Validity quotes:

  • Validity is the touchstone of inference, and truth of judgment: the fact that vichyssoise is cold ratifies the judgment that vichyssoise is, indeed, cold, and the judgment that vichyssoise is cold expresses the fact that vichyssoise is cold. -- David Berlinski
  • The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience. -- Milton Friedman
  • In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music. -- David Baker
  • Skeptics question the validity of a particular claim by calling for evidence to prove or disprove it. -- Michael Shermer
  • The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself. -- John Mortimer
  • My books are anti-absolutist and deeply distrustful of any religious stance that precludes the validity of any other. -- David Mitchell
  • This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting. -- Fernand Leger
  • I kept wanting to push my image as validity; I wanted to see my portrait on a wall and know it was okay. -- Toyin Odutola
  • I'm a Scorpio, and who knows if there is any validity to it, but I'm very emotional. I have high highs and low lows. -- Chely Wright
  • Hinduism's basic tenet is that many roads exist by which men have pursued and still pursue their quest for the truth and that none has universal validity. -- Kenneth Scott Latourette
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  • There is a type of snobbish, pompous journalist who thinks that the only news that has any validity is war, famine, pestilence or politics. I don't come from that school. -- Piers Morgan
  • Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. -- Paul Tsongas
  • I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. -- Camille Paglia
  • There's obviously some validity to it. But I think it also points out that you obviously can do it on your own because people have been doing it long before they had the stuff. -- Frank Shorter
  • Know that any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid. To reinforce the validity of your thoughts, keep them private. Tell yourself that they're between you and God. -- Wayne Dyer
  • The individual makes a clear effort to define moral values and principles that have validity and application apart from the authority of the groups of persons holding them and apart from the individual's own identification with the group. -- Lawrence Kohlberg
  • No one knows anything about economics. It's the great lie of the economists. By contrast in football people might have contrasting opinions, each of which has some validity. But the economists always speak in conditionals - what a mess. -- Vicente del Bosque
  • A contract for the establishment of government, being nothing but a voluntary contract between individuals for their mutual benefit, differs, in nothing that is essential to its validity, from any other contract between man and man, or between nation and nation. -- Lysander Spooner
  • Who of us is able to read and understand and be entirely confident of the validity of his title to the land he lives on, and which he has redeemed from a state of nature by the most indefatigable industry and perseverance? -- William H. Wharton
  • My dad used to say, 'You have to become part of the machine to beat the machine,' and there's some validity in it. But honestly, even when I'm inside the machine, you still see me. I stick out a little bit. -- Michael Shannon
  • I consider 'Dr. Horrible' a tremendous success. The fact that it won an Emmy I just think lends validity to what we were doing and the point we were trying to make: taking the power into someone else's hands and changing the world. -- Nathan Fillion
  • The solution of the difficulty is that the two mental pictures which experiment lead us to form - the one of the particles, the other of the waves - are both incomplete and have only the validity of analogies which are accurate only in limiting cases. -- Werner Heisenberg
  • We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole. -- Sam Harris
  • When I'm writing, I'm constantly thinking about myself, because it's the only experience I have to draw on. And I don't see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that's why the fans are there. -- Chester Bennington
  • The problem for those who assert biblical authority in support of traditional definitions of marriage is that one could, with equal validity, assert that the lending of money or certain kinds of haircuts are forbidden by God, or that slavery and the subjugation of women are authorized by the Lord. -- Jon Meacham
  • Koizumi was not rooted in Japan's rightwing nationalist tradition: he was a pragmatist and a populist. Abe, in contrast, is a rightwing nationalist. Unlike Koizumi, for example, he has questioned the validity of the postwar Tokyo trials of Japan's wartime leaders, which found many of them guilty of war crimes. -- Martin Jacques
  • ...logical validity is not a guarantee of truth. -- David Foster Wallace
  • Endurance is often the best indicator of validity & value -- Jim Rohn
  • What has validity is your living, not what happens tomorrow. -- Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity. -- George Santayana
  • Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validity. -- Dan Brown
  • Experiment is the sole judge of the validity of any idea. -- Richard P. Feynman
  • The express authority of the people alone could give validity to the Constitution. -- James Madison
  • The supreme triumph of reason is to cast doubt upon its own validity. -- Miguel de Unamuno
  • Authenticity is about where it comes from; validity is about whether it works. -- John Michael Greer
  • Every exceptional bias against Christianity I find to be evidence for its validity. -- Criss Jami
