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151. "You, dear reader, have now two accounts to choose between and there can be no doubt which is most probable."
Author: Alasdair Gray
152. "In science, an observer states his results along with the "probable error"; but who ever heard of a theologian or a politician stating the probable error in his dogmas, or even admitting that any error is conceivable? That is because in science, where we approach nearest to real knowledge, a man can safely rely on the strength of his case, whereas, where nothing is known, blatant assertion and hypnotism are the usual ways of causing others to share our beliefs. If the fundamentalist thought they had a good case against evolution, they would not make the teaching of it illegal."
Author: Bertrand Russell
153. "But do you really mean, Sir," said Peter, "that there could be other worlds-all over the place, just round the corner-like that?" "Nothing is more probable," said the Profesor, taking off his spectacles and beginning to polish them, while he muttered to himself, "I wonder what they do teach them at these schools."
Author: C.S. Lewis
154. "Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable."
Author: C.S. Lewis
155. "El escepticismo tiene por función ser peligroso. Es un desafío a las instituciones establecidas. Si enseñamos a todo el mundo, incluyendo por ejemplo a los estudiantes de educación secundaria, unos hábitos de pensamiento escéptico, probablemente no limitarán su escepticismo a los ovnis, los anuncios de aspirinas y los profetas canalizados de 35.000 años. Quizá empezarán a hacer preguntas importantes sobre las instituciones económicas, sociales, políticas o religiosas. Quizá desafiarán las opiniones de los que están en el poder. ¿Dónde estaremos entonces?"
Author: Carl Sagan
156. "It was altogether a different story now. Abhilasha started coming out of the cold aloofness which had become her second nature, while for Arvind, it was like ‘fiddle found a melody'. He was in love with his life again. With their growing intimacy, came the desire to meet each other. And at last it materialised when they fixed a date for meeting. The long awaited day came. A sleepless night of nervous apprehension, culminated at dawn, as Abhilasha could no longer lie down. While there was much excitement at the prospect of meeting him but the possibility of a probable mismatch between the real Arvind and the virtual one, loomed large on her mind, making her feel nervous."
Author: Chitralekha Paul
157. "Your life, sir, is propelledBy a dream of the fear of having nightmares; your loveIs the fear of being alone; your world's historyThe fear of a possible leap by a possible antagonistOut of a possible shadow, or a not-improbableSkeleton out of your dead-certain cupboard."
Author: Christopher Fry
158. "Hardest of all, as one becomes older, is to accept that sapient remarks can be drawn from the most unwelcome or seemingly improbable sources, and that the apparently more trustworthy sources can lead one astray."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
159. "No sé por qué estoy tratando de ocultarle mi reacción, pero ¿no es lo que la gente hace? Tratamos tan fuertemente de ocultar todo lo que realmente sentimos de aquellos quienes probablemente más necesitan saber nuestros verdaderos sentimientos. La gente intenta enfrascar sus emociones, como si de alguna manera estuviera mal tener reacciones naturales a la vida."
Author: Collen Hoover
160. "Cuando ella se volvió y le miró, él comprendió que le había visto desde la ventanilla del vagón. Mientras caminaba hacia él, su belleza se le antojó algo totalmente improbable. Una presencia inimaginable en este lugar o en cualquier otro. Se le acercó sonriendo tristemente, le rozó con los dedos la cicatriz de la mejilla, se estiró y la besó y él le dio un beso y le cogió la maleta.Estás tan delgado, dijo ella. Él miró aquellos ojos azules como un hombre que busca la visión del futuro aún no creado del universo. Apenas tenía aliento para hablar y le dijo que era muy hermosa y ella sonrió y en sus ojos había la tristeza que él vio por primera vez la noche que fue a su habitación y supo que, aunque estaba contenido en aquella tristeza, no constituía su totalidad."
Author: Cormac McCarthy
161. "Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist,'" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.""But," says Man, "The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.""Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic."Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing."
Author: Douglas Adams
162. "It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe."
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
163. "I knew it to be very doubtful whether the Cabinet, Parliament, and the country would take this view on the outbreak of war, and through the whole of this week I had in view the probable contingency that we should not decide at the critical moment to support France."
