Quotes on Propositions

Science [is] knowledge of the truth of Propositions and how things are called. Thomas Hobbes

The above proposition is occasionally useful. Bertrand Russell

It means nothing to be open to a proposition we don't understand. Carl Sagan

The so-called law of induction cannot possibly be a law of logic, since it is obviously a proposition with a sense.-Nor, therefore, can it be an a priori law. Ludwig Wittgenstein

This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: At the time, no one knew what was coming. Haruki Murakami

Love is seldom-almost never-an even proposition. Someone always loves more. Emily Giffin

Administering another country is always a very tricky proposition. Juan Cole

You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are not false but nonsensical. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Reversing a proposition rearranges its terms, but still keeps out new terms. Mason Cooley

A propositional sign, applied and thought out, is a thought. A thought is a proposition with a sense. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Elementary propositions consist of names. Ludwig Wittgenstein

All propositions are of equal value. Ludwig Wittgenstein

We must be willing to be guided of God, not merely now and then, but as a life proposition. E Stanley Jones

I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. Steig Larsson

California's Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified (G.M.) foods carry a label, has the potential to do just that - to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally too. Michael Pollan

Reason is the power or capacity whereby we see or detect logical relationships among propositions. Alvin Plantinga

Life never tires of testing the proposition that life must go on. Robert Breault

It is fairly clear that many of the arguments against proposition testing are really arguments against propositions themselves. Stephen King

You make an open-ended proposition and the audience completes it somehow. That's what you hope an artwork to be-a constantly living thing. Cornelia Parker

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa. Robert A Heinlein

Proposition IX. Radiant light consists in Undulations of the Luminiferous Ether. Thomas Young

There are some men who in a fifty-fifty proposition insist on getting the hyphen too. Laurence J Peter

There is no controversy within science over the core proposition of evolutionary theory Kenneth R Miller

I am led to the proposition that there is no fiction or nonfiction as we commonly understand the distinction: there is only narrative. E L Doctorow

Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition. Gilbert K Chesterton

Proposition one: time is a man, space is a woman. Angela Carter

A priori Logical propositions are such as can be known a priori without study of the actual world. Bertrand Russell

You make an open-ended proposition and the audience completes it somehow. That's what you hope an artwork to be-a constantly living thing. Cornelia Parker

Once you attach your personality to a proposition, people start reacting to the personality and stop reacting to the proposition. Harvey Mackay

hen the price of carbon reaches $100 a tonne, then it will become an economically viable business proposition to start taking CO&8322; out of the atmosphere and sequestering it underground. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution. Raymond E Feist

Philosophy rests on a proposition that whatever is is right. Preaching begins by assuming that whatever is is wrong. Elbert Hubbard

True science is never speculative; it employs hypotheses as suggesting points for inquiry, but it never adopts the hypotheses as though they were demonstrated propositions. Cleveland Abbe

In short, the proposition that God was in any way involved in our creation is effectively outlawed, and implicitly negated. Phillip E Johnson

Preparing for a future in music is an expensive proposition. Itzhak Perlman

Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing. Ludwig Wittgenstein

The cabinet has no propositions to make, but orders to give. Charles De Gaulle

Propositions on which all men are in agreement are true: if they are not true we have no truth at all. Georg C Lichtenberg

To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness. Edmund Husserl

The California proposition [Prop. 187] is one I would agree with. That's the easiest way to put it. Bob Dole

A true proposition is a proposition belief which would never lead to such disappointment so long as the proposition is not understood otherwise than it was intended. Charles Sanders Peirce

Observing that the market was FREQUENTLY efficient, EMT Adherents went on to conclude incorrectly that it was ALWAYS efficient. The difference between these propositions is night and day. Warren Buffett

In fact, of course, I hold that propositions that contemporary philosophers would properly count as 'empirical' can be necessary and be known to be such. Saul Kripke

The heterosexuality or homosexuality of many individuals is not an all-or-none proposition. Alfred Kinsey

In fact I thought life was pretty much a losing proposition, and I didn't mind saying so. Richard Hell

