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"I'm very interested in variations." - Jim Jarmusch

"All animals are minor variations on a very particular theme." - Richard Dawkins

"I am a great believer in variations on the routine." - Kaye Gibbons

"Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme." - Richard Holbrooke

"This preservation of favourable variations and the destruction of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest. Variations neither useful nor injurious would not be affected by natural selection and would be left a fluctuating element." - Charles Darwin

"It's bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They're not. They're just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close." - Rachel Cohn

"Regarding trials, including of our faith and patience, there are no exemptions-only variations." - Neal A Maxwell

"There are endless new variations on how to hurt a woman physically, emotionally, financially, and socially," - Gloria Allred

"Freedom for me is a strict frame, and inside that frame are all the variations possible." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

"In analysing complicated variations one must examine each branch of the tree once and once only." - Alexander Kotov

"You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you." - Courtney Summers

"There are not many original shapes or silhouettes - only a million variations." - Charles James

"It is said that an ounce of common sense can outweigh a ton of 'variations'." - Savielly Tartakower

"First group impressions can mask a lot of individual variations in the members." - Carolyn Hax

"A lot of my cartoon voices are basically just variations on my natural voice." - Al Yankovic

"There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme." - John Lennon

"There are endless new variations on how to hurt a woman physically, emotionally, financially, and socially." - Gloria Allred

"Generally what I produce is new. Of course, they are often variations on the same subject." - Sergio Aragones

"It doesn't use shading, but it does use stroke length variations." - John Robert Gregg

"I think doing variations on a classical theme is a dangerous thing to do." - Tori Amos

"Films have gotten leaner and leaner, cutting out all variations from the story line." - Neil Jordan

"I want to show people how there are variations and different interpretations of good and evil." - Hideo Kojima

"The Lord who cannot endure vain repetitions is equally weary of vain variations." - Charles Spurgeon

"Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his." - Franz Liszt

"I've always thought abstractly - through theme and variations rather than narrative." - Robert Wilson

"Loneliness is the theme, and I play it like a symphony, in endless variations." - Jonathan Tropper

"The variations I've composed on the graceful Neapolitan ditty, 'Oh Mamma, Mama Cara,' outshine everything. I can't describe it" - Niccolo Paganini

"The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon..." - John A. Keel

"It struck me that favourable variations would tend to be preserved and unfavourable ones tend to be destroyed" - Charles Darwin

"Memorization of variations could be even worse than playing in a tournament without looking in the books at all." - Mikhail Botvinnik

"People of all sexes have the right to explore femininity, masculinity-and the infinite variations between-without criticism or ridicule." - Leslie Feinberg

"I like repetition, but I really, really like variations, synchronistic things that happen where you're not really thinking about them." - Jim Jarmusch

"The artist has never been a dictator, since he understands better than anybody else the variations in human personality." - Heywood Broun

"Friendship is like a prism through which the many variations of beauty are revealed in our lives." - Anonymous

"I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life." - Sylvia Plath

"The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices." - Peter Eisenman

"The sea always offers up incredible stories of survivors' fortitude. Myths of a lot of countries have variations on that." - Colin Farrell

"There are infinitely many variations of the initial situation and therefore no doubt indefinitely many theorems of moral geometry." - John Rawls

"You can't expect someone born into a family with no music... to understand when I'm conducting the Schoenberg Variations." - Daniel Barenboim

"I have been sitting watching that ever since I came back, the continuous variations of light and shadow." - Laurie Lee

"What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space." - Erwin Schrodinger

"Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All greatness affects different minds, each in its own particular kind, and the variations of testimony mark the truth of feeling." - Margaret Fuller

"The man of genius whether as artist or thinker requires a mass of accidental variations to select from and a rigidly selective process of attention." - Boris Sidis

"Every writer has certain subjects that they write about again and again, and . . . most people's books are just variations on certain themes." - Christopher Isherwood

