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"To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim." - John Cheever

"Most of us do not use speech to express thought. We use it to express feelings." - Jennifer Stone

"After I stopped dancing, I was unable to listen to beautiful music." - Suzanne Farrell

"It is the sign of a weak mind to be unable to bear wealth." - Seneca the Younger

"What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just." - Blaise Pascal

"Count on big lines to express your ideas." - Robert Henri

"I quote others in order to better express myself." - Michel De Montaigne

"Unable to express will most likely to leave you feeling depressed." - Faisal Khokhar

"The idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously." - Albert Einstein

"The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more you will have to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar

"The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society." - Aristotle

"God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them." - John Stuart Mill

"Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion." - Kate Reid

"Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselves" - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

"How wrong it is for those who love, not to express their love." - Salmon P Chase

"When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly." - Michel De Montaigne

"We express our being by creating. Creativity is a necessary sequel to being." - Rollo May

"You can only have as much love for yourself as you can express to others." - Brian Tracy

"[Capitalism is] that commercial system in which supply immediately answers to demand, and in which everybody seems to be thoroughly dissatisfied and unable to get anything he wants." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"If you tell someone a secret, and ask them to keep it secret, you are asking them to display a discretion you are unable to display yourself." - Jill Paton Walsh

"An old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as the young man who is unable to embrace it." - Carl Jung

"Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express." - James Clerk Maxwell

"Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express." - James C Maxwell

"If, unable to solve the mysteries of Providence, we plunge into Atheism, we only increase a thousand fold the darkness by which we are surrounded" - Charles Hodge

"The mind, if slackened even a little, will cause defeat, the same as fearing the opponent will make you unable to use full strength." - Kyuzo Mifune

"There is no record in the history of a nation that ever gained anything valuable by being unable to defend itself." - H L Mencken

"Don't be stressed, express" - Michelle Chang

"If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose." - Sun Tzu

"A child who's been injured by a parent waits her whole life for some acknowledgment of the wrong that's been done, some validation from him that her pain is real, that he's sorry and will make amends. The child will wait forever, unable to move forward, unable to forgive, without someone to acknowledge the past. In that powerlessness comes a terrible rage." - Lisa Unger

"But no one ever is allowed in Sleepytown, unless He goes to bed in time to take the Sleepytown Express!" - James J. Montague

"The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The study of science teaches young men to think, while study of the classics teaches them to express thought." - John Stuart Mill

"Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself." - Wayne Dyer

"Worship, from the Latin word meaning "worth-ship", is where we express God's worth to us in our lives." - T D Jakes

"Love is not something people feel, but something people try to express no matter how they feel." - Frank Pittman

"It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience." - Berthe Morisot

"[I can] scarcely write upon mathematics or mathematicians. Oh for words to express my abomination of the science." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"Most people are much more unusual and complicated and eccentric and playful and creative than they have time to express." - Oliver Herring

"I have the right to express myself. Once we get through expressing, do we really move forward in society." - Al Sharpton

"Your body is merely a machine made to express the thoughts that flow through you and nothing more. It is but an instrument for you to express your imagings just as a piano is an instrument for a musician to express his imagings. Just as the piano is not the musician, so, likewise, your body is not you." - Walter Russell

"The essence of higher instrumental music lays herein that one is able to express in tones that what one is unable to say in words." - Richard Wagner

"I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out." - Ziyi Zhang

"I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out." - Zhang Ziyi

"All by yourself, unable to express the pain of your distress with your deeper inside. You alienate yourself and everybody else." - Henry Rollins

"Punk is the way of those who are unable to express themselves, but they aren't dangerous; at worst, they may kill their audience." - Mike Oldfield

"Unable to understand how or why the person we see behaves as he does, we attribute his behavior to a person we cannot see, whose behavior we cannot explain either but about whom we are not inclined to ask questions." - B F Skinner

"One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary." - Ayn Rand

"Whether the authorities be invaders or merely local tyrants, the effect of such [gun control] laws is to place the individual at the mercy of the state, unable to resist." - Robert A Heinlein

"The poet, like the lover, is a person unable to reconcile what he knows with what he feels. His peculiarity is that he is under a certain compulsion to do so." - Babette Deutsch

"I often went entire days without speaking - unable to get a word in over my inner taskmaster, who never shut up: "You fat, disgusting slob, you'll never be thin enough, good enough, smart enough, tough or talented enough." - Aimee Liu

"I'm just one gigantic ball of rancid fear and self-consciousness. I'm entirely fueled by fear, so the fact that I knew it could be a catastrophic disaster made me unable to sleep, and made me work quite hard." - Eddie Redmayne

