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  • I told myself that imagining a met in my brain or my shoulder would not affect the invisible reality going on inside of me, and that therefore all such thoughts were wasted moments in a life composed of a definitionally finite set of such moments.†   (source)
  • It could either react randomly, or in a limited number of prede termined ways, based on a finite number of preprogrammed conditions.†   (source)
  • Finite Incantatem!" he shouted; Harry's feet stopped dancing, Malfoy stopped laughing, and they were able to look up.†   (source)
  • I shout out, "Expelliarmus!" and Josh spins around and calls back, "Finite!"†   (source)
  • Load the finite element analysis module!†   (source)
  • Of course a man's time on earth is finite and may come to an end at any moment!†   (source)
  • The finite within the infinite, the infinite within the finite.†   (source)
  • He was resentenced to a finite term of years and now has hope for release.†   (source)
  • So all I have to do in order to make one is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea ...and turn it on!†   (source)
  • Knowing Kathy kept the freezer stocked with meat and vegetables, he leaned down and removed two steaks, quickly closing the door to keep the finite cold from escaping.†   (source)
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  • Like who doesn't know that grains of sand on the planet, however numerous, are finite?†   (source)
  • Courage, I seemed to think, comes to us in finite quantities, like an inheritance, and by being frugal and stashing it away and letting it earn interest, we steadily increase our moral capital in preparation for that day when the account must be drawn down.†   (source)
  • "Here we are," Mr. Poe said, and before the children knew it they were standing in the station, watching the train pull away into the dark trees of the Finite Forest.†   (source)
  • But I have only a finite amount—$9,132 at this point.†   (source)
  • The wasting of finite resources is everyone's business.†   (source)
  • It's a pleasant change of pace, something finite in contrast to her current, overwhelming, ongoing task: to prepare for her departure, picking the bones of the house clean.†   (source)
  • The life of a poet lies not merely in the finite language-dance of expression but in the nearly infinite combinations of perception and memory combined with the sensitivity to what is perceived and remembered.†   (source)
  • No one had ever been able to replicate Carrel's work, and the cells seemed to defy a basic rule of biology: that normal cells can only divide a finite number of times before dying.†   (source)
  • Only through the realization that his days on earth were finite could he grasp the importance of living those days with honor, integrity, and service to his fellow man.†   (source)
  • But when, for example, we ask whether the universe is finite or infinite, we are asking about a ttality of which we ourselves are a tiny part.†   (source)
  • All my life, I've been very aware that time is finite.†   (source)
  • "When food is finite," he said, "you'd be surprised how much time you spend thinking about it."†   (source)
  • Worse, their supply was finite.†   (source)
  • "I assume that something happened to Harriet here on the island," Blomkvist said, "and that the list of suspects consists of the finite number of people trapped here.†   (source)
  • =========================== Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase.†   (source)
  • He saw each event as a point from which a finite number of possibilities radiated.†   (source)
  • It is actually rather startling when you sort eye colors, how limited the possibilities truly are: such a small, finite number of options.†   (source)
  • And the sky now seemed to descend, no longer phosphorescent with possibilities, but rigid with the mineral of choices, heavy as the weight of the finite earth, onto his chest.†   (source)
  • It was finite and eternal.†   (source)
  • Let's put it another way: room in the SHU is a finite resource, and the warden and his staff have to use it judiciously.†   (source)
  • Don't you do that, finite's past two years.†   (source)
  • There was no up or down in a finite but expanding universe in which even the vast, burning, dazzling, majestic sun was in a state of progressive decay that would eventually destroy the earth too.†   (source)
  • He wanted it to be a finite experience, like a sports season, with a series of events leading up to a championship.†   (source)
  • Limited to a finite individual occasion, importance ceases to be important.†   (source)
  • He learned that with her, passion could be built layer by finite layer until there was nothing else.†   (source)
  • She felt suddenly as if nothing existed beyond that circle, and she wondered at the joyous, proud comfort to be found in a sense of the finite, in the knowledge that the field of one's concern lay within the realm of one's sight.†   (source)
  • And then they left the finite sprawl of Dickens behind.†   (source)
  • He sometimes wondered whether doctors realized the emotional intensity of time, or what he was going through, or even that time was something finite.†   (source)
  • In other words, a finite thing can be divided an infinite number of times, down to even the minutest atom.†   (source)
  • In China, Helen had been taught enormous circumspection; the world there was like a skating rink, a finite space, walled.†   (source)
  • In Mexico the privilegiado is always, to a finite percentage, redeemed—one of the people.†   (source)
  • The room was a replica of an illustration she had once seen in a Polish edition of The Old Curiosity Shop: festering with French, Italian, Russian and Polish antiques, of all periods and styles, it looked the work of some crazed interior decorator who had dumped out onto the shining parquet floors and sofas, chairs, tables, escritoires, love seats, chaises longues and stuffed ottomans of an embryonic palazzo—shoving into a single large, lofty but finite space the furniture suitable for a dozen rooms.†   (source)
