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If we cling to the institution of Islam,
by Abdurrahman Wahid

If we cling to the institution of Islam,
then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it,
so because of this we see now that many people are defending states,
defending territories, defending everything institutional
in the belief that they defend Islam.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

I don't talk in ifs.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

I do not like violence.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

Well, the most important thing about Islam is that
we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam.
The first one is the institution of Islam...
second, the culture of Islam.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

 

I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence,
and that we can move towards democracy without violence;
that way,
God will allow it.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

I am a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam,
which teaches one to be lenient towards others and
to understand their value systems,
knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

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When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

Stand by your man.
Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to.
- Tammy Wynette

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

Children who cling to parents or who don't want to
leave home are stunted in their emotional,
psychological growth.
- Dirk Benedict

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their
hates so stubbornly is because they sense,
once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
- James A. Baldwin

Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity
as at the moment when they are losing faith in them,
and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
- William Graham Sumner

I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative.
Like actually writing a script, or writing a book.
But the awful truth is that I...
probably can't!
- Hugh Grant

It is women who love horror.
Gloat over it.
Feed on it.
Are nourished by it.
Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
- Bela Lugosi

Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval,
a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling
to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
- Louise J. Kaplan

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
- William James

But the nuclear powers still cling tenaciously to their weapons.
- Joseph Rotblat

After so many changes, I realized I'd better cling
to my own family and to what I've got right here.
- Suzy Bogguss

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

Some men tend to cling to old intellectual excitements,
just as some belles, when they are old ladies,
still cling to the fashions and coiffures of their exciting youth.
- Jane Jacobs

The fact to which we have got to cling,
as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal
decent person and yet be fully alive.
- Allen Ginsberg

Don't cling to fame.
You're just borrowing it.
It's like money.
You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.
- Sonny Bono

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people
who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or
anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
- Barack Obama

In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions,
we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover.
Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed.
It is what finally happened to me with Ensign.
- Jacky Ickx

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy,
Americans cling to the notion that the government is
a sort of automatic machine,
regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
- C. Wright Mills

This means that the mind or spirit is present anywhere,
because it is nowhere attached to any particular place.
And it can remain present because, even when related to this or that object,
it does not cling to it by reflection and thus lose its original mobility.
- Eugen Herrigel

Well, what I try to do is throw as much mud on the
wall as I possibly can and just see what sticks,
what shines as quirky or more interesting that the others,
and I try to cling onto that one, somehow join a link from there to there.
- Guy Ritchie

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said,
'We are born alone.
We live alone.
We die alone.
And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not,
we cling to.'
- Gabriel Byrne

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling,
Round thoughts which owe their birth,
To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
- Bernard Barton

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm:
it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which
we must cling as to a treasure,
and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words,
or in exact and priggish argument.
- George Sand

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching
for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life.
For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system.
When it finds its spot and takes root,
it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
- Daniel Dennett

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
- Mae West

The only rock I know that stays steady,
the only institution I know that works,
is the family.
- Lee Iacocca

Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards,
I believe, the American family.
- John Boehner

I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating
institution in the world.
- Amos Oz

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
- Harold Wilson

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

Marriage is a wonderful institution,
but who wants to live in an institution?
- Groucho Marx

Marriage is a fine institution -
but I'm not ready for an institution yet.
- Mae West

Marriage is a wonderful institution,
but who would want to live in an institution?
- H. L. Mencken

I loved the Army as an institution and loathed every
single thing it required me to do.
- Simon Raven

To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration
of justice and protection of liberty.
- Stephen Breyer

I think the institution of marriage is a great idea,
but for me it's just an idea.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
- Gloria Steinem

I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to
posterity a great institution,
but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism
ably practiced in our time.
- Henry R. Luce

Oprah is more than an institution.
Oprah is a very special star in the firmament.
I can't imagine a greater success than she's enjoyed.
- Phil Donahue

A conservative is a man who will not look at the new
moon out of respect for that "ancient institution" the old one.
- Douglas Jerrold

Any institution which does not suppose the people good,
and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
- Maximilien Robespierre

Racial and denominational schools impart to the membership
of their communities something which the general educational
institution is wholly unable to inculcate.
- Kelly Millar

Democracy: An institution in which the whole is equal
to the scum of the parts.
- Keith Preston

A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest.
- John McCarthy

By a museum, I assume you mean an institution dedicated to the events of Sept.
11 and the aftermath.
If that is done with sensitivity, I think it would be most appropriate.
- David Rockefeller

The world is a penal institution.
- Taylor Caldwell

Convinced that behavior and conduct are every bit as
important as skills and expertise,
I sought to build the firm into an enduring,
values-based institution.
- Marvin Bower

The Senate is a remarkable institution.
It is unique.
There is no other body, no other political body,
no other democratic legislature in the world quite like the U.S.
Senate.
- Max Baucus

When I was about five or seven years old my mother
was placed in a mental institution and so we were with
our father who worked very hard,
and we had to figure a lot of things out.
- Quincy Jones

Marriage is an institution and that's where a couple finish up.
- Les Dawson

The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war.
- Charles Eastman

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish,
must originate in the recognition of some evil that
is adding to the sum of human suffering,
or diminishing the sum of happiness.
- Clara Barton

The institution of chivalry forms one of the most remarkable
features in the history of the Middle Ages.
- Horatio Alger

It's more than a game.
It's an institution.
- Thomas Hughes

Here is also to be noted, that the cause of the institution was to be a memorial,
to testify that Christ's body was given,
and his blood shed for us.
- William Tyndale

We daily witness the beneficial effect produced to
the community by the institution of premiums,
held out to encourage the inventions of ingenious mechanics.
- Joseph Lancaster

The question of the family now divides our society
so deeply that the opposing sides cannot even agree
on a definition of the institution they are arguing about.
- Christopher Lasch

Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been
a democracy with the institution of slavery?
- Tatyana Ali

As we enter into the 110th Congress,
it is imperative that we address ethics reforms needed
to make this institution run correctly.
- Jo Ann Davis


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