- Marguerite Duras, in L'Amant, 1984, p. 28.
"(...) mankind, so incomparably better known than any other animal."
- Charles Darwin, in On the Origin of Species, 1859 (1st ed.), p. 67.
- David Cottington, in Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction, p. 98.
"Não me interessa ter razão, não tenho apetência para esse tipo de poder, de marcar uma posição, dar um murro na mesa. Se entro numa discussão é à maneira chinesa, simplesmente para sugerir que pode haver outra maneira de olhar para as coisas."
- Mia Couto em entrevista à RA-Rede Angola, 30 de Junho de 2014.
"(...) mas apesar disso lá tinha calcanhar o nosso Aquiles. Era homem como os outros, outros Aquiles andam por aí que são da cabeça aos pés um imenso calcanhar."
- Machado de Assis, in Contos Fluminenses "1. Miss Dolar", p. 7.
"(...) nem só os cegos precisam de bengala (...) um homem não vai menos perdido por caminhar em linha recta."
- José Saramago, in O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis, p. 75 (Col. Mil Folhas).
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"Your function is to establish the fact and reveal its mechanism; you can't obligate it merely by inventing unlikely corollaries."
- Rex Stout, in Some Buried Caesar, p. 28. Words of Nero Wolfe.
"Since only simply structured explanations can be successfully transfered to students, you are forced to distill your work into a small number of dimensions. The pay off is that not only the students understand what you are doing, but, at last, you do too! If you are not teaching and only present your work to specialists, you can get by with explanations that are a vast tangle of multidimensional jargon and you never really understand what is going on in your work."
- Patrick Cavanagh, in Current Biology 24(7): R260-R262, 2014, Q&A.
"For my part, I have found that when I wish to write a book on some subject, I must first soak myself in detail, until all the separate parts of the subject-matter are familiar; then, some day, if I am fortunate, I perceive the whole, with all its parts duly interrelated. After that, I only have to write down what I have seen."
- Bertrand Russell, in A History of Western Philosophy, 1945, p. 145.
"An orderly, upright man with a well-ordered erudition and a gift for communication is more suitable to become a professor that a scholarly monster who labours only for himself and the world or who does little for his students, or a genius who has offensive morals and who does not think it worth the labour to employ diligence on lectures for his students, or a rhapsodic polymath who strews everything together without any connection and has no proper method of instruction."
- L. H. Jacob, 1798 [in W. Ruëgg, A History of the University in Europe, Vol. II, p. 214].
"Nothing I have ever done is of the slightest practical use."
- G. H. Hardy, FRS, mathematician, Copley Medal, etc.