„Beyond a certain point - and that point is reached early - precision is what expressiveness depends on.“

'The Continuing Insult to the English Language' (The Monthly, May 2006)
Essays and reviews
Kontext: ... by now some of the editors and subeditors [on Fleet Street] are themselves products of the anti-educational orthodoxy by which expressiveness counts above precision. It would, if the two terms were separable. But they aren't. Beyond a certain point - and that point is reached early - precision is what expressiveness depends on.

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Clive James
australischer Schriftsteller, Literaturkritiker und Rundfun… 1939 - 2019

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„Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.“

—  Franz Kafka, buch Der Process

5; variant translations:
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
As quoted in The Unfinished Country: A Book of American Symbols (1959) by Max Lerner, p. 452; also in Wait Without Idols (1964) by Gabriel Vahanian, p, 216; in Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation (1995) by Vivian Heller, 39; in "The Sheltering Sky" (1949) by Paul Bowles, p. 213; and in the poem "Father and Son" by Delmore Schwartz.
There is a point of no return. This point has to be reached.
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918)
Variante: From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
Quelle: The Trial

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„We seek to become morally certain — that is, certain for moral purposes — of what is beyond the reach of demonstration. But our moral optimism must include the darkest facts that pessimism can point to, include them and transcend them.“

—  Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933

Section 9 : Ethical Outlook
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913)
Kontext: Theologians often say that faith must come first, and that morality must be deduced from faith. We say that morality must come first, and faith, to those whose nature fits them to entertain it, will come out of the experience of a deepened moral life as its richest, choicest fruit.
Precisely because moral culture is the aim, we cannot be content merely to lift the mass of mankind above the grosser forms of evil. We must try to advance the cause of humanity by developing in ourselves, as well as in others, a higher type of manhood and womanhood than the past has known.
To aid in the evolution of a new conscience, to inject living streams of moral force into the dry veins of materialistic communities is our aim.
We seek to come into touch with the ultimate power in things, the ultimate peace in things, which yet, in any literal sense, we know well that we cannot know. We seek to become morally certain — that is, certain for moral purposes — of what is beyond the reach of demonstration. But our moral optimism must include the darkest facts that pessimism can point to, include them and transcend them.

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„The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.“

—  William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980

Dissenting, Ullmann v. United States, 350 U.S. 422 (1956)
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Robert Anton Wilson Foto

„Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007

The Widow's Son

Richard Dawkins Foto

„This not only misses the point, it is the precise antithesis of the point.“

—  Richard Dawkins, buch The Blind Watchmaker

Quelle: The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Chapter 10 “The One True Tree of Life” (p. 261)

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„It is an assumption, which cannot be verified, that we shall not reach a point in our knowledge of nature beyond which the human intellect is unqualified to pass“

—  J. B. Bury Irish historian and freethinker 1861 - 1927

Introduction<!-- pp. 3-4 -->
The Idea of Progress: An Inquiry Into Its Origin and Growth (1921)
Kontext: Science has been advancing without interruption during the last three of four hundred years; every new discovery has led to new problems and new methods of solution, and opened up new fields for exploration. Hitherto men of science have not been compelled to halt, they have always found ways to advance further. But what assurance have we that they will not come up against impassable barriers?... Take biology or astronomy. How can we be sure that some day progress may not come to a dead pause, not because knowledge is exhausted, but because our resources for investigation are exhausted... It is an assumption, which cannot be verified, that we shall not reach a point in our knowledge of nature beyond which the human intellect is unqualified to pass.

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„Ideas and opinions, like living organisms, have a normal rate of growth which cannot be either checked or forced beyond a certain point.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

The Art of Propagating Opinion
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part X - The Position of a HomoUnius Libri
Kontext: Ideas and opinions, like living organisms, have a normal rate of growth which cannot be either checked or forced beyond a certain point. They can be held in check more safely than they can be hurried. They can also be killed; and one of the surest ways to kill them is to try to hurry them.

„A lot depends on the starting point.“

—  Howard Raiffa American academic 1924 - 2016

Part III, Chapter 14, The Camp David Negotiations, p. 215.
The Art and Science of Negotiation (1982)

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„From that point
Dependent is the heaven and nature all.“

—  Dante Alighieri, buch Paradiso

Canto XXVIII, lines 41–42 (tr. Longfellow).
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Paradiso
Original: (rm) Da quel punto
depende il cielo e tutta la natura.

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„There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.“

—  Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005

Quelle: 1960s - 1980s, MANAGEMENT: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices (1973), Part 3, p. 681

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„After a certain point, the past becomes irrelevant.“

—  Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969

Quelle: Abaddon's Gate (2013), Chapter 38 (pp. 387-388)

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