Randomness Quotes


  • For I do not believe that it is through the interference of Divine Providence … that the spittle of a certain person moved, fell on a certain gnat in a certain place, and killed it.
    o Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, 12th century, Friedländer translation

  • The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.
    o Robert R. Coveyou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1969

  • How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?
    o Joseph Bertrand, Calcul des probabilités, 1889


  • Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.
    o John von Neumann

  • But when a rule is extremely complex, that which conforms to it passes for random.
    o Gottfried Leibniz

  • God doesn’t play dice with the universe.
    o Albert Einstein

  • Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen
    o Stephen Hawking

  • I laugh at the predictable and crack the pseudorandom.
    o Steven Roddis

  • Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random.
    o Donald E. Knuth

  • That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.
    o John Locke

  • It’s a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.
    o Fullmetal Alchemist

  • Random is originality, and originality is art.
    o Anonymous

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