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Variation Quotes


"We must understand variation." - W Edwards Deming

"Originality is only variation." - Holbrook Jackson

"Variation is clearly nature's way." - Jaime Jackson

"Shrink, shrink variation, to reduce the loss." - W Edwards Deming

"Uncontrolled variation is the enemy of quality." - W Edwards Deming

"The range of variation in the female far exceeds the range of variation in the male." - Alfred Kinsey

"Change is upsetting. Repetition is tedious. Three cheers for variation!" - Mason Cooley

"Remember that every man is a variation of yourself" - William Saroyan

"There's more variation among human groups than between human groups." - Gloria Steinem

"Statisticians do it with confidence, frequency and variation" - Lillian Hellman

"His brothers were the type; he was the variation." - Henry Adams

"I love variation in all forms: in painting, in music." - Jim Jarmusch

"All evolutionary biologists know that variation itself is nature's only irreducible essence... I had to place myself amidst the variation." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Understanding variation is the key to success in quality and business." - W Edwards Deming

"Postulate 3. Assignable causes of variation may be found and eliminated." - Walter A. Shewhart

"In my opinion the Open variation is absolutely correct - and more interesting than the Closed." - Bent Larsen

"Repetition makes us feel secure and variation makes us feel free." - Robert Hass

"Every rock song is some variation of 'Pull down your pants'" - Bruce Springsteen

"The variation of excellence among men is rather in degree than in kind." - George Bancroft

", she had discovered occupied a narrow band. Ugliness, on the hand, had infinite variation." - Ian Mcewan

"Variation must be taken as random until there is positive evidence to the contrary." - Harold Jeffreys

"I make up stories about people who are either imaginary or some variation of myself." - Jami Attenberg

"Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin: variation and selection." - Ernst Mayr

"Every impression that I do is just a terrible variation on an awful Bill Cosby impression." - Wyatt Cenac

"You put three facts together - that all organisms produce more offspring that can survive, that there's variation among organisms, and that at least some of that variation is inherited - and the syllogistic inference is natural selection." - Stephen Jay Gould

"A sensation, hidden in the depths of my emotional memory, was suddenly revived: what if... What if for me The Variation is not dead? If The Variation is alive?!" - Lev Polugaevsky

"Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious." - Michel De Montaigne

"Nature does not turn out her work according to a single pattern; she prides herself upon her power of variation..." - Seneca the Younger

"Only play into a variation in which your opponent is strong if you have your own personal novelty ready!" - Edmar Mednis

"Trained as a musician, [photographer Ansel] Adams understood the richness of variation that could be unfolded from a simple theme." - John Szarkowski

"You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous." - John Steinbeck

"What is the variation trying to tell us about a process, about the people in the process?" - W Edwards Deming

"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection." - Charles Darwin

"They've offered me every variation on Audrey Horne, none of which were as good or as much fun." - Sherilyn Fenn

"The variation in the value of money, however great, makes no difference in the rate of profits;..." - David Ricardo

"There are patterns which emerge in one's life, circling and returning anew, an endless variation of a theme" - Jacqueline Carey

"The interaction of the variation in our genes is what's responsible for lots of our attributes and vigor." - Walter Gilbert

"I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer." - Johannes Brahms

"Unfortunately, with dinosaurs, we haven't had enough specimens to determine how much variation there is within a species." - Jack Horner

"My serve can get better, for sure. It's not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin." - Rafael Nadal

"Every (stressful thought) is a variation on a single theme: This shouldn't be happening. I shouldn't be having this experience. God is unjust. Life isn't fair." - Byron Katie

"The variation between countries is partly due to cultural and institutional differences, but undoubtedly the economic landscape within each territory is crucial." - Lorna Byrne

"... much seemingly chance variation in human behavior is not due to chance; it is in fact the logical result of a few basic, observable differences in mental functioning." - Isabel Briggs Myers

"After every movie, I always kick myself for the same things-didn't do enough, not enough variation, not enough interesting choices, too bland." - Robin Wright Penn

"Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft." - Khaled Hosseini

"There is great variation in brain power all the way from Einstien on one hand to Sarah Palin on the other." - Richard Dawkins

"I've fallen for one girl too many who's wanted some variation of who I am and only that. It eats you alive." - Christopher Krovatin

"Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart." - William Saroyan

"His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation." - Saint Augustine

"A windmill is eternally at work to accomplish one end, although it shifts with every variation of the weathercock, and assumes ten different positions in a day." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Clearly the secret of a variation on the general principle of banging your head against a wall, and then stopping." - Stef Penney

