Quotes and Sayings about Pursuit
"Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Religion, Dating, Nothing, Pursuit)
"Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Men, Ideas, Ants, Pursuit)
"While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Company, May, Old, Years)
"Our theme for this year's festivities, Dreams and Challenges of Asian Pacific Americans, speaks to the many generations of Asian Pacific Americans who worked hard to overcome economic hardship, racism and other barriers in their pursuit of the American dream."
- Lucille Roybal Allard
(Related: Dreams, American, Americans, Festivities, Generations, Hardship, Pursuit, Racism)
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
- Mario Andretti
(Related: Success, Motivation, Determination, Goal, Commitment, Desire, Excellence, Key, Pursuit, Will)
"I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions."
- David Antin
(Related: Pursuit, Questions, Theory)
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
- Guillaume Apollinaire
(Related: Happiness, Now, Pursuit)
"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious."
- Thomas Aquinas
"Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole."
(Related: Love, Desire, Name, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Light, Perfection, Pursuit, Sweetness)
"To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Quality, People)
"The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular."
- E. T. Bell
(Related: Doubt, Pretty, Pursuit, Quest, Silly, Vice)
"A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Success, Nothing, Pursuit, Rejection)
"Someone told me there was a publisher that could find a good home for my songs, but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career in the business as an artist."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Business, Home, Artist, Career, Pursuit, Songs, Want)
"Our nation was founded on the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Happiness, Life, Liberty, Nation, Pursuit)
"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers."
- Les Brown
(Related: Family, Goals, Ability, Clients, Pursuit)
"The cloud that descended on Black Rock on Monday was not for the past but the future. How much will this debacle chill the pursuit of other risky investigations?"
- Tina Brown
(Related: Future, Past, Pursuit, Will)
"There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Life, Work, Fame, Pursuit, Trade, World)
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."
- John Buchan
(Related: Hope, Charm, Fishing, Pursuit)
"The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Civilization, Hope, Attention, Country, State)
"The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Government, Prosperity)
"There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Truth, Error, Pursuit)
"I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Happiness, Man, Misery, Pursuit)
"Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again."
- Julia Cameron
(Related: Nothing, Pursuit, Quest, Will)
"I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything."
- William Carey
"For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Happiness, Life, Survival, Rights, Human rights, Liberty, Pursuit, Spiritual)
"To many, Homer may appear lazy and a loser, but he's just much misguided. He's boorish, sure, but well meaning and, I guess, the one thing we have in common is the pursuit of lousy diets."
- Dan Castellaneta
(Related: May, Meaning, Pursuit)
"It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Art, Successful, Being, Fortune, Pursuit)
"We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Ignorance, Order, Pleasure, Pursuit, Smile)
"The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy, which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy, an august civil polity or a great art."
- Ralph A. Cram
(Related: Art, Goal, Aristocracy, Effort, Perfection, Philosophy, Pursuit)
"There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory."
- Mario Cuomo
(Related: Politics, Glory, Pursuit, Republicans, Right, World)
"The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Truth, Pursuit, Will)
"The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Success, Wife, Children, Friends, Old, Pursuit)
"We must recognize the fact that many Nazis, Marxists and Fascists believe passionately in their fundamental rightness, and allow nothing to hinder them from their goal in the pursuit of their mission."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: Goal, Fact, Mission, Nothing, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Science, Pursuit)
"Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive."
- William Dunbar
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Habits, Law, May, Profession, Pursuit, Skill)
"Deficiency motivation doesn't work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Life, Work, Motivation, Pursuit, Will)
"An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited."
- Charles Edwards
(Related: Life, Attitude, Wealth, Environment, Fulfillment, Materialism, Pursuit, World)
"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Age, Habits, Man, Mind, Reading, Thinking)
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Beauty, Truth, Children, Pursuit)
"An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit."
- Pliny the Elder
(Related: Charm, Possession, Pursuit)
"Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Wealth, Honor, Pleasure, Pursuit, Sin)
"Not a moment had been lost by General Hooker in the pursuit of Lee."