"There are only five notes in the musical scale, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be heard. There are only five basic colors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be seen. There are only five basic flavors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be tasted. There are only two kinds of charge in battle, the unorthodox surprise attack and the orthodox direct attack, but variations of the unorthodox and the orthodox are endless. The unorthodox and the orthodox give rise to each other, like a beginningless circle-who could exhaust them?" - Sun Tzu

"Life set itself to new processions of seed-time and harvest, the skin newly turned to seasonal variations, the very blood humming to new altitudes." - Mary Hunter Austin

"I still think I have the speed and the variations also to win the matches, but its very good competition and also a great challenge for me too." - Martina Hingis

"If we do not learn by heart, the heart does not feel the rhythms of poetry as echoes or variations of its own insistent beat." - Brad Leithauser

"Even the once simple home mortgage now has so many flavors and styles and variations that it is difficult for people to make a decision." - Scott D. Cook

"Cooking is for capturing the taste of the food and then enhancing it, as a composer may take a theme and then delight us with his variations." - Fernand Point

"There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious." - C S Lewis

"Morality did not keep well; it required stable conditions; it was costly; it was subject to variations, and the market for it was uncertain." - Mary Mccarthy

"Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half" - Jan Timman

"Capablanca's phenomenal move-searching algorithm in those early years, when he possessed a wonderful ability for calculating variations very rapidly, made him invincible." - Mikhail Botvinnik

"When my opponent's clock is going I discuss general considerations in an internal dialogue with myself. When my own clock is going I analyse conctrete variations." - Mikhail Botvinnik

"In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense." - Jorge Luis Borges

"In modern praxis lost positions are salvaged most often when the play is highly complicated with many sharp dynamic variations to be calculated." - Leonid Shamkovich

"All women's dresses, in every age and country, are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress." - Lin Yutang

"The thoughts which the word "God" suggests to the human mind are susceptible of as many variations as human minds themselves." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"I've been variations of vegetarian for over 20 years. I'm Canadian so I always say, be the best you can be." - Pamela Anderson

"Natural selection acts solely by accumulating slight successive favorable variations, it can produce no great or sudden modification; it can act only by very short steps." - Charles Darwin

"Show me three variations in the leading handbook on the openings, and I will show you two of those three that are defective." - Emanuel Lasker

"Read between the lines, folks, 'cause I'm here to tell you you're not getting the straight story. Ever. You're getting variations of the truth, if you're lucky." - Rob Lowe

"One of the real challenges, since we're working in so many places - Mexico, Japan, Brazil - is understanding variations, both in terms of culture and context." - Richard Meier

"Life set itself to new processions of seed-time and harvest, the skin newly turned to seasonal variations, the very blood humming to new altitudes." - Mary Austin

"I played him the Goldberg Variations. If one wishes to reduce a sensitive German to tears there is no surer lachrymatory." - John Fowles

"Every writer has certain subjects that they write about again and again, and... most people's books are just variations on certain themes." - Christopher Isherwood

"Now, if someone tries to monopolize the Web, for example pushes proprietary variations on network protocols, then that would make me unhappy." - Tim Berners-Lee

"The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity." - G Stanley Hall

"Even the once simple home mortgage now has so many flavors and styles and variations that it is difficult for people to make a decision." - Scott Cook

"I tend to write out the first iteration of a lyric here and then go over here and make variations on it, on the page opposite." - James Taylor

"Etching will suggest subtle variations of tone, the most delicate shadings, all with black lines, which, as far as lines go, are unsurpassed for sheer beauty." - Walter J. Phillips

"When the entire process becomes a prescribed ritual that does not allow for spontaneous variations and reactions, the vitality of the medium and our relation to it suffers." - Jerry Uelsmann

"Geologists are rapidly becoming convinced that the mammals spread from their central Asian point of origin largely because of great variations in climate." - Ellsworth Huntington

"To me I think artists in general make a statement - and for the rest of their lives - every album, every book - are variations on a theme." - Mark Mothersbaugh

"I soon realized that it is not enough for a master simply to analyse variations scrupulously just like an accountant. He must learn to work out which particular moves he should consider and then examine just as many variations as necessary - no more and no less." - Alexander Kotov

