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Quotations About / On: NUMB

  • 1.
    The greater number of men are merely corporals.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 258, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 2.
    The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.
    (Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British philosopher, political theorist, jurist. repr. (1948). Fragment of Government (1776). The formula was repeated with minor variations in Bentham's later writings. He ascribed the originator of this definition to be either clergyman and scientist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) or Italian legal reformer Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794), though the Scottish philosopher Francis Hutcheson had said much the same in his Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725): "That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.")
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  • 3.
    Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
    (Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Sydney, in Poor Richard, act 1.)
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  • 4.
    Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
    (Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. "On the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg," Libération (Paris, June 22, 1953).)
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  • 5.
    There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 192 (1665), no. 35 of first supplement (1678).)
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  • 6.
    The best number for a dinner party is two—myself and a dam' good head waiter.
    (Nubar Gulbenkian (1896-1972), British oil tycoon, socialite. Daily Telegraph (London, Jan. 14, 1965).)
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  • 7.
    Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
    (James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Cartoon caption, in New Yorker (June 5, 1937).)
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  • 8.
    The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 2 (1964).)
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  • 9.
    Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Servants," Man and Superman (1903).)
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  • 10.
    To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.
    (Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 7, sct. 2 (1967, trans. 1983).)
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