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Grasping Quotes

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

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If I am capable of grasping God objectively,
I do not believe, but precisely because
I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

 

I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power,
whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping,
and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'
- Abigail Adams

Radical simply means "grasping things at the root."
- Angela Davis

You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting
your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology.
- Deepak Chopra

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Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself,
were it possible.
- George Bancroft

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

I think we lost a great deal of sympathy and support
with the way in which the crisis was handled,
most importantly I think when we appeared to be grasping
for too much at one time instead of identifying our
priorities in a much more responsible fashion.
- Billy Tauzin

Wherefore the mere practical architect is not able
to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts;
and the theoretic architect also fails,
grasping the shadow instead of the substance.
- Marcus V. Pollio

The face of nature and civilization in this our country
is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field.
But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination.
To write well and worthily of American things one need
even more than elsewhere to be a master.
- Henry James

It was my dream that I had clenched in a fist of discontent and wouldn't release.
But time had now pried every finger open.
There is peace in an open and upraised hand that isn't grasping for anything.
- Laurel Lee

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs,
rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys,
advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm,
retreating to the corner of arm and knee,
eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant
brilliance of the Christmas tree.
- Frank Howard Clark

All species capable of grasping this fact manage better
in the struggle for existence than those which rely
upon their own strength alone:
the wolf,
which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion,
which hunts alone.
- Christian Lous Lange

Memory depends very much on the perspicuity,
regularity, and order of our thoughts.
Many complain of the want of memory,
when the defect is in the judgment; and others,
by grasping at all, retain nothing.
- Thomas Fuller

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Leaders grasp nettles.
- David Ogilvy

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you
never get the urge to throw a snowball.
- Doug Larson

I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity,
it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible
combinations in one's mind.
- Norman Mailer

They who grasp the world, The Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, Must pay with deepest misery of spirit,
Atoning unto God for a brief brightness.
- Stephen Phillips

Very often we developed a better grasp of the subjects
than the over worked teachers.
- Albert Bandura

The idea of stardom was difficult to grasp.
It was like being schizophrenic; there was her,
the woman on television, and the real me.
- Jessica Savitch

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp.
Or what's a heaven for?
- Robert Browning

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it
really is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring.
- Carl Sagan

Surely God would not have created such a being as man,
with an ability to grasp the infinite,
to exist only for a day!
No, no, man was made for immortality.
- Abraham Lincoln

Less emphasis on inventories, I think,
may tend to dampen business cycles, because business
cycles are typically in the grasp of inventory cycles
and heavy industry cycles.
- Paul A. Volcker

I am conscious of my inability to grasp,
in all its details and positive developments,
any very large portion of human knowledge.
- Mikhail Bakunin

It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues
believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.
- Conrad Hall

Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism,
as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone.
- Andrew Eldritch

I believe though I do not comprehend,
and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
- Saint Bernard

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve,
which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
- Charles de Gaulle

In fact, it is often times a detriment for the Government
to preemptively legislate on an issue before we can
either define it or grasp its impact.
- Steve Buyer

You have to remember we're just performers,
that we seldom have any kind of grasp on real life.
- Tom Kenny

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.
- John Donne

Only when one is able to grasp wideness can one possess it.
- Ella Maillart

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty,
to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
- Marlon Brando

Can't disagree with the need for a grasp of history.
- Gwen Ifill

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her,
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet

I think music needs to be presented in a way so that kids can grasp songs,
dances, simple music that's associated with some particular
defining moment in human experience.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

I don't feel that I have any great grasp of technique
that I should pass along to people.
- Carol Kane

Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.
- Wilma Rudolph

Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
- Horace

It's slightly complicated for people to grasp the idea
of a head of state in human form.
- Prince Andrew

Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone:
a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.
- Eugenio Montale

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth,
is that of Not Going.
- Anthony Burgess

What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity.
I don't feel required to grasp all the time.
- David Guterson

I believe Georgia should aspire to nothing less than greatness.
And I believe greatness is within our grasp.
- Sonny Perdue

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really
is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring.
- Carl Sagan

Software is like entropy.
It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing,
and obeys the second law of thermodynamics;
i.e.
it always increases.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

The spoken word was the first technology by which man
was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.
- Marshall McLuhan

Student journeys which were important to me were Sicily,
Greece, and Egypt, where I really saw these buildings,
and that is where you're able to grasp what things mean.
- Ben Nicholson

Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm,
and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image,
so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
- Josiah Royce

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us,
as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
- James Russell Lowell

At the lowest cognitive level, they are processes of experiencing,
or, to speak more generally, processes of intuiting
that grasp the object in the original.
- Edmund Husserl

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
- John Berry

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea.
He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer,
a port to seek.
- Henry B. Adams

The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach.
This is possible but not attractive.
- Fran Lebowitz

On a grassroots level we say that man can touch more than he can grasp.
- Gabriel Marcel

But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.
- Anne Bronte

Slavery to monarchs and ministers, which the world
will be long freeing itself from,
and whose deadly grasp stops the progress of the human mind,
is not yet abolished.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Sure, science involves trial and error.
Scientists refine theories each day.
But as they do, they help us grasp more clearly the
wonders of the world and the universe.
- Tony Snow

Studies indicate that most of young adults struggle
to grasp even the most basic financial principles that
will allow them to manage money and prepare for their future.
- Ron Lewis

Some news managers have been slow to grasp that good
television news is always substance over form.
- Jessica Savitch

A statesman...
must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events,
then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
- Otto von Bismarck

But by reading them again and again finally I was able
to grasp the essential part.
What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me!
I wept for joy.
- Ho Chi Minh


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