Quotes of Denominator

“ A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction. ”

- Leo Tolstoy

“ The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not. ”

- Gertrude Stein

“ Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure. ”

- Thomas Szasz

“ In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead. ”

- Erich Fromm

“ We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance. ”

- Hannah Arendt

“ Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer. ”

- Ann Landers

“ Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. ”

- W. H. Auden

“ If something is exceptionally well done it has embedded in it's very existence the aim of lifting the common denominator rather than catering to it. ”

- Edward Fischer

“ Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator. ”

- Marc Fumaroli

“ Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America. ”

- Lillian Hellman

“ The great crimes of the twentieth century were committed not by money-grubbing capitalists but by dedicated idealists. Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler were contemptuous of money. The passage from the nineteenth to the twentieth century has been a passage from considerations of money to considerations of power… ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ If mass communications blend together harmoniously, and often unnoticeably, art, politics, religion, and philosophy with commercials, they bring these realms of culture to their common denominator — the commodity form. The music of the soul is also the music of salesmanship… ”

- Herbert Marcuse

“ I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent… ”

- Anthony Robbins

“ Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal… ”

- Wright C. Mills

“ Part of a teacher's success depends on personality, and the common denominator in the personality of good teachers is their ability to stimulate students to work on problems when the teacher is not there. The teacher then checks the ability of the student to think rather than regurgitate facts. ”

- J. Willis Hurst
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