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    Nowadays nobody bothers, and it is considered in slightly bad taste to even raise the question of God's existence. Matters of religion are like matters of sexual preference: they are not discussed in public, and even the abstract questions are discussed only by bores.

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    Oh abstractions are just abstract until they have an ache in them.

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    Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics!

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    One is almost tempted to say that the language itself is a mythology deprived of its vitality, a bloodless mythology so to speak, which has only preserved in a formal and abstract form what mythology contains in living and concrete form.

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    One of the most striking aspects of abstract art's appearance is her nakedness, an art stripped bare.

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    Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.

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    Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class.

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    Our relationship with places is a close bond, intricate in nature, and not abstract, not remote at all: It's enveloping, almost a continuum with all we are and think.

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    Philosophy is not in a state of external reflection on other domains, but in a state of active and internal alliance with them, and it is neither more abstract nor more difficult.

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    Painting is... a richer language than words... Painting operates through signs which are not abstract and incorporeal like words. The signs of painting are much closer to the objects themselves.

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    Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients.

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    Prefer the familiar word to the far-fetched. Prefer the concrete word to the abstract. Prefer the single word to the circumlocution. Prefer the short word to the long. Prefer the Saxon word to the Romance.

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    Realism' has been abandoned in the search for reality: the 'principal objective' of abstract art is precisely this reality.

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    Psychologically, the teaching of abstractions first is wrong. Indeed, a thorough understanding of the concrete must precede the abstract.

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    Quantum physics is no longer an abstract theory for specialists. We must now absolutely include it in our education and also in our culture.

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    ... scientific research is compounded of ... empirical procedures, general speculative ideas, and mathematical or abstract reasoning.

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    Sanctuary cities are a lot like hitchhiking. And the abstract, it feels really good until you feel dead.

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    Relativity is inherently convergent, though convergent toward a plurality of centers of abstract truths.

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    Screenwriting is always about what people say or do, whereas good writing is about a thought process or an abstract image or an internal monologue, none of which works on screen.

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    She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short.

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    Some people in China don't look at freedom of speech as an abstract ideal, but more as a means to an end.

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    That’s the huge problem with an abstract painting. When are you done? You’re done when you don’t want to do it anymore.

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    Talk with M. Hermite. He never evokes a concrete image, yet you soon perceive that the more abstract entities are to him like living creatures.

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    Some physicists describe gravity in terms of ten dimensions all curled up. But those aren't real words-just placeholders, used to refer to parts of abstract equations.

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    That subject has lost its one time appeal to economists as our science has become more abstract, but my interest has even grown more intense as the questions raised by the sociology of science became more prominent.

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    The abstract, unreal freedom of the liberal intellect was really nothing more than childish disobedience, amplified into anarchy.

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    The abstract has no emotional content... the abstract is more powerful the more abstract it is.

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    The common willing of a common world is an eminently practical undertaking and not in the least abstract.

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    The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.

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    The complexity of software is an essential property, not an accidental one. Hence, descriptions of a software entity that abstract away its complexity often abstracts away its essence.

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    Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry.

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    The concrete is better than the abstract. The detail is better than the commonplace. The sensual [through the senses] is better than the intellectual. The visual is better than the mental.

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    The force that propels the human spirit on the clear way forward and upward is the abstract spirit.

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    The inner and outer, the visible and invisible, the abstract and concrete - you've got to get the balance right (not that I do, but it's something to aim for).

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    The idea of abstract power only exists for academics, not in real life.

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    The more chaos there is, the more science holds on to abstract systems of control, and the more chaos is engendered.

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    The language of film is further and further away from the language of theater, and is closer to music. It’s abstract but still narrative. Everything feels less rehearsed. It’s more experimental than classical.

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    The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.

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    The more abstract is form, the more clear and direct its appeal.

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    The piece of music is nothing without the act of interpretation. That is the only way it can live, and it's a totally abstract thing.

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    The only and one way to say what abstract art or art-as-art is, is to say what it is not.

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    The physical world is entirely abstract and without actuality apart from its linkage to consciousness.

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    There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract. The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials.

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    The process by which civilization, as an abstract entity distinct from the societies in which it is embodied, dies or is reborn is a very significant one.

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    There is more fine abstract design in Navajo rugs than in all these modern paintings.

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    There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.

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    there are virtues which are very well in the abstract, but which, encountered in the flesh, can be a source of extreme irritation.

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    There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.

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    The role of the pastor is to embody the gospel. And of course to get it embodied, which you can only do with individuals, not in the abstract.

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    There is something very pleasing about the principles of science and the rules of math, because they are so inevitable and so harmonious - in the abstract, anyway.