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Variation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Variation

Please enjoy these Variation 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

After every movie, I always kick myself for the same things-didn't do enough,
not enough variation, not enough interesting choices,
too bland.
- Robin Wright Penn

Cuvier had preceded Lamarck in specifying the kinds
and degrees of variation,
which his own observations and critical judgment of
the reports of others led him to admit.
- Richard Owen

The interaction of the variation in our genes is what's
responsible for lots of our attributes and vigor.
- Walter Gilbert

 

I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to
me it ought to be more restrained,
purer.
- Johannes Brahms

The older the layers, the more each of them is uniform over a great extent;
the newer the layers,
the more they are limited and subject to variation within small distances.
- George Cuvier

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

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If you look at music, you see theme,
variation,
you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure,
and these are related to skills in the real world.
- Dave Van Ronk

When the Internet publicity began, I remember being
struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was,
that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world.
- Eric Schmidt

In stating the principles which regulate exchangeable value and price,
we should carefully distinguish between those variations
which belong to the commodity itself,
and those which are occasioned by a variation in the
medium in which value is estimated,
or price expressed.
- David Ricardo

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain
how variation occurs within limits,
however.
They aspire to answer a much broader question-which
is how complex organisms like birds,
and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.
- Phillip E. Johnson

I frequently compose out the entire metric structure
of a piece in modified cyclic form,
where each cyclic revolution undergoes some form of
'variation' much as if measure lengths were concrete musical 'material.'
- Brian Ferneyhough

I think the crucial thing in the writing career is
to find what you want to do and how you fit in.
What somebody else does is of no concern whatever except
as an interesting variation.
- James A. Michener

A rise of wages from this cause will,
indeed, be invariably accompanied by a rise in the price of commodities;
but in such cases,
it will be found that labour and all commodities have
not varied in regard to each other,
and that the variation has been confined to money.
- David Ricardo

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

Country people do not behave as if they think life is short;
they live on the principle that it is long,
and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same.
- Edward Hoagland

Films have gotten leaner and leaner,
cutting out all variations from the story line.
- Neil Jordan

Even the once simple home mortgage now has so many
flavors and styles and variations that it is difficult
for people to make a decision.
- Scott Cook

Generally what I produce is new.
Of course, they are often variations on the same subject.
- Sergio Aragones

Geologists are rapidly becoming convinced that the
mammals spread from their central Asian point of origin
largely because of great variations in climate.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is
contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations.
The complete mystery of music is explained right there.
- Pierre Schaeffer

To me I think artists in general make a statement -
and for the rest of their lives -
every album,
every book - are variations on a theme.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring,
perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate,
simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all
things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
- Lord Chesterfield

It doesn't use shading, but it does use stroke length variations.
- John Robert Gregg

What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms,
two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart.
The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body,
what that can do.
- John Guare

The man of the future may, and even must,
do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor
variations not given by heredity.
- G. Stanley Hall

What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing
but shapes and variations in the structure of space.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the
variations in style and genre,
as long as they get that sense of story,
of character, of empathetic involvement.
- Dean Koontz

I have been sitting watching that ever since I came back,
the continuous variations of light and shadow.
- Laurie Lee

Brahms' Variations are better than mine,
but mine were written before his.
- Franz Liszt

I worked with my coach to develop some new spiral variations
to make my program more interesting.
Each one is different and you'll have to wait until January to see them.
- Sasha Cohen

I've been getting a lot of science fiction scripts
which contained variations on my Star Trek character
and I've been turning them down.
I strongly feel that the next role I do,
I should not be wearing spandex.
- Marina Sirtis

As a matter of fact, I've been to Italy many times before I met my husband,
which he can't even imagine that I could possibly know
anything about Italian food.
But, you know, Italian food's really basic,
and there's so many different variations on it that
what my husband did is he broke it down for me.
- Debi Mazar

Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical.
You can go out and see that organisms do vary,
that variations are inherited, and that every organism
is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances.
- George C. Williams

