Quote by Nathanael West
Numbers constitute the only universal language.
This quote suggests that numbers have the ability to transcend language and cultural barriers. Unlike words, which can have different meanings and interpretations in different languages, numbers convey universal concepts and can be understood by all. They serve as a common ground for communication, enabling people from different backgrounds to understand and interpret numerical information in the same way. Numbers are objective and precise, providing a reliable basis for scientific, mathematical, and logical reasoning. This quote emphasizes the power of numbers as a universal language that brings people together and facilitates communication in various fields.
If people insist that honor is dearer than life itself, what they really mean is that existence and well-being are as nothing compared with other people's opinions. Of course, this may be only an exaggerated way of stating the prosaic truth that reputation, that is, the opinion others have of us, is indispensable if we are to make any progress in the world.
All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by 'our' side . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them