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Quotations about Randomness

This page lists quotations about randomness in the context of science, art and human existence in general. Within each category, the quotations appear sorted by author names.

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Science and Technology

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.
Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the ‘old one.’ I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.
Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random.
Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.

Art and Creativity

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

Life and Human Existence

The world is governed by chance. Randomness stalks us every day of our lives.
We all experience many freakish and unexpected events - you have to be open to suffering a little. The philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When you are an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself, you see it more clearly than anyone.
So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.
Oh, many a shaft at random sent
Finds mark the archer little meant!
And many a word at random spoken
May soothe, or wound, a heart that's broken!
Sir Walter Scott, Lord of the Isles
To dare every day to be irreverent and bold. To dare to preserve the randomness of mind which in children produces strange and wonderful new thoughts and forms. To continually scramble the familiar and bring the old into new juxtaposition.
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