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  • Remy de Gourmont
    Remy de Gourmont
    French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright 1858-1915
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    The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille Paglia
    American academic and social critic 1947-
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    Feminist anti-porn discourse virtually always ignores the gigantic gay male porn industry, since any mention of the latter would bring crashing to the ground the absurd argument that pornography is by definition the subordination of women.
    Source: Vamps and Tramps (1994)
  • John Keats
    John Keats
    English poet 1795-1821
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    I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom - one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
  • Benoit Mandelbrot
    Benoit Mandelbrot
    Polish-born French and American mathematician and polymath 1924-2010
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    A fractal is by definition a set for which the Hausdorff-Besicovitch dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension.
    Source: The Fractal Geometry of Nature
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
  • Phillips Brooks
    Phillips Brooks
    American Minister, Poet 1835-1893
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    A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter Lippmann
    American writer, reporter, and political commentator 1889-1974
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    A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    Sir Philip Sidney
    British Author, Courtier 1554-1586
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    Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.
  • Benjamin Tucker
    Benjamin Tucker
    American anarchist and socialist 1854-1939
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    And this is the Anarchistic definition of the State: the embodiment of the principle of invasion in an individual, or a band of individuals, assuming to act as representatives or masters of the entire people within a given area.
  • Benjamin Haydon
    Benjamin Haydon
    British artist 1786-1846
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    Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
  • Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine Gordimer
    South african writer 1923-
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    Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
  • John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy
    American politician 1917-1963
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    As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness.
  • Myriam Miedzian
    Myriam Miedzian
    American philosopher and author
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    As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment.
  • Carol Bartz
    Carol Bartz
    American business executive 1948-
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    Back when 'social' had a broad definition, you could almost say that Yahoo Finance chat was the first social product.
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