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

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

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

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

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

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

“... 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

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

“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

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

Min Jin Lee
“His Presbyterian minster father had believed in a divine design, and Mozasu believed that life was like this game where the player could adjust the dials yet also expect the uncertainty of factors he couldn't control. He understood why his customers wanted to play something that looked fixed but which also left room for randomness and hope.”
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“We have built a thousand temples to Fortune and not one to Reason.”
Marcus Cornelius Fronto

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.”
Selden Edwards

“Be unprepared, that's my motto. Be unprepared, and let life overwhelm you.”
Marty Rubin

“There is more chance than choice in our decisions.”
Marty Rubin

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“If my brain can ttell the difference between noise and signal, my heart cannot.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Marcus du Sautoy
“One of the most curious consequences of quantum physics is that a particle like an electron can seemingly be in more than one place at the same time until it is observed, at which point there seems to be a random choice made about where the particle is really located. Scientists currently believe that this randomness is genuine, not just caused by a lack of information. Repeat the experiment under the same conditions and you may get a different answer each time.”
Marcus du Sautoy, The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science

Bertrand Russell
“We all start from “naive realism,” i.e., the doctrine that things
are what they seem. We think that grass is green, that stones
are hard, and that snow is cold. But physics assures us that the
greenness of grass, the hardness of stones, and the coldness of
snow are not the greenness of grass, the hardness of stones, and
the coldness of snow that we know in our own experience, but
something very different”
Bertrand Russell

R.J. Blizzard
“Purpose is how God controls the randomness of life. Without it, you’re just silver ball in the arcade game of life.”
R.J. Blizzard

Donna Leon
“Life had taught him to be profoundly suspicious of coincidence, and it had similarly taught him to view any seemingly random conjunction of events or persons as coincidence and thus be suspicious of that, as well.”
Donna Leon, A Sea of Troubles

Rosemary Edghill
“The point is, there is no point." Philip spoke up surprisingly. "No one here gets out alive. And over a sufficient period of time, all choices tend to normalize on a curve of random distribution."

"You mean if you wait long enough, nothing happens?”
Rosemary Edghill, The Sword of Maiden's Tears

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If we are merely a chance product of ‘random happenstance’ and nothing more, doesn’t it strike you as a bit odd that we have the ability to contemplate the question of ‘random happenstance’ with such methodical complexity?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Sex is like pizza: if you're going to use BBQ sauce, you better know what the fuck you're doing.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

Lynne Tillman
“Once history holds your hand, it never lets go. But it has an anxious grip and takes you places you couldn’t expect.”
Lynne Tillman, The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories

“Life's randomness is fairly well orchestrated.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Just because you haven't finished a series, doesn't mean you can't start other ones!”
Ms. French Fries

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