Top 126 Function Quotes

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“The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.”

― A. J. Liebling

“Abnormalities in brain function have traditionally been detected using electroencephalography (EEG), which involves the measurement of the ongoing electrical activity generated by the brain.”

― Aditi Shankardass

“Until and unless we could disband these militias, this country won’t be able to function properly.”

― Adnan Pachachi

“I’m not a morning person: I can’t function until I’ve had a coffee – or several.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“Islam and democracy can function together.”

― Ali Babacan

“The BBC fulfils a wonderful cultural function. Maybe the problem is that it feels it needs to be everything to everybody.”

― Andrew Davies

“I’m suggesting that we abolish the social function of prisons.”

― Angela Davis

“Foreign aid, especially when there is a lot of it, affects how institutions function and how they change.”

― Angus Deaton

“Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.”

― Aristotle

“Lending rate is a function of both liquidity as well as credit demand.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

“The regulation of medicine has been a State function.”

― Barney Frank

“My function as a writer is to provide an atmosphere in which people can think wisely about what we’re doing on this planet.”

― Barry Lopez

“If we look at the fact that record covers are essentially advertisements for the music, we acknowledge a function and purpose to draw in the prospective buyer.”

― Beck

“I’m a musician. I’m not, like, a personality. I’ve never really pretended to perform that kind of function.”

― Beck

“Michelle Obama blows my mind. Form and function, style and grace.”

― Bellamy Young

“The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.”

― Benito Mussolini

“But which is the State’s essential function, aggression or defence, few seem to know or care.”

― Benjamin Tucker

“Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to the description of society as it should be, and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.”

― Benjamin Tucker

“If I don’t get eight hours, I can’t function, so I’m a great believer in power naps.”

― Bobby Davro

“Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.”

― Bobby Scott

“There are certain sounds that I’ve found work well in nearly any context. Their function is not so much musical as spatial: they define the edges of the territory of the music.”

― Brian Eno

“If there’s not love present, it’s much, much harder to function. When there’s love present, it’s easier to deal with life.”

― Brian Wilson

“The smaller the function, the greater the management.”

― C. Northcote Parkinson

“State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly.”

― Charles Duhigg

“My bookshelves chiefly function as a snapshot of what I was reading prior to the invention of the Kindle.”

― Charlie Brooker

“Militarism is basically a way of thinking, a certain interpretation of the function of the state; this manner of thinking is, moreover, revealed by its outer forms: by armaments and state organization.”

― Christian Lous Lange

“Transposons are just small pieces of DNA that randomly insert in the genetic code. And if they insert in the middle of the gene, they disrupt its function.”

― Craig Venter

“The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.”

― Cyril Connolly

“In the world of poker, it’s not heroic to try to function on a couple hours of sleep.”

― Daniel Negreanu

“Smart drafting is a wonderful thing. A smart free-agent signing is a wonderful thing. Smart trades are a wonderful thing, and that’s a function of management.”

― David Stern

“Safety has been my top legislative priority. I’m driven by the idea that safety is really a core function of government.”

― Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“The function of posterity is to look after itself.”

― Dylan Thomas

“The willingness to take risk is largely a function of wealth.”

― Edward Conard

“As has repeatedly been stated, the underlying hypothesis, which in a number of cases has been supported by direct experimental evidence, is that each gene controls the production, function, and specificity of a particular enzyme.”

― Edward Lawrie Tatum

“Tolerance – the function of an extinguished ardor – tolerance cannot seduce the young.”

― Emil Cioran

“Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use.”

― Ezra Pound

“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“The function of the novelist… is to comment upon life as he sees it.”

― Frank Norris

“I don’t function well in chaos, whether it be my sheets or the dishwasher.”

― Gabrielle Union

“It is the function of the President, representing the executive principle, to execute the laws.”

― Garet Garrett

“I’m always really impressed when a movie can function like a novel does – that’s so hard to do.”

― Gia Coppola

“A flag translates into everything, from tacky souvenirs to the names of organizations and the way that flags function.”

― Gilbert Baker

“GDP is a function of capital, labour and how productively you use both.”

― Gita Gopinath

“Familiarize yourself with the parts of your brain and their function.”

― Goldie Hawn

“The function of a guideline isn’t to tell you what kids have actually experienced; it’s to provide goals.”

― Heidi Hayes Jacobs

“Engineering is achieving function while avoiding failure.”

― Henry Petroski

“It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved.”

― Herbert Read

“Dynamism is a function of change.”

― Hillary Clinton

“As moisturizers, oils rapidly penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, protecting against the breakdown of proteins in the cell wall with fatty and linoleic acids, mimicking what our bodies produce naturally. The oils also function as humectants, which help our skin retain moisture.”

― Isabel Gillies

“Function alone does not make clothing appealing.”

― Issey Miyake

“I was on various anti-depressants, but not for long – I didn’t function very well on them. I felt sort of flattened out.”

― Jack Dee

“The Mirror Stage as formative in the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic experience.”

― Jacques Lacan

“A computer doesn’t have a mind of its own – it needs someone else’s to function.”

― Jason Fried

“What guides Marxism, then, is a different model of society, and a different conception of the function of the knowledge that can be produced by society and acquired from it.”

― Jean-Francois Lyotard

“My belief is that the nation-state remains the one entity that can function, the one entity that can demand sacrifice from its constituents in the national interest.”

― Jeff Sessions

“In any complex organism, brain formation and function must be controlled in part by genes.”

― Jeffrey C. Hall

“Things have character. So I’m interested in how the character of the thing might function as a protagonist in what isn’t a narrative.”

