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In one of his papers Edgser Dijkstra makes a statement like:

"What we consider to be the standard case is one case among many exceptional cases only it occurs more often " or something along such lines.

Does any one know the paper it came from or the exact quotation?

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    $\begingroup$ I think it would generally help in your research if you spelled the name of the researcher, Edsger Dijkstra, correctly :) $\endgroup$ – Jérémie Oct 20 '12 at 5:17
  • $\begingroup$ It thought about it and thought it was correct. I guess I should have looked closer $\endgroup$ – vfclists Oct 20 '12 at 9:49
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    $\begingroup$ Much of Dijkstra's writings were never published, and are only available as handwritten (and thus unsearchable) manuscripts. There's an archive of these at cs.utexas.edu/~EWD $\endgroup$ – Max Oct 23 '12 at 12:16
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    $\begingroup$ @NieldeBeaudrap The quotation is not exact, the word exceptional may not even appear in it. I just tried to phrase it the way I remember it. The exact words may be completely different $\endgroup$ – vfclists Oct 23 '12 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ and note for the large Dijkstra Papers archive 1948-2002 it says "the bulk of the collection is in dutch". could the quote be in dutch? $\endgroup$ – vzn Oct 23 '12 at 18:30

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