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On the relationship side, if you teach people to respond actively and constructively when someone they care about has a victory, it increases love and friendship and decreases the probability of depression.
Martin Seligman
Love
,
Friendship
,
Depression
Obviously, things can get derailed, particularly if, which looks more and more likely, you get a blow-up between Israel and Iran. I think that's a very real probability now. But barring some real blow-up, the U.S. economy will grow, after a slow first quarter, about 3, 3.5 percent this year, far better than it was in 2011.
Steve Forbes
Grow
,
Slow
,
Economy
We think that life develops spontaneously on Earth, so it must be possible for life to develop on suitable planets elsewhere in the universe. But we don't know the probability that a planet develops life.
Stephen Hawking
Life
,
Universe
,
Earth
Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
George Boole
Change
,
Knowledge
,
Perfect
If we have an atom that is in an excited state and so is going to emit a photon, we cannot say when it will emit the photon. It has a certain amplitude to emit the photon at any time, and we can predict only a probability for emission; we cannot predict the future exactly.
Richard P. Feynman
Time
,
Future
,
Predict
Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability.
Claude Shannon
Negative
,
Value
,
Reciprocal
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln
Deter
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Struggle
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Support
Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
William Osler
Art
,
Science
,
Medicine
Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.
Edward Thorndike
Measure
,
Aim
,
Psychology
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
Andy Rooney
Chance
,
Wrong
,
Rule
There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.
Buzz Aldrin
Life
,
Space
,
Galaxy
The probability of apocalypse soon cannot be realistically estimated, but it is surely too high for any sane person to contemplate with equanimity.
Noam Chomsky
High
,
Soon
,
Cannot
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Hannah Arendt
Odds
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Everyday
,
Certainty
It is almost possible to predict one or two days in advance, within a rather broad range of probability, what the weather is going to be; it is even thought that it will not be impossible to publish daily forecasts, which would be very useful to soci.
Antoine Lavoisier
Daily
,
Weather
,
Predict
Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to the new forms of probability.
Hans Bender
Free
,
Tradition
,
Open
When you turn from one room to the next, when your animal senses no longer perceive the sounds of the dishwasher, the ticking clock, the smell of a chicken roasting - the kitchen and all its seemingly discrete bits dissolve into nothingness - or into waves of probability.
Robert Lanza
Animal
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Kitchen
,
Chicken
In an environment where you've got to push innovations out the door fast and keep the cost of innovation low, the probability that you'll be successful is actually much higher.
Clayton Christensen
Innovation
,
Successful
,
Door
A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don't have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.
Natalie Dormer
Family
,
Brain
,
Pool
Seeking an acquisition from the start is more than just bad advice for an entrepreneur. For the entrepreneur it leads to short term tactical decisions rather than company-building decisions and in my view often reduces the probability of success.
Vinod Khosla
Success
,
Decisions
,
Start
I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.
Elon Musk
Mission
,
Construct
Maybe we should teach schoolchildren probability theory and investment risk management.
Andrew Lo
Management
,
Risk
,
Investment
The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.
Alan Greenspan
Money
,
Debt
,
Zero
The uniformity of the earth's life, more astonishing than its diversity, is accountable by the high probability that we derived, originally, from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled.
Lewis Thomas
Life
,
Diversity
,
Earth
We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Push
,
Increased
,
Intervene
In the financial system we have today, with less risk concentrated in banks, the probability of systemic financial crises may be lower than in traditional bank-centered financial systems.
Timothy Geithner
Today
,
Risk
,
Financial
A scientist worthy of a lab coat should be able to make original discoveries while wearing a clown suit, or give a lecture in a high squeaky voice from inhaling helium. It is written nowhere in the math of probability theory that one may have no fun.
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Fun
,
Voice
,
High
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