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Drift Quotes

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To reach a port, we must sail -
sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Greatness is not in where we stand,
but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but sail we must,
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say.
A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep
to dream my dreams of you.
- Roy Orbison

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything
save our modes of thinking
and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
- Albert Einstein

 

The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
- Walt Whitman

Satire is fascinating stuff.
It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down,
there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only
thing that makes any sense.
- Ben Nicholson

All loose things seem to drift down to the sea,
and so did I. - Louis L'Amour

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Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that
will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows,
the children will be educating the parents.
- Roger Moore

We also own a little boat and I'm like a kid with it.
I take off early in the morning, fishing rod in tow,
and just drift about the ocean all day.
- Perry Como

You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth,
and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of:
Heaven on earth,
at it's best.
- Ben Nicholson

Her face betokened all things dear and good,
The light of somewhat yet to come was there Asleep,
and waiting for the opening day, When childish thoughts,
like flowers would drift away.
- Jean Ingelow

There is a time when we must firmly choose the course
which we will follow or the endless drift of events
will make the decision for us.
- Herbert Prochnow

Earlier lives drift by on silver soles,
and the shadows of the damned descend into these sighing waters.
- Georg Trakl

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind,
and sometimes against it.
But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I do have a family, and obviously I spend as much time as I can with them.
Though even when I'm with my family,
my mind tends to drift toward baseball.
- Bill James

It's better to hang out with people better than you.
Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours
and you'll drift in that direction.
- Warren Buffett

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is
it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent,
unable to see into themselves at all.
- Arthur Miller

There ain't nothin' to dyin', really.
You just get tired.
You kind of drift away.
- James Dickey

In valley drift we meet commonly with the bones of
quadrupeds which graze on plains bordering rivers.
- Charles Lyell

The sun and its retinue of planets drift as a group
through the vast gulfs of space that separate the stars.
- Barney Oliver

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president
is to protect the American people.
If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade,
the world will drift toward tragedy.
This will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush

The action we take and the decisions we make in this
decade will have consequences far into this century.
If America shows weakness and uncertainty,
the world will drift toward tragedy.
That will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush

We may affirm, then, that the main drift of the later
Renaissance was away from a humanism that favored a
free expansion toward a humanism that was in the highest
degree disciplinary and selective.
- Irving Babbitt

I'm a geophysicist and all my earth science books when I was a student,
I had to give the wrong answer to get an A. We used
to ridicule continental drift.
It was something we laughed at.
We learned of Marshall Kay's geosynclinal cycle,
which is a bunch of crap.
- Robert Ballard

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand,
as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven,
we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,
but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Marjorie Holmes

If the massive invasion is not stopped,
we are going to be flooded to the extent that we will
drift into third world status.
For our children and for our grandchildren,
we cannot fail on this issue.
- Virgil Goode

Before this government came to power,
many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on
in a pattern of continuing failure.
The government is determined to break that pattern
and is successfully doing so.
- Estelle Morris

I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when
the sun balances on the rim of the world,
and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants
drift homeward on a river of bicycles,
brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living.
- James Cameron

I slowly started to drift back into music again.
I finally got the call from John...
about getting the band back together again.
It was so out of the blue.
I almost thought that the moment had passed.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

Particularly at around the age of 70 you reach a stage
where you have to be very careful.
If, at that point, you abandon the work you have been doing,
there is a good chance that you will just collapse and drift.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I suppose that I was a kind of consultant for taste.
Is it good taste? Or bad taste? I had an attention to detail,
to what would tell best the story.
Because many people get excited about the work and
drift off from the story.
- John Hench

Look at the Palestinians with the huge,
huge percentage of unemployed.
What does that breed? Anyone who's unemployed in the world,
you feel there's no meaning and there's a risk that
you drift over to something desperate.
Yes, we have to tackle the social problems as well.
- Hans Blix

No-one really feels self-confident deep down becuase it's an artifical idea.
Really, people aren't that worried about what you're
doing or what you're saying,
so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously:
you must not feel persucted and examined.
Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you.
- Russell Brand

The reason this country continues its drift toward
socialism and big nanny government is because too many
people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing,
not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.
- Lyn Nofziger

Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first,
then separate and drift, through all the earth and
perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea,
something of me.
A ton of worms in an acre, that is a wonderful thought,
a ton of worms, I believe it.
- Samuel Beckett

As soon as television became the only secondary way
in which films were watched,
films had to adhere to a pretty linear system,
whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and
answer the phone and not really lose your place.
- Christopher Nolan

The only result of our present system -
unless we reverse the drift -
must be the gradual extension of the fascist sector
and the gradual disappearance of the system of free
enterprise under a free representative government.
- John T. Flynn

