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Validity Quotes


"The validity of internet quotes are getting sketchy nowadays" - Abraham Lincoln

"Endurance is often the best indicator of validity & value" - Jim Rohn

"What has validity is your living, not what happens tomorrow." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"...logical validity is not a guarantee of truth." - David Foster Wallace

"Most corporate decisions aren't going to meet the test of high validity. But they're going to be way above the low-validity situations that we worry about." - Gary A. Klein

"An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity." - George Santayana

"Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validity." - Dan Brown

"Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity" - Peter Drucker

"It is historical continuity that maintains most assumptions, not repeated assessment of their validity." - Edward De Bono

"The supreme triumph of reason is to cast doubt upon its own validity." - Miguel De Unamuno

"I would like to be judged on the validity of my arguments, not as a victim." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"The validity of a tax depends upon its nature, and not upon its name." - Benjamin Cardozo

"When circumstances defy order, order should bend or break: anomalies and uncertainties give validity to architecture." - Robert Venturi

"The express authority of the people alone could give validity to the Constitution." - James Madison

"Art cannot be used to show the validity of Christianity; it should rather be the reverse." - Hans Rookmaaker

"Authenticity is about where it comes from; validity is about whether it works." - John Michael Greer

"The thing about quotes on the internet is that you can't confirm their validity." - Abraham Lincoln

"Experiment is the sole judge of the validity of any idea." - Richard P Feynman

"Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Purpose is but the slave to memory, of violent birth, but poor validity." - William Shakespeare

"But the validity of a doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores." - Robert Jackson

"But the validity of a doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores." - Robert H. Jackson

"The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience." - Milton Friedman

"Only here, because of the illusion of intellectualism, our society separates the validity of human expression." - Joseph Jarman

"It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music - clean, minimalist, honest, classic music." - Dwight Yoakam

"No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act." - Anthony Kennedy

"To deny the predictive validity of race at this level is nonscientific and unrealistic." - J Philippe Rushton

"A piece of cloth that is called "linen" has more validity than calling you and me "black" or "negro." "Cotton" has more validity as cotton than yours and my being "black."" - Jamaica Kincaid

"Only on the assumption of belief in the validity of values is the attempt to espouse value-judgments meaningful. However, to judge the validity of such values is a matter of faith ." - Max Weber

"The validity of usefulness, adequacy of popular standards can be tested only by research that violates them." - Paul Feyerabend

"Stress is an indicator of our belief in the value and validity of our worries and fears." - Bill Crawford

"Awareness is the key. Do we see the stories that we're telling ourselves and question their validity?" - Pema Chodron

"God is unknown; anything we said about God has no validity, because our knowledge about Him is zero, absolutely nothing!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The Ten Commandments have lost their validity...Conscience is a Jewish invention. It is a blemish like circumcision..." - Adolf Hitler

"All possible knowledge, then, depends on the validity of reasoning...Unless human reasoning is valid no science can be true." - C S Lewis

"The true measure of our belief in the validity of our values is our willingness to act upon them." - Bill Crawford

"Profit is not the explanation, cause, or rationale of business behavior and business decisions, but the test of their validity." - Peter Drucker

"If a situation is very, very turbulent, it has low validity, and there's no basis for intuition." - Gary A. Klein

"You deal in the raw material of opinion, and, if my convictions have any validity, opinion ultimately governs the world." - Woodrow Wilson

"The validity of usefulness, adequacy of popular standards can be tested only by research that violates them." - Paul Karl Feyerabend

"In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music." - David Baker

"All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity. That's the difference between mere theater and performance art." - Jack Bowman

"You can judge the validity of any idea or concept by asking Is this true for me?" - Brian Tracy

"Skeptics question the validity of a particular claim by calling for evidence to prove or disprove it." - Michael Shermer

"I suspect there's a lot of validity to the premise that big companies aren't going to attract entrepreneurial talent." - Evan Williams

"My books are anti-absolutist and deeply distrustful of any religious stance that precludes the validity of any other." - David Mitchell

"The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself." - John Mortimer

"A universe whose only claim to be believed in rests on the validity of inference must not start telling us the inference is invalid." - C S Lewis

"Second, I use inference from technical studies and theories in order to provide practical information for therapists. Those thoughts are several steps removed from scientific validity." - Virgil Miller Newton

"Classifications and distinctions based on race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society. They are contrary to our constitution and laws." - Thurgood Marshall

"Metaphysical speculation is independent of the physical validity of the Big Bang itself and is irrelevant to our understanding of it." - Lawrence M Krauss

"Successful people believe in the validity of their own dreams and goals, even if dreams are all they have to go on." - Denis Waitley

