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"Obstinacy alone is not a virtue." - Albert Camus

"The obstinacy of human beings is exceeded only by the obstinacy of inanimate objects." - Alexander Chase

"The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Obstinacy can bring only a penalty and no reward." - John Maynard Keynes

"Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Firmness founded upon principle, upon the truth and right, order and law, duty and generosity, is the obstinacy of sages." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"The Master was entirely free from four things: prejudice, foregone conclusions, obstinacy, and egoism." - Confucius

"Obstinacy in a bad cause, is but constancy in a good." - Thomas Browne

"Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without hope of emancipation." - John C. Granville

"Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy." - J. Swartz

"That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey." - Ralph Erskine

"Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability." - Michel De Montaigne

"[The Germans] so easily confuse obstinacy with energy, and rudeness with firmness." - Madame De Stael

"Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy." - Aaron Swartz

"I owe as much of my success to an uncompromising obstinacy as to any original ideas." - Albert Einstein

"Sheer obstinacy is very very important for anybody who wants to create." - Wayne White

"Intellect, without firmness, is craft and chicanery; and firmness, without intellect, perverseness and obstinacy." - Saadi

"Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong." - Suzanne Curchod

"One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy." - Man Ray

"Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see." - John Dryden

"Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity." - Bernard Barton

"May God in his mercy enable us without obstinacy to perceive our errors." - Michael Servetus

"Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good." - Thomas Browne

"'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause,-and of obstinacy in a bad one." - Laurence Sterne

"We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Obstinacy standing alone is the weakest of all things in one whose mind is not possessed by wisdom." - Aeschylus

"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near it in obstinacy." - Jan Tschichold

"I have always had the urge to open forbidden doors: with a curiosity and an obstinacy that verge on masochism." - Jeanne Moreau

"The despotism of will in ideas is styled plan, project, character, obstinacy; its despotism in desires is called passion." - Antoine Rivarol

"Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures's will." - Alexander MacLaren

"A woman is the most inconsistent compound of obstinacy and self-sacrifice that I am acquainted with." - Jean Paul

"Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause - and of obstinacy in a bad one." - Laurence Sterne

"Obstinacy standing alone is the weakest of all things in one whose mind is not possessed by wisdom." - Aeschylus

"Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one." - Laurence Stern

"Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul." - Michel De Montaigne

"The obstinacy of the indolent and weak is less conquerable than that of the fiery and bold." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one." - Laurence Sterne

"Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs." - Robert Peel

"Obstinacy and dogmatism are the surest signs of stupidity. Is there anything more confident, resolute, disdainful, grave and serious than an ass?" - Michel De Montaigne

"Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal." - Thomas Paine

"Heretics were most often bitterly persecuted for the their least deviation from accepted belief. It was precisely their obstinacy about trifles that irritated the righteous to madness." - Lev Shestov

"It is not error which opposes the progress of truth; it is indolence, obstinacy, the spirit of routine, every thing which favors inaction." - Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune

"The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error." - Karl Popper

"Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst." - Voltaire

"Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?" - Michel De Montaigne

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." - Henry Ward Beecher

"There is something in obstinacy which differs from every other passion. Whenever it fails, it never recovers, but either breaks like iron, or crumbles sulkily away, like a fractured arch. Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their sufferings and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal." - Samuel Johnson

"One blames politicians, not for inconsistency but for obstinacy. They are the interpreters, not the masters, of our fate. It is their job, in fact, to register the fact accompli." - John Maynard Keynes

"I can see no justification whatever for the attitude which refuses on purely a priori grounds to accept action at a distance ... Such an attitude bespeaks an unimaginativeness, a mental obtuseness and obstinacy." - Percy Williams Bridgman

"Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. It is persistence without a reasonable motive. It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"No man is defeated without some resentment which will be continued with obstinacy while he believes himself in the right, and asserted with bitterness, if even to his own conscience he is detected in the wrong." - Samuel Johnson