Training - training is everything; training is all there is to a person.
We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature;
what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training.
We have no thoughts of our own, no opinions of our own;
they are transmitted to us, trained into us.
All that is original in us, and therefore fairly creditable
or discreditable to us, can be covered up and hidden
by the point of a cambric needle, all the rest being atoms
contributed by, and inherited from, a procession of ancestors
that stretches back a billion years to the Adam-clam
or grasshopper or monkey from whom our race has been
so tediously and ostentatiously and unprofitably developed.
And as for me, all that I think about in this plodding sad pilgrimage,
this pathetic drift between the eternities,
is to look out and humbly live a pure and high and blameless life,
and save that one microscopic atom in me that is truly me:
the rest may land in Sheol and welcome for all I care.
- Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away,
like the waters.'
- William Butler Yeats

The older you get, the more you realize you're drifting toward a direction,
and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction.
You can't blame anybody for it.
- Dido Armstrong

When the soul drifts uncertainly between life and the dream,
between the mind's disorder and the return to cool reflection,
it is in religious thought that we should seek consolation.
- Gerard De Nerval

When Stark isn't off sulking somewhere,
or whatever he's doing when he won't return my calls,
I alternate between the two.
That usually works well, though occasionally an idea
for the wrong guy drifts through my mind.
- Donald E. Westlake

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
- Mae West

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

I certainly was an actor and then I drifted more towards writing and directing.
- Thomas Haden Church

After living in LA for 8 years, I sort of wanted a change,
but there's not much production in New York,
which is where I primarily live, so I just sort of drifted over to London.
- Alex Winter

Then I became interested in drama, and almost by accident,
I drifted into film.
- Mike Figgis

Well, I think that as a country, we've drifted away
from appreciating the importance of imagination.
- Terry Brooks

I remember just lying in the grass, staring at the clouds,
wondering where they drifted off to after they floated over Texas.
I never would have imagined that one day I would follow
one of those clouds and find myself in Hollywood.
- Renee Zellweger

I am a data hound and so I usually end up working on
whatever things I can find good data on.
The rise of Internet commerce completely altered the
amount of information you could gather on company behavior
so I naturally drifted toward it.
- Austan Goolsbee

The fifties - they seem to have taken place on a sunny
afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting
belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
- Elizabeth Hardwick

After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder.
Vietnam was left to its own devices,
drifting along towards its fate.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is
a waste not only of that day,
but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground.
- Ralph Marston

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty,
driven from end to end.
- Blaise Pascal

Well, I would say that I'm just drifting.
Here in the pool.
- Benjamin Day

Science, which is not so attached to 'truth' as it once was,
ut more to immediate 'effectiveness',
is now drifting towards a decline, it's civic fall from grace.
- Paul Virilio

This nation has been drifting back in comparison with
the rest of the world for the last 20 years in education.
- Roy Romer

We are not at the same place we were in 1973.
This country today is drifting, moving steadily towards
the pro-life position because the data is with us.
- Randall Terry

It depends on how it is done but what we are drifting into,
which is that people grow up without any sense of a
spiritual dimension to life,
is just impoverishing.
- Douglas Hurd

The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more
and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination -
or rather,
to be more exact - of the northern hemisphere's towns,
fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.
- Alva Myrdal

We have the best driver in the world in drifting and
best guy in rally racing and stuff like that.
So obviously there's a lot of stuff that I didn't do,
but there's a lot of really incredible things that
I don't think we've ever seen an actor do.
- Sean William Scott

The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful
toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging
to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side
by side to our common doom.
- Clarence Darrow

If I don't get the service or if I don't the ball in the box,
where I want it, I start drifting into midfield.
I go and look for the ball.
I try to be important for the team in other areas.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy

Some otherwise sane scientists have seriously proposed
that we tuck this deadly garbage under the edges of
drifting continents but how can they be sure the moving
land masses will climb over the waste and not just push it forward?
- David R. Brower

How little those who are school-girls of to-day can
realize what it was to be a school-girl in the fifties
or the early sixties of the last century!
- Mary A. Ward

There are lesbians, God knows...
if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties
and fifties in New York...
who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists.
- Audre Lorde

This might be one way to start talking about differences
between the early postmodern writers of the fifties
and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
- David Foster Wallace

It evolved from my experience in the fifties,
growing up during the McCarthy era, and hearing a lot
of assumptions that America was wonderful and Communism was terrible.
- Warren Farrell

Later in the fifties I got involved in kinetic studies
using my long forgotten math background.
- William Standish Knowles

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties,
before we began to poison our own civilization -
or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
- Orson Scott Card

Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who
came to America over three hundred years ago.
Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
- Pete Seeger


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