"You only communicate to pass the time, or to express the emotions. Your tongue has to develop [the capacity] to speak consciousness." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"Jazz to me is the spirit of freedom. I mean real freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to express. Freedom to pour out your guts." - Herbie Hancock

"Our obligation to others and a gift to ourselves is to acknowledge and authentically express genuine appreciation for courtesies, caring and concern others have given us." - Michael Josephson

"You need to know that you are a spiritual being so that you can do helpful things to allow your innate qualities to unfold and express." - Roy Davis

"In every art the desire to practice it precedes both the full ability to do so and the possession of something worthwhile to express by its means." - Phyllis Bentley

"Work for the actor lies essentially in two areas: the ability to consistently create reality and the ability to express that reality." - Lee Strasberg

"I cannot articulate enough to express my dislike to people who think that understanding spoils your experience... How would they know?" - Marvin Minsky

"She was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens." - Trey Gowdy

"Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make an arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Resident, adj. Unable to leave." - Ambrose Bierce

"Defenceless, adj. Unable to attack." - Ambrose Bierce

"What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it." - Hubert H Humphrey

"This is such a pivotal moment in my life! I'm transitioning as a woman, and I'm finally able to express myself as I am." - Beyonce Knowles

"Prayer is the very way God Himself has chosen for us to express our conscious need of Him and our humble dependence on Him." - John Stott

"Sin may then be defined ultimately as anything in the creature which does not express, or which is contrary to, the holy character of the Creator" - J. Oliver Buswell

"No one can teach that which is inside another, each person must find it on his own and find a way to express it." - Eduardo Chillida

"Purer colors... have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them." - Henri Matisse

"Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain." - Henri Matisse

"Pollock was terrific. I think he freed himself of all kinds of worry about this world. Ran around and dripped, and then he managed to express ecstasy." - Agnes Martin

"In every person's face, there is one place that seems to express them most accurately. With my grandmother, you always looked at her mouth." - Mona Simpson

"And we must invent dynamic designs to go with them and express them in equally dynamic shapes: triangles, cones, spirals, ellipses, circles, etc." - Giacomo Balla

"Words express neither objects nor ourselves." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"When was the last time you wrote a thank you note? When was the last time you went beyond a mechanical "thank you" to express authentic gratitude? We can enrich the lives of others and ourselves by making it a habit to express genuine appreciation for what others have done for us." - Michael Josephson

"How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it" - Nina Simone

"How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?" - Nina Simone

"As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center." - David Steindl-Rast

"It is not enough that we express our gratitude, we must experience it. We truly honor the must think about our blessings, separately and cumulatively It is not enough to count our blessings and express our gratitude if we don't truly feel grateful." - Michael Josephson

"Anxiety leads to a narrowing of the field of attention, the so-called tunnel vision, and when people are anxious, they are unable to attend to the total situation as is necessary to enable them to act rationally, but impulsively do the first thing that comes into their heads which is usually determined by what others are doing at the same time." - James A.C. Brown

"Feminists who want to censor what they regard as harmful pornography have essentially the same motivation as other would-be censors: They want to use the power of the state to accomplish what they have been unable to achieve in the marketplace of ideas and images. The impulse to censor places no faith in the possibilities of democratic persuasion." - Susan Jacoby

"As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence - as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual." - Leo Tolstoy

"I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality." - Martin Luther

"Artists need to express." - Bebe Neuwirth

"When a general, unable to estimate the enemy's strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one, and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank, the result must be rout." - Sun Tzu

"For the moral attitudes of a people that is supported by religion need always aim at preserving and promoting the sanity and vitality of the community and its individuals, since otherwise this community is bound to perish. A people that were to honour falsehood, defamation, fraud, and murder would be unable, indeed, to subsist for very long." - Albert Einstein

"[When asked "Dr. Einstein, why is it that when the mind of man has stretched so far as to discover the structure of the atom we have been unable to devise the political means to keep the atom from destroying us?"] That is simple, my friend. It is because politics is more difficult than physics." - Albert Einstein

"If you believe that you are bad and unacceptable, you are unable to look back at your past with pleasure or your future with hope. Only bad things happened to you in the past, and only bad things will happen to you in the future." - Dorothy Rowe

"But it's also true that my memory is a card shark, reshuffling the deck to hide what I fear to know, unable to keep from fingering the ace at the bottom of the deck even when I'm doing nothing more than playing Fish in the daylight with children." - Lorene Cary