"Instead of regarding birds as deriving from dinosaurs, Scansoriopteryx reinstates the validity of regarding them as a separate class uniquely avian and non-dinosaurian." - Alan Feduccia

"Women don't question themselves when they enter into a story that has male characters, but men do question the validity of a female narrative." - Romola Garai

"Certain things are complete superstition and have no validity at all in the Bible. Yeah. They're just the antithesis of everything that is correct intellectually." - Lenny Bruce

"What I've attempted to do is establish a world through art in which the validity of my Negro experience could live and make its own logic." - Romare Bearden

"If there is anything in the world which I do firmly believe in, it is the universal validity of the law of causation." - Thomas Huxley

"This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting" - Fernand Leger

"A mature artist is at the same time aware of the futility of his achievement and the validity of the pursuit." - Jean Helion

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." - Richard P Feynman

"That you cannot have Christian principles without Christ is becoming increasingly clear, because their validity as principles depends on Christ's authority." - Dorothy L Sayers

"Unless you are in the middle of a storm, there is no validity in saying that you are not afraid of the storms." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves." - W H Auden

"The relation of the law to the self is only a helpful way of thinking about the law, that helps us better understand its validity for us." - Allen W. Wood

"Overconfidence is a powerful source of illusions, primarily determined by the quality and coherence of the story that you can construct, not by its validity." - Daniel Kahneman

"To realize the relative validity of one's convictions and yet stand for them unflinchingly is what distinguishes a civilized man from a barbarian." - Joseph Schumpeter

"That curious social warp which obligates us most to impeach the validity of a woman's opinion at the points where it is most supported by experience." - Mary Austin

"I think that it is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs." - Albert Einstein

"To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it." - George Henry Lewes

"All my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large." - H P Lovecraft

"To realize the relative validity of one's convictions and yet stand for them unflinchingly is what distinguishes a civilized man from a barbarian." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"Our young people - and adults - should be aware that considerable dissent exists in the scientific world regarding the validity of molecules-to-man evolution." - Ken Ham

"I kept wanting to push my image as validity; I wanted to see my portrait on a wall and know it was okay." - Toyin Odutola

"It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs." - Albert Einstein

"I shall develop the thesis that anyone acting communicatively must, in performing any speech act, raise universal validity claims and suppose that they can be vindicated." - Jurgen Habermas

"Reaching and understanding is the process of bringing about an agreement on the presupposed basis of validity claims that are mutually recognized." - Jurgen Habermas

"A steady diet of the higher truths might prove exhausting, but it's important that we acknowledge their validity and celebrate their survival." - Robert Gottlieb

"Hinduism's basic tenet is that many roads exist by which men have pursued and still pursue their quest for the truth and that none has universal validity." - Kenneth Scott Latourette

"This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting." - Fernand Leger

"That's my mathematician who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity. You see, I am not myself a good mathematician." - Albert Einstein

"Exposure and attention make a work famous - the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves." - Andy Warhol

"I am convinced of the validity of contradiction. There are many worlds. Each is true, at its time, in its own fashion" - Errol Flynn

"I'm a Scorpio, and who knows if there is any validity to it, but I'm very emotional. I have high highs and low lows." - Chely Wright

"Science has long been in the values business. Despite a widespread belief to the contrary, scientific validity is not the result of scientists abstaining from making value judgments; rather, scientific validity is the result of scientists making their best effort to value priinciples of reasoning that link their beliefs to reality, through reliable chains of evidence and argument." - Sam Harris

"Your being alone is important and has validity beyond any philosophy. That is the message that you are trying to give to yourself. You are each trying to rediscover for yourselves, in your terms now - after centuries of myths and distortions - the validity of your own beings." - Seth

"To mistrust science and deny the validity of the scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You'd better go look for work as a plant or wild animal." - P. J. O'Rourke

"I emphatically do not assert the general 'truth' of this philosophy of punctuational change. Any attempt to support the exclusive validity of such a grandiose notion would border on the nonsensical." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Agnosticism is not properly described as a "negative" creed, nor indeed as a creed of any kind, except in so far as it expresses absolute faith in the validity of a principle which is as much ethical as intellectual." - Thomas Huxley

"The validity of all the Inductive Methods depends on the assumption that every event, or the beginning of every phenomenon, must have some cause; some antecedent, upon the existence of which it is invariably and unconditionally consequent." - John Stuart Mill

"The law... dictated by God Himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this." - Alexander Hamilton

"[Robert]Ford had the idea that through fame he would receive some personal validity, but he didn't. I feel that these are not the main themes, but certainly themes that are at play in this film [ Assassination of Jesse James]." - Brad Pitt

