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It does not at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite delight than a farmer who is conducting his team. (Quote by -Isaac D'Israeli)

Everything will be all right - you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. (Quote by - Dag Hammarskjold)

ADMINISTRATION, n. An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. A man of straw, proof against bad-egging and dead-catting. (Quote by - Ambrose Bierce)

The way it is presented, there's this level of abstraction that is put in there unnecessarily. (Quote by - Carl Wieman)

It's one thing to have the tools, but you also need to have the methodology. Inevitably, the need to move up to a higher level of abstraction is going to be there. (Quote by - Michael Sanie)

Commemoration of John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813, 1873 Here [in the Gospels] is something that the layman can hold on to, quite apart from the vagaries of critical scholarship, for it is a portrait unaffected by the authenticity of any particular saying or story. Such an encounter with the historical Jesus is, of course, not the same as Christian faith in him. Even Caiaphas, Herod, and Pontius Pilate encountered him in this way. Christian faith is still a matter of decision -- either this Man is God's redemptive act, or he is not. Nor is the historical Jesus the object of our faith. That object is the Risen Christ preached by the Church. But the Risen Christ is in continuity with the historical Jesus, and it is the historical Jesus which makes the Risen Christ not just an abstraction, but clothes him with flesh and blood. (Quote by -Fuller, Reginald)

Persons without education certainly do not want either acuteness or strength of mind in what concerns themselves, or in things immediately within their observation; but they have no power of abstraction, no general standard of taste, or scale of opinion. They see their objects always near, and never in the horizon. Hence arises that egotism which has been remarked as the characteristic of self-taught men. (Quote by - William Hazlitt)

WHATEVER Life may really be, it is to us an abstraction: for the word is a generalised term to signify that which is common to all animals and plants, and which is not directly operative in the inorganic world. (Quote by -Oliver J Lodge)

Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. With the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of c. (Quote by - Abraham Maslow)

The product, via substantial abstraction, allows for less skilled developers to rapidly generate relatively sophisticated Web applications. The catch is that more experienced developers may find some of the abstraction unnecessary and/or undesirable. (Quote by - Stephen O'Grady)

Wisdom itself is often an abstraction associated not with fact or reality but with the man who asserts it and the manner of its assertion. (Quote by - John Kenneth Galbraith)

Conversation opens our views, and gives our faculties a more vigorous play; it puts us upon turning our notions on every side, and holds them up to a light that discovers those latent flaws which would probably have lain concealed in the gloom of unagitated abstraction. (Quote by -William Melmoth)

The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense. (Quote by - Jean Piaget)

During the course of a year I work with a lot of different Indian musicians, often in situations where I'm playing more of a classical Indian performance, At the same time, as a writer and composer I'm trying to figure out how to bring in some of the abstraction that exists in jazz. (Quote by - George Brooks)

Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for. (Quote by -Jean Baudrillard)

It is specifically American, but that's not to say it's not universal. And I'm not fudging it. It is a parable of art that, to be universal, you must be specific. Otherwise, you are just talking about an abstraction. So you have to talk about a particular person and a particular place. Specificity is the essence of art. But it doesn't mean it doesn't have universal resonance. (Quote by - David Cronenberg)

It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction. (Quote by - Doris Lessing)

If you look at the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection now, it doesn't tell the story of what was happening during the '30s and '40s. While Myron prefers the representational, I think you can see he likes artists who pushed realism as close to abstraction as possible. (Quote by - Elizabeth Armstrong)

Two elements are needed to form a truth -- a fact and an abstraction. (Quote by - Remy de Gourmont)

The efficacy of good examples in the formation of public opinion is incalculable. Though men justify their conduct by reasons, and sometimes bring the very rules of virtue to the touchstone of abstraction, yet they principally act from example. (Quote by -Robert Hall)

For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, forget the private figure, or if we in the intensity of our private emotions forget the public world. Both houses will be ruined, the public and the private, the material and the spiritual, for they are inseparably connected. (Quote by - Virginia Woolf)

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. [And] if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity. (Quote by - William Manchester)

The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right -- you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves. (Quote by - Dag Hammarskjold)

On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing, pushing, touching, rubbing. It is these individual actions that give rise most of the time to abstraction from objects. (Quote by - Jean Piaget)


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