"It is an unfortunate personal tragedy. However, when compared to the vast ocean of the collective tragedy faced by my people, my illness is merely a pebble. I am deeply sad that I am crippled by this illness, unable to contribute anything substantial towards the alleviation of the immense suffering and oppression of my people." - Anton Balasingham

"Not that she didn't enjoy the holidays: but she always felt-and it was, perhaps, the measure of her peculiar happiness-a little relieved when they were over. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back." - Jan Struther

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." - Mario Cuomo

"The great waste comes from [the child's] inability to utilize the experience he gets outside of school in any complete and free way within the school itself while, on the other hand, he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning at school. That is the isolation of the school - its isolation from life." - John Dewey

"I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those...prayers were destined to affect...we would be so paralyzed with awe...that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives." - Peter Kreeft

"Religion is the process of unconscious wish fulfillment, where, for certain people, if the process did not take place it would put them in self-danger of coming to mental harm, being unable to cope with the idea of a godless, purposeless life." - Sigmund Freud

"The higher our self-esteem, the stronger the drive to express ourselves, reflecting the sense of richness within. The lower our self-esteem, the more urgent the need to "prove" ourselves or to forget ourselves by living mechanically and unconsciously." - Nathaniel Branden

"Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life." - Harry Callahan

"The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become." - Ezra Taft Benson

"The United States of America stands for the ability for people to worship freely, the ability for people to vote and to express their opinion freely is something we hold dear." - George W Bush

"I wish I could find words to express the trueness, the bravery, the hardihood, the sense of honor, the loyalty to their trust and to each other of the old trail hands." - Charles Goodnight

"I am unable to rule anything out," - Toni Kroos

"The conception of gods originated in fear and curiosity. Primitive man, unable to understand the phenomena of nature, and harassed by them, saw in every terrifying manifestation some sinister force expressly directed against him; and as ignorance and fear are the parents of all superstition, the troubled fancy of primitive man wove the God idea." - Emma Goldman

"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near." - Sun Tzu

"Can anything match that first fine discovery of the telephone and all it stood for? That first realization that, contained within ten simple digits, lay the infinitely possible? Out there ... lay six billion ears, all the people in the world available for contact and mystery and insult, unable to resist the beckoning of one small and villainous forefinger." - Alan Coren

"I see a pattern, but my imagination cannot picture the maker of that pattern. I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one?" - Albert Einstein

"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?" - Patrick Henry

"My art is just an effort to express the truth of my being in gesture and movement. It has taken me long years to find even one absolutely true movement." - Isadora Duncan

"Human beings are born with the instinct to express themselves through movement. Even before he could communicate with words, primitive man was dancing to the beat of his own heart." - Bob Fosse

"All dance has expression. If there is no expression, I prefer the circus. The performers do more dangerous, more difficult technical things than we do. But we are dancers. We have to express and we have to project." - Luis de la Fuente

"I have never accepted what many people have kindly said - namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it." - Winston Churchill

"We hold these truths to be self-evident; All people are born creative; Endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right and responsibility to express our creativity for the sake of ourselves and our world." - Barbara Marx Hubbard

"I wanted to describe the world at the same time, through image, express what I felt. It was the time of the great documentary filmmakers: Richard Leacock, Joris Ivens. Today, television has put an end to this type of filmmaking." - Krzysztof Kieslowski

"Public worship occurs when the people of God assemble for the express purpose of giving to the Lord the glory due His name and enjoying the joy of His promised special presence with His own people." - Ligon Duncan

"Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write." - Hugo Black

"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it's now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it's simply the way things are." - Tammy Baldwin

"The Divine Plan is one of Freedom. The inherent nature of man is ever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom, because freedom is the birthright of every living soul." - Ernest Holmes

"If I had to define life in a single phrase, I should clearly express my thought of throwing into relief one characteristic which, in my opinion, sharply differentiates biological science. I should say: life is creation." - Claude Bernard

"I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fathers may enable their children to preserve the blessings they have inherited." - Franklin Pierce

"In the action of no-action (wu-wei), a cardinal aspect of the true creative process is set forth. In wu-wei, the mind is silenced and the work is allowed to express itself." - John Daido Loori

"I could say that in the essay, as it has developed historically, success is determined by the writer's ability to express, through an individual voice, a collective experience - you are speaking individually but you are representing collectively." - Vijay Seshadri

"Too little confidence, and you're unable to act; too much confidence, and you're unable to hear." - John Maeda

