Quotes with number
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
Mostly Harmless (1992)
The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up…
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
There's an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.
Homosexuality is so much in fashion it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing.
As stated to Gary Carey in Brando's 1976 biography The Only Contender
I volunteered for a number of reasons. One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for.
We Seven (1962)
I know one’s work isn’t judged by the number of pounds the scores weigh, but all the same, I hope I have enough years left to work and to produce more, because I really feel I haven’t written enough.
Interview with The New York Times in 1986.
A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
First published in the "Movie Answer Man" column (18 September 2005)
The unions might be good for the people who are in the unions but it doesn't do a thing for the people who are unemployed. Because the union keeps down the number of jobs, it doesn't do a thing for them.
Interview with Brian Lamb, In Depth Book TV (2000)
Life is a transforming flood that fills up empty containers and then spills out of them on its way to fill up more. The shape and number of vessels submerged by the flood doesn't make a bit of difference.
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)
Mathematics says the sum value of a network increases as the square of the number of members. In other words, as the number of nodes in a network increases arithmetically, the value of the network increases exponentially. Adding a few more members can dramatically increase the value of the network.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
The Eastern European Jews arrived in New York bringing with them a thousand years of experience of living in cities as merchants, combined with a similarly urban attitude that held that there is nothing unmanly about operating a sewing machine: the result of these, and a number of other factors, was Seventh Avenue.
The history of an age is not the history of a solution of a number of problems, but the history of the struggle between several possible solutions, and of the way in which men working towards certain solutions are constantly deflected from their paths by other men working for other solutions.
The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
Avarice often produces opposite effects; there is an infinite number of people who sacrifice all their property to doubtful and distant expectations; others despise great future advantages to obtain present interests of a trifling nature.
There are crimes which become innocent, and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability.
In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (1935)
When I reflect upon the number of disagreeable people who I know have gone to a better world, I am moved to lead a different life.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations that we can perform without thinking about them.
It is important to point out that the mathematical formulation of the physicist’s often crude experience leads in an uncanny number of cases to an amazingly accurate description of a large class of phenomena.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894