"There is no creation without tradition; the 'new' is an inflection on a preceding form; novelty is always a variation on the past." - Carlos Fuentes

"I think the future of lunar bases has to be somewhere around the South or North Pole. You have less variation in temperature and more daylight hours." - Charles Duke

"In skating there's always another jump or another spin variation or another thing to learn, and that's what I liked about it." - Gracie Gold

"If you look at music, you see theme, variation, you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure, and these are related to skills in the real world." - Dave Van Ronk

"It's going to sound ridiculous, but knowing how to pose, how to maintain a level of engagement and variation for a day of shooting, is actually a skill." - Cameron Russell

"After every movie, I always kick myself for the same things-didn't do enough, not enough variation, not enough interesting choices, too bland." - Robin Wright

"Granted there are only seven stories in the universe. And I agree with that. But give me a great variation of those stories. And literate." - Debra Winger

"Almost every culture has its own variation on chicken soup, and rightly so - it's one of the most gratifying dishes on the face of the Earth." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"Cuvier had preceded Lamarck in specifying the kinds and degrees of variation, which his own observations and critical judgment of the reports of others led him to admit." - Richard Owen

"The Fundamental Regulator Paradox ... The task of a regulator is to eliminate variation, but this variation is the ultimate source of information about the quality of its work. Therefore, the better the job a regulator does the less information it gets about how to improve." - Gerald Weinberg

"Her face ... was a one-of-a-kind, a surprising variation on a familiar theme - a variation that made observers think, Yes - that would be another very nice way for people to look. What Beatrice had done with her face, actually, was what any plain girl could do. She overlaid it with dignity, suffering, intelligence, and a piquant dash of bitchiness." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Play the open variation of the Ruy is my advice to all ordinary club players, and I recently even wrote a book about it, seen from Black's point of view. Why does everybody try to copy the grandmasters' strange positional maneuvers in the 5. ... B-K2 variation, instead of fighting for the in intiative?" - Bent Larsen

"I would like to tell all dancers to forget themselves and the desire for self display. They must become completely absorbed in the dance. Even in a classical variation there should never be any thought of a dancer doing a variation-he should become identified with it." - Antony Tudor

"It is hardly useful if you trustingly play through variation after variation from a book. It is a great deal more useful and more interesting if you take part actively in the analysis, find something yourself, and try to refute some of the author's conclusions." - Mark Dvoretsky

"When nobody read, dyslexia wasn't a problem. When most people had to hunt, a minor genetic variation in your ability to focus attention was hardly a problem, and may even have been an advantage. When most people have to make it through high school, the same variation can become a genuinely life-altering disease." - Alison Gopnik

"People are storytelling creatures. We like stories that go somewhere, and therefore we like trends - because trends are things that either get better or get worse, so we can either rejoice or lament. But we mistakenly depict many things as trends moving in some direction. We take the "full house" of variation in a system and try to represent it as a single number, when in fact what we should be doing is studying the variation as it expands and contracts. If you look at the history of the variation in all its complexity, then you see there's no trend." - Stephen Jay Gould

"The essence of Darwinism lies in its claim that natural selection creates the fit. Variation is ubiquitous and random in direction. It supplies raw material only. Natural selection directs the course of evolutionary change." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Develop a respect and reverence for the principle of variation: the idea that the message ain't in the mean, the mode or the median - it's in the differences that occur throughout a population." - Tom Peters

"Everybody has a theme. You talk to somebody awhile, and you realize they have one particular thing that rules them. The best you can do is a variation on the theme, but that's about it." - Meg Wolitzer

"Bob Dylan's one of the greatest blues singers of the western world; ancient art, on-the-spot improvisation, mind quickness, endless variation, classical formulae, prophetic vision, mighty wind-horse." - Allen Ginsberg

"A grand and almost untrodden field of inquiry will be opened, on the causes and laws of variation, on correlation of growth, on the effects of use and disuse, on the direct actions of external conditions, and so forth." - Charles Darwin

"I think a brain can be made "more thinking" or made "more emotional." At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation." - Temple Grandin

"Intelligent design cannot explain Darwinian evolution. Darwin's whole point is that variation and change are random and without higher purpose. We cannot imagine that God designed this disproof of His own existence." - James K. Galbraith

"There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man's power of selection." - Charles Darwin

"I frequently compose out the entire metric structure of a piece in modified cyclic form, where each cyclic revolution undergoes some form of 'variation' much as if measure lengths were concrete musical 'material." - Brian Ferneyhough

"Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril." - E O Wilson

"Evolution, thus, is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin: variation and selection. No longer is a fixed object transformed, as in transformational evolution, but an entirely new start is, so to speak, made in every generation." - Ernst Mayr

