Randomness Quotes

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Tony Hillerman
“From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”
Tony Hillerman, Coyote Waits

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“If you hear a "prominent" economist using the word 'equilibrium,' or 'normal distribution,' do not argue with him; just ignore him, or try to put a rat down his shirt.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Art Spiegelman
“Yes, life always takes the side of life, and somehow the victims are blamed. But it wasn’t the best people who survived, nor did the best ones die. It was random!”
Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus

Orhan Pamuk
“Ka knew very well that life was a meaningless string of random incidents”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

James Gleick
“Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Lauren Oliver
“Most of the time - 99 percent of the time - you just don't know how and why the threads are looped together, and that's okay. Do a good thing and something bad happens. Do a bad thing and something good happens. Do nothing and everything explodes.

And very, very rarely - by some miracle of chance and coincidence, butterflies beating their wings just so and all the threads hanging together for a minute - you get the chance to do the right thing.”
Lauren Oliver

Vera Nazarian
“Luck is not as random as you think.

Before that lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Aneurin Bevan
“We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over!”
Aneurin Bevan

Pooja Agnihotri
“Randomness rarely works for businesses.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

“... Nature almost surely operates by combining chance with necessity, randomness with determinism...”
Eric Chaisson, Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

Stanisław Lem
“For what are myths if not the imposing of order on phenomena that do not possess order in themselves? And all myths, however they differ from philosophical systems and scientific theories, share this with them, that they negate the principle of randomness in the world.”
Stanisław Lem, Highcastle: A Remembrance

“The two go hand in hand like a dance: chance flirts with necessity, randomness with determinism. To be sure, it is from this interchange that novelty and creativity arise in Nature, thereby yielding unique forms and novel structures.”
Eric Chaisson, Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

Frank Herbert
“She thought of the boy's features as an exquisite distillation out of random patterns-endless queues of happenstance meeting at this nexus.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

“IRL: It's funny how when I'm loud people tell me to be quiet, but when I'm quiet people ask me "What's wrong.”
Skylar Blue

Madeleine L'Engle
“Western man has tried for too many centuries to fool himself that he lives in a rational world. No. There's a story about a man who, while walking along the street, was almost hit on the head and killed by an enormous falling beam. This was his moment of realization that he did not live in a rational world but a world in which men's lives can be cut off by a random blow on the head, and the discovery shook him so deeply that he was impelled to leave his wife and children, who were the major part of his old, rational world. My own response to the wild unpredictability of the universe has been to write stories, to play the piano, to read, listen to music, look at paintings - not that the world may become explainable and reasonable but that I may rejoice in the freedom which unaccountability gives us.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

Jeremy Clarkson
“I wore a groove in the kitchen floor with endless trips to the fridge, hoping against hope that I had somehow missed a plateful of cold sausages on the previous 4,000 excursions. Then, for no obvious reason, I decided to buy a footstool.”
Jeremy Clarkson, The World According to Clarkson

Terry Pratchett
“Vimes took the view that life was so full of things happening erratically in all directions that the chances of any of them making some kind of relevant sense were remote in the extreme. Colon, being by nature more optimistic and by intellect a good deal slower, was still at the Clues are Important stage.”
Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

Selden Edwards
“He said that the principal function of music was to organize the details into harmonies that were intended to make us forget that there was randomness all around us. The same, he said, could be said for great books.”
Seldon Edwards

Dani Shapiro
“Always lists to be made, as if writing items in neat vertical rows might stave off randomness and chaos.”
Dani Shapiro, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

“Seek and you shall fun!”
Helen Edwards, Nothing Sexier Than Freedom

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Nobody accepts randomness in his own success, only in his failure.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

James Gleick
“In physics—or wherever natural processes seem unpredictable—apparent randomness may be noise or may arise from deeply complex dynamics.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

“Boys climb hills “because they are there.” Men climb mountains because they know there is something beyond them and they want to see it. They want to see what is “behind,” “farther in,” and “deeper down.” Men are not afraid of what they will find. They know something is there because no matter where man has looked, there has always been more. Armchair explorers call that more “randomness.” Real explorers call it God.”
Jean-Michel Hansen

“Nothing here is random - There is a message and lesson to everything.”
Bert McCoy

Moses Yuriyvich Mikheyev
“There is no rhyme or reason for any of it. Life is just a casino—numbers, probabilities, and cigarette smoke—that is all we are. Life is like this. You walk into a casino. You walk over to the bar and the bartender gives you two shots of cheap whiskey. You walk in hungry, tired. Maybe you’re already a bit drunk. The whiskey goes straight to your head and you light a cigarette—you know, to calm the nerves. You walk over to a craps table. But with all of the smoke, with your eyes blurry from the alcohol, you can hardly tell what it is. Nonetheless, the dice are rolled. Nobody asks you any questions. They roll the dice and whatever the number is, that’s how long you have to play. That’s life. Just a numbers game.”
Moses Yuriyvich Mikheyev, Bodies: A Romantic Bloodbath

Debashis Chatterjee
“Action is much more than random motion of the body and the mind. True action is born of wonder. When our heart, mind and our entire human capacity is invested in what we do, we get to see true action. The deeper the root of our action goes within our being the more spontaneous our action becomes. True action is indeed not random motion – like goods moving unconsciously through an assembly line. Action is the movement of the conscious being towards a larger purpose.”
Debashis Chatterjee, The Other 99%/You Can Dare To Lead

Reinhold Messner
“How do I pack my rucksack? More like a gambler than a minimalist. I am not someone who likes solving puzzles. Because I never leave anything I might want behind, I first pack anything that falls into my hands. Then as if looking for a prize, I put in a hand, rummage about and pull objects out at random until the rucksack reaches the correct weight. With this process I always have sufficient spare clothing.”
Reinhold Messner, The Second Death of George Mallory: The Enigma and Spirit of Mount Everest

C.J. Tudor
“..all tragedies are [unforeseeable]. That’s what makes them so hard to bear. The acceptance that life is random and often cruel. We seek to attribute blame. We cannot accept that things happen without reason. That not everything is within our control. We make ourselves small gods of our own universe without any of God’s mercy, wisdom or grace.”
C.J. Tudor, The Hiding Place

C.J. Tudor
“..all tragedies are [unforeseeable]. That’s what makes them so hard to bear. The acceptance that life is random and often cruel. We seek to attribute blame. We cannot accept that things happen without reason. That not everything is within our control. We make ourselves small gods of our own universe without any of God’s mercy, wisdom or grace.

[the Rev. Jack Brooks]”
C.J. Tudor, The Burning Girls

Alberto Barrera Tyszka
“Why do we find it so hard to accept that life is pure chance?”
Alberto Barrera Tyszka, The Sickness

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