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We are perverse creatures and never satisfied. ...
by Nan Fairbrother

We are perverse creatures and never satisfied.
- Nan Fairbrother

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

A lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge.
They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong,
take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing.
- Richard Russo

The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have
a need for what they don't have at all,
which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn
and a perverse obsession with youth.
- Joni Mitchell

 

That strategy of buy and hold, which is the sound and
sensible one for the individual,
can have very dangerous and perverse effects for the market as a whole.
- Ron Chernow

I would tell anyone who wants something from someone
else to feign not wanting it.
People are perverse.
If you show great affection to them,
they'll run the other way.
- Hedy Lamarr

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

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What family you were born into matters so much more
than it did before in a perverse way.
- David Brooks

The real evil with which we have to contend is not
the physical evil of the Famine,
but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
- Charles E. Trevelyan

Isn't that the most perverse thing you've ever heard?
- John Waters

There was a perverse side of me, with things like Van Helsing coming out.
I didn't want to go down that route.
- Terry Gilliam

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such
a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."
I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow,
but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould

It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.
- Samuel Richardson

Anything that was perverse and silly would be Kids in the Hall.
- Kevin McDonald

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

The supply-side effect of a restrictive monetary policy
is likely to be perverse,
in that high interest rates enter into costs and thus
exert inflationary pressure.
- William Vickrey

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do -
that was one of my favorite things about it,
and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
- Diane Arbus

It is reality that awakens possibilities,
and nothing would be more perverse than to deny it.
- Robert Musil

And you know, almost in a perverse way,
I wish it had been undue influence because we know how to correct that.
We get rid of the people who, in fact,
were exercising that.
- David Kay

I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love,
as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
- Gustave Flaubert

Admitting weakness seems to be such a severe psychic
threat for Bush that when he makes a mistake it's safer just to reinforce it.
The strategy creates a perverse system of rewards and punishments.
- Tina Brown

Our career path has tended to be the most perverse
and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable,
while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do,
the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff.
- Peter Garrett

I think it's realistic to have hope.
One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing:
'I despair.
The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist.
It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us
to survive as a human species.
That's very realistic.
- Studs Terkel

Increasing inequality in income distribution in this
country has broader policy implications,
and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives
that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate
compensation based on decisions they themselves take.
- Barney Frank

Most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse
talent for taking the wrong side on the most important
concepts in the material universe,
from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man.
- George G. Simpson

There is probably a perverse pride in my administration...
that we were going to do the right thing,
even if short-term it was unpopular.
And I think anybody who's occupied this office has
to remember that success is determined by an intersection
in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R.
and public opinion.
- Barack Obama

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

By nature, we are all creatures of habit.
We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities.
We eat about the same number of meals each day -
at more or less the same times.
We have a regular pattern of sleeping -
unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work.
Most everything we do is habitual.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
- Albert Einstein

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root,
can only attain its full breadth and depth
if it embraces all living creatures
and does not limit itself to mankind.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Human beings are the only creatures on the planet
who tell time and think they have to earn a living.
- Buckminster Fuller

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
- William S. Burroughs

Fear of death ... That's funny. I have that too.
My dog has it. It's very common with living creatures.
- the movie Anything Else (2003)

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject
to a good many different ailments,
but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

No one perfectly loves God who does not perfectly love some of his creatures.
- Marguerite de Valois

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that
religious duties consist in doing justice,
loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
- Thomas Paine

Make women rational creatures, and free citizens,
and they will quickly become good wives;
-
that is,
if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

We're very physical creatures, and we worry about how
we look sometimes more than our spiritual selves.
- Smokey Robinson

There are not so many mythical creatures from Inkheart.
- Cornelia Funke

Children are very cruel, yes.
Of course.
Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
- Dennis Potter

When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people,
we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer
to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.
- Bell Hooks

Pigs are not that dirty.
And they're smart, strange little creatures.
They just need love.
- Shelley Duvall

I've been a vegetarian for years and years.
I'm not judgemental about others who aren't,
I just feel I cannot eat or wear living creatures.
- Drew Barrymore

It's thrilling.
There's birth and death and frustration and victory in raising horses.
It's like a little microcosm of life is built into
the short lives of these creatures.
- John Phillips

Acting with creatures that aren't there is kind like
acting with an actor who refuses to come out of his trailer.
You still have to go on and do the scene.
- Liam Neeson

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man!
Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!
- Charles Dickens

Man is not the creature of circumstances,
circumstances are the creatures of men.
We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly -
a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures,
the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.
- Nellie Bly

Man is a special being, and if left to himself,
in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures;
but associated with his kind,
he works wonders.
- Daniel Webster

I'm very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures.
We've got to be careful and make sure we don't foul our own nest.
- John Lithgow

God's creatures, great and small...
eat them one, eat them all.
- John A. Simone, Sr.

Since we humans have the better brain,
isn't it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from,
oddly enough, ourselves?
- Joy Adamson

Self-preservation, nature's first great law,
all the creatures, except man, doth awe.
- Andrew Marvell

The notion that Jews are mythic creatures is well circulating in our culture.
- Steven T. Katz

I would look at a dog and when our eyes met,
I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family.
They're like you and me.
- Ziggy Marley

Woman are complex creatures.
- Talib Kweli

It is only the impossible that is possible for God.
He has given over the possible to the mechanics of
matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
- Simone Weil

I believe in the immortality of all creatures.
- Egon Schiele

We all love the environment, but we have placed creatures above people.
A rat is a rat.
- Sonny Bono

We were the only pulsating creatures in a dead world of ice.
- Frederick Albert Cook

TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties
of his rational Creatures.
- Charles Inglis

Authors like cats because they are such quiet,
lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- Robertson Davies

Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures
has an inexhaustible voice,
but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion
and sacrifice and endurance.
- Morgan Freeman

Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating
of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
- Clarence Day

The souls you have got cast upon the screen of publicity
appear like the horrid and writhing creatures enlarged from the insect world,
and revealed to us by the cinematograph.
- James Larkin

Book love...
is your pass to the greatest, the purest,
and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
- Anthony Trollope

Of all creatures in this visible world,
light is the most glorious; of all light,
the light of the sun without compare excels the rest.
- William Gurnall


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