"If I have any talent, it's in the artistic end of football. The variation of movement of 11 players and the orchestration of that facet of football is beautiful to me." - Bill Walsh

"I just think that's the job of an actor. I guess that's the variation that you're talking about. It's probably a byproduct of just constantly looking for something different, because that's what I feel like I'm supposed to do." - Eric Bana

"A river is water is its loveliest form; rivers have life and sound and movement and infinity of variation, rivers are veins of the earth through which the lifeblood returns to the heart" - Roderick Haig-Brown

"I think the eyeball is the same, [in] an American or African. The problem is the same, the treatment is the same. Yet why should there be so much variation in quality and in service?" - Thulasiraj Ravilla

"Yet there are times when a deeper need enters, when we want the poem to be not only pleasurably right but compellingly wise, not only a surprising variation played upon the world, but a re-tuning of the world itself." - Seamus Heaney

"He decided there was no point in telling her he'd looked in the fridge and seen none of these things. There'd just be some variation of his mother's standard crack about Male Refrigeration Blindness Syndrome." - Nora Roberts

"I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind." - Haruki Murakami

"Whether we know it or not, our minds and hearts are populated by all the characters we will ever need - though we may disassemble them and rearrange the parts into composites for variation." - David Corbett

"In the target seats we have been going like a bomb and there is a great deal of confidence. I think there's going to be a great deal of regional variation throughout the UK." - Menzies Campbell

"I believe that the medium of photography prevails entirely as an act of faith in the souls of those who love and practice it. And so every photograph becomes another subtle variation on the theme of the medium itself." - Ralph Gibson

"Myths of the heroes are cosmic creation myths in microcosm. They depict, in no matter how subtle variation, the eternal battle we wage to release the creative energies within ourselves and in the world." - Dorothy Norman

"There's enough evidence that variation in sexual orientation is more a function of genes than of environment and for that reason alone, it should be accepted as but another example of human variability." - David Elkind

"I worshipped guys like Bill Maher, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld, and was doing my variation of that. But as a young person with no political point of view or life experience, it was as funny as you can imagine." - Judd Apatow

"I felt a variation of the fear that a lot of gay people have, that their families will reject them. I thought if I were to come out to the world then I would risk losing them." - Candace Gingrich-Jones

"Evolution by natural selection is not an idle hypothesis. The genetic variation on which selection acts is well understood in principle all the way down to the molecular level." - E O Wilson

"Some of my favorite music is incredibly repetitive, or on the surface has an element of repetition. But once you go beneath the surface, you realize in the repetition is constant variation." - John Dieterich

"Laughing at the clueless mouthfarts of cute twenty somethings who spent their high-school years with vocal coaches or plastic surgeons is another variation on the theme Are we getting dumber?" - Laura Penny

"I'm not a big fan of asynchronicity just for its own sake - a lot of people push rhythmic variation so far that the basic pulse of the music gets lost (and the listener is confused)." - Andrew Sega

"I always say that I can play sort of six variations on one girl, all of whom are a variation on me. Maybe I'll think of myself as an actor if, like, I do a corset drama." - Lena Dunham

"The various segments of the system of profound knowledge proposed here cannot be separated. They interact with each other. Thus, knowledge of psychology is incomplete without knowledge of variation." - W Edwards Deming

"Basically, when I'm writing something, I think about what is the subject of the piece. The subject of the piece is our fear of getting old, which is a variation on our fear of dying." - M Night Shyamalan

"Variation does not mean evolution. If an artist varies his mode of expression this only means that he has changed his manner of thinking, and in changing, it might be for the better or it might be for the worse." - Pablo Picasso

"Those humble but indomitable workers, to whom later generations referred by the collective name of Baale Masorah, Masters of Tradition, performed in obscurity their Herculean task of guarding the Biblical Text against loss or variation." - Robert Gordis

"I frequently compose out the entire metric structure of a piece in modified cyclic form, where each cyclic revolution undergoes some form of 'variation' much as if measure lengths were concrete musical 'material.'" - Brian Ferneyhough

"Western civilization presents one of the most difficult tasks for historical analysis, because it is not yet finished, because we are a part of it and lack perspective, and because it presents considerable variation from our pattern of historical change." - Carroll Quigley

"To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous. To a criminal, honesty is foolish. You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous." - John Steinbeck

"I believe the earth's climate is changing, but I think it's changing for natural variation reasons and I think mankind has been adapting to climate as long as man has walked the earth." - Joe Barton

"The older the layers, the more each of them is uniform over a great extent; the newer the layers, the more they are limited and subject to variation within small distances." - Georges Cuvier