― Jessica Stockholder

“We function in a pack mentality. This is our tribe. And this is how we are exploited – sold a bill of goods and a household of products.”

― Joey Skaggs

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“There’s no other product that changes function like the computer.”

― Jonathan Ive

“This means that the only function of nuclear weapons, while they exist, is to deter a nuclear attack.”

― Joseph Rotblat

“What I argued in ‘The Great Divide’ is that societies can’t function without trust, both politically and economically.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“Society can’t function without shared prosperity.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“An e-cigarette does not function in manner of a traditional cigarette because it functions electrically rather than via combustion of a material such as tobacco.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”

― Le Corbusier

“Judaism is a brilliant religion, and the main function of Judaism is to learn and read.”

― Leon Charney

“The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“I did the ‘Bionic Woman,’ which of course had a lot of humor in it, and that was really a function of a lot of the ad-libbing and the things that I did in it.”

― Lindsay Wagner

“We have to have a school board that’s actually gonna be able to function and that has true parent representatives on it.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“Form follows function.”

― Louis Sullivan

“The model should only serve the very private function for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement.”

― Lucian Freud

“Healthful whole foods improve our brain function as well.”

― Marilu Henner

“CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function. Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations.”

― Marilyn Tavenner

“Know the function of a fuse box and the appearance of a tripped circuit breaker.”

― Marilyn vos Savant

“As CEO, I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group.”

― Martin Winterkorn

“The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.”

― Max Eastman

“America cannot function if we are a society fueled by riots.”

― Meghan McCain

“I’m like a three-and-a-half, four-hour-a-night sleeper. It’s not enough to function.”

― Melissa McCarthy

“So everybody has some information. The function of the markets is to aggregate that information, evaluate it, and get it incorporated into prices.”

― Merton Miller

“In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.”

― Michael Graves

“In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.”

― Michel Foucault

“It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.”

― Murray Kempton

“The only serious function films can serve is to act as a record of their times.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“You really can’t function without a phone or an iPad.”

― Nick Wooster

“My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire.”

― Norman Granz

“The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.”

― Norman Mailer

“My work is not about ‘form follows function,’ but ‘form follows beauty’ or, even better, ‘form follows feminine.’”

― Oscar Niemeyer

“The function of the artist is to invent, not to chronicle.”

― Oscar Wilde

“The function of the novel is the exploration of the human condition. Really, that’s what it’s all about.”

― Patrick O’Brian

“Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneines for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses.”

― Paul Stamets

“The function of a book or a poem or a story is to delight, to enchant, to beguile.”

― Philip Pullman

“The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.”

― Pierre Bourdieu

“Increasingly, we are embedding artificial intelligence into the core of our clients’ businesses across every function and process.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

― Ralph Nader

“America should function as a Christian nation.”

― Randall Terry

“The politicization of the presidency would pose a real threat to the institution and its function.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“We Chileans have to be able to understand that in a democracy institutions must function freely and with sovereignty.”

― Ricardo Lagos

“Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being.”

― Rita Mae Brown

“The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.”

― Robert Anton Wilson

“The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.”

― Robert Brustein

“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”

― Robert Jackson

“We don’t function well as human beings when we’re in isolation.”

― Robert Zemeckis

“The family has a social function and so it should be sustained.”

― Rocco Buttiglione

“In this age, if the currency of a major nation collapses, or its access to borrowing ends, it just can’t function.”

― Roger Altman

“Companies used to be able to function with autocratic bosses. We don’t live in that world anymore.”

― Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames.”

― Rudolf Bing

“The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.”

― Samuel Butler

“It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.”

― Samuel Butler

“A number of things in ‘Dhalgren’ are just meant to function as mysteries. They’re mysteries when the book begins, and they’re mysteries when the book ends.”

― Samuel R. Delany

“In December 1988, my mother died of lung cancer. I died too. I couldn’t function.”

― Sandra Dee

“It’s not the function of Congress to do criminal investigations.”

― Saxby Chambliss

“The HMI (human-machine interface) function inside a Ferrari is probably the weakest link in the chain of technical know-how that’s embodied in the car.”

― Sergio Marchionne

“If consciousness can function independently of the body during one’s lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death.”

― Stanislav Grof

“I support the Volcker rule, but there needs to be proper definitions around the Volcker rule so that banks can understand exactly what they can do and what they can’t do, and that they can provide the necessary function of liquidity in customer markets.”

― Steve Mnuchin

“Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they’re built upon racism.”

― Stokely Carmichael

“The bass player’s function, along with the drums, is to be the engine that drives the car… everything else is merely colours.”

― Suzi Quatro

“There is a role and function for beauty in our time.”

― Tadao Ando

“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.”

― Thomas Dewar

“The first and most optimistic response was complete rational expectations econometrics. A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function. Maximize it.”

― Thomas J. Sargent

“Transnational terrorism, in the form of the Salafi Jihadist movement, is fundamentally a function of globalization.”

― Thomas P.M. Barnett

“A writer doesn’t really have much of a function on a movie set.”

― Tom Stoppard

“One of the outstanding achievements of the new constructional technique has been the abolition of the separating function of the wall.”

― Walter Gropius

“It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect the seemingly unconnected.”

― William Plomer

“The instant people specialize, it’s in their interest to dehumanize the people their specialized function operates upon.”

― William T. Vollmann

“Leaving Interscope was not a personal thing. These record companies are a certain kind of machine, and we weren’t able to function in it.”

― Yolandi Visser
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