars worth of intricate and high ingenious machinery functioning elaborately to put skin on baloney." - George Jean Nathan

"Cutlure looks beyond machinery, culture hates hatred; culture has one great passion, - the passion for sweetness and light." - Matthew Arnold

"Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution." - Arthur Keith

"All machinery is derived from nature, and is founded on the teaching and instruction of the revolution of the firmament." - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

"Governments will always misuse the machinery of the law as far as the state of public opinion permits." - Emile Capouya

"Freedom of the press is to the machinery of the state what the safety valve is to the steam engine." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Wars are not all evil, they are part of the grand machinery by which this world is governed." - William Tecumseh Sherman

"I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly." - Eric Temple Bell

"I'm not human. I'm a piece of machinery. I don't need to feel a thing. Just forge on ahead." - Haruki Murakami

"I was quite unable to make any white metal alloy hard enough to be made into powder by my machinery" - Henry Bessemer

"Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe." - Nikola Tesla

"Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery." - Paul Valery

"The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths / of exquisite interrelationships / of the awesome machinery of nature" - Carl Sagan

"Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts." - Paul Newman

"Law is the great civilizing machinery. It liberates the desire to build and subdues the desire to destroy." - Lyndon B Johnson

"If it weren't for the people always getting tangled up with the machinery... Earth would be an engineer's paradise." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The machinery of government is a vast series of interlocking hierarchies riddled through and through with incompetence." - Laurence J Peter

"This is a time for action not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"AI is not just heading for our industry, it will radically change the machinery we use in marketing." - Tim Berners-Lee

"All machinery is derived from nature, and is founded on the teaching and instruction of the revolution of the firmament." - Vitruvius

"I think I'm a little more daunted by when the machinery of the play is really huge." - Adam Rapp

"The viruses that co-opt the machinery of our cells; the stories we allow to enter and explain us." - James Richardson

"There are three departments of architecture: the art of building, the making of time-pieces, and the construction of machinery." - Vitruvius

"The spinning wheel is itself an exquisite piece of machinery. My head daily bows in reverence to its unknown inventor." - Mahatma Gandhi

"This is a time for action ? not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich." - C Northcote Parkinson

"Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life." - Michael Behe

"I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly." - E T Bell

"There's nothing more arrogant or conceited than youth, and there's nothing other than machinery that can replace youth." - Elliott Gould

"I was quite unable to make any white metal alloy hard enough to be made into powder by my machinery." - Henry Bessemer

"We are moving rapidly into a world in which the spying machinery is built into every object we encounter." - Howard Rheingold

"The machinery of the democratic process is really no different today from what it was 150 years ago." - Steven Spielberg

"It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Once you've built the big machinery of political power, remember you won't always be the one to run it." - P J Orourke

"It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keeps us from rusting, and so becoming useless." - Charles Simmons

"Those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends." - Albert Einstein

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." - Thomas Jefferson

"Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one." - John Maynard Keynes

"What fools indeed we morals are to lavish care upon a car, with never a bit of time to see about our own machinery!" - John Kendrick Bangs

"The planetary machinery tends to be jumpy, this is to respond disproportionately to disruptions that come with the manmade greenhouse effect." - Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

"A camel is a horse designed by a committee and a committee's a sweet running piece of machinery compared to any government." - Gordon R. Dickson

"Lie bills and calculations much perplexed, With steam-boats, frigates, and machinery quaint Traced over them in blue and yellow paint." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"If the veil of the world's machinery were lifted off, how much we would find is done in answer to the prayers of God's children." - Robert E. Murray

"I like Thelonious Monk, he's so gnarled, he's like a piece of machinery that's pulled up the bolts on the floor and gone off on its own." - Tom Waits

"Order in a house ought to be like the machinery in opera, whose effect produces great pleasure, but whose ends must be hid." - Suzanne Curchod

"I believe that dreams - day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing - are likely to lead to the betterment of the world." - L Frank Baum

"Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads" - Mother Jones

"It is the darling delusion of mankind that the world is progressive in religion, toleration, freedom, as it is progressive in machinery." - Moncure D. Conway

"Each of us has capacities. The real trick is knowing the machinery of the boat in which you are crossing the channel." - Joseph Campbell

"People in the future look back on primitive machinery or technology or painting, and in some ways, it always seems amazingly intricate and finely wrought." - Robyn Hitchcock

"Some new machinery with adequate powers must be created now if our fine phrases and noble sentiments are to have substance and meaning for our children." - J William Fulbright

"In that moment, the machinery of the world lined up. Somewhere a clock struck midnight, and Hugo's future seemed to fall perfectly into place." - Brian Selznick

"Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery." - Kurt Vonnegut

"In [my] life ... I did not understand steam machinery, but I tried to understand that much more complicated piece of mechanism - man." - Andrew Carnegie

"Machinery may make for efficiency and a standardisation of life, but horse love is a bond of freemasonry which unites the entire race ..." - William Fawcett

"The public history of all countries, and all ages, is but a sort of mask, richly colored. The interior working of the machinery must be foul." - John Quincy Adams

"Electric power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world's machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas, or any other of the common fuels." - Nikola Tesla

"The Liberal Party abandoned the principles of reform and social liberalism and has become, instead, just another piece of political machinery in the service of corporatism." - Eric Kierans

"Brigham Young observed, "Man's machinery makes things alike" (JD 9:370), while God gives to seemingly like individuals pleasing differences. Secularism is no friend of righteous individuality." - Neal A Maxwell

"The pencil sharpener is about as far as I have ever got in operating a complicated piece of machinery with any success." - Robert Benchley

"The republic which sinks to sleep, trusting to constitutions and machinery, to politicians and statesmen, for the safety of its liberties, never will have any." - Wendell Phillips

"The State is a term for the legislative and administrative machinery whereby certain business of the people is transacted, and badly so." - Emma Goldman

"The duty of labor is written on a man's body: in the stout muscle of the arm,, and the delicate machinery of the hand." - Theodore Parker

"Anxiety in human life is what squeaking and grinding are in machinery that is not oiled. In life, trust is the oil." - Henry Ward Beecher

"It is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature." - Nikola Tesla

"Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep." - Andy Warhol

"Shredded feelings are the fuel that feed the machinery of melodrama. And good melodrama just has honest feelings and is honest about the way people interact." - Guy Maddin

"Ever since 9/11, I found myself interested in chronicling the war and the war on terror and the way that this giant machinery was affecting individuals." - Mark Boal

"Why should architecture or objects of art in the machine age, just because they are made by machines, have to resemble machinery?" - Frank Lloyd Wright

"Women can succeed in villages all over the world today without relying on heavy machinery or debt. They can take leadership roles in agriculture, eliminating hunger and inequity." - Frances Moore Lappe

"The American political machinery is awesome to behold in its scale and expense and waste and madness. It's the greatest circus on Earth I suppose." - Dylan Moran

"If [politician] is not fulfilling his function, they then can set up the machinery to remove him from that position by whatever means necessary." - Malcolm X

"All this machinery making modern music can still be open-hearted. Not so boldly charted, it's really just a question of your honesty." - Neil Peart

"I am out of season all years round - watch machinery roar to my empty sound. Touch my heart and feel winter, hold my hand and be doomed forever." - Paul Weller

"What fools indeed we morals are To lavish care upon a Car, With ne'er a bit of time to see About our own machinery!" - John Kendrick Bangs

"The public history of all countries, and all ages, is but a sort of mask, richly colored. The interior working of the machinery must be foul." - John Quincy Adams

"It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keep us from rusting, and so becoming useless." - Charles Simmons

"Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." - Thomas Jefferson

"Labour, because it chose to remain unintelligent, either became subservient, or insolently believed in damaging the capitalists' goods and machinery or even in killing the capitalists." - Mahatma Gandhi

"In fact, scientists have shown that the better your DNA, your genetic machinery is at healing itself, the longer you live. That's how meditation lowers biological age." - Deepak Chopra

"The most powerful military country in the world, America - which makes all the guns, all the machinery, all the bullets - taught us how to shoot the guns." - Muhammad Ali

"Nothing increases the number of jobs so rapidly as labor-saving machinery, because it releases wants theretofore unknown, by permitting leisure." - Isabel Paterson

"An organised system of machines, to which motion is communicated by the transmitting mechanism from a central automation, is the most developed form of production by machinery." - Karl Marx

"Any time Uncle Sam, with all his machinery for warfare, is held to a draw by some rice eaters, he's lost the battle." - Malcolm X

"We cannot afford to raise any institution to the rank of a fetish. To do so would be simply to become the slaves of our own machinery." - Sri Aurobindo

"The crucial fact to realize about all the powerful machinery of the Corporate State - its laws, structure, political system - is that it possesses no mind." - Charles A. Reich

"Industrialization based on machinery, already referred to as a characteristic of our age, is but one aspect of the revolution that is being wrought by technology." - Emily Greene Balch

"Climate protection creates sustainability and jobs in the real economy - in construction, in the production of heavy machinery and in systems engineering." - Sigmar Gabriel

"The strange machinery by which a reputation precedes its source we all know is faulty. Yet how much faith we put in it!" - Samuel R Delany



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