"Of course, I'm aware of the animosities destroying brain cells on both sides, and I know all about the obstinacy of the warring parties, their refusal to reach an agreement, their devotion to their own murderous hatred...." - Yasmina Khadra

"The line between pride in our work and neurotic obstinacy is a narrow one. We make our recommendations clear. But we do not grudge our clients the right to the final say. It is their money." - David Ogilvy

"A nation ignorant of the equal benefits of liberty and law, must be awed by the flashes of arbitrary power: the cruelty of a despot will assume the character of justice; his profusion, of liberality; his obstinacy, of firmness." - Edward Gibbon

"Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism, which elevates above everything else the pleasure of its autonomous intellect, to which others must bow." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"Every man's life (and... every woman's life), awaits the hour of blossoming that makes it immortal... love is a divinity above all accidents, and guards his own with extraordinary obstinacy." - Eleanor Farjeon

"The shooting is one long battle against the aggressive obstinacy of the directress bitch and her clod of a cameraman - and the two of them stick solidly together in their obduracy." - Klaus Kinski

"It is altogether as worthy of God and as much becoming Him to pardon and show mercy, in case of repentance and submission and reformation, as to punish, in case of impenitency and obstinacy." - Benjamin Whichcote

"Whatever excites the spirit of contradiction is capable of producing the last effects of heroism; which is only the highest pitch of obstinacy, in a good or bad cause, in wisdom or folly." - William Hazlitt

"I believe that obstinacy, or the dread of control and discipline, arises not so much from self-willedness as from a conscious defect of voluntary power; as foolhardiness is not seldom the disguise of conscious timidity." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity." - Samuel Johnson

"Where the subject lies so far beyond our reach, the difference between the highest and the lowest of human understandings may indeed be calculated as infinitely small; yet the degree of weakness may perhaps be measured by the degree of obstinacy and dogmatic confidence." - Edward Gibbon

"General scepticism is the live mental attitude of refusing to conclude. It is a permanent torpor of the will, renewing itself in detail towards each successive thesis that offers, and you can no more kill it off by logic than you can kill off obstinacy or practical joking." - William James

"People who want a sane, static, measurable world take the first aspect of an event or person and stick to it, with an almost self-protective obstinacy, or by a natural limitation of their imaginations. They do not indulge in either deepening or magnifying." - Anais Nin

"Make something, a kind of object, which as it changes or falls apart (dies as it were) or increases in its parts (grows as it were) offers no clue as to what its state or form or nature was at any previous time. Physical and Metaphysical. Obstinacy. Could this be a useful object?" - Jasper Johns

"The French courage proceeds from vanity - the German from phlegm - the Turkish from fanaticism and opium - the Spanish from pride - the English from coolness - the Dutch from obstinacy - the Russian from insensibility - but he Italian from anger - so you will see that they will spare nothing." - Lord Byron

"Everybody has a hard job. All real work is hard. My work happened also to be undoable. Morning after morning for 50 years, I faced the next page defenseless and unprepared. Writing for me was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life." - Philip Roth

"Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses." - C S Lewis

"Incredulity is not wisdom, but the worst kind of folly. It is folly, because it causes ignorance and mistake, with all the consequents of these; and it is very bad, as being accompanied with disingenuity, obstinacy, rudeness, uncharitableness, and the like bad dispositions; from which credulity itself, the other extreme sort of folly, is exempt." - Isaac Barrow

"At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself-the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ." - Oswald Chambers

"I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope]." - Galileo Galilei

"Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries forbear, with obstinacy fixes there." - Jonathan Swift

"You know Balbec so well - do you have friends in the area?' I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinacy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky.' That is not what I meant,' interrupted my father, as obstinate as the trees and as pitiless as the sky." - Marcel Proust

"If by sticking to the moral principles you have followed all your life, you jeopardize your happiness and that of others, throw over your principles. Principles for principles' sake -that is not wisdom; that is obstinacy. Principles should be fluid because life is fluid." - Epifanio de los Santos