I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty
was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory,
owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in
the period of oscillation.
- Pieter Zeeman

Mozart often wrote to his family that certain variations
or sections of pieces were so successful that they
had to be encored immediately,
even without waiting for the entire piece to end.
- Emanuel Ax

In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms -
square,
cube, line and color - to produce logical systems.
Most of these systems were finite; that is,
they were complete using all possible variations.
This kept them simple.
- Sol LeWitt

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.
The order varies for any given year.
- Paul Sweeney

Common sense varies among the young,
as among the old.
- John Edward Christopher Hill

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio
to the number of human beings involved.
- Aldous Huxley

The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies,
alas, are always the same.
- Jean Rostand

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

I enjoy doing both of them very much,
concert work particularly, and the division varies from season to season.
- Sarah Caldwell

While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case,
liberals always manage to take the position that most
undermines American security.
- Ann Coulter

Every role varies greatly, just as emotions vary greatly.
- Corin Nemec

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth.
- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

I always try hard to arrange all media in a way so
that it expresses what I want -
this is not limited to one medium alone and varies from case to case.
- Alva Noto

The number of medals on an officer's breast varies
in inverse proportion to the square of the distance
of his duties from the front line.
- Charles Edward Montague

For the most part, I do not go out all that often,
so it varies.
- Angie Everhart

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with
one's knowledge of the facts.
- Bertrand Russell

The capacity to suffer varies more than anything that
I have observed in human nature.
- Margot Asquith

Wind is a floating wave of air, whose undulation continually varies.
- Marcus V. Pollio

Naming a transition team varies with the intentions of the candidate;
some candidates have been careful to name a transition
team as much as a year in advance.
- Richard V. Allen

While the level of support we can each provide certainly varies,
it is very important at this time that we all do what
we can to help our neighbors -
not only our immediate neighbors here in Alabama,
but those further away in Mississippi and Louisiana.
- Jo Bonner

My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted.
Its temperature varies.
It may receive an ink stain.
One of its legs may be broken.
It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part.
But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.
- Ernst Mach

We're all in the same room, so I want people to be
involved with one another,
but again you can't decide exactly to what extent that operates.
It varies all the time and it depends on the show,
it depends on the audience, it depends on everything.
- Mark Morris

One minute we can be in a small club,
the next minute we can be in a coliseum,
and the next minute we can be in a small auditorium.
It varies, depending on the promoter,
the budget, and the travelling distance.
- Ben E. King

The amount of sophistication varies according to the quality of the medium,
and to the state of the same medium at different times;
it must be attributed in the best cases physiologically to the medium,
intellectually to the control.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge

I feel very strong as an individual,
but as a famous footballer I know I am prone to certain things.
All the media have a continuous interest for me.
It varies from once a year to every day interest.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy

Time spent researching varies from book to book.
Some novels require months, even years of research,
others very little.
I try to do most of my research before I begin but
inevitably questions emerge during the writing.
- Jonathan Kellerman

It varies from song to song, although Buck Owens and
I recently collaborated on writing a duet together
and am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation
to recording that track for the new studio album.
- Dwight Yoakam

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics,
even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams

For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems,
crowds are smarter than individuals.
- Michael Shermer

Each member of the band has varied influences,
and the same diversity is reflected in our fanbase.
- Daisy Berkowitz

Being varied is something I do instinctively and naturally.
I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
- Sarah Brightman

In common with many others in the varied branches of our profession,
my academic education is subnormal.
- Loretta Young

No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied
use than the Fourteenth Amendment.
- William O. Douglas

Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit,
and the only means of making concrete the purpose of
its varied quickness and stillness.
- Mark Rothko

Chess is an infinitely complex game,
which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.
- Vladimir Kramnik

But naturalists are now beginning to look beyond this,
and to see that there must be some other principle
regulating the infinitely varied forms of animal life.
- Alfred Russel Wallace


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