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Arbitrary Quotes

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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

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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

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

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

 

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can hardly be denied that such a demand quite arbitrarily
limits the facts which are to be admitted as possible
causes of the events which occur in the real world.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Women ought to have representatives,
instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct
share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague
sense by a lot of writers,
but in physics it means a particular phenomenon,
namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely,
arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Knowledge is power.
Most of us agree that something has to be done to strengthen Social Security,
and I believe it's irresponsible to arbitrarily dismiss any idea,
Republican nor Democrat, without giving it a hard look.
- Conrad Bums

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self.
And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only
to obtain precision of execution.
- Igor Stravinsky

Nobody puts constraints on God.
She doesn't like it.
- Andrew Greeley

You're under pressure when you produce facts.
You're working with facts in journalism,
but you're under all kinds of formal constraints;
there are expectations.
- Denis Johnson

Western women have been controlled by ideals and stereotypes
as much as by material constraints.
- Naomi Wolf

I've never felt the constraints of social acceptability.
- Joanna Lumley

Modernism released us from the constraints of everything
that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom.
- Arthur Erickson

Freight mobility and movement, while not a sexy policy issue,
is a highly important one.
Capacity constraints and congestion on our nation's
freight rail system create many problems.
- Bill Lipinski

Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints
to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.
- Confucius

I believe that we as the leader of the Free World must
provide important leadership on the ethical parameters,
the ethical constraints that this research requires.
- Ron Kind

If I had a choice of educating my daughters or my sons
because of opportunity constraints,
I would choose to educate my daughters.
- Brigham Young

Alliances and international organizations should be
understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence,
not as constraints on our power.
- Chuck Hagel

Television is so dictated by time constraints that
you have to make quick decisions and go with them.
- Ted Shackelford

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

There are no constraints on the human mind,
no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our
progress except those we ourselves erect.
- Ronald Reagan

But as for activism, my parents did what they could,
given the constraints, but were never involved in the
causes I think of when I think of activists.
- Paul Farmer

The type of measure used placed constraints on which statistics can be used.
- Stanley Smith Stevens

The first breath of adultery is the freest;
after it,
constraints aping marriage develop.
- John Updike


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