Alfred Tarski quotes

  • There can be no doubt that the knowledge of logic is of considerable practical importance for everyone who desires to think and to infer correctly.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Thinking #Doubt #Desire

  • If a mathematician wishes to disparage the work of one of his colleagues, say, A, the most effective method he finds for doing this is to ask where the results can be applied. The hard pressed man, with his back against the wall, finally unearths the researches of another mathematician B as the locus of the application of his own results. If next B is plagued with a similar question, he will refer to another mathematician C. After a few steps of this kind we find ourselves referred back to the researches of A, and in this way the chain closes.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Wall #Hard Work #Men

  • ... semantics ... is a sober and modest discipline which has no pretensions of being a universal patent-medicine for all the ills and diseases of mankind, whether imaginary or real. You will not find in semantics any remedy for decayed teeth or illusions of grandeur or class conflict. Nor is semantics a device for establishing that everyone except the speaker and his friends is speaking nonsense
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Real #Class #Medicine

  • It may be unpopular and out-of-date to say-but I do not think that a scientific result which gives us a better understanding of the world and makes it more harmonious in our eyes should be held in lower esteem than, say, an invention which reduces the cost of paving roads, or improves household plumbing.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Eye #Thinking #Giving

  • The sentence 'snow is white' is true if, and only if, snow is white.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Ifs And #White #Snow

  • Logic is justly considered the basis of all other sciences, even if only for the reason that in every argument we employ concepts taken from the field of logic, and that ever correct inference proceeds in accordance with its laws.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Taken #Law #Fields

  • However the machine would permit us to test the hypothesis for any special value of n. We could carry out such tests for a sequence of consecutive values n=2,3,.. up to, say, n=100. If the result of at least one test were negative, the hypothesis would prove to be false; otherwise our confidence in the hypothesis would increase, and we should feel encouraged to attempt establishing the hypothesis, instead of trying to construct a counterexample.
    -- Alfred Tarski

    #Science #Special #Trying

  • Think it over, think it under.

  • Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

  • Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited.

  • As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that without a doubt I had just been ruined.

  • Life for delays and doubts no time does give, None ever yet made haste enough to live.

  • When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.

  • When we are in our studios, in our private space... we need to block out the outside world; we need to disbelieve anything that would doubt us, because - everyone will doubt us if we allow them that space.

  • May God so fill us today with the heart of Christ that we may glow with the divine fire of holy desire.

  • You don't need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with the desire to better themselves.

  • It is true that we may desire much more. But let us use what we have, and God will give us more.