Quotes of figures

  1. On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. – Charles Babbage
  2. It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast between lead work in the United States under conditions of neglect and ignorance, and comparable work in England and Germany, under intelligent control. – Alice Hamilton
  3. Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion. – Etty Hillesum
  4. In the account book of the Great War the page recording the Russian losses has been ripped out. The figures are unknown. Five millions, or eight? We ourselves know not. – Paul von Hindenburg
  5. When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  6. In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person. Yes, it is women who keep the church going. – Don Marquis
  7. When you're a writer you no longer see things with the freshness of the normal person. There are always two figures that work inside you. – Brian Moore
  8. Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character, and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years, these are portrayed as awful figures – Michael Novak
  9. I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge. – Jackson Pollock
  10. When I was there, something clicked in my head; I found myself interviewing people, searching out facts and figures Later on I became much more self -conscious of what I was doing. – Joe Sacco
  11. Some people have compared the Klan images to ecclesiastical figures – Andres Serrano
  12. So right off, I'm going to have to say that a lot of people have been comparing Life Is Killing Me to World Coming Down, and I think a lot of those people equate art and sales figures and I don't do that. – Josh Silver
  13. I was a big Nancy Drew reader. Nancy figures it out. Case closed. – Sarah Vowell
  14. My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time. – Herschel Walker
  15. Virtue looks good but it only suits imposing figures – Frank Wedekind

Usage examples for figures

  1. There were two tall figures now, who stood side by side in the wide front door. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  2. Then you have no figures facts, anything, Mr. Brent? – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  3. Her late companions stood looking back in sheer amazement, for the town end of the trail was black with figures – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  4. Loudon stopped and stared at the distant figures – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  5. The figures had been written in pencil. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  6. Then both figures disappeared. – Rastignac the Devil by Philip José Farmer
  7. A roll was called over, in which the men answered to figures instead of names. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  8. Still they did not venture out where they thought they might be spied from below, and time passed while they watched earnestly for the sight of moving figures and still no smoke appeared from the cabin. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. They will " bull" their stock to the highest point, and force the states to purchase at these high figures – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  10. Holy Family of three Figures with the little St. John; with St. Joseph; with St. Anna. – Legends of the Madonna by Mrs. Jameson
  11. He figures that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  12. An hour later Harry saw a number of figures appear against the sky- line on both sides. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  13. The sun flashed upon the armed figures with such dazzling brilliancy that they could not be recognised, although they approached rapidly. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  14. " You know that I've no head for figures – The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole
  15. Now, let us see what it will cost, if fortune goes with me, and he took pen and paper and began to write down figures – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  16. For a few moments the figures puzzled him, and then he broke into a bitter laugh. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  17. " Now, let us get down to figures Jack continued. – Boy Scouts in an Airship by G. Harvey Ralphson
  18. For as those figures joined several ways The fabrick of each several creature raise. – The-Love-Letters-of-Dorothy-Osborne-to-Sir-William-Temple-1652-54 by Osborne, Dorothy
  19. The figures paused before one of the dark houses, pointed and laughed; went nearer to the steps and stooped. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. She was not one to care much for facts or figures – Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border by Annie Roe Carr

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