"If ideas and beliefs are to be denied validity outside the geographical and cultural bounds of their origin, Buddhism would be confined to north India, Christianity to a narrow tract in the Middle East and Islam to Arabia." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him." - James A Baldwin

"Logic is something the mind has created to conceal its timidity, a hocus-pocus designed to give formal validity to conclusions we are willing to accept if everybody else in our set will too." - Carl L. Becker

"The charge that the construction of the geologic scale involves circularity has a certain amount of validity. ...Thus, the procedure is far from ideal and the geologic ranges are constantly being revised (usually extended) as new occurrences are found." - David M. Raup

"And, in general, that branch which is to act ultimately and without appeal on any law is the rightful expositor of the validity of the law, uncontrolled by the opinions of the other coordinate authorities." - Thomas Jefferson

"Our reliance on the validity of a scientific conclusion depends ultimately on a judgment of coherence; and as there can exist no strict criterion for coherence, our judgment of it must always remain a qualitative, nonformal, tacit, personal judgment." - Michael Polanyi

"Validity is the touchstone of inference, and truth of judgment: the fact that vichyssoise is cold ratifies the judgment that vichyssoise is, indeed, cold, and the judgment that vichyssoise is cold expresses the fact that vichyssoise is cold." - David Berlinski

"So strong is the power of superstition that even though we know that we have been reverencing a sham, yet still we hesitate to admit the validity of our new-found convictions." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

"O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou, That, notwithstanding thy capacity, Receiveth as the sea. Nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price Even in a minute." - William Shakespeare

"A press that has validity is a press that has authority. And as soon as there's any authority to what the press says, you question the authority of the government - it's like the existence of another authority." - Stephen Colbert

"The validity of mathematical propositions is independent of the actual world-the world of existing subject-matters-is logically prior to it, and would remain unaffected were it to vanish from being. Mathematical propositions, if true, are eternal verities." - Cassius Jackson Keyser

"What women have to stand on squarely [is] not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way." - Mary Hunter Austin

"The security provided by a long-held belief system, even when poorly founded, is a strong impediment to progress. General acceptance of a practice becomes the proof of its validity, though it lacks all other merit." - Bernard Lown

"Making and cheerfully keeping our covenants gives validity and life to the vital sacred and saving ordinances we need to receive in order to obtain all that the Father hath." - Linda K. Burton

"I don't turn Britney Spears into a star. I have to spot that these people are going to be stars, in the future, and say, "Okay, these guys have cultural validity and they're going to pop."" - Joseph M. Kahn

"We have faith in the photograph not only because it works on a physically descriptive level, but in a broader sense because it confirms our sense of omnipresence as well as the validity of the material world." - Fred Ritchin

"That of War and Peace or of Almagestes. All are satisfactory. The only criterion of a work is its validity: that it should grip and that it should last." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"I don't read reviews, and I don't include the press as part of my priorities or as part of the world that has any validity to what's really important to me." - Demi Moore

"Notice that all the traditional things philosophers do, looking for validity and soundness, promote civic friendship. That sounds pretty pie in the sky, yes, but I actually believe it." - Martha C. Nussbaum

"Once the Roman Catholic Church in the West became the church most closely connected with the state, the Roman Catholic Church did not recognize the validity of any religion other than its own." - Susan Jacoby

"...the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato's advice to find men carfully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes." - Oswald Mosley

"Democracy 2.0. He shudders briefly. I'm not sure about the validity of voting projects at all, these days. The assumption that all people are of equal importance seems frighteningly obsolescent." - Charles Stross

"By the Louisiana statute, the validity of which is here involved, all railway companies (other than street railroad companies) carrying passengers in that State are required to have separate but equal accommodations for white and colored persons." - John Marshall Harlan

"If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him." - James Baldwin

"It boggles the mind that nearly two centuries after Darwin, and 80 years after John Scopes was put on trial, this country is still debating the validity of evolution." - Michael Bloomberg

"No one knows anything about economics. It's the great lie of the economists. By contrast in football people might have contrasting opinions, each of which has some validity. But the economists always speak in conditionals - what a mess." - Vicente Del Bosque

"It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer." - James Newman

"I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity." - Camille Paglia

"the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato 's advice to find men carefully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes." - Oswald Mosley

"In the process of making anything, a person moves beyond personal expression to make something that stands by itself. The work acquires its own internal validity, its own integrity." - Joseph C Zinker

"It is the nature of the writer to question the validity of his world and yet rely on his senses to describe it. From what other tension can great literature be born?" - Jeff Vandermeer

"What women have to stand on squarely is not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way." - Mary Austin

"I can understand the validity of showing people the ugliness of the world, but I also think there is a place for movies to leave people with a sense of hope." - Chris Columbus

