„You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!“

Source: Everybody's Autobiography

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American art collector and experimental writer of novels, p… 1874 - 1946

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„Limits… seem to me of two kinds, ordinary or natural, and extraordinary or beyond the natural.“

—  Adolphe Quetelet Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist 1796 - 1874

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Context: Limits... seem to me of two kinds, ordinary or natural, and extraordinary or beyond the natural. The first limits comprise within them the qualities which deviate more or less from the mean, without attracting attention by excess on one side or the other. When the deviations become greater, they constitute the extraordinary class, having itself its limits, on the outer verge of which are things preternatural... We must conceive the same distinctions in the moral world.

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Context: There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved.

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„Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.“

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Variant: if you argue for your limitations they are yours
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