Quotes with capacity
My capacity for happiness you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first.
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
Every step forward in mechanical technique is a step in the direction of abstraction. This capacity for living easily and familiarly at an extraordinary level of abstraction is the source of modern man's power. With it he has transformed the planet, annihilated space, and trebled the world's population. But it is also a power which has, like everything human, its negative side, in the desolating sense of rootlessness, vacuity, and the lack of concrete feeling that assails modern man in his moments of real anxiety.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
It's very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people.
Interview with ABC News program "This Week", July 7, 2013. About immigration reform.
Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted
There is nothing of permanent value (putting aside a few human affections), nothing that satisfies quiet reflection, except the sense of having worked according to one’s capacity and light to make things clear and get rid of cant and shams of all sorts.
The capacity to evolve must be evolved itself. Evolution has been, and will keep on, exploring the space of possible evolutions. Organisms, memes, the whole ball of wax are only evolution's way to keep evolving.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
In studying man’s past we are also, inevitably, studying ourselves. In doing so, our empathetic capacity is our most valuable, and most humane, tool of understanding.
Decoding the Past, 1983
There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness.
Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.
Not because of an extraordinary talent did he succeed, but because he had a capacity of a level for business and not above it.
Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.
To succeed in other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.
Following the Equator
I've been allowed a few more years - I hope. My lung capacity is naturally limited now, but I had a pretty good set before the disease hit me, so it isn't too noticeable in my everyday life.
It is difficult to avoid the impression that a miracle confronts us here, quite comparable in its striking nature to the miracle that the human mind can string a thousand arguments together without getting itself into contradictions, or to the two miracles of laws of nature and of the human mind's capacity to divine them.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)