Quotes of Context

“ I think the human body is beautiful, and I don't really have a huge problem in dealing with it, but it's the context, the environment and what I feel about it that that makes the difference for me. ”

- Andie MacDowell

“ Toryism has the historical context of hierarchy and elitism and is a different kind of political philosophy. It's not my favourite term, but we're probably stuck with it. ”

- Stephen Harper

“ We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe. ”

- Christopher Alexander

“ Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context — a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. ”

- Eliel Saarinen

“ Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. ”

- Carl Sandburg

“ Underground issues from one relationship or context invariably fuel our fires in another. ”

- Harriet Lerner

“ Taken in any context, except seriously, life on earth is palatable and positively enjoyable. ”

- Unknown

“ Priority is a function of context. ”

- Stephen R. Covey

“ Knowledge is little; to know the right context is much; to know the right spot is everything. ”

- Hugo Von Hofmannsthal

“ Each group of words is processed by the brain as a single thought. And because the words are viewed in context, you retain them more accurately than if you processed the words individually. ”

- Rose Saperstein

“ The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. ”

- Edwin Schlossberg

“ Courage is nine-tenths context. What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third. ”

- Joseph Epstein

“ The web today is made up of billions of web pages. They all have nice formatting but they don't have context. A new standard called XML will enable web pages to be 'tagged' with context - things like customer number, part number, invoice date, policy number, etc… ”

- John Patrick

“ The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed. ”

- Susan Sontag

“ Verne is very dated now, and to be frank he wasn't that great a writer. His characterisation is weak, his plotting pretty basic, and his style leaves a lot to be desired… having said all that, this criticism is to take him out of context: you really need to look at his achievements in light of when he was writing, and what was being written at the time, and then you come to appreciate what a phenomenon Verne was. ”

- Eric Brown

“ Al Sharpton is much smarter and funnier than he can seem in a television context. He is a smart politician and political strategist. He can give you a extremely cogent wrap of the primary, for example… He is also a real preacher who actually believes in God, unlike many of the preachers in my denomination, the Episcopalians. ”

- Tucker Carlson

“ In old times, and also in our time among the Indian tribes, psychedelic substances were considered sacred and they were used with the right attitude and in a ritual and spiritual context. And what a difference if we compare it with the careless and irresponsible use of LSD in the streets and in the discotheques of New York City and everywhere in the West… ”

- Albert Hofmann

“ I believe that the Arab world is never going to be a united nation, as had been hoped in the Arab Revolt, but something in a more modern context, similar to Europe. It is the only way. We have developed within each part of the Arab world our own identities, and unity in the future must be a unity of sovereign equals. ”

- King Hussein I

“ There comes a point in your life when you realize how quickly time goes by, and how quickly it has gone. Then it really speeds up exponentially. With that, I think you start to put a lot of things into context; you start to see how huge the world is, and really, the universe. ”

- Michael Keaton

“ I haven't seen it, but I know that Adam Herz jammed a lot of stuff into that script. I told him when I read it, 'Man, this is comedically relentless. These… raunchy's not the word, but it's close… scenarios that he comes up with, he just keeps coming up with them, and they're really funny, put in the right context… ”

- Eugene Levy

“ First: the best is the enemy of the good, trying to be perfect or trying to meet infinite context will both make you crazy and make you miss your launch date. The only thing to do is to create a product for your users. Not The User but the specific audience for whom your product is intended. ”

- Christina Wodtke

“ More often than not, most of our worries begin to disappear when we analyze them — because it's hard to go on worrying when we begin to examine what troubles us, when we see our worries in context. ”

- Walter Anderson

“ How easily we can forget how precious life is! So long as we can remember, we've just been here, being alive. Unlike other things for which we have a good comparison — black to white, day to night, good to bad — we are so immersed in life that we can see it only in the context of itself… ”

- Daphne Rose Kingma

“ Too many people are mere products of their context, lacking the will to change, to develop their potential. I also believe, however, that anyone, of any age and in any circumstances, can transform himself if he wants to. ”

- Warren Bennis

“ It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English — up to fifty words used in correct context — no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. ”

- Carl Edward Sagan

“ What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework that to me is the art of photography. ”

- Berenice Abbott

“ We cannot talk about what is learned separately from how it is learned, as if a variety of experiences all lead to the same understanding. Rather, what we understand is a function of the content, the context, the activity of the learner, and, perhaps most importantly, the goals of the learner. ”

- J. R. Savery and T. M. Duffy

“ What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility… a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ”

- Adlai E. Stevenson

“ To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention — on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God — that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying… ”

- W. H. Auden

“ The "text" is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic. ”

- Leslie Fiedler
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