- Edward Everett
"God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: God, May, Now, Play, Pursuit)
"Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Chess, Pursuit)
"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Happiness, Constitution, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego."
- Northrop Frye
(Related: Beauty, Truth, Ego, Goodness, Nonsense, Pursuit, Temptation)
"There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Beauty, Pursuit)
"Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Happiness, Contentment, Lies, Living, Man, Pursuit, Thinking)
"The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Truth, Pursuit, Violence)
"The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else."
- John W. Gardner
(Related: Education, Goal, Burden, Conviction, Pursuit, School, Will)
"You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful."
- Steve Garvey
(Related: Successful, Goals, Pursuit, Will)
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Virtue, Defense, Extremism, Justice, Liberty, Moderation, Pursuit)
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Virtue, Defense, Extremism, Justice, Liberty, Moderation, Pursuit, Vice)
"Even as we work to develop more sources of petroleum for the United States, we must continue our vigorous pursuit of alternative fuels, so that we can be powered by cleaner, more efficient sources of energy."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Work, Energy, Pursuit, states, United)
"The argument that somehow we've got to get rid of minority scholarships so that we can have a free and fair America implies that we have a colorblind society where minorities are equal in their pursuit of funds to go to school."
- William H. Gray
(Related: Society, America, Argument, Minority, Pursuit, School)
"There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy."
- Joyce Grenfell
(Related: Happiness, Discovery, Joy, Pursuit)
"Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit."
- John Grierson
(Related: Happiness, Nothing, Philosophy, Pursuit, School, Spirit)
"The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Peace, Progress, Victory, Defeat, End, Errors, Pursuit, Trials, Years)
"A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge."
- B. H. Liddell Hart
(Related: Knowledge, Present, Pursuit, Satisfaction)
"Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Happiness, May, Pursuit, World)
"It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Health, Care, Companionship, Habits, Man)
"Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Wealth, Freedom, Pursuit, Slavery)
"It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish."
- Robert Herrick
(Related: Happiness, Energy, Interest, Man, Open, Pursuit, Wit)
"We have a history of gender and racial bias on our court that continues to undermine the system. Excluding individuals based on race is antagonistic to the pursuit of justice."
- Anita Hill
(Related: History, Court, Gender, Justice, Pursuit, Race)
"Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being. I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness. If we drop the pursuit, it's right here."
- James Hillman
(Related: Happiness, Being, Pursuit, Right)
"Life is the most versatile thing under the sun; and in the pursuit of life and character the author who works in a groove works in blinkers."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Life, Character, Pursuit, Sun)
"Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people."
- Jinato Hu
(Related: People, Countries, Democracy, Rights, Mankind, Pursuit)
"At the time I came along, Hollywood's idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers!"
- John Hughes
(Related: Movies, Teen, Time, Sex, Idea, Boys, Hollywood, Horror, Nudity, Pretty, Pursuit)
"Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Wisdom, Wealth, Earth, Heaven, Order, Pursuit, Security)
"People truly reaching across boundaries - be they religious or race, political or geographic. A state that is sincerely civil and respectful of each individual's pathway toward life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be our goal."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Happiness, Life, People, Goal, Liberty, Pursuit, Race, Religious, State, Will)
"The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, Legal, Business, Commerce, Credit, Duty)
"The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Ambition, Delusion, Folly, Illusion, Pursuit)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Happiness, Men, Life, Rights, Liberty, Pursuit, Self)
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Men, Government, Improvement, Labor)
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, Men, Improvement, Labor)
"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Truth, Knowledge, Authority, Pursuit, Reason, Results)
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Happiness, Life, Health, Chance, Conscience, Freedom, Occupation, Result)
"One has to devote oneself to a particular pursuit. To be successful at anything, you have to make a total commitment to it."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Successful, Commitment, Pursuit)
"When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa, in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was, biology and anthropology. I was around 16 years old when I made this particular choice of academic pursuit."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Marriage, Thought, Anthropology, Choice, First, Old, Pursuit, Years)
"Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Life, Excellence, Pursuit)
"The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Pursuit, Reward, Taxes)
"And I think detente had manifestly failed, and that the pursuit of it was encouraging Soviet expansion and rendering the world more dangerous, and especially rendering the Western world in greater peril."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Encouraging, Pursuit, World)
"My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence."