  • It is historical continuity that maintains most assumptions, not repeated assessment of their validity. -- Edward de Bono
  • To deny the predictive validity of race at this level is nonscientific and unrealistic. -- J. Philippe Rushton
  • No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act. -- Anthony Kennedy
  • The validity of a tax depends upon its nature, and not upon its name. -- Benjamin Cardozo
  • But the validity of a doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores. -- Robert H. Jackson
  • It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music - clean, minimalist, honest, classic music. -- Dwight Yoakam
  • Profit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity -- Peter Drucker
  • Only here, because of the illusion of intellectualism, our society separates the validity of human expression. -- Joseph Jarman
  • Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • I would like to be judged on the validity of my arguments, not as a victim. -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • When circumstances defy order, order should bend or break: anomalies and uncertainties give validity to architecture. -- Robert Venturi
  • Art cannot be used to show the validity of Christianity; it should rather be the reverse. -- Hans Rookmaaker
  • The validity of usefulness, adequacy of popular standards can be tested only by research that violates them. -- Paul Feyerabend
  • You can judge the validity of any idea or concept by asking Is this true for me? -- Brian Tracy
  • All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity. That's the difference between mere theater and performance art. -- Jack Bowman
  • Stress is an indicator of our belief in the value and validity of our worries and fears. -- Bill Crawford
  • If a situation is very, very turbulent, it has low validity, and there's no basis for intuition. -- Gary A. Klein
  • Awareness is the key. Do we see the stories that we're telling ourselves and question their validity? -- Pema Chodron
  • The Ten Commandments have lost their validity...Conscience is a Jewish invention. It is a blemish like circumcision... -- Adolf Hitler
  • The true measure of our belief in the validity of our values is our willingness to act upon them. -- Bill Crawford
  • I suspect there's a lot of validity to the premise that big companies aren't going to attract entrepreneurial talent. -- Evan Williams
  • All possible knowledge, then, depends on the validity of reasoning...Unless human reasoning is valid no science can be true. -- C. S. Lewis
  • God is unknown; anything we said about God has no validity, because our knowledge about Him is zero, absolutely nothing! -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Profit is not the explanation, cause, or rationale of business behavior and business decisions, but the test of their validity. -- Peter Drucker
  • Metaphysical speculation is independent of the physical validity of the Big Bang itself and is irrelevant to our understanding of it. -- Lawrence M. Krauss
  • That you cannot have Christian principles without Christ is becoming increasingly clear, because their validity as principles depends on Christ's authority. -- Dorothy L. Sayers
  • It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. -- Albert Einstein
  • The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment. -- Richard P. Feynman
  • A mature artist is at the same time aware of the futility of his achievement and the validity of the pursuit. -- Jean Helion
  • This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting -- Fernand Leger
  • Reaching and understanding is the process of bringing about an agreement on the presupposed basis of validity claims that are mutually recognized. -- Jurgen Habermas
  • I am convinced of the validity of contradiction. There are many worlds. Each is true, at its time, in its own fashion -- Errol Flynn
  • What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves. -- W. H. Auden
  • Successful people believe in the validity of their own dreams and goals, even if dreams are all they have to go on. -- Denis Waitley
  • Unless you are in the middle of a storm, there is no validity in saying that you are not afraid of the storms. -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • If there is anything in the world which I do firmly believe in, it is the universal validity of the law of causation. -- Thomas Huxley
  • Instead of regarding birds as deriving from dinosaurs, Scansoriopteryx reinstates the validity of regarding them as a separate class uniquely avian and non-dinosaurian. -- Alan Feduccia
  • To realize the relative validity of one's convictions and yet stand for them unflinchingly is what distinguishes a civilized man from a barbarian. -- Joseph A. Schumpeter
  • To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it. -- George Henry Lewes
  • A universe whose only claim to be believed in rests on the validity of inference must not start telling us the inference is invalid. -- C. S. Lewis
  • Exposure and attention make a work famous - the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves. -- Andy Warhol
  • That's my mathematician who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity. You see, I am not myself a good mathematician. -- Albert Einstein
  • Women don't question themselves when they enter into a story that has male characters, but men do question the validity of a female narrative. -- Romola Garai
  • Our young people - and adults - should be aware that considerable dissent exists in the scientific world regarding the validity of molecules-to-man evolution. -- Ken Ham
