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Futile Quotes

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All I will say is that there are particular features
of the American constitutional system that renders a third party futile -
at best.
- Todd Gitlin

To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful,
to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle
to attempt what is difficult,
is to strip talent of its dignity.
- Jose Marti

I started studying what the nature of a monument is
and what a monument should be.
And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile,
almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
- Maya Lin

Every year the State will be the dog that chases its own tail...
engaging in a futile attempt to close a perpetual budget gap.
- Richard J. Codey

 

I like to watch mankind in its futile attempt to understand the unknown,
when they don't even understand that which they know.
- Terrence Howard

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish,
when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are
always and invariably futile.
- Alan Watts

Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which
they are fought and therefore...
prove ultimately futile.
- Pope John Paul II

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It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment
because you have an environment around you all the time.
Any living organism has an environment.
- Carl Andre

It is futile to talk too much about the past...
like trying to make birth control retroactive.
- Charles Erwin Wilson

Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom.
Not going to happen.
- Arianna Huffington

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives.
Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

Of all fatiguing, futile, empty trades,
the worst, I suppose, is writing about writing.
- Hilaire Belloc

When people conclude that all is futile,
then the absurd becomes the norm.
- Stanley Crouch

Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.
- Abu Bakr

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile.
This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.
- Tony Blair

Happiness, I do not know where to turn to discover you on earth,
in the air or the sky; yet I know you exist and are no futile dream.
- Rosalia de Castro

Television is a golden goose that lays scrambled eggs;
and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.
Anyway, more people like scrambled eggs than caviar.
- Lee Loevinger

It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good,
that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer.
- Blaise Pascal

Death, only, renders hope futile.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

Our material eye cannot see that a stupid chauvinism
is driving us from one noisy,
destructive, futile agitation to another.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home,
how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve
worldly conflicts with force?
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Criticising the other fellow because he's in and you
are not seems to me a futile waste of time.
- Hartley William Shawcross

It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes,
skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to
suppress their specifically female characteristics
and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there
are no differences between the sexes.
- Arianna Huffington

It didn't matter what we did or where we did it as
long as we were together.
We knew we'd found what most people either pursue in
years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset:
the missing half of ourselves.
The real thing.
- John Perry Barlow

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling
a rock to the top of a mountain,
whence the stone would fall back of its own weight.
They had thought with some reason that there is no
more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
- Albert Camus

Until the control of the issue of currency and credit
is restored to government and recognized as its most
conspicuous and sacred responsibility,
all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that
it's pointless and futile and ugly,
and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it.
There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic.
- Anthony Minghella

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions
without systematic knowledge.
- H. G. Wells

Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right.
As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting
has already been established.
- George Carlin

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist
must be the most irrational of all.
- Emile M. Cioran

Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street.
Thinking opens new avenues.
- Cullen Hightower

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside,
is that they cannot win and their participants know it.
Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary
because it invites defeat.
It involves an emotional catharsis,
but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

So, it becomes an exercise in futility if you write
something that does not express the film as the director wishes.
It's still their ball game.
It's their show.
I think any successful composer learns how to dance
around the director's impulses.
- Danny Elfman

There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure,
but of futility.
The legislative process has become a cruel shell game
and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze,
inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible.
- Elliot Richardson

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike;
there is but one step from envy to hate.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Hatred freezes hearts, while love warms them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
- Oscar Wilde

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Return love for hate.
- Anonymous

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That which you hate to be done to you,
do not do to another.
- Ancient Egyptian Proverb

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

We hate in others what we most fear in ourselves.
- Anonymous

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
- Osho

I hate the giving of the hand
unless the whole man accompanies it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a Master of Alchemy; I Transmute Fear and Hate Into Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb


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