"Others are to us like the characters in fiction, eternal and incorrigible; the surprises they give us turn out in the end to have been predictable and unexpected variations on the theme of being themselves." - Mary Mccarthy

"Natural selection based on the differential multiplication of variant types cannot exist before there is material capable of replicating itself and its own variations, that is, before the origination of specifically genetic material or gene-material." - Hermann Joseph Muller

"We have usually no knowledge that any one factor will exert its effects independently of all others that can be varied, or that its effects are particularly simply related to variations in these other factors." - Ronald Fisher

"It can take a few months to get a new 10 minutes. Usually it takes like 10 times of repeatedly trying different variations of a joke until I land on one I think is really good." - Aziz Ansari

"I've heard a hundred different variations of instances of unadulterated female victimhood, yet the silence of the feminists is deafening. Where two pieties-feminism and multi-culturalism-come into conflict, the only way of preserving both is an indecent silence." - Theodore Dalrymple

"There are about a thousand different variations on a horse neigh. Some of them sound like a horse having sex, some of them like a horse having sad sex." - Denis Leary

"Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." - George Orwell

"The past is buried deep within the ground in Rabat, although the ancient walls in the old city are still standing, painted in electrifying variations of royal blue that make the winding roads look like streamlets or shallow ocean water" - Raquel Cepeda

"When you have finished analyzing all the variations and gone along all the branches of the tree of analysis you must first of all write the move down on your score sheet, before you play it." - Alexander Kotov

"It is not the natural movement of film that gives the objects their expression, but the artistic movement, that is to say, a rhythmical movement regulated by itself in which variations and pulsations form a part of the artistic design." - Hans Richter

"From time to time, like many other players, I glance through my own games of earlier years, and return to positions and variations which have gone out of practice. I attempt to restore them, to find new ideas and plans." - Efim Geller

"Just as it is wrong to work on chess by studying only the first 10-15 moves, so it is wrong to play one and the same opening system, even though it be rich in variations and nuances." - Efim Geller

"The essence of boredom is to be found in the obsessive search for novelty. Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes." - George Leonard

"It is well to be informed about the winds, About the variations in the sky, The native traits and habits of the place, What each locale permits, and what denies." - Virgil

"The one thing I'm jealous of a signature-artist situation is that if you just do one thing and slight variations on it, you wouldn't have to kill yourself to get a show done. I'm sick of killing myself." - Jim Shaw

"What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do" - John Guare

"Ninety percent of the book variations have no great value, because either they contain mistakes or they are based on fallacious assumptions; just forget about the openings and spend all that time on the endings." - Jose Raul Capablanca

"The [Five Second Rule] has many variations, including The Three Second Rule, The Seven Second Rule, and the extremely handy and versatile The However Long It Takes Me to Pick Up This Food Rule." - Neil Pasricha

"Shall we ever live to see the following wise prohibition - the audience is forbidden to smoke and the masters are forbidden to 'smoke out' the audience by playing exchanging variations?" - Savielly Tartakower

"In Darwin's theory, you just have to substitute 'mutations' for his 'slight accidental variations' (just as quantum theory substitutes 'quantum jump' for 'continuous transfer of energy'). In all other respects little change was necessary in Darwin's theory..." - Erwin Schrodinger

"The Same, the Same: friend and foe are of one stuff; the ploughman, the plough, and the furrow, are of one stuff; and the stuff is such, and so much, that the variations of form are unimportant." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's a double-headed coin, because technology is a convenience but it's stifled our attention spans. At one time, albums had songs that were like ten minutes long, with different variations and chord progressions and changes." - Cee Lo Green

"Within the context of Western music, jazz has always contained certain radical or revolutionary aspects. These are: improvisation, collective composition and individuality or the personal sound (based on amazing variations in sonority, timbre and pitch)." - Michael Snow

"An uninhibited, Chuck Berry devotee but experimented with and broke a lot of ground on feedback techniques and solid variations in tonal and dissonant utilizations. I'm one of the best guitarists in the world, and I play with great emotion." - Ted Nugent

