Life is a school of probability.
To us probability is the very guide of life.
"I think you’re begging the question, "said Haydock, "and I can see looming ahead one of those terrible exercises in probability where six men have white hats and six men have black hats and you have to work it out by mathematics how likely it is that the hats will get mixed up and in what proportion. If you start thinking about things like that, you would go round the bend. Let me assure you of that!"
The [theory of probability]...enters into the regulation of some of the most important practical concerns of modern life.
is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine
what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers...There is a
divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death.
men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.
Gay In J.R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. p.
has been pointed out already that no knowledge of probabilities, less in
degree than certainty, helps us to know what conclusions are true, and
that there is no direct relation between truth of a proposition and its
begins and ends with probability.
Maynard Keynes The Application of Probability to Conduct
The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it.
-Blaise Pascal In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988
who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only
12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which
is far from certain.
In J.R. Newman (ed.) The
World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.