Quotes: ingenuity

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  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas Adams
    British science-fiction writer 1952-
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    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas Adams
    British science-fiction writer 1952-
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    A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
    Source: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2012) 690
  • John Updike
    John Updike
    American writer and criticus 1932-
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    Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
  • G. C. Lichtenberg
    G. C. Lichtenberg
    German writer and physicist 1742-1799
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    As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown...
  • Ben Carson
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    Before this country came on the scene, for thousands of years people did things the same way. Within 200 years of the advent of this nation, men were walking on the moon, and I want us to recognize this is the kind of people that we are. We're creative with a lot of ingenuity and a lot of energy.
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas Hardy
    British writer and poet 1840-1928
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    Don't you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.
  • Even if the whole earth and sea were turned to gold, they could hardly satisfy the avarice of a woman... You can more easily scratch a diamond with your fingernail than you can by any human ingenuity get a woman to consent to giving any of her savings.
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean Rostand
    French writer 1897-1977
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    Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
    American author and editor 1942-
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    Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille Paglia
    American academic and social critic 1947-
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    Homeric mind is ingenuity, practical intelligence. There is no Rodin-like deep thinking, no mathematical or philosophical speculation. Odysseus thinks with his hands.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
  • Arlen Specter
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    If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.
  • Bob Richards
    Bob Richards
    American athlete 1926-
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    Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.
  • Alan Turing
    Alan Turing
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    Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity.
  • Wyndham Lewis
    Wyndham Lewis
    British painter and author 1882-1957
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    Men were only made into ''men'' with great difficulty even in primitive society: the male is not naturally ''a man'' any more than the woman. He has to be propped up into that position with some ingenuity, and is always likely to collapse.
  • Arnold Bennett
    Arnold Bennett
    British novelist 1867-1931
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    Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.
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