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Tension Quotes

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The world is all gates, all opportunities,
strings of tension waiting to be struck.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The fibers of all things have their tension
and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football,
basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard

It was clear that the special interest groups in California
really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country,
because that was where the racial tension was the greatest.
- Iris Chang

Music is like a huge release of tension.
- James Taylor

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If you don't generate tension in the film to begin with...
you can't really make a purse out of a sow's ear,
you know.
- Dennis Weaver

Whatever tension is on set can end up on your face.
- Lauren Hutton

In the end, it's acting, it's not real.
But every director will tell you that you have to create
conditions that create tension,
because tension is what makes drama feel real.
- Paul Greengrass

I'm in my usual state up here in the commentary box:
high tension,
heart beating like a trip hammer, whatever that is.
- Murray Walker

In journalism, there has always been a tension between
getting it first and getting it right.
- Ellen Goodman

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization,
but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension
in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
- Kathryn Bigelow

I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world.
To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.
- Zack de la Rocha

To get along with me, don't increase my tension.
- Ty Cobb

The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations
and sluggish institutions.
- John W. Gardner

As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture,
industry and education as our final goals,
and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need.
- David Guterson

You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.
- Murray Walker

I've been on sets where things weren't relaxed because
someone was creating tension for no reason.
- Kevin Spacey

The tension between centrality, on the one hand,
and competition, on the other, is probably the oldest
of all market structure issues.
- Arthur Levitt

So what does a good teacher do? Create tension -
but just the right amount.
- Donald Norman

And shooting things in a documentary style was a good
way to create tension and energy without money.
- Michael Patrick Jann

The pull between sound and syntax creates a kind of
musical tension in the language that interests me.
- Marilyn Hacker

Why should I be feeling tension? It's The Daily Show.
- Rob Corddry

It seems when I put together records,
as Henley used to say, they're just like movies.
They should have action, tension, love scenes,
places to relax.
- Glenn Frey

I didn't like the nervous tension of being a public person.
- Andrew Denton

Secrecy involves a tension which, at the moment of revelation,
finds its release.
- Georg Simmel

Believing that no one is better than the other.
You know I grew up in the South.
My senior year there was a very big racial tension.
- Herschel Walker

Throughout America's young history there has been a
necessary tension between the individual and the group.
- Harold Evans

I used to build up to sensation, accumulating tension
until it released a perceptual experience.
- Bridget Riley

You can do really slow movements with it,
like zooming in for a minute and a half.
The audience isn't aware that the camera has moved,
but there's subconscious tension there.
- Mike Figgis

As we were leaving the Huron camp, it was awkward filming.
I think that the Huron watching us was there to create tension -
maybe we wouldn't get out.
Nothing complicated.
- Madeleine Stowe

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension
relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
- H. L. Mencken

With prose you can incorporate more details,
develop scenes, sustain the tension in a special way.
Prose has its own speed.
- Robert Morgan

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor
the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
- Leon Kass

It took so much of the tension out of me that my friends
and family won't see me on this show.
- Jonathan Frid

So much tension around here in New York.
They want to fine you for every little thing you do.
- Latrell Sprewell

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
- Joshua L. Liebman

The difference with Cleveland is that the racial tension
was not a casual taste of it.
It was outlandish.
- Terrence Howard

I think a lot of contemplation happens in bathtubs.
It does for me.
Nothing like a hot bath to ease the tension and think
about what's going to happen next.
- Sarah McLachlan

Tension is the great integrity.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Laughter can help relieve tension in even the heaviest of matters.
- Allen Klein

But due to the present regulations the other drivers
have better chances again.
This brings back the tension.
- Jacky Ickx

One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
- Byron Nelson

The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility;
it is during times of tension,
turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested.
- Mike Honda

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity,
I would have to say it is avoiding worry,
stress and tension.
And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
- George Burns

I think it's bad to talk about one's present work,
for it spoils something at the root of the creative act.
It discharges the tension.
- Norman Mailer

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human
energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the
peoples who have the courage to make it.
- Benito Mussolini

You don't get a chance to take a breath but when you do,
you have some really good comedy moments that ease
up on the tension that the movie is centered around
which is Kim being kidnapped and her son and husband
being kidnapped and the jeopardy that they're in.
- David R. Ellis

In some units it may suppress the motor discharge altogether,
in some it may merely slow the motor discharge thus
lessening the wave frequency of the contraction and so the tension.
- Charles Scott Sherrington

The prevalence of suicide, without doubt,
is a test of height in civilization;
it means that the population is winding up its nervous
and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension
and that sometimes it snaps.
- Henry Ellis

Musicians are there in front of you,
and the spectators sense their tension,
which is not the case when you're listening to a record.
Your attention is more relaxed.
The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
- Brian Eno

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot,"
makes us feel that,
in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
- Anatole Broyard

But, in addition, there is, all through the tragedy,
a constant alternation of rises and falls in this tension
or in the emotional pitch of the work,
a regular sequence of more exciting and less exciting sections.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

If you're doing an interview, you need conversational tension.
After you talk to them, you're not going to have a relationship with them,
they're not going to like you, they're not going to be your friend.
- Chuck Klosterman

The work of the political activist inevitably involves
a certain tension between the requirement that position
be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire
that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.
- Angela Davis

I don't always set stories in villages,
more often in towns.
But always in smallish communities because the characters'
actions are more visible there,
and the dramatic tension is heightened.
- Joanna Trollope

The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem.
It's not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing.
For me, it's an interesting tension between interior and exterior.
- Marilyn Hacker

There's a basic kind of tension here.
It's between those who say, I'd like to clear cut this
forest and reduce it to saw timber because that's an
economically productive thing for me to do.
- Bruce Babbitt

There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to
invoke quantities of tension,
energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern.
I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
- Gregory Bateson

I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on
that tension between elegant structure -
the underlying plan is that you see the first and last
meeting of every couple in the play -
and inelegant emotion.
- Patrick Marber

Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set
is that actors have enough confidence to try different things.
If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on
a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves
if they don't feel completely comfortable.
- Peter Farrelly

I'm as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next.
All I know is that in the second half of the season,
he's going to have more sexual tension developing.
And it's a great cast - they're all Broadway actors except for me.
I aspire to that.
- Sean Patrick Thomas

I'm interested in what would normally be considered
the worst aspects of commercial art.
I think it's the tension between what seems to be so
rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way.
- Roy Lichtenstein

The average session takes about one to two hours.
It's totally amazing because when a person breathes,
they go through one stage of relaxation after another,
and every stage releases tension.
- Leonard Orr

When you translate poetry in particular,
you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom
you're working puts together words,
sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse,
the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker

People are learning to feel more comfortable hearing one another's dreams.
It used to be that if you told a dream in public,
someone had to make a joke to relieve the tension introduced
by that alternative reality.
- Henry Reed

All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough,
that it removes tension and everyone feels free.
If they feel free then behaviour happens,
small moments happen and that's what ultimately works the best for me.
- Barry Levinson

Because of the tension and difficulty,
I remember trying to do the silliest things when we weren't rolling cameras,
anything to lift the spirits.
But once on set, it was important to have full concentration.
- Madeleine Stowe

I learned very early that an audience would relax and
look at things differently if they felt they could
laugh with you from time to time.
There's an energy that comes through the release of
tension that is laughter.
- Twyla Tharp


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