"The artist, surgeon, through clay form, can only look for cure with great obstinacy until he discovers, repeatedly, that love is god's only gift that enables man to transcend his tragedy and regain his wholeness and well-being beyond the claws of evil, rampaging as evil may be." - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

"When a woman falls in love with me, I feel guilty. I am convinced that it's pure obstinacy that keeps me from reciprocating her passion. As I explain to her that I'm gay, it sounds, even to me, like a silly excuse; I scarcely believe it myself." - Edmund White

"Like the periwig and the bowler bat, the plus-four and the bow-tie, the blazer is on the way out, and those who persist in wearing it do so with a smattering of self-consciousness, a touch of obstinacy, even a pinch of camp." - Craig Brown

"Seas of blood have been shed for the sake of patriotism. One would expect the harm and irrationality of patriotism to be self-evident to everyone. But the surprising fact is that cultured and learned people not only do not notice the harm and stupidity of patriotism, they resist every unveiling of it with the greatest obstinacy and passion (with no rational grounds), and continue to praise it as beneficent and elevating." - Leo Tolstoy

"The 'Cercle et Carre' group owes its existence to my encounter with the Uruguayan painter Torres-Gracia in 1929... However difficult our relationship, his obstinacy matching my patience, this unholy team of fire and water was bound to produce something. Towards the end of the year, after consulting sundry artists, including Arp, Mondrian, and Van Doesburg, we drew up the program for a new group and launched a magazine which was be called 'Cercle et Carre'." - Michel Seuphor

"But this inestimable privilege was soon violated: with the knowledge of truth the emperor imbibed the maxims of persecution; and the sects which dissented from the catholic church were afflicted and oppressed by the triumph of Christianity. Constantine easily believed that the heretics, who presumed to dispute his opinions or to oppose his commands, were guilty of the most absurd and criminal obstinacy; and that a seasonable application of moderate severities might save those unhappy men from the danger of an everlasting condemnation." - Edward Gibbon

"The most savory grape, the one that produces the wines with best texture and aroma, the sweetest and most generous, doesn't grow in rich soil but in stony land; the plant, with a mother's obstinacy, overcomes obstacles to thrust its roots deep into the ground and take advantage of every drop of water. That, my grandmother explained to me, is how flavors are concentrated in the grape." - Isabel Allende

"For a bag of pepper, they could cut each other's throats without hesitation, and would forswear their souls... The bizarre obstinacy of that desire made them defy death in a thousand shapes; the unknown seas, the loathsome diseases; wounds, captivity, hunger, pestilence and despair. It made them great! By heavens! It made them heroic; and it made them pathetic, too, in their craving for trade with the inflexible death levying its toll on young and old" - Joseph Conrad

"These are the men who, without virtue, labour, or hazard, are growing rich, as their country is impoverished; they rejoice, when obstinacy or ambition adds another year to slaughter and devastation; and laugh, from their desks, at bravery and science, while they are adding figure to figure, and cipher to cipher, hoping for a new contract from a new armament, and computing the profits of a siege or tempest." - Samuel Johnson

"Obstinacy, sir, is certainly a great vice; and in the changeful state of political affairs it is frequently the cause of great mischief. It happens, however, very unfortunately, that almost the whole line of the great and masculine virtues-constancy, gravity, magnanimity, fortitude, fidelity, and firmness-are closely allied to this disagreeable quality, of which you have so just an abhorrence; and in their excess all these virtues very easily fall into it." - Edmund Burke

"Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries-Forbear! With obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs." - Jonathan Swift

"In trying to explain our political paralysis, analysts cite President Obama's tactical missteps, the obstinacy of congressional Republicans, rising partisanship in Washington, and the Senate filibuster, which has devolved into a super-majority threshold for important legislation. These are large factors to be sure, but that list neglects what may be the biggest culprit of all: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large." - Jacob Weisberg

