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Discourse Quotes

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I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame,
hence guilt, in its recipient.
- Roland Barthes

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
- George Washington

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence,
carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous
things and thus an outline of methodology.
- Jacques Derrida

Fancy your having no sunshine in London yesterday!
Here it was glorious, like full summer,
and I sat up with the window wide open,
listening to the discourse of two amorous thrushes.
- Marie Corelli

 

Where wise actions are the fruit of life,
wise discourse is the pollination.
- Bryant H. McGill

A moral lesson is better expressed in short sayings than in long discourse.
- Johann Georg Zimmermann

Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
- Mason Cooley

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I think it is very difficult today to have a reasoned
public discourse on any controversial subject.
Certainly, election years present a complicating factor.
- John Poindexter

Open debate and full discourse on the topic of torture is a double-edged sword.
- Charles D. Ellison

As I say, I'm a discourse advocate.
What form it comes is less important to me than the
fact that there is discourse.
- Jim Lehrer

I'm in the civil discourse business.
I think it takes all kinds.
And more power to everybody.
- Jim Lehrer

Scientific knowledge is a kind of discourse.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
- Izaak Walton

The level of discourse in this country is falling to
a depth that cannot be sustained.
- Martin Frost

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics,
yet no one questions the validity of what you say.
There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.
- James Newman

Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse
where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.
- Harvey Cox

There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt
another in the current of his discourse.
- John Locke

Actual human discourse happens within a number of contexts,
not in some sort of unified public forum.
- Rowan D. Williams

A good discourse is that from which nothing can be
retrenched without cutting into the quick.
- Saint Francis de Sales

This discourse, and the present frame of my mind,
lead me rather to speak to those, who by feeling Satan's fiery darts,
know assuredly that there is a devil.
- George Whitefield

Discourse is fleeting, but junk mail is forever.
- Joe Bob Briggs

Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires
us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse
there are some true statements.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique,
on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
- Thomas Fuller

On the other side, I do believe that the rhetoric we
are seeing from the Democrats today is unprecedented,
is a new low in presidential politics and goes beyond
political discourse and amounts to political hate speech.
- Ed Gillespie

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems,
I would suggest you do two things: first,
while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it,
teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
- A. R. Ammons

Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds,
clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent
system of these integrating with each other,
and with behavior, context, universe of discourse,
and observer perspective.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The same practice was continued every evening through the whole course,
and with the same success.
Many individuals expressed their gratification at having
discovered such simple means of relieving the tedium of a long discourse.
- George Combe

But ultimately what I was impressed by during my years
in government was how much the intellectual climate
and the prevailing intellectual notions constrained
and represented the universe within which the discourse took place.
- Lawrence Summers

We've taken on the major health problems of the poorest -
tuberculosis,
maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria - in four countries.
We've scored some victories in the sense that we've
cured or treated thousands and changed the discourse about what is possible.
- Paul Farmer

I proceed with the proper subject of this discourse;
namely,
the further changes in scientific belief,
which have occurred within my own recollection,
even since the time when I first aspired to authorship,
now forty- five years ago.
- Asa Gray

But one did not do feminist theory, as such,
in those days, not only because male academic discourse
did not recognize such a term,
but especially because the women's movement did not either.
- Teresa de Lauretis

We need to in this country begin again to raise civil
discourse to another level.
I mean, we shout and scream and yell and get very little accomplished,
but you can disagree very much with the next guy and
still be friends and acquaintances.
- Leah Ward Sears

Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day.
The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated
and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and
marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.
- George Soros

With the requests of some he complied,
and has published a discourse, delivered before the
Society for recovering drowned persons,
which may be justly pronounced one of the most beautiful
and interesting sermons in the English language.
- John Strachan

Our country's political discourse and debate are enriched
by discussions of the political implications of our faith traditions,
whether they are taking place in our communities,
at our dinner tables, or in our places of worship.
- David E. Price

If I were to sum up the negative reactions to my work,
I think there are two primary causes:
one is that if there is discourse about anxiety it
is necessarily going to induce anxiety.
It will represent a return of the repressed for a great many people.
- Harold Bloom

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any
rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse.
A universe definable in two sentences is something
for which the professorial intellect has no use.
No faith in anything of that cheap kind!
- William James

Contention is inseparable from creating knowledge.
It is not contention we should try to avoid,
but discourses that attempt to suppress contention.
- Joyce Appleby

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.
- John Locke

Without needing to be theoretically instructed,
consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site
of variously contending discourses.
- Seamus Heaney

The way we make sense of a realistic text is through
the same broad ideological frame as the way we make
sense of our social experience or rather,
the way we are made sense of by the discourses of our culture.
- John Fiske

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised.
No barrier of the senses shuts me out from
the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends.
They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
- Helen Keller

George Orwell's contention was that it is a sure sign
of trouble when things can no longer be called by their
right names and described in plain,
forthright speech.
- Christopher Lasch

It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing
but the latest form of voluntary association,
and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest
traditions of the country.
- Hannah Arendt

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.
- Rick Moody

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market.
hares have no time to read.
- Anita Brookner

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments,
the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who
engage in contention for power.
- William S. Paley

There are no contests in the Art of Peace.
A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing.
Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
- Morihei Ueshiba

Nobody wants to see teams out of contention showcased in December and January.
I'm sure this is something that will be discussed again this off-season.
- Al Michaels

I don't think nationalism is alone holding the field;
it's in contention with a lot of different things.
- Peter Singer

We have seen that no religion stands on the basis of things known;
none bounds its horizon within the field of human observation;
and,
therefore, as it can never present us with indisputable facts,
so must it ever be at once a source of error and contention.
- Francis Wright

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

It is my contention that most people are not mugged every day,
that most people in this world do not encounter violence every day.
I think we prepare people for violence,
and I think just as importantly we prepare people for
the definition of being gentle.
- Bob Keeshan

In real life, it is the hare who wins.
Every time.
Look around you.
And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was
writing for the tortoise market.
Hares have no time to read.
They are too busy winning the game.
- Anita Brookner

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

There is only one happiness in life: to love and to be loved.
- George Sand

There is no short cut to achievement.
Life requires thorough preparation -
veneer isn't worth anything.
- George Washington Carver

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- George Bernard Shaw


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