Author: Edward Grey
164. "De los muchos rostros que (como todos los seres humanos) Alejandra tenía, aquél era el que más le pertenecía a Martín; o, por lo menos, el que más le había pertenecido: era la expresión profunda y un poco triste del que anhela algo que sabe, por anticipado, que es imposible; un rostro ansioso pero ya de antemano desesperanzado, como si la ansiedad (es decir, la esperanza) y la desesperanza pudieran manifestarse a la vez. Y, además, con aquella casi imperceptible pero sin embargo violenta expresión de desdén contra algo, quizá contra Dios o la humanidad entera o, más probablemente, contra ella misma. O contra todo junto. No sólo de desdén, sino de desprecio y hasta de asco."
Author: Ernesto Sabato
165. "Supposing that what is at any rate believed to be the 'truth' really is true, and the meaning of all culture is the reduction of the beast of prey 'man' to a tame and civilized animal, a domestic animal, then one would undoubtedly have to regard all those instincts of reaction and ressentiment through whose aid the noble races and their ideals were finally confounded and overthrown as the actual instruments of culture; which is not to say that the bearers of these instincts themselves represent culture. Rather is the reverse not merely probable—no! today it is palpable! These bearers of the oppressive instincts that thirst for reprisal, the descendants of every kind of European and non-European slavery, and especially of the entire pre-Aryan populace—they represent the regression of mankind! These 'instruments of culture' are a disgrace to man and rather an accusation and counterargument against 'culture' in general!"
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
166. "Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense."
Author: George Ade
167. "Indeed if fish had fish-lore and Wise-fish, it is probable that the business of anglers would be very little hindered."
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
168. "As a revolutionary people, we Americans won a probable victory over the best and biggest army in the world because we learned to fight from the Indians. You can do a lot of damage with a Kentucky rifle from behind a tree. You don't put on a peaked hat and a red coat and white leggings and crossed white bandoleers with a big silver buckle in the center of the X and march uphill into a line of Howitzers loaded with chain and chopped horseshoes."
Author: James Lee Burke
169. "And what could be a hotter ticket than the improbable triumph of 'The Book of Mormon,' the musical-comedy moon shot of the season? Its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of Comedy Central's 'South Park,' are the most unlikely Rodgers and Hammerstein team ever to bowl a thundering strike."
Author: James Wolcott
170. "If I understand you rightly, you had formed a surmise of such horror as I have hardly words to-- Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?"They had reached the end of the gallery, and with tears of shame she ran off to her own room."
Author: Jane Austen
171. " antes de cada acción pudiésemos prever todas sus consecuencias, nos pusiésemos a pensar en ellas seriamente, primero en las consecuencias inmediatas, después, las probables, más tarde las posibles, luego la imaginables, no llegaríamos siquiera a movernos de donde el primer pensamiento nos hubiera hecho detenernos. Los buenos y los malos resultados de nuestros dichos y obras se van distribuyendo, se supone que de forma bastante equilibrada y uniforme, por todos los días del futuro, incluyendo aquellos, infinitos, en los que ya no estaremos aquí para poder comprobarlo, para congratularnos o para pedir perdón, hay quien dice que eso es la inmortalidad de la que tanto se habla..."
Author: José Saramago
172. "Aplazar las cosas está en el número tres de mi Lista de Estupideces. Sigues terminando exactamente donde no querías estar, haciendo exactamente lo que no querías hacer, con la única diferencia de que perdiste todo el tiempo en el medio, durante el cual podrías haber estado haciendo algo divertido. Incluso peor, probablemente estuviste de un humor estresado y desagradable todo el tiempo que estuviste evitándolo. Si sabes que algo es inevitable, hazlo y termina con ello. Avanza. La vida es corta."
Author: Karen Marie Moning
173. "Elena colocó resueltamente sus propias manos a la espalda. Damon no era un sentimental, ni siquiera cuando se ponía en plan «Príncipe de la Noche». La rosa probablemente tenía algo que ver con el viaje que llevaban a cabo."
Author: L.J. Smith
174. "It's improbable for me to become lost, because I am already self-realized. A blank scene is a portrait of a glass kingdom to me. In order to become lost, one must not be able to realize their own identity, ego, and self."
Author: Lionel Suggs
175. "Al considerar el pasado siempre se tiene la impresión -probablemente falsa- de un cierto determinismo"
Author: Michel Houellebecq
176. "I've lived so little that I tend to imagine I'm not going to die; it seems improbablethat human existence can be reduced to so little; one imagines, in spite of oneself,that sooner or later something is bound to happen. A big mistake. A life can just aswell be both empty and short. The days slip by indifferently, leaving neither trace normemory; and then all of a sudden they stop."
