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Raison D'etre Quotes


"A school is not a factory. Its raison d'etre is to provide opportunity for experience." - J. L. Carr

"It is necessary to be focused. This is the raison d'etre of career." - Frederick Lenz

"Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre." - Steven Chu

"Despite its self-regard, and much like a society of devout followers, the art world relies on consensus as heavily as it depends on individual analysis or critical thinking. Althought the art world reveres the unconventional, it is rife with conformity. Artists make works that "looks like art" and behave in ways that enhance stereotypes. (...) Originality is not always rewarded, but some people take real risks and innovate, which gives a raison d'etre to the rest" - Sarah Thornton

"There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art." - Aristotle

"Let us never stop being vigilant about the Oys which face us. But let us never turn them into our raison d'etre. Let us also celebrate the JOYS." - Deborah Lipstadt

"Psychic awareness leads to a true perception not only of events, but just of life itself. It is its own raison d'etre." - Frederick Lenz

"Securing, not prohibiting, the orderly transfer of wealth from A to B, based on wealth differentials, is the raison d'etre of the [New Deal programs]. The contrast between the modern progressive and classical liberal agendas could not be more explicit." - Richard Allen Epstein

"Your business needs a raison d'etre. Be prepared to work 24 hours a day, and be willing to take risks. And you have to love it or you won't succeed." - Josie Natori

"This crusade to separate church and state is only one expression of my raison d'etre. I'm an atheist, but I'm also an anarchist, and a feminist, and an integrationist." - Madalyn Murray O'Hair

"Now, Stuart, as you will discover if you have not done so already, believes that the principal raison d'etre of food is to conceal from public view the hideous pattern on the plate beneath." - Julian Barnes

"Life has no meaning. It doesn't need a meaning. A meaning is an arbitrary thought formulation that we affix to it because we are in the mood. Life is its own raison d'etre." - Frederick Lenz

"The "social contract," in the only sense in which it is not completely mythical, is a contract among conquerors, which loses its raison d'etre if they are deprived of the benefits of conquest." - Bertrand Russell

"Le raison avant la passion - Reason over passion." - Pierre Trudeau

"Education in our family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre ... In this family of accomplished scholars, I was to become the academic black sheep. I performed adequately at high school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre." - Steven Chu

"Government and state can never be perfect because they owe their raison d'etre to the imperfection of man and can attain their end, the elimination of man's innate impulse to violence, only by recourse to violence, the very thing they are called upon to prevent." - Ludwig Von Mises

"You have to look at the fundamental raison d'etre of the business - what is it doing? What's the nature of the business and what are its prospects for success? What are its prospects to break even and then return the sustained profit?" - Kevin Kinsella

"I want to drink life to the dregs, to enlarge myself to the absolute limits of my being - and to strive for a society in which everyone -regardless of race, creed, color and especially religious conviction - has the same exhilarating raison d'etre, and the same opportunity to fulfill it." - Madalyn Murray O'Hair

"Because ethics is fundamentally about questioning the ends, the goals and aims of our actions, we must come back to the rules and ask why. So we must return to the philosophy of law, the raison d'etre and the point of what we're asked to do. It's not easy, it's very demanding and it needs intellectual courage." - Tariq Ramadan

"We are the raison d'etre of the entire system. We are also the employers of those in public office and in the public service. Why should we accept from them a discourse which suggests contempt for us and for the democratic system?" - John Ralston Saul

"I try to find stories that I would think that everyone would find interesting, and just a good entertaining story, and then if I can find a story that has a raison d'etre behind it that I feel is important then that's the best for me." - Norman Jewison

"I expertly angled my raison bran to accomodate the g-forces." - John Green

"Childhood is the sleep of reason. [Fr., L'enfance est le sommeil de la raison.]" - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"What was once a cottage industry dedicated to the discovery and development of new voices and works has become instead the raison d'etre for many a playwright's existence . . .. And since readings have become playwrights' main source of exposure, the nature of playwriting has changed to fit readings' needs. Investigation into what is eminently theatrical has been substituted - more and more these days - by what can simply come across and read well." - Caridad Svich

"Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre. Virtually all of our aunts and uncles had Ph.D.s in science or engineering, and it was taken for granted that the next generation of Chu's were to follow the family tradition. When the dust had settled, my two brothers and four cousins collected three MDs, four Ph.D.s and a law degree. I could manage only a single advanced degree." - Steven Chu

"The central fact for me is, I think, that the [role of the] intellectual... cannot be played without a sense of being someone whose place it is publicly to raise embarrassing questions, to confront orthodoxy and dogma (rather than to produce them), to be someone who cannot easily be co-opted by governments or corporations, and whose raison d'etre is to represent all those people and issues that are routinely forgotten or swept under the rug." - Edward Said