"In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles." - Hillary Clinton

"Instead of constantly enhancing the norm - forever upping the ante of the 'normal' with new technologies - we should work on enhancing the concept of normal by broadening appreciation of anatomical variation." - Alice Dreger

"I think the crucial thing in the writing career is to find what you want to do and how you fit in. What somebody else does is of no concern whatever except as an interesting variation." - James A Michener

"If you always feel like an imposter, you work harder, and that makes you better at your job. You've got to keep a level of variation; otherwise, you'll end up talking about nails and beauty products all the time." - Edie Campbell

"It turns out that there are swaths of habitat in the north of Siberia and Yukon that actually could house a mammoth. Remember, this was a highly plastic animal that lived over tremendous climate variation." - Hendrik Poinar

"After all these years of cooking and writing recipes, I am still amazed every time I notice how even the minutest of variation in technique can make a spectacular difference." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"When the Internet publicity began, I remember being struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was, that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world." - Eric Schmidt

"The Moon stabilizes Earth's obliquity. Well, almost. The tilt actually varies between 22 and 24.5 degrees - and the variation is enough to induce such environmental inconveniences as the occasional ice age. Without the Moon, it might be much worse." - Seth Shostak

"I'm not a frustrated concert composer, and the concert pieces I've done have been a small part of my work. What I've sought there is instruction, variation from the demands of film and relief from its restrictions." - John Williams

"The iambic pentameter owes its pre-eminence in English poetry to its genius for variation. Good blank verse does not sound like a series of identically measured lines. It sounds like a series of subtle variations on the same theme." - James Fenton

"Jazz and poetry both involve a structure that may be familiar and to some extent predictable. And then, you try to create as much surprise and spontaneity and feeling and variation while respecting that structure." - Robert Pinsky

"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." - Albert Einstein

"From study of known normal brains we have learned that there is a certain range of variation. No two brains are exactly alike, and the greatest source of error in the assertions of Benedict and Lombroso has been the finding of this or that variation in a criminal's brains, and maintaining such to be characteristic of the 'criminal constitution,' unmindful of the fact that like variations of structure may and do exist in the brains of normal, moral persons." - Edward Anthony Spitzka

"Evolution is variation and selection. If you can vary alternatives, and select among them, improvement emerges. It works in technology, in apps, and in life itself. What stunned me about seasteading is that it's a technology for variation and selection in governance itself. The reason some two hundred nation-states do a poor job of governing seven billion people is that they don't vary, and people don't select." - Joe Quirk

"Sexual reproduction exists solely as a means to defeat parasites. By mixing male and female genes, sex produces offspring not exactly like either the male or female-making each generation different from the last, and presenting a moving target to intruders intent on compromising this system. ... Even with this variation, parasites continue to pose a threat... and parasitism evolves and moves through any system-not just living things. The less variation there is in a system, the more readily parasites will evolve to infest it..." - Daniel Suarez

"If, however, one factor is too successful, it will continue to be the winning factor regardless of the variation in the other factors over the range of variation in the conditions, and therefore will stifle the development of other advantageous factors until the conditions change sufficiently that it no longer is the winning factor. At this point, the whole population is ill prepared for the change, and may well perish entirely if the winning factor accidentally becomes the matching factor for a disease or a predator." - Erik Naggum

"The motion of the stars calculated by the Hindus before some 4500 years vary not even a single minute from the tables of Cassine and Meyer (used in the 19-th century). The Indian tables give the same annual variation of the moon as the discovered by Tycho Brahe - a variation unknown to the school of Alexandria and also to the Arabs who followed the calculations of the school ... The Hindu systems of astronomy are by far the oldest and that from which the Egyptians, Greek, Romans and - even the Jews derived from the Hindus their knowledge." - Jean Sylvain Bailly

"I have never wanted to be typecast, one of those actors who plays a variation on a one-note theme. So just as I enjoy playing a wide variety of characters, from good to bad to ugly to cute - so I have enjoyed of late working in film and television, as well as in theatres of various sizes and shapes." - Ian Mckellen

"When ever Buddhism has taken root in a new land, there has been a certain variation in the style in which it is observed. The Buddha himself taught differently according to the place, the occasion and the situation of those who were listening to him." - Dalai Lama

"The morphological characteristics of plant and animal species form the chief subject of the descriptive natural sciences and are the criteria for their classification. But not until recently has it been recognized that in living organisms, as in the realm of crystals, chemical differences parallel the variation in structure." - Karl Landsteiner

"That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes. Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good God, or the product of uncaring natural forces? The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection." - Charles Darwin

