Predictability Quotes

Quotes tagged as "predictability" (showing 1-30 of 31)
Sun Tzu
“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Mark  Lawrence
“Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In fiction: we find the predictable boring. In real life: we find the unpredictable terrifying.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

E.A. Bucchianeri
“... an artist should paint from the heart, and not always what people expect. Predictability often leads to the dullest work, in my opinion, and we have been bored stiff long enough I think.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Victoria Moran
“Just because you’re grown up and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself. (281)”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Criss Jami
“One does not have to be a philosopher to be a successful artist, but he does have to be an artist to be a successful philosopher. His nature is to view the world in an unpredictable albeit useful light.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Michio Kaku
“Something as superfluous as "play" is also an essential feature of our consciousness. If you ask children why they like to play, they will say, "Because it's fun." But that invites the next question: What is fun? Actually, when children play, they are often trying to reenact complex human interactions in simplified form. Human society is extremely sophisticated, much too involved for the developing brains of young children, so children run simplified simulations of adult society, playing games such as doctor, cops and robber, and school. Each game is a model that allows children to experiment with a small segment of adult behavior and then run simulations into the future. (Similarly, when adults engage in play, such as a game of poker, the brain constantly creates a model of what cards the various players possess, and then projects that model into the future, using previous data about people's personality, ability to bluff, etc. The key to games like chess, cards, and gambling is the ability to simulate the future. Animals, which live largely in the present, are not as good at games as humans are, especially if they involve planning. Infant mammals do engage in a form of play, but this is more for exercise, testing one another, practicing future battles, and establishing the coming social pecking order rather than simulating the future.)”
Michio Kaku, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Walter de la Mare
“It was a pity thoughts always ran the easiest way, like water in old ditches.”
Walter de la Mare, The Return

“I am metaphysical being, mystical and emotional, skeptical and cynical, happy and boisterous, loud and bawdy, quiet and melancholy, tender and cruel, full of mirth and despair. Inherent inconsistences mark me as part of nature, which is neither cruel nor fair, or reliable or predictable.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Csaba Gabor-B.
“ Home is not a place. Home is security, predictability, reliability, dependability, safety, permanence combined together. ”
Csaba Gabor-B.

Johnny Rich
“The future is certain. It is just not known.”
Johnny Rich, The Human Script

William Barrett
“If science could comprehend all phenomena so that eventually in a thoroughly rational society human beings became as predictable as cogs in a machine, then man, driven by this need to know and assert his freedom, would rise up and smash the machine.

What the reformers of the Enlightenment, dreaming of a perfect organization of society, had overlooked, Dostoevski saw all too plainly with the novelist's eye: namely, that as modern society becomes more organized and hence more bureaucratized it piles up at its joints petty figures like that of the Underground Man, who beneath their nondescript surface are monsters of frustration and resentment.”
William Barrett

Raheel Farooq
“Predictability is not how things will go, but how they can go.”
Raheel Farooq

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You can only be unpredictable once.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

“Economy is not baseball, where the game is always played by the same rules.”
Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't

Criss Jami
“A number of our scientists boast intelligence but lack wisdom. I find those to be the predictable ones.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Brad Meltzer
“Most archivists don't like surprises. That's why we work in the past.”
Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle

Mark Slouka
“History resists an ending as surely as nature abhors a vacuum; the narrative of our days is a run-on sentence, every full stop a comma in embryo. But more: like thought, like water, history is fluid, unpredictable, dangerous. It leaps and surges and doubles back, cuts unpredictable channels, surfaces suddenly in places no one would expect.”
Mark Slouka, Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Sometimes chaos is the very thing that deliberately shakes up our neatly ordered world’s in order to get us out of the neatly ordered ruts that have kept us stuck.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Rebecca Goldstein
“(As Plato:) There is nothing superstitious about forcing bad consequences for the hubris of paternalistic utopianism. Humanity should never be frozen into a vision of the best. A creative society must be willing to tolerate some degree of instability because creativity is inherently unstable.”
Rebecca Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Vladimir Nabokov
“Whatever evolution this or that popular character has gone through between the book covers, his fate is fixed in our minds, and, similarly, we expect our friends to follow this or that logical and conventional pattern we have fixed for them. Thus X will never compose the immortal music that would clash with the second-rate symphonies he has accustomed us to. Y will never commit murder. Under no circumstances can Z ever betray us. We have it all arranged in our minds, and the less often we see a particular person the more satisfying it is to check how obediently he conforms to our notion of him every time we hear of him. Any deviation in the fates we have ordained would strike us as not only anomalous but unethical. We would prefer not to have known at all our neighbor, the retired hot-dog stand operator, if it turns out he has just produced the greatest book of poetry his age has ever seen.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Joan Didion
“Aging and its evidence remain life's most predictable events, yet they also remain matters we prefer to leave unmentioned, unexplored.”
Joan Didion, Blue Nights

Allan Dare Pearce
“We need consistency and predictability, and a sense of proper placement. We need these things before we can mold the world into what we know it can be.”
Allan Dare Pearce, Hitler Burns Detroit

Douglas Coupland
“And once again, work is providing us with a comforting sense of normalcy-living and working inside of coding's predictably segmented time/space. Simply grinding away at something makes life feel stable, even though the external particulars of life (like our pay checks, our office, and so forth) are, at best, random.”
Douglas Coupland

“Wishing the world was predictable an controllable does not make it so, and it might make us disregard what is actually happening”
Jean G. Boulton

“Systems provides the necessary predictability, which continuous increase demands for”
Sunday Adelaja

Bruce Sterling
“History's kaleidoscope worked its permutations, its pace ever faster, approaching some unknown crescendo.”
Bruce Sterling, Schismatrix Plus

Jan Golembiewski
“Children love both magic and science for the same reason both are enablers. Both offer power and solutions to impossible problems. But then something shifts when people discover the instability magic brings to existence. It shatters the world that’s been built on predictability and logic. Suddenly the material, the countable, the definable is pulled from underfoot by the capricious, slippery and ego-centric nature of the mind. In that respect it’s the opposite of science, which remains dispassionate and impartial to the observer, predictable no matter what. The laws of motion won’t change because the scientist gets a speeding fine.”
Jan Golembiewski, Magic

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