Percentage Quotes (6 quotes)
The oppressive weight of disaster and tragedy in our lives does not arise from a high percentage of evil among the summed total of all acts, but from the extraordinary power of exceedingly rare incidents of depravity to inflict catastrophic damage, especially in our technological age when airplanes can become powerful bombs. (An even more evil man, armed only with a longbow, could not have wreaked such havoc at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.)
The solution, as all thoughtful people recognize, must lie in properly melding the themes of inborn predisposition and shaping through lifes experiences. This fruitful joining cannot take the false form of percentages adding to 100as in intelligence is 80 percent nature and 20 percent nurture, or homosexuality is 50 percent inborn and 50 percent learned, and a hundred other harmful statements in this foolish format. When two ends of such a spectrum are commingled, the result is not a separable amalgam (like shuffling two decks of cards with different backs), but an entirely new and higher entity that cannot be decomposed (just as adults cannot be separated into maternal and paternal contributions to their totality).
Two per cent. is genius, and ninety-eight per cent. is hard work.
We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us, the balance goes to waste and loss of energy .
When there is publicity about [UFO] sightings that turn out to be explainable, the percentage of unexplained sightings goes up, suggesting that these, too, are caused by something in peoples psychology rather than by something that is actually out there. The UFO evidence forms no coherent residue; it never gets better.
Winwood Reade remarks that while a man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.