"Words can not express the joy of new life." - Hermann Hesse

"No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything." - Oscar Wilde

"I can't express anger. I grow a tumor instead." - Woody Allen

"What I point out to you is only that you shouldn't allow yourselves to be confused by others. Act when you need to, without further hesitation or doubt. People today can't do this... what is the affliction? Their affliction is their lack of self-confidence. If you do not spontaneously trust yourself sufficiently, you will be in a frantic state, pursuing all sorts of objects, unable to be independent." - Kelly Lin

"In the same manner, having been reduced by disorder, and sunk to their utmost state of depression, unable to descend lower, they, of necessity, reascend; and thus from good they gradually decline to evil, and from evil again return to good. The reason is, that valor produces peace; peace, repose; repose, disorder; disorder, ruin; so from disorder order springs; from order virtue, and from this, glory and good fortune." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"... I must say this concerning the great controversy over rifles and shotguns. The only thing I've ever said is that in areas where the government has proven itself either unwilling or unable to defend the lives and the property of Negroes, it's time for Negroes to defend themselves. Article number two of the constitutional amendments provides you and me the right to own a rifle or a shotgun. It is constitutionally legal to own a shotgun or a rifle." - Malcolm X

"Learn to express, not impress." - Jim Rohn

"I choose to express myself." - Dan Fogelberg

"The solidarity which binds all men together as members of a common family makes it impossible for wealthy nations to look with indifference upon the hunger, misery and poverty of other nations whose citizens are unable to enjoy even elementary human rights. The nations of the world are becoming more and more dependent on one another and it will not be possible to preserve a lasting peace so long as glaring economic and social imbalances persist." - Pope John Xxiii

"We cannot enter into alliance with neighbouring princes until we are acquainted with their designs. We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country - its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps. We shall be unable to turn natural advantages to account unless we make use of local guides." - Sun Tzu

"And many kinds of creatures must have died, Unable to plant out new sprouts of life. For whatever you see that lives and breathes and thrives Has been, from the very beginning, guarded, saved By it's trickery for its swiftness or brute strength. And many have been entrusted to our care, Commended by their usefulness to us. For instance, strength supports a savage lion; Foxes rely on their cunning; deer their flight." - Lucretius

"For never has there been, in modern times, such a Homeric world, where so much value is pinned onto the utterance of name! Entire conversations, entire lives, are devoted to the act of naming people, and in Pakistan the affluent would be totally devoid of talk if they were unable to take names in vain. Caste and all its subclassifications are recreated every day in the structure of a conversation that knows which names to name ..." - Sara Suleri

"What concerns me is that man, unable to articulate, to express himself adequately, reverts to action. Since the vocabulary of action is limited, as it were, to his body, he is bound to act violently, extending his vocabulary with a weapon where there should have been an adjective." - Joseph Brodsky

"I have encountered a few 'creationists' and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were really mad or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created the whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading humankind ?" - Arthur C Clarke

"I wandered around in a confused daze for most of the '90s unable to even remember why I wanted to be a filmmaker and somehow I found myself at the turn of the century. I used lost film as an excuse to express myself." - Guy Maddin

"It was extremely difficult to suppress my emotions, because my character in' A Girl at My Door' goes through so many infuriating situations. It was a lonely process having to portray someone that acts tough but is deeply hurting inside and is unable to express that." - Bae Doona

"I'm removed in my real life, and unable to express certain things face to face. So I have always found myself in this fantasy world. That's why I started writing songs and stories from a very young age. I'd much rather walk around anonymously cooking up tales than face the people that I have known forever." - Jenny Lewis

"Recently while browsing in a secondhand bookstore I bought a paperback copy of The Intellectual and the City, but I was unable to read it. When I got home I discovered that the original owner had highlighted the entire book - literally. Every line on every page had been drawn through with a bright green Magic Marker. It was a terrifying example of a mind that had lost all power of discrimination." - Florence King

"But it is imperative, for our own survival, that we avoiid one another, and what more successful means of avoidance are there than words? Language will keep us safe from human onslaught, will express for us our regret at being unable to supply groceries or love or peace." - Janet Frame

"It turns out that American Express honors recurring payments even if the vendor is unable to supply an accurate card number and expiration date. An Amex phone representative said this is a feature, not a bug, which makes sure my bills are paid." - Barton Gellman

"To govern is to choose. To appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern." - Nigel Lawson

"Hell is the suffering of being unable to love." - J D Salinger

"Unable to function as plants, we must serve as manure." - Edward Conze

"Believe me, Germany is unable to wage war." - David Lloyd George

"Having been unable to strengthen justice, we have justified strength." - Blaise Pascal

"One unable to dance blames the unevenness of the floor." - Proverbs

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." - Emily Dickinson

"Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love." - Arundhati Roy



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