Quotes and Sayings about Tension



"Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit."
- Freda Adler
(Related: Power, Crime)

"Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality."
- Edward Albee
(Related: People, Character, Personality)

"Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated: extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Laws, Poems)

"My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process."
- Tadao Ando
(Related: Thinking)

"I must say to you that my intensions for instance doing German, it is because Victoria de los Angeles is nothing to do with wanting to be like a German singer."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Nothing)

"There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If 'Pi' didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If 'Requiem for a Dream' didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Work, Idea, Dream, Career, Pressure, Tension, Wonder)

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

"Extension work is not exhortation. Nor is it exploitation of the people, or advertising of an institution, or publicity work for securing students. It is a plain, earnest, and continuous effort to meet the needs of the people on their own farms and in the localities."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Work, People, Advertising, Effort, Exploitation, Needs, Publicity, Students)

"We worked very hard to make extensions very simple."
- Mitchell Baker
"The privilege of ruling would be in the hands of the skilled and the learned, with a wide scope left for profitable crooked deals carried on by the Jews, who would be attracted by the enormous extension of the international speculations of the national banks."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Banks, Deals, Privilege)

"Gentlemen, I fervently trust that before long the principle of arbitration may win such confidence as to justify its extension to a wider field of international differences."
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Related: Trust, Confidence, Gentlemen, May)

"A State which has universal suffrage and a wide extension of the jury franchise, must qualify the people by education to rightly exercise the great powers with which they are invested."
- Edmund Barton
(Related: Education, People, Exercise, Jury, State)

"There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Energy, Explanations, Prose, Tension, Wrong)

"According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Heart, African, American, Americans, states, United, World)

"Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth."
- E. T. Bell
(Related: Science, Truth, Pretension)

"The tension I feel is the moment they say, 'Action!' Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Movies, Tension, Want)

"The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains, from imprisonment, from enslavement by others. The rest is extension of this sense, or else metaphor."
- Isaiah Berlin
(Related: Freedom, Imprisonment, Metaphor, Rest, Sense)

"Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding."
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Related: Civilization, Country, Illusion, Now, Order, Right, Tension)

"The accumulation of personal wealth and the extension of commercial transactions have developed a great and lamentable increase in certain classes of crimes, while the improvements in transport have largely facilitated the escape of fugitive criminals."
- Edward Blake
(Related: Wealth)

"If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Work, Spirit)

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

"We have had a great depression in agriculture, caused mainly by several seasons of bad harvests, and some of our traders have suffered much from a too rapid extension in prosperous years."
- John Bright
(Related: Agriculture, Depression, Seasons, Years)

"My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images."
- James Broughton
(Related: Poetry)

"Yes, politics IS war without bloodshed; and war is an extension of those politics."
- H. Rap Brown
(Related: Politics, War)

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

"If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it."
- George Burns
(Related: Key, Longevity, Stress, Tension, Worry)

"Being an actor is an extension of telling a story and I loved story telling as a child."
- Amanda Burton
(Related: Actor, Being)

"And then, when I thought about joining the Air Force, flying seemed like a natural extension of the motorcycling experience. You're going faster, higher. You're operating a machine that's a lot more powerful than you are."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: Experience, Thought, Flying, Force, Machine)

"I don't think that there are very many good writers who don't live without a sense of tension. If they haven't got one immediately available to them, then they usually manage to manufacture it in their private lives."
- John Le Carre
(Related: Sense, Tension, Writers)

"Pornography is a satire on human pretensions."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Pornography, Satire)

"Our live show is a definite experience, since it's an extension of my albums."
- Deana Carter
(Related: Experience)

"Can our mind evolve to be something other than an extension of our animal needs?"
- Julian Casablancas
(Related: Mind, Needs)

"It was clear that the special interest groups in California really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country, because that was where the racial tension was the greatest."
- Iris Chang
(Related: Country, Interest, Tension)

"To get along with me, don't increase my tension."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Tension)

"Why should I be feeling tension? It's The Daily Show."
- Rob Corddry
(Related: Feeling, Tension)

"I think it's good that people value their bodies and take care of them. I think if you cross the line and begin using your body as an asset or as an extension of your vanity, you've gone too far."
- Peter Coyote
(Related: People, Body, Care, Value, Vanity)

"I see technology as being an extension of the human body."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Technology, Being, Body)

"One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture - some might say the supremely important aspect - is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past."
- George Crumb
(Related: Culture, Past, Senses)

"Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred."
- George Crumb
(Related: Music, Culture, Sense, World)

"I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul."
- Dick Dale
(Related: Music, Anger, Soul, Frustration, Patience, Play)

"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time."
- Angela Davis
(Related: Time, Work, Desire, Tension, Will)