"As soon as you direct such a question outward to your fellow man and not inward to yourself, you have set yourself on a judgment seat and thereby judged yourself. You have robbed yourself of what you had won by your own continence; you have taken one step forward but ten backward: and then you have reason to weep over your obstinacy, your failure to improve, and your pride." - Tito Colliander

"If thou art indeed my father, then hast thou stained thy sword in the life-blood of thy son. And thous didst it of thine obstinacy. For I sought to turn thee unto love, and I implored of thee thy name, for I thought to behold in thee the tokens recounted of my mother. But I appealed unto thy heart in vain, and now is the time gone for meeting." - Khaled Hosseini

"I saw in 'the wandering Jew' the personification of the Jewish people, exiled in the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, they are once again extremely rich, owing to their unfailing rude greediness and their indefatigable activity. With their hard-heartedness that they extend toward people of other faiths and races they are at the point of making themselves kings of the world. This people can thank its obstinacy that France will be Judized within fifty years. Already some wise Jews prophesy this frankly." - George Sand

"The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities-perhaps the only one-in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there. In most other fields of human endeavour there is change, but rarely progress ... And in most fields we do not even know how to evaluate change." - Karl Popper

"If each side had been frankly contending for its own real wish, they would all have kept within the bounds of reason and courtesy; but just because the contention is reversed and each side is fighting the other side's battle, all the bitterness which really flows from thwarted self-righteousness and obstinacy and from the accumulated grudges of the last ten years is concealed from them by the nominal or official "Unselfishness" of what they are doing or, at least, held to be excused by it." - C S Lewis

"But I liked you from the moment I first heard your voice," he said, "when I had no idea what you looked like. I thought it delicious, the way you bargained for me, as though I were an old rug. Then I loved the way you looked at me. Then I loved the way you ordered me about. I loved your patient and impatient ways of explaining things to me. I love the sound of your voice and the way you move. I love your courage and your kindness and your generosity and your obstinacy and your passion." He paused. "You're the genius. What do you think that means?" - Loretta Chase

"But I liked you from the moment I first heard your voice," he said, "when I had no idea what you looked like. I thought it delicious, the way you bargained for me, as though I were an old rug. Then I loved the way you looked at me. Then I loved the way you ordered me about. I loved your patient and impatient ways of explaining things to me. I love the sound of your voice and the way you move. I love your courage and your kindness and your generosity and your obstinacy and your passion." He paused. "You're the genius. What do you think that means?" - Loretta Chase

"At the moment we have a critical situation in Greece. Even as we speak, where there is an open attempt by the EU to destroy Syriza by splitting it. There is a German obstinacy and utter refusal to seriously consider an alternative. The reason isn't even a lack of money, because money swims around the EU coffers endlessly, and they could write off the debt tomorrow if they wanted. But they don't want to do so, because of the election of a left-wing government. They want to punish Syriza in public, to humiliate it so that this model doesn't go any further than Greece." - Tariq Ali

"If each side had been frankly contending for its own real wish, they would all have kept within the bounds of reason and courtesy; but just because the contention is reversed and each side is fighting the other side's battle, all the bitterness which really flows from thwarted self-righteousness and obstinacy and from the accumulated grudges of the last ten years is concealed from them by the nominal or official "Unselfishness" of what they are doing or, at least, held to be excused by it." - C S Lewis

"That the boat did not upset I simply state as a fact. Why it did not upset I am unable to offer any reason. I have often thought about the matter since, but I have never succeeded in arriving at any satisfactory explanation of the phenomenon. Possibly the result may have been brought about by the natural obstinacy of all things in this world. The boat may possibly have come to the conclusion, judging from a cursory view of our behaviour, that we had come out for a morning's suicide, and had thereupon determined to disappoint us. That is the only suggestion I can offer." - Jerome K Jerome



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