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Selection Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Selection

Please enjoy these Selection Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

Related topics: Nature Evolution

I see humanity now as one vast plant,
needing for its highest fulfillment only love,
the natural blessings of the great outdoors,
and intelligent crossing and selection.
- Luther Burbank

Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection,
affinities, integration, love.
- Louis Kahn

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.
- Irving Babbitt

 

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can
be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.
- Thurgood Marshall

I use a wide selection of colours.
It is impossible to produce work like mine using only
the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour.
- John Dyer

Great wealth took possession of the government.
It was reflected in Mr. Harding's selection of a cabinet.
- George William Norris

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I remember seeing the song in some diners on the selection
gadget that plays records at the table while you were eating.
We were never told if the songs ever got on any charts.
- Phil Harris

Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable
because it reverses the direction of tradition.
- Daniel Dennett

Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin:
variation and selection.
- Ernst Mayr

Jury selection is strictly an emotional process.
They're looking for people they can manipulate.
Both sides are.
- Joseph Wambaugh

Historians will have to face the fact that natural
selection determined the evolution of cultures in the
same manner as it did that of species.
- Konrad Lorenz

Selection of crews is always been somewhat of a mystery.
- Robert Crippen

Animals can adapt to problems and make inventions,
but often no faster than natural selection can do its work -
the world acts as its own simulator in the case of natural selection.
- Vernor Vinge

Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an
exceedingly high degree of improbability.
- Ronald Fisher

Natural selection is not evolution.
- Ronald Fisher

In microbiology the roles of mutation and selection
in evolution are coming to be better understood through
the use of bacterial cultures of mutant strains.
- Edward Lawrie Tatum

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history,
favors not only the clever but the murderous.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Thus the genetic basis to the origin of bird species
is to be sought in the inheritance of adult traits
that are subject to natural and sexual selection.
- Peter R. Grant

Some of you read with me 40 years ago a portion of Aristotle's Ethics,
a selection of passages that describe his idea of happiness.
You may not remember too well.
- Charles Van Doren

Downloading is definitely on the rise,
but not because it's free - that's probably third on the list -
but because it's immediate and the selection is virtually unlimited.
- Don Rose

When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word,
he is endowing the word with life.
- John Drinkwater

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

You never really know as an actor; it's completely out of your control,
in terms of editing, and music, and film stock,
shot selection, and what takes they use.
- Aaron Eckhart

I have nothing to do with the selection of stories.
I'm the reporter.
- Kate Adie

The role of a museum of modern art is to make a good
selection and identify what we believe to be the coming movements,
and that requires taste.
- David Rockefeller

Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications
of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain,
that the brain is organized in part by the genome,
and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?
- Steven Pinker

Natural Selection never made it come to pass,
as a habit of nature, that an unsupported stone should
move downwards rather than upwards.
It applies to no part of inorganic nature,
and is very limited even in the phenomena of organic life.
- Chauncey Wright

As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and
its professional selection committees so that they
can commission a full range of public art that is daring and,
when appropriate, daringly traditional.
- Gavin Newsom

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels,
studied them, decided that I had found a formula and
then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story.
Thank goodness it was rejected.
- Louise Brown

Since natural selection requires a function to select,
an irreducibly complex biological system,
if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an
integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.
- Michael Behe

You were told how much space so it was a matter of
whether you could send in two paintings or three paintings,
you know, pending where the show was being held.
You did submit work to be accepted.
Once you were accepted that was it.
You did your own selection of what went in.
- Lee Krasner

The great philosophers and the great works are standards
for the selection of what is essential.
Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy
ultimately serves their better understanding.
- Karl Jaspers

Men seek for vocabularies that are reflections of reality.
To this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections of reality.
And any selection of reality must, in certain circumstances,
function as a deflection of reality.
- Kenneth Burke

The single most important aspect of the Transition
involves the selection of personnel to manage the transfer of responsibility.
The law provides roughly ten weeks to accomplish this process.
- Richard V. Allen

You have to edit the material.
That assumes that some kind of a mind is operating
in relation to the material.
Not all minds are the same.
Every aspect of filmmaking requires choice.
The selection of the subject, the shooting,
editing and length are all aspects of choice.
- Frederick Wiseman

