Binary Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old binary quotes, binary sayings, and binary proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Chair or no chair: a binary relation. But the vicissitudes of moving the body around are infinite. You never know what a person in a chair can do.     

Sarah Manguso

Anyone with a child knows that children learn about the world through binary options: up or down, hot or cold, big or little, inside or outside, wet or dry, good or bad, boy or girl, man or woman.     

Phyllis Schlafly

Masculinity is part of a binary and requires its opposite, since, in the absence of femininity, masculinity would have no meaning.     

Sheila Jeffreys

The simplest kind of decision is binary: that is, the question can be answered, in principle at least, by either yes or no.     

E. J. W Barber

Laughter is binary: It either happens or it doesn't. As each joke arrives in the course of a film, the cavernous space of the theater is either filled with joy and laughter or with the quiet of cringing embarrassment. Every time you step to the plate to make a joke, you're going to experience one or the other.     

David Dobkin

There is a double rhythm in all human beings. We are binary beings – two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears. Two legs for walking. And the heartbeat thumping in our chest mirrors that.     

Paul Auster

The virtue of binary is that it's the simplest possible way of representing numbers. Anything else is more complicated. You can catch errors with it, it's unambiguous in its reading, there are lots of good things about binary. So it is very, very simple once you learn how to read it.     

George M. Whitesides

This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world.     

Richard Powers

At its most fundamental, information is a binary choice. In other words, a single bit of information is one yes-or-no choice.     

James Gleick

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.     

Gautama Buddha

Digital time does not flow; it flicks. Like any binary, discrete decision, it is either here or there. In contrast to our experience of the passing of time, digital time is always in the now, or in no time. It is still. Poised.     

Douglas Rushkoff