"We have never had class-based parties. We've had parties run by the business classes. There's slight variations. Like in the New Deal period, there was a lot of popular activism, so things shifted slightly, but not much." - Noam Chomsky

"Socialism, Puritanism, Philistinism, Christianity-he saw them all as allotropic forms of democracy, as variations upon the endless struggle of quantity against quality, of the weak and timorous against the strong and enterprising, of the botched against the fit." - H L Mencken

"This twofold nature of man is so evident that some have thought that we had two souls. A single subject seemed to them incapable of such sudden variations from unmeasured presumption to a dreadful dejection of heart." - Blaise Pascal

"Others are to us like the characters in fiction, eternal and incorrigible; the surprises they give us turn out in the end to have been predictable - unexpected variations on the theme of being themselves." - Mary Mccarthy

"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

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"The enigma I will not explain - its dark saying must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the variations and the theme is often of the slightest texture." - Edward Elgar

"Every day I studied the nude, and movement in the streets and in the shops. Out of the naturalistic surface with all its variations I wanted to derive the pictorially determined surface." - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

"Whenever the current of money is forcibly stopped, and when money is prevented from settling at its just level, there are no limits to the possible variations of the exchange." - David Ricardo

"I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory, owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in the period of oscillation." - Pieter Zeeman

"Mozart often wrote to his family that certain variations or sections of pieces were so successful that they had to be encored immediately, even without waiting for the entire piece to end." - Emanuel Ax

"I worked with my coach to develop some new spiral variations to make my program more interesting. Each one is different and you'll have to wait until January to see them." - Sasha Cohen

"Different people call me different things. In America, people really struggle with my name, so I don't have a nickname as such. I've had Sharlito, Sheldon, Charldo, really interesting variations on the name." - Sharlto Copley

"In America, people really struggle with my name, so I don't have a nickname as such. I've had Sharlito, Sheldon, Charldo, really interesting variations on the name. Some of them can get it, but many can't." - Sharlto Copley

"I love making music. I love being involved in arranging music. It's very natural to know what I want to hear next and come up with ideas that are variations of what might be good." - Stone Gossard

"What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do." - John Guare

"People rarely speak of children; you hear of 'cohort groups' and 'standard variations,' but you don't hear much of boys who miss their cats or 6-year-olds who have to struggle with potato balls." - Jonathan Kozol

"In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms - square, cube, line and color - to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple." - Sol Lewitt

"I was interested in variations in temperatures of the oceans over the past millennium. But there are no records of these changes so I had to find proxy measures: coral growth, ice cores and tree rings." - Michael E Mann

"I had the afro when I was in high school. I had the flattop during a short period in the early '90s. And I've had different variations of dreadlocks. I'll admit to those!" - Tim Meadows

"Generally, variations in earnings aren't nearly as impactful on glamour growth stocks as are changes in image and, well, sexiness. I often think of glamour stocks as though they are attractive women dressing to the nines." - Kenneth Fisher

"Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health." - Lord Chesterfield

"The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there." - Pierre Schaeffer

"I've been getting a lot of science fiction scripts which contained variations on my 'Star Trek' character and I've been turning them down. I strongly feel that the next role I do, I should not be wearing spandex." - Marina Sirtis

"The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system. Its minor variations from writer to writer are not a matter of concern to this analysis." - Talcott Parsons

"Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical. You can go out and see that organisms do vary, that variations are inherited, and that every organism is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances." - George C 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

"Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement." - Dean Koontz

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"Country people do not behave as if they think life is short; they live on the principle that it is long, and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same." - Edward Hoagland

"The differing opinions regarding the gospel are often categorized as different variations of the same truth, or coming at the same truth from different angles, or even emphasizing different aspects of the same truth. This fails to recognize that the different 'variations' are often altogether different gospels. The Reformed gospel is completely different from the Roman Catholic gospel; a faith-based gospel is in direct contradiction to a works-based gospel; a truly evangelical gospel stands in contrast to an ultracharismatic gospel." - Paul Washer

