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The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to
by Anna Letitia Barbauld

The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to
choose some one important object,
and pursue it for life.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld

But every act in consequence of our faith,
strengthens faith.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld

We neither laugh alone, nor weep alone,
why then should we pray alone?
- Anna Letitia Barbauld

When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from
friend is snatched forlorn;
when man is left alone to mourn,
oh!
then how sweet it is to die!
- Anna Letitia Barbauld

 

The dead of midnight is the noon of thought.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a characteristic of wisdom
not to do desperate things.
- Henry David Thoreau

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If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life,
choose a sense of humor.
- Jennifer Jones

For the source of any characteristic so widespread
and uniform as this adaptation to environment we must
go back to the very beginning of the human race.
- Ellsworth Huntington

Identity in the form of continuity of personality is
an extremely important characteristic of the individual.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the
man who can neither live nor die,
and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
- Emile M. Cioran

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you.
I believe the greatest characteristic of genius,
is, above all, force.
- Gustave Flaubert

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women.
Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
- Brian Tracy

The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief,
but of despair.
- Herbert Read

Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic
way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation.
- Janet Malcolm

Oppression is something that one group of people commits
against another group specifically because of a threatening
characteristic shared by the latter group.
- Robin Morgan

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism,
displacing incompetence.
- Kingsley Amis

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society,
and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.
- Jinato Hu

If the guitar synthesizer is really going to stand
as a synthesizer on its own,
it needs to develop a more characteristic sound;
I don' think it's gotten there yet.
- Andy Summers

It is characteristic of the epistemological tradition
to present us with partial scenarios and then to demand
whole or categorical answers as it were.
- Avrum Stroll

The medieval hall house was very primitive when it
became the characteristic form of dwelling of the landowner of the Middle Ages.
- Stephen Gardiner

The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic
of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them,
with others.
- Jose Saramago

We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic
and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us,
no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.
- Henri Bergson

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
- Gaston Bachelard

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the
present situation is that economic questions have finally
and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.
- Arthur Henderson

The thing that's characteristic of my performance is
that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.
- Laurie Anderson

At first acoustics attributed to the different sounds
only a limited number of characteristic features.
- Roman Jakobson

We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era -
a permanent state of what I call violent peace.
- James D. Watkins

A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism.
This is still spreading, affecting new communities,
more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples.
- Emily Greene Balch

It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics
of reproduction are so vastly improved,
there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations
are often seized in their essence by the percipient
scientist long in advance of any possible proof.
- John Desmond Bernal

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars,
because it is his natural characteristic,
so the artist works.
- Alma Gluck

One characteristic of winners is they always look upon
themselves as a do it yourself project.
- Denis Waitley

Industrialization based on machinery,
already referred to as a characteristic of our age,
is but one aspect of the revolution that is being wrought by technology.
- Emily Greene Balch

The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic
which distinguishes human beings from beasts.
- Heywood Broun

Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit,
deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning.
- Charles Eastman

Certain characteristic properties of elements can be
foretold from their atomic weights.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent
and universal human characteristic which becomes more
or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.
- Simone Weil

The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.
- Henry Fielding

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic
that likes to make easy things difficult.
- Warren Buffett

People who work on the user interface side need to
have empathy as a key characteristic.
But if you are writing device drivers you don't really
need to understand humans so well.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look -
historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
- Larry McMurtry

I am positive that flexibility is a feminine characteristic.
- Emma Bonino

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
- Henri Matisse

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that
they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
- Freeman Dyson

I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people.
Their best characteristic is their desire to remember.
No other people has such an obsession with memory.
- Elie Wiesel

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words,
so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself,
and that characteristic distinguishes it from other
objects and from the body.
- George H. Mead

It is characteristic that this should take place just
when it is becoming more and more clear to all who think about the matter,
that technically and economically we have left the
territorial state behind us.
- Christian Lous Lange

There are many qualities that make a great leader.
But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with
them through popular and unpopular times,
is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
- Rudy Giuliani

A characteristic of older folksongs,
in most cases,
is that we don't know their composers or authors.
Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind.
They were passed down by word of mouth,
from generation to generation.
- Tom Glazer

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common:
it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the
major anxiety of their people in their time.
This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind,
knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance
to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

For under certain conditions the chemical atoms emit
light waves of a specific length or oscillation frequency -
their familiar characteristic spectra -
and these can come in the form of electromagnetic waves
only from accelerated electric quanta.
- Johannes Stark

In order to fully realise our aspirations,
we must create in the masses of the people the sense
of sacrifice and responsibility that has been the characteristic
of the anarchist movement throughout its historic development in Spain.
- Frederica Montseny

Just as characteristic, perhaps, is the intellectual
interdependence created through the development of
the modern media of communication:
post,
telegraph, telephone, and popular press.
- Christian Lous Lange

In a government whose distinguishing characteristic
should be a diffusion and equalization of its benefits
and burdens the advantage of individuals will be augmented
at the expense of the community at large.
- Martin Van Buren

Mr. Truman studiously avoided giving power to his White
House staff that has been characteristic of recent administrations.
Staff people in the White House, with no responsibility
but incredible authority is one of the reasons we're now in so much trouble.
- Stuart Symington

Alfred Nobel's discoveries are characteristic;
powerful explosives can help men perform admirable tasks.
They are also a means to terrible destruction in the
hands of the great criminals who lead peoples to war.
- Pierre Curie

The other salient characteristic of the Declaration is its universality:
it applies to all human beings without any discrimination whatever;
it also applies to all territories,
whatever their economic or political regime.
- Rene Cassin

I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style
that is characteristic of scientists.
However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if
someone returned from physical disability to good physical health.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man
that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and
make a decision about them.
The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives
they have not chosen themselves.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)


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