"I think in a way the great irony or paradox about America is that it makes it so hard for the sensitive person, the artist, the impressionable person, the person whose raison d'etre is to incarnate the creative will, rather than to just make money, and yet that extreme difficulty that the culture poses for us has created some of the best artists in the last hundred years." - Hubert Selby Jr

"Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison detre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison detre, which lives on in itself." - Andre Kertesz

"La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure. The reason of the strongest is always the best." - Jean De La Fontaine

"Les masses ont tort et les individus toujours raison. The masses are wrong; individuals are always right." - Boris Vian

"It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary. [Fr., Ce n'est pas etre sage D'etre plus sage qu'il ne le faut.]" - Philippe Quinault

"It is quite normal to be racist, but it is criminal to remain one. Il est presque normal d'etre raciste, mais il est criminel de le demeurer." - Pierre Bourgault

"My idea of philosophy is that if it is not relevant to human problems, if it does not tell us how we can go about eradicating some of the misery in this world, then it is not worth the name of philosophy. I think Socrates made a very profound statement when he asserted that the raison d'etre of philosophy is to teach us proper living. In this day and age 'proper living' means liberation from the urgent problems of poverty, economic necessity and indoctrination, mental oppression." - Angela Davis

"Edward Snowden is anything but narcissist. In fact, I wonder every day how he could come up with the courage, muster the courage to sacrifice everything just so he could do, as he said in rather eloquent speech initially, alert the American people to what was going on. Call him a traitor, call him whatever you want to. The fact is he is a symptom of the disease, and the disease is constant war and the national security state. That is what we've become. That is our raison d'etre in the world today, to wage war." - Lawrence Wilkerson

"Futurism and Cubism are comparable in importance tot the invention of perspective, for which they substituted a new concept op space. All subsequent movements were latent in them or brought about by them... the two movements cannot be regarded as in opposition to each other, even though they started from opposite points; I maintain (an idea approved by Apollinaire and later by Matisse) that they are two extremes of the same sign, tending to coincide at certain points which only the poetic instinct of the painter can discover: poetry being the content and raison d'etre of art." - Gino Severini

"Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. French. Pascal. The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing." - Madeleine L'Engle

"TV's "real" agenda is to be "liked," because if you like what you're seeing, you'll stay tuned. TV is completely unabashed about this; it's its sole raison." - David Foster Wallace

"TV's 'real' agenda is to be 'liked,' because if you like what you're seeing, you'll stay tuned. TV is completely unabashed about this; it's its sole raison." - David Foster Wallace

"Wan raison people ar-re not grateful is because they're proud iv thimsilves an' they niver feel they get half what they desarve. Another raison is they know ye've had all th' fun ye're entitled to whin ye do annything f'r annybody." - Finley Peter Dunne

"The reason why lovers and their mistresses never tire of being together is that they are always talking of themselves. [Fr., Ce qui fait que amants et les maitresses ne s'ennuient point d'etre ensemble; c'est qu'ils parlent toujours d'eux memes.]" - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Cinema d'auteur, cinema about people, about emotions. About la difficulte d'etre, the difficulty of being, existential problems. That's what the nouvelle vague is. The early '60s was all about that." - Charlotte Rampling

"l'imagination m'apportait des delices infinies. En recouvrant ce que les hommes appellent la raison, faudra-t-il regretter de les avoir perdues...? My imagination gave me infinite delight. In recovering what men call reason, do I have to regret the loss of these joys?..." - Gerard De Nerval

"They (the novelists) became the voice of the citizen against the ubiquitous raison d'etat, which reappeared endlessly to justify everything from unjust laws and the use of child labour to incompetent generalship and inhuman conditions on warships. The themes they popularized have gradually turned into the laws which, for all their flaws, have improved the state of man." - John Ralston Saul

"...Je n'ai pas cesse de l'etre si c'est d'etre jeune que d'aimer toujours !... L'humanite n'est pas un vain mot. Notre vie est faite d'amour, et ne plus aimer c'est ne plus vivre." (I have never ceased to be young, if being young is always loving... Humanity is not a vain word. Our life is made of love, and to love no longer is to live no longer.)" - George Sand

"If we wish to imitate the physical sciences, we must not imitate them in their contemporary, most developed form; we must imitate them in their historical youth, when their state of development was comparable to our own at the present time. Otherwise we should behave like boys who try to copy the imposing manners of full-grown men without understanding their raison d' etre, also without seeing that in development one cannot jump over intermediate and preliminary phases." - Wolfgang Kohler



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