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Helplessness Quotes

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It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa

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Morality which depends upon the helplessness
of a man or woman has not much to recommend it.
Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests
that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war.
- B. H. Liddell Hart

Loss of hope rather than loss of life is what decides the issues of war.
But helplessness induces hopelessness.
- B. H. Liddell Hart

 

Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness
and the feeling of helplessness.
- Lech Walesa

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction,
the quitting response that follows from the belief
that whatever you do doesn't matter.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

The utter helplessness of a conquered people is perhaps
the most tragic feature of a civil war or any other sort of war.
- Rebecca Latimer Felton

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As the plane got closer to Miami, I had this terrible feeling he was dying.
Maybe he was telling me that he was going.
I felt anger, panic, despair and helplessness.
- Robin Gibb

The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease,
war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness
against vanity (the vanity of love,
greed, lust, power).
- Dawn Powell

I really struggle with that feeling of helplessness.
That's why I really try to get my blogs,
and even myself, to point to the positive and look
at all the inspiring things that are happening.
- Daryl Hannah

No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish.
- Kin Hubbard

As much success came to him, my father stayed true to his promise.
He built the hospital to help the most helpless children
with catastrophic illnesses.
- Marlo Thomas

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly -
a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures,
the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.
- Nellie Bly

Work, apart from devotion or love of God,
is helpless and cannot stand alone.
- Ramakrishna

Jews are not part of a European ruling class imposed on helpless natives,
but are caught up in a tragedy in which two peoples
are struggling for the same piece of land.
- Jack Schwartz

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.
The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated
feet seeking out the lost and helpless.
- Billy Graham

A Woman is naturally more helpless than the other Sex;
and a Man of Honour and Sense should have this in his
View in all Manner of Commerce with her.
- Richard Steele

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full
cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?
- Jean Kerr

It turned out that the country was helpless in the face of a new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

The bold are helpless without cleverness.
- Euripides

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage,
one is helpless to make oneself understood.
- Lionel Trilling

Islam is a religion of success.
Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image,
in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating,
disgraceful, helpless death.
- Karen Armstrong

I would wake up in Moscow or somewhere else,
my heart beating fast, feeling bitter and helpless.
- Alfred Schnittke

Because there is something helpless and weak and innocent -
something like an infant -
deep inside us all that really suffers in ways we would
never permit an insect to suffer.
- Jack Henry Abbott

I wish people would realize that animals are totally dependent on us,
helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us.
- James Herriot

Being by the nature of my upbringing,
all my energies having been directed to one channel of activity,
crippled from other activities and made helpless even to live.
- Isaac Rosenberg

We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation,
exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts,
not a white man in the country but ourselves.
- Daniel Boone

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as
in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement.
I will not try it.
Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
- Jules Renard

A reprisal of this magnitude...
has never been carried out before.
I paced back and forth in my room perplexed and completely depressed,
feeling helpless.
- Moshe Sharett

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
- B. F. Skinner

All other ways of mortification are vain,
all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
- John Owen

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than
a man in the depths of an ether binge.
- Hunter S. Thompson

It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
- James Baldwin

Yeah.
I mean, it just seemed to me that it was -
I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers.
That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy.
- James Stockdale

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history
that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not
only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.
- Robert Mugabe

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being
something helpless that wants help from us.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own,
have rendered the great government of the United States
helpless and contemptible.
- Woodrow Wilson

I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are,
how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that
we will be kind and take care of their needs.
- James Herriot

The friendlies were South Vietnamese women and children,
helpless victims in a war they did not understand.
- John Whitehead

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.
- Charles Reade

Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless,
of their own and other tribes, when abandoned.
- William Bartram

The war is coming to the streets of America and if
you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with
your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil.
- Ted Nugent

I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things.
People would give me lions and jaguars.
I had cheetahs, monkeys.
- Dick Dale

Mine are the deep-seated fears established when we are children,
and they never quite go away: the fear of being helpless,
the fear of being trapped, the fear of being out of control.
- Virginia C. Andrews

Since the election, since the formation of a government,
the death in Iraq has increased.
The United States stands by, helpless to do anything about it.
That's the reality, not George Bush's revisionist history!
- Mark Shields

I was teaching in one of the universities while the
country was suffering from a severe famine.
People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless.
As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation.
- Muhammad Yunus

Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you.
You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a
sense of a "map" for the journey.
Confusion is the hallmark of a transition.
To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project.
- Anne Grant

It was a matter of survival for the local people,
but it was the most violent scene I have ever witnessed.
The people in my group, feeling helpless,
were all spellbound and aghast at the same time.
I became a vegetarian shortly after that.
- Wendie Malick

For most of the history of our species we were helpless
to understand how nature works.
We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally.
We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.
- Ann Druyan

Advertising is a business of words, but advertising
agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write.
They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans.
They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
- David Ogilvy

There is a lovable quality about the actual tools.
One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain.
Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it;
without it the brain and the hand would be helpless.
- Gertrude Jekyll

If you were not a sinful, polluted, helpless,
and miserable creature, this Savior would not be suited to you,
and you would not be comprehended in his gracious invitations to the children of men.
- Archibald Alexander

Our society must make it right and possible for old
people not to fear the young or be deserted by them,
for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares
for its helpless members.
- Pearl S. Buck

In these negotiations we are not a helpless object,
although great world powers are involved.
We play an active role and try to influence our destiny;
we have our own trump cards and we use them.
- Alija Izetbegovic

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual,
it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master.
The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects
a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
- Frank Herbert

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.
It is easy to love children.
Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children.
But the affection and care for the old,
the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system,
there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless,
that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
- Noam Chomsky

The reflection of the flame in the glass seems to be touching the hand.
And you feel the helpless fear of these dismembered parts.
This sort of thing can hardly be visualized at the script stage.
- Terence Fisher

I'm more attracted to a stronger man rather than a feminine man.
Someone who would just throw me down and take control.
I love feeling helpless.
I definitely like a man who is aggressive and confident.
- Carmen Electra

Children also have artistic ability,
and there is wisdom in there having it!
The more helpless they are, the more instructive are
the examples they furnish us;
and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.
- Paul Klee

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless,
we need aid; foolish, we need reason.
All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate,
is the gift of education.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently
throwing oneself helplessly open.
- Herman Melville

The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones
most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas.
- Leonard Peikoff

People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing.
Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly,
longing for death.
- Polly Toynbee

As for you, my beloved friend, I loyally believe in your uniqueness;
but whenever I try to tell to you wherein it consists,
I helplessly describe only a type.
- Josiah Royce

Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances.
The century of people helplessly seeing others,
who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.
- John Berger

In too many cases, the moms, the dads,
the sisters and brothers of children with cancer must
stand by a hospital bed and watch helplessly as this
horrible disease consumes the life of an innocent child.
- Michael McCaul

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller


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