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Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard,
by Abigail Adams

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard,
very liable to be broken.
- Abigail Adams

Related topics: Power

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.
Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Abigail Adams

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought
for with ardor and diligence.
- Abigail Adams

I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly
reflected by the number of conflicting points of view
he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.
- Abigail Adams

 

Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so;
but she smarted so severely for hers,
that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.
- Abigail Adams

Great necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams

Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience,
not the lessons of retirement and leisure.
Great necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams

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A little of what you call frippery is very necessary
towards looking like the rest of the world.
- Abigail Adams

I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power,
whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping,
and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'
- Abigail Adams

I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life.
Man was made for action and for bustle too,
I believe.
- Abigail Adams

We have too many high-sounding words,
and too few actions that correspond with them.
- Abigail Adams

If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers,
we should have learned women.
- Abigail Adams

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies,
we are determined to foment a rebellion,
and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice,
or representation.
- Abigail Adams

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
- Kenzo Tange

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
- George Jean Nathan

The possession of arbitrary power has always,
the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility,
magnanimity, and truth.
- Frederick Law Olmsted

I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially
since I already write novels,
nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game,
arbitrary as those rules might be.
- Edmund White

One of the very basic ideas of Post-Modernism is rejection
of arbitrary power structures.
Different people are sensitive to different kinds of power structures.
- Larry Wall

If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist;
but if virtue have the advantage,
arbitrary power cannot be established.
- Algernon Sidney

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
- Mortimer Adler

Science is not a game in which arbitrary rules are
used to decide what explanations are to be permitted.
- Michael Behe

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful
as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

They were saying computers deal with numbers.
This was absolutely nonsense.
Computers deal with arbitrary information of any kind.
- Ted Nelson

To me, length is an artificial and arbitrary factor in a film.
- Frank Darabont

Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.
- William S. Burroughs

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud,
is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
- John Quincy Adams

The love of domination and an uncontrolled lust of
arbitrary power have prevailed among all nations and
perhaps in proportion to the degrees of civilization.
- Mercy Otis Warren

I don't know who decided that skinny was more appealing than not skinny.
It seems arbitrary.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel,
without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary,
is that it be interesting.
- Henry James

Those objecting to the concept of race argue that the
taxonomic definitions are arbitrary and subjective.
- J. Philippe Rushton

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial
perceptions and arbitrary values.
- Marshall McLuhan

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

Understand that legal and illegal are political,
and often arbitrary, categorizations;
use and abuse are medical,
or clinical, distinctions.
- Abbie Hoffman

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as
struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch

Personally, I don't like the term 'success.'
It's too arbitrary and too relative a thing.
It's usually someone else's definition,
not yours.
- Ichiro Suzuki

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

I wanted to make a movie about the arbitrary nature of love.
- Adrian Lyne

Because the Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious -
and therefore immoral -
I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.
- George Ryan

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch,
until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes,
and the paint falls into positions that feel destined.
- Philip Guston

Standards of beauty are arbitrary.
Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques
don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
- Martha Beck

Gold and silver, like other commodities,
have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary,
but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of
labour bestowed in procuring them,
and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.
- David Ricardo

Aside from that reservation, a fictive tale even has
the advantage of manifesting symbolic necessity more
purely to the extent that we may believe its conception arbitrary.
- Jacques Lacan

What we don't need in country music is divisiveness,
public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary
judgement of what belongs and what doesn't.
- Charley Pride

The bad man desires arbitrary power.
What moves the evil man is the love of injustice.
- John Rawls

Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act,
supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists.
It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern
the world without those rules,
since without them it could not subsist.
- Charles de Secondat

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization
that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner,
but that they reflect a certain underlying order,
which may or may not be divinely inspired.
- Stephen Hawking

It took us a long time to find out that we had been
lied to by our parents' generation.
The moralities that were followed during our parents'
generation were basically arbitrary.
This caused a rift between the two generations,
which was brought on by the beatniks.
- Peter Fonda

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric,
one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
- Margaret Mead

If an educational act is to be efficacious,
it will be only that one which tends to help toward
the complete unfolding of life.
To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid
the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
- Maria Montessori

Not to be offensive, not to be capricious,
not to be arbitrary, not to be neurotic,
not to be an actor outer, you're just trying to get
in and you're given so little time to get in gently,
but it's always hard.
- William Hurt

I believe there should be no arbitrary date set for
withdrawal and yet no permanent,
unending deployment.
No cut and run, yet measured progress in helping a
people who want to be free without an illusion of overnight success.
- Rick Renzi

Any Congressional agreement of an arbitrary time table
to bring our troops home before we have accomplished
our mission is unacceptable and could potentially increase
the risk to our soldiers.
- James T. Walsh

Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm.
I compare it to the rhythms of jazz.
Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters.
If one tells oneself that life is like that,
one feels it less arbitrary.
- Francoise Sagan

Jackson went from the professor's chair to the officer's saddle.
He carried with him the very elements of character
which made him odious as a teacher;
but I never saw him in an arbitrary mood.
- Daniel H. Hill

But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained,
and every principle of philosophy and common sense
demand that the explanation be sought,
not in arbitrary allegorical categories,
but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom
to which the myth attaches.
- William Robertson Smith

The decree of a coercive tribunal would not need to
conform to the true standard of wages,
the final productivity of social labor.
It would introduce into distribution a genuinely arbitrary element,
with a very large ultimate power to pervert the natural system.
- John Bates Clark

It is true, indeed, that the national domain is ours.
It is true it was acquired by the valor and with the
wealth of the whole nation.
But we hold, nevertheless, no arbitrary power over it.
- William H. Seward

While we have entertained the contention that a deed
may make more propaganda than hundreds of speeches,
thousands of articles, and tens of thousands of pamphlets,
we have held that an arbitrary act of violence will
not necessarily have such an effect.
- Johann Most

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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