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  • Between the approximation of the idea and the precision of reality there was a small gap of the unimaginable, and it was this hiatus that gave him no rest.
    (Milan Kundera, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being")
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  • Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
    (Bertrand Russell)
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  • A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
    (Charles Lamb)
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  • We are looking at a future where to a first approximation, everyone is wealthy.
    (Ralph Merkle)
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  • After 5 years old, it is an approximation, but a fairly good approximation, in terms of looking at the amount of wear on the teeth, are there teeth missing, that kind of thing.
    (Ron DeHaven)
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  • The problem with intelligent agents and filters is that they can never do anything more than a crude approximation of my desires and wants.
    (Clifford Stoll)
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  • As a first approximation, I define belief not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true.
    (Michel de Certeau)
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  • It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.
    (Aristotle)
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  • The first approximation in this future that we're looking at is that everyone will be physically well off. They will have a great abundance in material goods, and I think that will soften some of the conflicts we see now.
    (Ralph Merkle)
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  • It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.
    (Aristotle)
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  • If that enabled us to predict the succeeding situation with the same approximation, that is all we require, and we should say that the phenomenon had been predicted, that it is governed by the laws.
    (Henri Poincare)
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  • Are we willing to accept an approximation of who the voters actually wanted, or are we going to insist that every reasonable step to determine who the voters actually wanted be taken ... I clearly think it needs to be the latter. That's the very foundatio
    (Evan Bayh)
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  • All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
    (Bertrand Russell)
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