  • Overconfidence is a powerful source of illusions, primarily determined by the quality and coherence of the story that you can construct, not by its validity. -- Daniel Kahneman
  • Certain things are complete superstition and have no validity at all in the Bible. Yeah. They're just the antithesis of everything that is correct intellectually. -- Lenny Bruce
  • Classifications and distinctions based on race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society. They are contrary to our constitution and laws. -- Thurgood Marshall
  • Most corporate decisions aren't going to meet the test of high validity. But they're going to be way above the low-validity situations that we worry about. -- Gary A. Klein
  • I shall develop the thesis that anyone acting communicatively must, in performing any speech act, raise universal validity claims and suppose that they can be vindicated. -- Jurgen Habermas
  • Second, I use inference from technical studies and theories in order to provide practical information for therapists. Those thoughts are several steps removed from scientific validity. -- Virgil Miller Newton
  • All my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. -- H. P. Lovecraft
  • What I've attempted to do is establish a world through art in which the validity of my Negro experience could live and make its own logic. -- Romare Bearden
  • A lion of truth never assumes anything without validity. Assumptions are quick exits for lazy minds that like to graze out in the fields without bother. -- Suzy Kassem
  • The relation of the law to the self is only a helpful way of thinking about the law, that helps us better understand its validity for us. -- Allen W. Wood
  • As we admit our inadequacy to run the race alone and accept God's gracious redemption, then the race begins to have meaning, validity, and most of all, freedom. -- Cynthia Heald
  • Whatever confronts your faith can be a test but if it stands to oppose the content of your personality and the validity of your convictions then it's threat. -- Kingsley Opuwari Manuel
  • The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot. -- Criss Jami
  • In the process of making anything, a person moves beyond personal expression to make something that stands by itself. The work acquires its own internal validity, its own integrity. -- Joseph C Zinker
  • That of War and Peace or of Almagestes. All are satisfactory. The only criterion of a work is its validity: that it should grip and that it should last. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Making and cheerfully keeping our covenants gives validity and life to the vital sacred and saving ordinances we need to receive in order to obtain all that the Father hath. -- Linda K. Burton
  • So ensuring the integrity of the data and integrity and validity of the connection is a very important element in any company's strategy that is moving towards a Web service paradigm. -- John W. Thompson
  • Only on the assumption of belief in the validity of values is the attempt to espouse value-judgments meaningful. However, to judge the validity of such values is a matter of faith . -- Max Weber
  • I emphatically do not assert the general 'truth' of this philosophy of punctuational change. Any attempt to support the exclusive validity of such a grandiose notion would border on the nonsensical. -- Stephen Jay Gould
  • A piece of cloth that is called "linen" has more validity than calling you and me "black" or "negro." "Cotton" has more validity as cotton than yours and my being "black." -- Jamaica Kincaid
  • So strong is the power of superstition that even though we know that we have been reverencing a sham, yet still we hesitate to admit the validity of our new-found convictions. -- Edgar Rice Burroughs
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  • It is the nature of the writer to question the validity of his world and yet rely on his senses to describe it. From what other tension can great literature be born? -- Jeff Vandermeer
  • It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer. -- James Newman
  • Logic is something the mind has created to conceal its timidity, a hocus-pocus designed to give formal validity to conclusions we are willing to accept if everybody else in our set will too. -- Carl Lotus Becker
  • Logic is something the mind has created to conceal its timidity, a hocus-pocus designed to give formal validity to conclusions we are willing to accept if everybody else in our set will too. -- Carl Lotus Becker
  • Once the Roman Catholic Church in the West became the church most closely connected with the state, the Roman Catholic Church did not recognize the validity of any religion other than its own. -- Susan Jacoby
  • What women have to stand on squarely [is] not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way. -- Mary Hunter Austin
  • What women have to stand on squarely is not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way. -- Mary Hunter Austin
  • the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato 's advice to find men carefully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes. -- Oswald Mosley
  • All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness in which it arises, i.e., the totality of our nature. -- Wilhelm Dilthey
  • And, in general, that branch which is to act ultimately and without appeal on any law is the rightful expositor of the validity of the law, uncontrolled by the opinions of the other coordinate authorities. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • The security provided by a long-held belief system, even when poorly founded, is a strong impediment to progress. General acceptance of a practice becomes the proof of its validity, though it lacks all other merit. -- Bernard Lown