"On December 12, 1829, Paganini wrote his friend Germi: "The variations I've composed on the graceful Neapolitan ditty, 'Oh Mamma, Mama Cara,' outshine everything. I can't describe it!" He was writing from Karlsruhe, in the midst of his triumphal tour through Germany. That letter marks the earliest known mention of the variations that would become famous as "The Carnival of Venice." At the time of his letter, Paganini had already performed the piece in at least four concerts. From then on, it would be one of his most popular compositions." - Niccolo Paganini

"When I walk into a market I may see a different cut of meat or an unusual vegetable and think, "I wonder how it would be if I took the recipe for that sauce I had in Provence and put the two together?" So I go home and try it out. Sometimes my idea is a success and sometimes it is a flop, but that is how recipes are born. There really are not recipes, only millions of variations sparked by someone's imagination and desire to be a little creative and different. American cooking is built, after all, on variations of old recipes from around the world." - James Beard

"We might make a public moan in the newspapers about the decay of conscience, but in private conversation, no matter what crimes a man may have committed or how cynically he may have debased his talent or his friends, variations on the answer Yes, but I did it for the money, satisfy all but the most tiresome objections." - Lewis H Lapham

"I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end, I'll go to a French movie. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can't just build off the first one or play variations." - Joss Whedon

"there are only two basic ways of structuring the relations between the female and male halves of humanity. All societies are patterned on either a dominator model - in which human hierarchies are ultimately backed up by force or the threat of force - or a partnership model, with variations in between." - Riane Eisler

"My father used to tell me stories before I fell asleep. When the children would gather, at a certain point, I had a tendency to make up my own elementary variations on stories I had heard, or to invent totally new ones." - Wole Soyinka

"It was certainly not this mummified and outrageously painted old woman he was seeing before him, but the entire "female species," as it was his custom to call women. The individual disappeared, the features were obliterated, whether young or senile, beautiful or ugly - those were mere unimportant variations. Behind each woman rises the austere, sacred and mysterious face of Aphrodite." - Nikos Kazantzakis

"We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one's balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship's compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"We're interested by public personas and private personas, otherwise we wouldn't put on with actors rambling on with the same kind of stuff, over and over again, saying variations of the same thing. I'm always amazed by how fascinated people still are by actors because it's the same version of events that actors describe, all the time." - Toby Jones

"Enya never writes a bad melody. That's first and foremost her secret. As she goes along, she'll start changing the dynamics, pushing here and there so that not everything is perfectly in unison. It adds a texture you can acquire only from having different voices. The variations lead to interesting quirks. It's an integral part of the Enya sound." - Nicky Ryan

"With calm, knowledgeable precision, Daniel Ziblatt wades into the adjacent swamps of federalism and nineteenth-century European history, emerging with hands full of gems. Beneath the tangle of great statesmen and national culture he discovers conflicting regional political interests, sharp regional variations in political capacity, fearful defenses against excessive democracy, coercive conquest of weak states, and unintended consequences galore. Read, think, and learn." - Charles Tilly

"Possibly the biggest issue, however, is that performance appraisals focus managers attention on precisely the wrong thing: individual people. As W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement, taught a long time ago, company performance often results more from variations in systems than from the individuals doing the work." - Jeffrey Pfeffer

"Every time a man is begotten and born, the clock of human life is wound up anew to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"... if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being perserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offsping similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection." - Charles Darwin

"There is a direct parallel in the way that we speak, with natural variations of pitch and volume that give full meaning to our words. This is what is missing in the words on the page of a book, and the notes on the score." - Howard Snell

"We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one's balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship's compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"The laws of history are as absolute as the laws of physics, and if the probabilities of error are greater, it is only because history does not deal with as many humans as physics does atoms, so that individual variations count for more." - Isaac Asimov

"Number is the Word but is not utterance it is wave and light, though no one sees it it is rhythm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each form of life is a particular reverberation of Number." - Maurice Druon



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