"All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness in which it arises, i.e., the totality of our nature." - Wilhelm Dilthey

"The individual makes a clear effort to define moral values and principles that have validity and application apart from the authority of the groups of persons holding them and apart from the individual's own identification with the group." - Lawrence Kohlberg

"What women have to stand on squarely is not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way." - Mary Hunter Austin

"The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot." - Criss Jami

"When we feel an obligation to test the things we say and to find the boundaries within which what we say has validity, then we are contributing to a real inner consolidation of our human feeling for existence." - Rudolf Steiner

"There's obviously some validity to it. But I think it also points out that you obviously can do it on your own because people have been doing it long before they had the stuff." - Frank Shorter

"I sensed that my life was better when I focused on things that were working as opposed to focusing on the long list that goes wrong, but I wanted to know if there was any validity to that." - Deborah Norville

"So ensuring the integrity of the data and integrity and validity of the connection is a very important element in any company's strategy that is moving towards a Web service paradigm." - John W Thompson

"Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed." - Paul Tsongas

"There is a type of snobbish, pompous journalist who thinks that the only news that has any validity is war, famine, pestilence or politics. I don't come from that school." - Piers Morgan

"More and more we're negating the validity of first-hand experience of people from other countries and other cultures... whether it's on TV, the Internet, mobile phones or whatever - the world system we live in so values second-hand information." - Nitin Sawhney

"To mistrust science and deny the validity of scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You'd better go look for work as a plant or wild animal." - P J Orourke

"I was trained as a philosopher never to put philosophers and their ideas into historical contexts, since historical context has nothing to do with the validity of the philosopher's positions. I agree that assessing validity and contextualizing historically are two entirely distinct matters and not to be confused with one another. And yet that firm distinction doesn't lead me to endorse the usual way in which history of philosophy is presented." - Rebecca Goldstein

"When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself." - Mark Twain

"Every praying person, every person who has an encounter with God, must have a passionate concern for his or her brother and sister, his or her neighbor. To treat any of these as if he were less than the child of God is to deny the validity of one's spiritual existence." - Desmond Tutu

"The philosopher of science is not much interested in the thought processes which lead to scientific discoveries; he looks for a logical analysis of the completed theory, including the establishing its validity. That is, he is not interested in the context of discovery, but in the context of justification." - Hans Reichenbach

"A theory is only as good as its assumptions. If the premises are false, the theory has no real scientific value. The only scientific criterion for judging the validity of a scientific theory is a confrontation with the data of experience." - Maurice Allais

"What a mathematical proof actually does is show that certain conclusions, such as the irrationality of , follow from certain premises, such as the principle of mathematical induction. The validity of these premises is an entirely independent matter which can safely be left to philosophers." - Timothy Gowers

"The fact is that the truth of harmony and human brotherhood derives not from an absorbed trance but from an awakened prajna or wisdom; and its validity depends not on any dramatic ecstatic visions but it belongs to man's (...) natural reason unspoilt by theologies of exclusiveness." - Ram Swarup

"Great parts of our economy are directly dependent upon women having a weak self-concept. A multi-billion dollar fashion-cosmetic industry testifies to the validity of this approach. A woman who does not know who she is can be sold anything." - Gabrielle Burton

"I think people always appreciate somebody else's informed educated opinion. To the degree that anybody with a computer can offer a journalistic point of view whether or not they have a degree, it sort of alters the validity of you have to place on anyone's individual comment." - Seth Green

"Let's assume there is some validity in these prophecies. What vision of the future, of the new world, might we see so that we can place our attention upon this vision as a strange attractor to carry us through this critical transition?" - Barbara Marx Hubbard

"Winning or losing an argument, receiving an acceptance or rejection, is no proof of the validity or value of personal identity. One may be wrong, mistaken, or a poor craftsman, or just ignorant - but this is no indication of the true worth of one's total human identity: past, present and future!" - Sylvia Plath

"The notion that black folks have nothing to learn from scholarship that may reflect racial or racist biases is dangerous. It promotes closed-mindedness and a narrow understanding of knowledge to hold that "race" is such an overwhelming concept that it negates the validity of any insights contained in a work that may have some racist or sexist aspects." - Bell Hooks

"On the contrary, a trust in the staying power and travel-worthiness of such good should encourage us to credit the possibility of a world where respect for the validity of every tradition will issue in the creation and maintenance of a salubrious political space." - Seamus Heaney

"The idea that the profits of capital are really the rewards of a just society for the foresight and thrift of those who sacrificed the immediate pleasures of spending in order that society might have productive capital, had a certain validity in the early days of capitalism, when productive enterprise was frequently initiated through capital saved out of modest incomes." - Reinhold Niebuhr