Author: Michel Houellebecq
177. "I know that history will be dominated by an improbable event, I just don't know what that event will be."
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
178. "When you exclude anything that is improbable, whatever is left, is not as hilarious."
Author: Oleg Medvedkov
179. "What are the unreal things, but the passions that once burned one like fire? What are the incredible things, but the things that one has faithfully believed? What are the improbable things? The things that one has done oneself. No, Ernest; life cheats us with shadows, like a puppet- master. We ask it for pleasure. It gives it to us, with bitterness and disappointment in its train. We come across some noble grief that we think will lend the purple dignity of tragedy to our days, but it passes away from us, and things less noble take its place, and on some grey windy dawn, or odorous eve of silence and of silver, we find ourselves looking with callous wonder, or dull heart of stone, at the tress of gold-flecked hair that we had once so wildly worshipped and so madly kissed."
Author: Oscar Wilde
180. "If you consider all the unpleasantness you encounter while you're alive, it seems improbable that it would all come to an end simply because you're dead."
Author: Peter Høeg
181. "Peace imposible,war improbable."
Author: Rayman Aron
182. "Think about yourself.You are here because...Your dad met your mom.Then your dad and mom conceived you.So a particular egg in your momJoined a particular sperm from your dadWhich could only happen because not one of your direct ancestors, going all the way back to the beginning of life itself, died before passing on his or her genes...So what are the chances of you happening?Of you being here?Author and blogger Dr. Ali Binazir did the calculations last spring and decided that the chances of anyone existing are one in 102,685,000. In other words, as this infographic figures it, you are totally improbable."
Author: Robert Krulwich
183. "Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible."
Author: Rod Sterling
184. "Tal vez el cuerpo y la mente están estrechamente unidos. Tal vez seas tan sensible porque tu corazón no es realmente tan fuerte e insensible como te gusta que la gente crea. Has padecido tanto desde que eras un niño y probablemente hayas tenido que lidiar con más problemas de los que la mayoría podría manejar. Tal vez por eso te haz vuelto tan fuerte. Aún así, quiero tratarte con delicadeza."
Author: Saika Kunieda
185. "Got it. You're fourteen. I'm proud you can count that high. It's a testament to the modern American education system. But I should probable point out that you're not the only one. I'm told you go to a school with a whole class of-get this-kids who are fourteen."- Ash"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
186. "The thing about fathers is that they are human. But, they stay bent on being heroes to their children, readily willing to give themselves up to effect improbable rescues."
Author: Srini Chandra
187. "Creo que somos quienes somos por muchas razones. Y probablemente nunca las conoceremos a todas. Pero aunque así no tenemos el poder de elegir de dónde venimos, aún podemos elegir a dónde vamos desde allí. Aún podemos hacer cosas. Y podemos tratar de sentirnos bien por ellas."
Author: Stephen Chbosky
188. "Me acosté en su vieja cama, y miré por la ventana este árbol que probablemente era mucho más pequeño cuando mi padre lo miraba. Y pude sentir lo que sentía en la noche cuando se dio cuenta de que si no se iba, nunca sería su vida. Sería de ellos."
Author: Stephen Chbosky
189. "The concern around probable questions, which in a sense have been hidden, will grow around the world and the matter is critical, the reason we are doing all this is so we can respond correctly to what is reported to be a major catastrophe on the African continent."
Author: Thabo Mbeki
190. "She suddenly realizes that Bob, the probable cancer patient, is standing in the hallway looking lost. She stops and tries to look concerned.'Will you be okay?' As if I give a fuck.'Yeah,' he replies forlornly. 'I'll be fine.'She gives him a quick kiss on the forehead – as sexual as Florence Nightingale on a TB ward – and rushes from the house."
Author: Tom Winter
191. "It's Curt Schilling and his bloody sock staring down the Yankees in the Bronx. It's Derek Lowe taking the mound the very next night to complete the most improbable comeback in baseball history—and then seven days later clinching the World Series. It's Pedro Martinez and his six hitless innings of postseason relief against the Indians. Yes, it is also Cy Young and Roger Clemens, and the 192 wins in a Red Sox uniform that they share—the perfect game for Young, the 20 strikeout games for Clemens—but it is also Bill Dinneen clinching the 1903 World Series with a busted, bloody hand, and Jose Santiago shutting down Minnesota with two games left in the season to keep the 1967 Impossible Dream alive, and Jim Lonborg clinching the Impossible Dream the very next day, and Jim Lonborg again, tossing a one-hitter and a three-hitter in the 1967 World Series, and Luis Tiant in the 1975 postseason, shutting out Oakland and Cincinnati in back-to-back starts. They are all winners."