"Man is a creature adapted for life under circumstances which are very narrowly limited. A few degrees of temperature more or less, a slight variation in the composition of air, the precise suitability of food, makes all the difference between health and sickness; between life and death." - Robert Stawell Ball

"The soul has two parts, one rational and the other irrational. Let us now similarly divide the rational part, and let it be assumed that there are two rational faculties, one whereby we contemplate those things whose first principles are invariable, and one whereby we contemplate those things which admit of variation." - Aristotle

"I suggest that what artists do in all media can be summarized as deliberately performing the operations that occur instinctively during a ritualized behaviour: they simplify or formalize, repeat (sometimes with variation), exaggerate, and elaborate in both space and time for the purpose of attracting attention and provoking and manipulating emotional response." - Ellen Dissanayake

"What my children appear to be on the surface is no matter to me. I am fooled neither by gracious manners nor by bad manners. I am interested in what is truly beneath each kind of manners...I want my children to be people- each one separate- each one special- each one a pleasant and exciting variation of all the others" - William Saroyan

"I like to count myself as someone who doesn't follow that stuff and someone who's just trying to invent stories and characters and movies that are just funny and work because they're good and not because they're a slight variation that were hot a few months ago." - Scot Armstrong

"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man's power of selection. But the expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient." - Charles Darwin

"What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass. It is the core of our careers, the endgame of every move we make, and we pursue it with strategies painstakingly constructed of lies and concealment and every variation on deception." - Tana French

"One need not be eminent in any part of profound knowledge in order to understand it and to apply it. The various segments of the system of profound knowledge cannot be separated. They interact with each other. For example knowledge about psychology is incomplete without knowledge of variation." - W Edwards Deming

"The most essential elements of success in life are a purpose, increasing industry, temperate habits, scrupulous regard for ones word ... courteous manners, a generous regard for the rights of others, and, above all, integrity which admits of no qualification or variation." - William A. Clark

"I remember being with a girlfriend who asked me to look over some chess openings with her. I instantly fell asleep. I found that I could always take a nap in any situation by just looking at some opening variation - my eyes would shut right away." - Pal Benko

"First and foremost it is essential to understand the essence, the overall idea of any fashionable variation, and only then include it in one's repertoire. Otherwise the tactical trees will conceal from the player the strategic picture of the wood, in which his orientation will most likely be lost." - Lev Polugaevsky

"Being gay is a natural normal beautiful variation on being human. Period. End of subject. Therefore, any argument which says differently is an immoral supremacist one. Call it out as such. ... Be outraged, offended, angry and intolerant of any discussion or any one who describes you as unequal, undeserving or unnatural for being just as you are." - Larry Kramer

"The attitude is in my personality. It's going to come out in the songs no matter what. If you're pushing the vocal constantly at 10, there's no room for any dynamics. There's no room for any variation in tone. There's no room for anything." - Mike Ness

"The word religion literally means, in Latin, to link or bind together; and despite the vast variation in the world's religions, Wilson shows that religions always serve to coordinate and orient people's behavior toward each other and toward the group as a whole, sometimes for the purpose of competing with other groups." - Jonathan Haidt

"Natural selection is a blind and undirected consequence of the interaction between variation and the environment. Natural selection exists only in the continuous present of the natural world: it has no memory of its previous actions, no plans for the future, or underlying purpose." - Henry Gee

"The first thing to say about Eve is that she was a big improvement on the Adam design, or that Adam was an extremely misguided variation on the Eve design. (Consider testicles. Two concentrated nuclei of absolute vulnerability. Where? Dangling between the legs. I rest my case.)" - Glen Duncan

"It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By "we" I mean adults. We're adults, right? But emotionally we're a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: "Would someone please acknowledge me?" - Marc Maron

"There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness." - Khaled Hosseini

"I think certain types of processes do' allow for any variation. If you have to be part of that process, all you can do is transform-or perhaps distort-yourself through that persistent repetition, and make that process a part of your own personality." - Haruki Murakami

"Natural selection is just three factors - over-production, variation, and inheritance combined to produce adaptation to changing local environments. It's not a principle or progress; it's just a principle of local adaptation. You don't make better creatures in any cosmic sense; you make creatures that are better suited to the changing climates of their local habitats." - Stephen Jay Gould

"There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awareness." - Louis Bromfield

"And as hearbes and trees are bettered and fortified by being transplanted, so formes of speach are embellished and graced by variation.... As in our ordinary language, we shall sometimes meete with excellent phrases, and quaint metaphors, whose blithnesse fadeth through age, and colour is tarnish by to common using them...." - Michel De Montaigne