I started this whole endeavor really.
And at the beginning we had the selection in Italy.
And that was pretty much among people that had held
previous experience in that particular satellite.
So, I was in that, in a good position then.
- Umberto Guidoni

There's lots of institutions and lots of different cultures,
and so that's the kind of thing that parents need to be able to evaluate,
and students themselves, when they make a selection.
- Margaret Spellings

It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered,
from observations science had made, that many features
of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant
principle of natural selection.
- Michael Behe

Although I insist that God has always had the power
to intervene directly in nature to create new forms,
I am willing to be per-suaded that He chose not to
do so and instead employed secondary natural causes
like random mutation and natural selection.
- Phillip E. Johnson

It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover,
from observations science has made, that the fundamental
mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection,
and therefore were designed.
But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
- Michael Behe

You can have many different selection systems,
but the bottom line has to be a system that,
once the judge takes office that judge will feel that
he or she is to decide the case without reference to
the popular thing or the popular will of the moment.
- Stephen Breyer

We worked on solving the problem of voice communications
in a noisy military environment.
We established military codes that are highly audible
and invented selection tests for personnel who had
a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background.
- M. H. Abrams

I don't know if 1300 players could really participate
in the selection of a commissioner,
and I've never given it a great deal of thought.
I think it's a logical point they could make,
but it's only an academic one.
- Pete Rozelle

I think people forget that to be on the A list you
first had to go through the original graded Parliamentary Selection Board.
I did that and then like everyone else had the further
interviews to get onto the A list.
- Adam Rickitt

It is essential for genetic material to be able to
make exact copies of itself;
otherwise growth would produce disorder,
life could not originate, and favourable forms would
not be perpetuated by natural selection.
- Maurice Wilkins

I thought that that was an effort to inject a popular element,
a democratic element into the selection of a person who,
once he is selected and confirmed, is beyond electoral control.
- Stephen Breyer

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

If we were to select the most intelligent,
imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind,
all races would be present.
- Franz Boas

Fortunately art is a community effort -
a small but select community living in a spiritualized
world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
- Allen Ginsberg

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament,
and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
- Cyril Connolly

When I need a word and do not find it in French,
I select it from other tongues, and the reader has
either to understand or translate me.
Such is my fate.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

For every issue, I send four pages of finished marginals
and they select the ones they need.
- Sergio Aragones

True happiness arises, in the first place,
from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next,
from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison

I have no shortage of material or offers,
it's just a case of what you select to do.
But I think it's realistic that my chances of playing Romeo are now over.
- Sean Connery

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose,
after examination, the best customs in the world,
each nation would certainly select its own.
- Herodotus

Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage,
or my house when I propose to take a residence,
so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.
- Seneca

Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only
by default or stupendous suffering.
- Harriet Rosenstein

Let me just be very clear that the Republican Party
will select a nominee that will beat Bill Clinton.
- Dan Quayle

Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society,
they are the rights of all the people.
- Olof Palme

When I select a topic, it's usually a commitment of
two to three years of my life.
- Tracy Kidder

Men's minds must be free, and that means the minds of all,
not the minds of a select few.
- Mary Barnett Gilson

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Living in an entirely different physical as well as biotic environment,
such a population would have unique opportunities to
enter new niches and to select novel adaptive pathways.
- Ernst Mayr

I try to choose the songs that really are basically coming from my heart.
I think that through the songs that I select,
people know what's going on in my life.
- Diana Ross

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author,
whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand;
if he can select the 500,
he reaches the five hundred thousand.
- Brooks Adams

What Jerry has done, in a masterful way,
is go through and select portions of the Scripture
and put words in Jesus' mouth that are legitimate because
they already appear in the Bible.
- Tim LaHaye

The main advantage of the omniscient approach is that
it's the easiest to handle.
That's the major reason so many writers select it.
- Arthur Herzog

God has called us to be His representatives in our nation and in our world.
Select candidates who represent your views and work for their election.
- James Dobson


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