Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
R. Buckminster Fuller
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You have one week to prepare a comprehensive report on why the initiative is failing.
—but they were hardly comprehensive.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Some senators argued against it because they wanted comprehensive immigration reform, not just piecemeal legislation.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
—Ancient saying, provenance unknown, listed in the Comprehensive Compilation of Dangerous Words and Ideas, www. ccdwi.gov.org
Lauren Oliver -- Delirium
It is easy to gain Durrfeld’s confidence; the Professor’s knowledge of the architecture of world trade is comprehensive, encyclopedic.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
So what’s the point of framing rules that cannot be comprehensively carried out by anyone?
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
Other pages were devoted to a comprehensive list of translations of military terms, words like "torpedo plane,"
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
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Now seems like a good time to introduce them a little more comprehensively: Hans Junior had the eyes of his father and the height.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, all-comprehensive glances.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 4 From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
We need a real comprehensive supply run.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
The man had gone into a rage and had sworn comprehensively.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
In tears, the Deltas were kissing and hugging one another–half a dozen twins at a time in a comprehensive embrace.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
Every four years, an international group of educators administers a comprehensive mathematics and science test to elementary and junior high students around the world.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
These words, necessarily few in number, had had their meanings extended until they contained within themselves whole batteries of words which, as they were sufficiently covered by a single comprehensive term, could now be scrapped and forgotten.
George Orwell -- 1984
The book Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies, by Han nah Lan decker, provides a comprehensive overview.
Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Root spat out the butt of his cigar, squashing it comprehensively beneath his boot heel.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
"Oh, isn’t it wonderful?" she said, waving her hand comprehensively at the good world outside.
Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Anne Of Green Gables
In some low-education occupations, according to a 1997 study by the National Research Council that is considered among the most comprehensive assessments of the effects of immigration, a quarter to a half of all hours nationwide are worked by immigrant women.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
Hard to believe an ordinary missing-person case would have produced such comprehensive material.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Soon after the original arraignment of Smith and Hickock, their advocates appeared before Judge Tate to argue a motion urging comprehensive psychiatric examinations for the accused.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
Now the various species of whales need some sort of popular comprehensive classification, if only an easy outline one for the present, hereafter to be filled in all its departments by subsequent laborers.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
They had worked the trip out with a pencil, so much to a dog, so many dogs, so many days, Q.E.D. Mercedes looked over their shoulders and nodded comprehensively, it was all so very simple.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
"I think I got a fairly comprehensive look," he said in a light, easy voice.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!
Charles Dickens -- A Christmas Carol
They were given a comprehensive, real-time map of the combat situation called the Common Relevant Operational Picture (CROP).
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
Usually when the UnDead sleep at home," as he spoke he made a comprehensive sweep of his arm to designate what to a vampire was ’home’, "their face show what they are, but this so sweet that was when she not UnDead she go back to the nothings of the common dead.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
It is the tragedy, the Aristotelian and comprehensive tragedy, of sin coming home to roost.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
Langdon eyed the perched bucket, hoping Bellamy had a more comprehensive plan for their safety tonight.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
Here the range of underwater flora seemed pretty comprehensive to me, as well as more abundant than it might have been in the arctic or tropical zones, where such exhibits are less common.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Absence from the school enables me to lose sight of the unimportant details of the work, and study it in a broader and more comprehensive manner than I could do on the grounds.
Booker T. Washington -- Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
I am content that others should be wiser than I. But with all their wide and comprehensive knowledge, they cannot measure their enjoyment of that splendid epic, nor can I. When I read the finest passages of the Iliad, I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
For three hours or more we pushed forward, keeping a sharp look-out on either side for any trace of our companions, till we reached a bold promontory, stretching some way into the sea, from whose rocky summit I knew that we should obtain a good and comprehensive view of the surrounding country.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
Black Sam, as he was commonly called, from his being about three shades blacker than any other son of ebony on the place, was revolving the matter profoundly in all its phases and bearings, with a comprehensiveness of vision and a strict lookout to his own personal well-being, that would have done credit to any white patriot in Washington.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Taking the words in their most comprehensive and absolute sense, we may say that, separated from every one by the walls of the tomb, Jean Valjean was the widower, and Cosette was the orphan: this situation caused Jean Valjean to become Cosette’s father after a celestial fashion.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
You are bound, in justice to your family, if not to yourself, to take in at a comprehensive glance the extremest point in the horizon to which your abilities may lead you.’
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
Fairly comprehensive ones, Mr. Clarke.
Agatha Christie -- The ABC Murders
Robert Fitzgerald’s subtle and strong translation brings out the grave tones of the original, and is exemplary in helping us follow its sustained intensity of focus alongside its massive comprehensiveness.
Homer -- The Iliad
The manager was very placid, he had no vital anxieties now, he took us both in with a comprehensive and satisfied glance: the ’affair’ had come off as well as could be wished.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Looking round him in the twilight of the horse-box, Vronsky unconsciously took in once more in a comprehensive glance all the points of his favorite mare.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
Thus, to do a great right, you may do a little wrong; and you may take any means which the end to be attained, will justify; the amount of the right, or the amount of the wrong, or indeed the distinction between the two, being left entirely to the philosopher concerned, to be settled and determined by his clear, comprehensive, and impartial view of his own particular case.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
Here there was something less of crowd than below; and hence Miss Morland had a comprehensive view of all the company beneath her, and of all the dangers of her late passage through them.
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
And this gives me the opportunity, Mr. Conway, of assuring you that the hospitality of Shangri-La is of a comprehensive kind.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
After comprehensive studies, Descartes came to the conclusion that the body of knowledge handed down from the Middle Ages was not necessarily reliable.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
And although one cannot give a final judgment on all of these things unless one possesses the particulars of those states in which a decision has to be made, nevertheless I will speak as comprehensively as the matter of itself will admit.
Nicolo Machiavelli -- The Prince
Mrs. Glass directed a long and oddly comprehensive look at his profile.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
One comprehensive sweep of the long night stick threw the ally to the floor and forced Pete to a corner.