- John Kluge
(Related: Life, Excellence, Philosophy, Pursuit)
"It's really cool to know that you've put something together that isn't for a particular audience. It's so often that a TV show can really only speak to one sect of the population, and this really is something that appeals to a worldwide fan base. People who are into the pursuit of knowledge. Their reaction has meant the world to us."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: People, Knowledge, Population, Pursuit, World)
"From the beginning of the Radiation Laboratory, I have had the rare good fortune of being in the center of a group of men of high ability, enthusiastic and completely devoted to scientific pursuits."
- Ernest Lawrence
(Related: Men, Ability, Beginning, Being, Fortune)
"Just as invasion is the true and tried weapon in the hands of capital against the class struggle, so on the other hand the fearless pursuit of the class struggle has always proven the most effective preventative of foreign invasions."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Class, Pursuit, Struggle)
"I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed. And I want any force, any person, any element of an overarching Big Government that would stop your success, I want that organization, that element or that person to fail. I want you to succeed."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Government, Happiness, Life, Success, Force, Liberty, Pursuit, Succeed, Want)
"I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits."
- John Locke
(Related: Men, Information)
"I have entered the field to die, if need be, for this government, and never expect to return to peaceful pursuits until the object of this war of preservation has become a fact established."
- John A. Logan
(Related: War, Government, Fact)
"My reasons for declaring a sexual preference had to do less with the pursuit of personal freedom than with the lust for pure shock value."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Freedom, Lust, Pursuit, Value)
"In fact, in more cases than not, when we are rational, we're actually unhappy. Emotion is good; passion is good. Being into what we're into, provided that it's a healthy pursuit, it's a good thing."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Being, Emotion, Fact, Passion, Pursuit)
"Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together. When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles. This is as true of baseball teams as any other pursuit in life."
- Connie Mack
(Related: Life, Men, Baseball, Humanity, Nations, Pursuit)
"Canada is the only country founded on the relentless pursuit of the rodent."
- Preston Manning
(Related: Canada, Country, Pursuit)
"Religion is a temper, not a pursuit."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Religion, Pursuit, Temper)
"It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving - as if it were an individual person - its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends."
- Karl Marx
(Related: History, Men, Nothing, Pursuit)
"For the freedoms our founding fathers not only dreamed about, but made into reality. It is that same pursuit of freedom today that is helping to make our world a safer place."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Freedom, Pursuit, Reality, Today, World)
"It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature."
- Lord Melbourne
(Related: Love, Nature, Faults, Idleness, Man, Neglect, Pleasure, Pursuit, Wounds)
"The decline of manners, the cynical pursuit without shame or restraint of personal advantage and of money characterizes our times, not without exceptions, of course, but more than we ought to be comfortable with."
- J. Irwin Miller
(Related: Money, Manners, Pursuit, Restraint, Shame)
"The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster."
- Chris Morris
(Related: Approval, Disaster, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth."
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Related: Happiness, American, Moods, Pursuit, Trying, Youth)
"Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude."
- Frank Muir
(Related: Humor, Superiority, Jokes, Pursuit, Solitude, Wit)
"But my most favourite pursuit, after my daily exertions at the Foundry, was Astronomy. There were frequently clear nights when the glorious objects in the Heavens were seen in most attractive beauty and brilliancy."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: Beauty, Astronomy, Pursuit)
"What we now call school training, the pursuit of fixed studies at stated hours under the constant guidance of a teacher, I could scarcely be said to have enjoyed."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Guidance, Now, Pursuit, School, Training)
"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Goal, Pursuit)
"The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
- Frank Norris
(Related: Happiness, Life, Truth, People, Liberty, Pursuit, Right)
"I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science was so difficult it was essential that the problem being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Science, Being, Effort, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Excellence, Pursuit)
"Music shouldn't be based around money or politics. Music should be a bunch of people that really do great songs together doing them together for the pursuit of having a good time."