When you exist in the centre of a debate, as a topic, a hypothesis - otherised and stigmatised - you become the prop in a proposition. Randa Abdel-Fattah

I have often noticed that when people come to understand a mathematical proposition in some other way than that of the ordinary demonstration, they promptly say, "Oh, I see. That's how it must be." This is a sign that they explain it to themselves from within their own system. Georg C Lichtenberg

It is as easy to count atomies as to resolve the propositions of a lover. William Shakespeare

To hope for a true change of human life without a change of human nature is an irrational and unspiritual proposition. Sri Aurobindo

Geometry in every proposition speaks a language which experience never dares to utter; and indeed of which she but halfway comprehends the meaning. William Whewell

Lincoln once said that America was founded on a proposition that was written by Jefferson in 1776. We are really founded on an argument about what that proposition means. Joseph J Ellis

Hurried and worried until we're buried, and there's no curtain call, Lifes a very funny proposition after all. George M Cohan

Transportation spending is a win-win proposition. Tim Bishop

I hold that the propositions embodied in natural science are not derived by any definite rule from the data of experience, and that they can neither be verified nor falsified by experience according to any definite rule. Michael Polanyi

Situationism is a ludicrous proposition. It's ill-formed and it's perfectly French. That Gallic disposition towards common sense. L'Anarchie! John Lydon

Therefore, I do not wish to consider any proposition to cede any portion of our tribal holdings to the Great Father. Sitting Bull

True love has always been a two-way proposition. Jon Jones

That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise. David Hume

The proposition that the meek (that is the adaptable and serviceable), inherit the earth is not merely a wishful sentiment of religion, but an iron law of evolution. Kenneth E. Boulding

My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me. Abraham Lincoln

By this we may understand, there be two sorts of knowledge, whereof the one is nothing else but sense, or knowledge original (as I have said at the beginning of the second chapter), and remembrance of the same; the other is called science or knowledge of the truth of propositions, and how things are called, and is derived from understanding. Thomas Hobbes

Deduction, which takes us from the general proposition to facts again-teaches us, if I may so say, to anticipate from the ticket what is inside the bundle. Thomas Huxley

In experimental philosophy, propositions gathered from phenomena by induction should be considered either exactly or very nearly true notwithstanding any contrary hypotheses, until yet other phenomena make such propositions either more exact or liable to exceptions. Isaac Newton

I expect to fight that proposition until hell freezes over. Then I propose to start fighting on the ice. Russell B Long

Surely, nothing can be more plain or even more trite common sense than the proposition that innovation [...] is at the center of practically all the phenomena, difficulties, and problems of economic life in capitalist society. Joseph A Schumpeter

We criticize a thinker more acutely when he advances a proposition that is disagreeable to us; and yet it would be more reasonableto do so when his proposition is agreeable to us. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is possible-indeed possible even according to the old conception of logic-to give in advance a description of all 'true' logical propositions. Hence there can never be surprises in logic. Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard

Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and comercials. Neil Postman

The French are a tremendously verbal race: they kill you with their assurances, their repetitions, their reasons, their platitudes, their formulae, their propositions, their solutions. Christina Stead

One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day, every day, spend one's life making aesthetic propositions. What an immense luxury Anish Kapoor

It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true. Alfred North Whitehead

Mathematics is a logical method. . . . Mathematical propositions express no thoughts. In life it is never a mathematical proposition which we need, but we use mathematical propositions only in order to infer from propositions which do not belong to mathematics to others which equally do not belong to mathematics. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Analytic It is clear that the definition of "logic" or "mathematics" must be sought by trying to give a new definition of the old notion of "analytic" propositions. Bertrand Russell

Mathematics as a science, commenced when first someone, probably a Greek, proved propositions about "any" things or about "some" things, without specifications of definite particular things. Alfred North Whitehead

If the propositions of this Discourse are tenable, the "state of progressive collapse" is precisely that state in which alone we are warranted in considering All Things. Edgar Allan Poe

Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition. Dennis Gabor

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Communism starts with the proposition that there are no universal truths or general truths of human nature. Richard M. Nixon