Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition.

— John Arbuthnot

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All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.

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He that sows his grain upon marble will have many a hungry belly before his harvest.

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All the politics in the world are nothing else but a kind of analysis of the quantity of probability in casual events, and a good politician signifies no more but one who is dexterous at such calculations.

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What I have said may serve to recommend mathematics for acquiring a vigorous constitution of mind; for which purpose they are as useful as exercise is for procuring health and strength to the body.

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The first Care in building of Cities, is to make them airy and well perflated;

infectious Distempers must necessarily be propagated amongst Mankind living close together.

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It is surprising to see what superficial, inconsequential reasonings satisfy the most part of mankind. A piece of wit, a jest, a simile, or a quotation of an Author, passes for a mighty argument.... This weakness and effeminacy of mankind in being persuaded where they are delighted, have made them the sport of orators, poets, and men of wit.

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Almighty Power, by whose most wise command, helpless, forlorn, uncertain, here I stand, take this faint glimmer of thyself away, or break into my soul with perfect day!

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The Mathematics are Friends to Religion;

inasmuch as they charm the Passions, restrain the Impetuosity of Imagination, and purge the Mind from Error and Prejudice.

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The dumpling-eaters are a race sprung partly from the old Epicurean and partly from the Peripatetic Sect; they were first brought into Britain by Julius Caesar; and finding it a Land of Plenty, they wisely resolved never to go home again.

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To bliss unknown by lofty soul aspires, My lot unequal to my vast desires.

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Hocus was an old cunning attorney. The words of consecration, "Hoc est corpus," were travestied into a nickname for jugglery, as "Hocus-pocus." - John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People, 1874. see Charles Macklin.

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Truth can never be an enemy to true religion, which appears always to the best advantage when it is most examined.

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About John Arbuthnot

Quotes 28 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Physicist
Birthday October 16

It is impossible for a Die, with such determined force and direction which makes it fall on such a determined side, only I don't know the force and direction which makes it fall on such a determin'd side, and therefore I call that Chance, which is nothing, but want of Art.

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Biography is one of the new terrors of death.

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Truth is the same thing to the understanding, as Music to the ear, and Beauty to the eye.

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He warns the heads of parties against believing their own lies.

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O truth divine! enlightened by thy ray, I grope and guess no more, but see my way.

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John looked ruddy and plump, with a pair of cheeks like a trumpeter.

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Mathematical studies may serve for a pleasant entertainment for those hours which young men are apt to throw away upon their vices.

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King is a title which translated into several languages, signifies a magistrate with as many different degrees of power as there are kingdoms in the world, and he can have no power but what is given him by law; yea, even the supreme or legislative power is bound by the rules of equity, to govern by laws enacted, and published in due form; for what is not legal is arbitrary.

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I believe the calculation of the quantity of probability might be improved to a very useful and pleasant speculation, and applied to a great many events which are accidental, besides those of games; only these cases would be infinitely more confused, as depending on chances which the most part of men are ignorant of.

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Unjust force can never give any just dominion.

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Law is a Bottomless-Pit, it is a Cormorant, a Harpy, that devours every thing.

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The dumpling is indeed of more ancient institution, and of foreign origin;

but alas, what were those dumplings? Nothing but a few lentils sodden together, moisten'd and cemented with a little seeth'd fat.

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Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologize. (Those are the secrets of a happy life!)

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Law is a bottomless pit.

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Among the innumerable Footsteps of Divine Providence to be found in the Works of Nature, there is a very remarkable one to be observed in the exact Balance that is maintained, between the Numbers of Men and Women; for by this means it is provided, that the Species may never fail, nor perish, since every Male may have its Female, and of a proportionable Age.

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