  • Radar and I had calc; Ben had finite mathematics.†   (source)
  • 'Here,' said Lupin quietly, and pointing his wand at Neville's legs he said, 'Finite.'†   (source)
  • I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still.†   (source)
  • They divide only a finite number of times, then stop growing and begin to die.†   (source)
  • The universe (he said) offers a paradox too great for the finite mind to grasp.†   (source)
  • All those long hours, only that finite time.†   (source)
  • Expression, however—listen closely now—expression is founded on the finite occasion.†   (source)
  • Opponents of the DREAM Act view immigrants as competitors for finite American resources.†   (source)
  • "Try Finite Incantatem," said Hermione at once, "that should stop the rain if it's a hex or curse; if it doesn't something's gone wrong with an Atmospheric Charm, which will be more difficult to fix, so as an interim measure try Impervius to protect his belongings —"†   (source)
  • This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask.†   (source)
  • Harry bellowed, as somewhere out of sight Hermione screamed, and Harry heard innumerable objects crashing to the floor on the other side of the destabilized wall: He pointed his wand at the rampart, cried, "Finite!" and it steadied.†   (source)
  • You remember that philosophers before Kant had discussed the really 'big' questions—for instance, whether man has an immortal soul, whether there is a God, whether nature consists of tiny indivisible particles, and whether the universe is finite or infinite.†   (source)
  • The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the Finite Forest, wondering if their lives would ever get any better.†   (source)
  • We all have finite time and energy.†   (source)
  • Then, one day, a student who had been left to sweep up the lab after a particularly unsuccessful party found himself reasoning this way: If, he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability.†   (source)
  • The principle of generating small amounts of finite improbability by simply hooking the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) were of course well understood—and such generators were often used to break the ice at parties by making all the molecules in the hostess's undergarments leap simultaneously one foot to the left, in accordance with the Theory of Indeterminacy.†   (source)
  • But even as Violet began planning her invention, and Klaus thought of his moss research, and Sunny opened and closed her mouth as a prebiting exercise, the Finite Forest looked so uninspiring that they couldn't help wondering if their new home would really be a pleasant one.†   (source)
  • This book, you will remember, began with the sentence "The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the Finite Forest, wondering if their lives would ever get any better," and the story has certainly been as wretched and hopeless as the first sentence promised it would be.†   (source)
  • But this book begins with the sentence "The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the Finite Forest, wondering if their lives would ever get any better," and you should be able to tell that the story that follows will be very different from the story of Gary or Emily or the family of cunning little chipmunks.†   (source)
  • So now that I've told you that the first sentence will be "The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the Finite Forest, wondering if their lives would ever get any better," if you wish to avoid an unpleasant story you had best put this book down.†   (source)
  • Research: as his classmates grappled on with Finite Element Analysis of Structures, Ralph began watching Americans and, his English having improved, even talking to Americans — who, he was surprised to discover, actually liked to sit back, and scratch their sandy chins, and tell him what they thought a young Chinaman should know.†   (source)
  • As the living brain cannot conceive of a nonliving brain-although it may think it can-the finite mind cannot grasp the infinite.†   (source)
  • In some sense or other—we can skip the details—importance is derived from the immanence of infinitude in the finite.†   (source)
  • But he had replied, "You think in Finite terms.†   (source)
  • A stick is finite and unextended wood, a fact determined by its own denial.†   (source)
  • Kayo said, not much surprised by this, "What you are talking about is moha—a Navajo word, and also Sanskrit, meaning opposition of the finite.†   (source)
  • At any time life can come together again and man be regenerated, and doesn't have to be a god or public servant like Osiris who gets torn apart annually for the sake of the common prosperity, but the man himself, finite and taped as he is, can still come where the axial lines are.†   (source)
  • He is finite, though he is powerful to do much harm and suffers not as we do.†   (source)
  • That great need of man, the finite, which admits of embrace, they ignore.†   (source)
  • The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul.†   (source)
  • The finite which admits of progress and sublime toil, they do not think about.†   (source)
  • Strange damps—full of the eyes of many men, crowded with life borne in upon a lull....Oh, I was young, for I could turn again to you, most finite and most beautiful, and taste the stuff of half-remembered dreams, sweet and new on your mouth.†   (source)
  • It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.†   (source)
  • As it left the Marabars, their nasty little cosmos disappeared, and gave place to the Marabars seen from a distance, finite and rather romantic.†   (source)