Author: Tucker Elliot
192. "?No entiendo por qué hay expertos en esvis que se alistan como voluntarios para una Colonia Abierta. Tú no ignoras que la gente que estás estudiando va a ser explotada, y probablemente exterminada. Es algo que está en la naturaleza humana, y sabes que eso no puedes cambiarlo. ¿Por qué entonces vienes a observar qué pasa? ¿Masoquismo??No sé qué es la "naturaleza humana". Quizá sea parte de esa naturaleza humana dejar descripciones de aquello que exterminamos. ¿Es tanto más agradable para un ecólogo, realmente?"
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
193. "Fulfillment, Shevek thought, is a function of time. The search for pleasure is circular, repetitive, atemporal, The variety seeking of the spectator, the thrill hunter, the sexually promiscuous, always ends in the same place. It has an end. It comes to the end and has to start over. It is not a journey and return, but a closed cycle, a locked room, a cell. Outside the locked room is the landscape of time, in which the spirit may, with luck and courage, construct the fragile, makeshift, improbable roads and cities of fidelity: a landscape inhabitable by human beings. It is not until an act occurs within the landscape of the past and the future that it is a human act. Loyalty, which asserts the continuity of past and future, binding time into a whole, is the root of human strength; there is no good to be done without it."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
194. "He walked on down the dark, empty street. Suddenly an idea came to him. Immediately, with his whole being, he knew it was true. He had glimpsed a new and improbable explanation for the atomic phenomena that up until now had seemed so hopelessly inexplicable; abysses had suddenly changed into bridges. What clarity and simplicity! This idea was astonishingly graceful and beautiful. It seemed to have given birth to itself – like a white water-lily appearing out of the calm darkness of a lake. He gasped, reveling in its beauty…And how strange, he thought suddenly, that this idea should have come to him when his mind was far away from anything to do with science, when the discussions that so excited him were those of free men, when his words and the words of his friends had been determined only by freedom, by bitter freedom."
Author: Vasily Grossman
195. "A wonderful point in favor of some kind of hereafter is this: When the mind rejects as childishly absurd a paradise with musical angels or abstract colonnades with Horace and Milton in togas conversing and walking together through the eternal twilight, or the protracted voluptas of the orient or any other eternity -- such as the one with devils and porcupines -- we forget that if we could have imagined life before living it would have seemed more improbable than all our hereafters"
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
196. "In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort."
Author: William Gilbert
197. "-Tienes una soberbia imaginación, Billy.No sé qué le contesté. Probablemente "gracias" o algo por el estilo.-Aunque no logro sacarle partido -prosiguió-. ¿Por qué será?-Creo que a lo mejor es porque necesito gafas y no puedo leer, ya que veo las palabras muy borrosas. Eso explica por qué me paso todo el rato pestañeando. A lo mejor, si fuese a un oculista, podría recetarme gafas y, entonces, sería el mejor lector del curso y usted no tendría que hacerme quedar tantas tardes después de clase.Se limitó a señalar detrás de ella y a ordenarme:-Ponte a borrar las pizarras, Billy.-Sí, señorita.Lo de borrar las pizarras se me daba de maravilla.-¿Las ves borrosas? -me preguntó la señorita Roginski al cabo de un rato.-¡No, qué va! Me inventé la historia."
Author: William Goldman
198. "Qué cosas más extrañas e improbables lleva la marea a las costas del tiempo."
Author: William Maxwell
199. "...evolution propels itself by an inclination toward its next probable achievement." ("Desire")"
Author: William S. Wilson
200. "If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction."
Author: William Shakespeare

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First, we cannot overload the human brain. This divinely created brain has fourteen billion cells. If used to the maximum, this human computer inside our heads could contain all the knowledge of humanity from the beginning of the world to the present and still have room left over. Second, not only can we not overload our brain - we also know that our brain retains everything. I often use saying that "The brain acquires everything that we encounter." The difficulty does not come with the input of information, but getting it out. Sometimes we "file" information randomly of little importance, and it confuses us."
Author: Ben Carson

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