- Jerry Only
(Related: Money, Music, Time, Politics, People, Pursuit, Songs)
"Truth, also is the pursuit of it."
- George Oppen
(Related: Truth, Pursuit)
"Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Pursuit, Seduction, Sexuality)
"And the fifteenth century was an impassioned age, so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art that it consecrated everything with which art had to ad as a religious object."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Art, Age, Pursuit, Religious)
"Nature of course is the best guide in the matter of choosing a pursuit."
- James Payn
(Related: Nature, Pursuit)
"For many decades now - and certainly during my adult life in academe - the Western intellectual world has not been convinced that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with intellectual honesty and integrity."
- Arthur Peacocke
(Related: Life, Honesty, Integrity, Now, Pursuit, Theology, World)
"Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view."
- Max Planck
(Related: Knowledge, Purpose, Discovery, Pursuit)
"Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half."
(Related: Men, Women, Being, Country, Mind, Nothing, Practice, State)
"Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values, we believed, than in a flight underground. We were offering a value system couched in the language of science."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Science, Values, Language, Pursuit)
"It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Experience, Science, People, Pursuit)
"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Humanity, Lies, Pleasure, Pursuit)
"In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed."
- John Rawls
(Related: Finance, Money, Pursuit)
"Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles. So the real terror, the real aggression against life comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Happiness, Life, Aggression, Certainty, Mystery, Principles, Pursuit, Terror)
"All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Childhood, Trifles, Years)
"If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Effort, Joy, Pursuit, Zest)
"It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit."
- Antoine Rivarol
(Related: Mystery, Pursuit)
"I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, People, Goal, Force, Labor, Mankind, Population, Pursuit)
"We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Government, Happiness, Liberty, Pursuit)
"Today, we stand as a united country and are much closer to the ideals set forth in our Constitution that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Happiness, Men, Life, Constitution, Country, Rights, Ideals, Liberty, Pursuit, Today, United)
"In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art."
(Related: Art, Action, Being, May, Name, Opinion, Pursuit)
"If you watch Olivier's interviews, he has this reptilian tongue; it seems too big for his mouth. My pursuit of that became distracting, so I let it go. The thrill was finding the right pair of glasses."
- Julian Sands
(Related: Pursuit, Right, Tongue)
"I and my colleagues here have been engaged in the pursuit of knowledge."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Knowledge, Pursuit)
"When I was young my Father used to tell me that the two most worthwhile pursuits in life were the pursuit of truth and of beauty and I believe that Alfred Nobel must have felt much the same when he gave these prizes for literature and the sciences."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Beauty, Life, Father, Truth, Literature, Prizes, Pursuit)
"Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Art, Life, Science, Improvement, Senses, Students)
"Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for international terrorist organizations, and abhorrent human rights practices pose one of the greatest threats to global security."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Pursuit, Security, Support, Weapons)
"I am not politically correct. I am all about the facts, I am all about the truth and I am all about Godly pursuits and what this country was built on, and I am not apologetic about it."
- Luke Scott
(Related: Truth, Country, Facts)
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Knowledge, Pursuit, Want)
"Saddam Hussein has been tenacious in his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and, unless he is removed from power, he will eventually harm our nation and our allies. Every moment we delay allows him to grow stronger."
- Richard Shelby
(Related: Power, Delay, Destruction, Harm, Nation, Pursuit, Weapons, Will)
"For the division of labor demands from the individual an ever more one-sided accomplishment, and the greatest advance in a one-sided pursuit only too frequently means dearth to the personality of the individual."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Accomplishment, Labor, Personality, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it."