  • Missing something ever since his arrival two days before, Dick perceived that it was the sense he had had in finite French lanes that there was nothing more.†   (source)
  • But does not the very positing of eternity and infinity imply the logical, mathematical negation of things limited and finite, their relative reduction to zero?†   (source)
  • How does our makeshift assumption of eternity and infinity square with concepts like distance, motion, change, or even the very existence of a finite body in space?†   (source)
  • Moreover, since, despite our best desperate attempts, we cannot imagine an end to time or a finite border around space, we have decided to "think" of them as eternal and infinite—in the apparent belief that even if we are not totally successful, this marks some improvement.†   (source)
  • Either Ptolemy and the scholastics are right, and the world is finite in time and space, which means that God is transcendent and the polarity of God and world is maintained, so that man, too, leads a dualistic existence, and the problem of his soul rests in the conflict between what his senses register and what transcends his senses, making all social issues entirely secondary—this is indeed the only form of individualism that I recognize as logically consistent.†   (source)
  • Who does not sometimes envy the good and brave, who are no more to suffer from the tumults of the natural world, and await with curious complacency the speedy term of his own conversation with finite nature?†   (source)
  • (2) However we may prolong the period of time between the action we are examining and the judgment upon it, that period will be finite, while time is infinite, and so in this respect too there can never be absolute inevitability†   (source)
  • It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain.†   (source)
  • But the mathematician argues, from his finite truths, through habit, as if they were of an absolutely general applicability—as the world indeed imagines them to be.†   (source)
  • But she was notified for the first time, on this occasion, of the finite character of Bunchie's intellect; hitherto she had been mainly struck with its extent.†   (source)
  • The indefinite, which is born from the human and divine combination of the infinite and the finite, escapes them.†   (source)
  • And that ever-so-slight tug holds me to the finite and mortal world below.†   (source)
  • That it was a Utopia, there being no known method from the known to the unknown: an infinity renderable equally finite by the suppositious apposition of one or more bodies equally of the same and of different magnitudes: a mobility of illusory forms immobilised in space, remobilised in air: a past which possibly had ceased to exist as a present before its probable spectators had entered actual present existence.†   (source)
  • as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.†   (source)
  • Whatsoever we imagine, is Finite.†   (source)
  • The INFINITE DIVISIBILITY of matter, or, in other words, the INFINITE divisibility of a FINITE thing, extending even to the minutest atom, is a point agreed among geometricians, though not less incomprehensible to common-sense than any of those mysteries in religion, against which the batteries of infidelity have been so industriously leveled.†   (source)
  • Will he draw out,
    For anger's sake, finite to infinite,
    In punished Man, to satisfy his rigour,
    Satisfied never?†   (source)
  • But to worship God, is inanimating, or inhibiting, such Image, or place; that is to say, an infinite substance in a finite place, is Idolatry: for such finite Gods, are but Idols of the brain, nothing reall; and are commonly called in the Scripture by the names of Vanity, and Lyes, and Nothing.†   (source)
  • Fifthly, in those things that signifie Greatnesse, and Power; to say he is Finite, is not to Honour him: For it is not a signe of the Will to Honour God, to attribute to him lesse than we can; and Finite, is lesse than we can; because to Finite, it is easie to adde more.†   (source)
  • There is a certain Philosophia Prima, on which all other Philosophy ought to depend; and consisteth principally, in right limiting of the significations of such Appellations, or Names, as are of all others the most Universall: Which Limitations serve to avoid ambiguity, and aequivocation in Reasoning; and are commonly called Definitions; such as are the Definitions of Body, Time, Place, Matter, Forme, Essence, Subject, Substance, Accident, Power, Act, Finite, Infinite, Quantity, Quality, Motion, Action, Passion, and divers others, necessary to the explaining of a mans Conceptions concerning the Nature and Generation of Bodies.†   (source)
  • Not that the Writers of the Scripture would have us beleeve, there could be in the globe of the Earth, which is not only finite, but also (compared to the height of the Stars) of no considerable magnitude, a pit without a bottome; that is, a hole of infinite depth, such as the Greeks in their Daemonologie (that is to say, in their doctrine concerning Daemons,) and after them, the Romans called Tartarus; of which Virgill sayes,†   (source)
  • Therefore to attribute Figure to him, is not Honour; for all Figure is Finite: Nor to say we conceive, and imagine, or have an Idea of him, in our mind: for whatsoever we conceive is Finite: Not to attribute to him Parts, or Totality; which are the Attributes onely of things Finite: Nor to say he is this, or that Place: for whatsoever is in Place, is bounded, and Finite: Nor that he is Moved, or Resteth: for both these Attributes ascribe to him Place: Nor that there be more Gods than one; because it implies them all Finite: for there cannot be more than one Infinite: Nor to ascribe to him (unlesse Metaphorically, meaning no†   (source)
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