Quotes with string
The scope of an intellect is not to be measured with a tape-string, or a character deciphered from the shape or length of a nose.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
History is just one long string of atrocities. You could say history is atrocious. The best way to find out what they did is to find out where they hid the bodies.
The Chaneysville Incident, 1981
Don't wait for your opportunity. Make it,-- make it as the shepherd-boy Ferguson made his when he calculated the distances of the stars with a handful of glass beads on a string. Make it as George Stephenson made his when he mastered the rules of mathematics with a bit of chalk on the grimy sides of the coal wagons in the mines. Make it, as Napoleon made his in a hundred "impossible" situations. Make it, as all leaders of men, in war and in peace, have made their chances of success. Golden opportunities are nothing to laziness, but industry makes the commonest chances golden.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
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)