- Carrie P. Snow
(Related: Happiness, Pursuit)
"Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch."
- Raymond Sokolov
"Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded."
- Herbert Spencer
"It is an endless and frivolous Pursuit to act by any other Rule than the Care of satisfying our own Minds in what we do."
- Richard Steele
(Related: Act, Care, Pursuit)
"Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Men, Pursuit, Rest)
"We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Equality, Idea, Chance, Pursuit, Schools)
"The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war - faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Peace, War, Romance, Civilization, Action, Aristocracy, Chivalry, Old)
"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Knowledge, Mistakes)
"You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me."
- Donald Sutherland
(Related: Work, Talent, Truth, Fortune, Hard work, Pursuit)
"Technique is the basis of every pursuit. If you're a sportsman or you're a singer or a swimmer, well that comes under sport but you have to develop a basic technique to know what you're doing at any given time."
- Joan Sutherland
(Related: Time, Pursuit)
"The pursuit of happiness is in our Constitution. We're all entitled to have the best we can."
- Loretta Swit
(Related: Happiness, Constitution, Pursuit)
"Everything depends on a good job - strong families, strong communities, the pursuit of the American dream, and a tax base to support schools for our kids and services for our seniors."
- Bob Taft
(Related: Dream, American, Tax, Job, Kids, Pursuit, Schools, Support)
"When drawings of the main buildings I have designed in the last five years are juxtaposed, the fact that they all involve the pursuit of certain configurations is obvious to anyone."
- Yoshio Taniguchi
(Related: Fact, Obvious, Pursuit, Years)
"Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Business, Successful, Pleasure, Pursuit)
"There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Nature, Bees)
"Whatever pursuit you undertake, the requirements should start with a love of what it is that you are pursuing."
- Bill Toomey
(Related: Love, Pursuit)
"A man's love, till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it, is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Marriage, Love, Difficulty, Duty, Feeling, Man, Pursuit)
"I'm in pursuit of what cannot be achieved: perfection."
- Andrew Vachss
(Related: Perfection, Pursuit)
"Not considering this opening worthy of more attention, I continued our pursuit to the Northwest, being desirous to embrace the advantages of the prevailing breeze."
- George Vancouver
(Related: Attention, Being, Pursuit)
"In the end, my pursuit of the elusive New York State driver's license became about much more than a divorced woman's learning to drive for the first time."
- Suzanne Vega
(Related: Time, End, First, Learning, Pursuit, State, Woman)
"The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's all. It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Happiness, Life, Charity, Constitution, Rights, Liberty, Pursuit)
"The insane pursuit of the holy grail of a balanced budget in the end is going to drive the economy into a depression."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Depression, Economy, End, Pursuit)
"While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Happiness, Life, Time, God, Habit, Liberty, Pursuit)
"It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Happiness, Fulfillment, Pursuit)
"As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Time, Day, Destiny, Persistence, Pursuit, Will)
"If this is not done, future ages will certainly look back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: People, Wealth, Blind, Future, Pursuit, Will)
"The IRA has abandoned its armed struggle in pursuit of its goals by political means. This must be fully acknowledged. Continued challenge does nothing but obstruct and inhibit the peace process."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Peace, Goals, Challenge, Nothing, Pursuit, Struggle)
"I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Happiness, Play, Pursuit)
"It is rather hard to be accused of shiftlessness and idleness when the accuser closes the avenue of labour and industrial pursuits to us."
- George H. White
"The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement."
- George Will
(Related: Improvement, Perfection, Pursuit)
"Women have seldom sufficient employment to silence their feelings; a round of little cares, or vain pursuits frittering away all strength of mind and organs, they become naturally only objects of sense."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Women, Feelings, Strength, Mind, Sense, Silence)
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Nature, Knowledge, Example, Man, Pursuit, Will, World)
"I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Happiness, Life, Sex, Liberty, Pursuit, Right)
"There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Intelligence, Idea, Country, Man, Mind, Opinions, Pursuit, Woman)