"I feel like my music is just an extension of my acting. I treat the songs like scenes that tell a story... it's very similar. My favorite thing is when cartoon fans show up to my live gigs! They are always the most kick-butt audience members 'cause they're not trying to act all cool like a lot of the music fans do! It's refreshing!!"
- Grey DeLisle
(Related: Music, Act, Acting, Fans, Favorite, Songs, Trying)

"I didn't like the nervous tension of being a public person."
- Andrew Denton
(Related: Being, Public, Tension)

"If you try to go beyond your interests just for the sake of pretensions or wealth, your art becomes less legitimate."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Art, Wealth)

"The problem of the environment is the extension of good housekeeping of the thinking woman."
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
(Related: Environment, Housekeeping, Thinking, Woman)

"Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Superiority)

"The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Agreement, Open, states, Tests, United, Weapons)

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

"The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Civilization, Doubt, Population, Suicide, Tension)

"The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Tension, Waiting, World)

"Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Music, Attention, Listening, Musicians, Sense, Tension)

"Throughout America's young history there has been a necessary tension between the individual and the group."
- Harold Evans
(Related: History, America, Tension)

"But I just really think there is a natural extension into other types of media because it's an excellent system for reliably locating and retrieving content."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Content, Media)

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

"The first organised opposition by women to women's suffrage in England dates from 1889, when a number of ladies led by Mrs Ward appealed against the proposed extension of the Parliamentary suffrage to women."
- Millicent Fawcett
(Related: Women, EnglFirst, Ladies, Opposition)

"In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many."
- Adam Ferguson
(Related: Rights, Pretension, State)

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

"The only result of our present system - unless we reverse the drift - must be the gradual extension of the fascist sector and the gradual disappearance of the system of free enterprise under a free representative government."
- John T. Flynn
(Related: Government, Present, Result)

"Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike."
- Margot Fonteyn
(Related: Art, Life, Mediocrity, Pretension)

"Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike."
- Margot Fonteyn
(Related: Art, Life, People, Artists, Mediocrity, Pretension)

"The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress."
- Charles Fourier
(Related: Women, Progress, Rights)

"It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they're just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax."
- Glenn Frey
(Related: Love, Movies, Action, Relax, Tension)

"It took so much of the tension out of me that my friends and family won't see me on this show."
- Jonathan Frid
(Related: Family, Friends, Tension)

"Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Acting, Actor, Day, Grave, Writer, Writing, Years)

"Tension is the great integrity."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Integrity, Tension)

"In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Faith, Hope, Deep, Desire, Economics, Pretension, Respectability)

"The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions."
- John W. Gardner
(Related: Age, Aspirations, Tension)

"The world is likely to view any temporary extension of the income tax cuts for the top two percent as a prelude to a long-term or permanent extension, and that would hurt economic recovery as well by undermining confidence that we're prepared to make a commitment today to bring down our future deficits."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Commitment, Confidence, Future, Tax, Hurt, Income, Tax cuts, Today, World)

"In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right."
- Ellen Goodman
(Related: First, Journalism, Right, Tension)

"In the end, it's acting, it's not real. But every director will tell you that you have to create conditions that create tension, because tension is what makes drama feel real."
- Paul Greengrass
(Related: Acting, Drama, End, Tension, Will)

"The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Existence)

"What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do."
- John Guare
(Related: Heart, Body, Eyes, Possibilities)

"Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need."
- David Guterson
(Related: Cities, Melancholy, Tension)

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

"The pull between sound and syntax creates a kind of musical tension in the language that interests me."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Language, Sound, Tension)

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

"Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Life, Deeds, Heaven, Hell, Intentions)

"To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Virtue, Being, Mankind, Race)

"The application of a strong magnetic field enables the measurement of the energy of the most penetrating particles to be carried out, and the method may be capable of still further extension and improvement."
- Victor Francis Hess
(Related: Energy, Improvement, May)

"What encouragement the apostle holds out to us. O my friends, that we might leave all our pretensions, and come to the truth in our own hearts."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Truth, Encouragement, Friends)

"Color is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Music, Harmony, Now, Relationships)

"The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility; it is during times of tension, turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested."
- Mike Honda
(Related: Constitution, Tension, Terrorism, Tragedy, Tranquility)

"The difference with Cleveland is that the racial tension was not a casual taste of it. It was outlandish."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Difference, Taste, Tension)

"I love music, I love all kinds of music, particularly jazz. Jazz is an extension of America. There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Love, Music, America, Country, Jazz, World)

"Whatever tension is on set can end up on your face."
- Lauren Hutton
(Related: End, Tension)

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
- Ada Louise Huxtable
(Related: Time, Belief, Clothes, Day, Right, Spirit, Summer, World)

"But due to the present regulations the other drivers have better chances again. This brings back the tension."
- Jacky Ickx
(Related: Present, Tension)

"Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement."
- Gerald Jampolsky
(Related: Love, Fear, Absence, Questions, State)

"And shooting things in a documentary style was a good way to create tension and energy without money."
- Michael Patrick Jann
(Related: Money, Energy, Style, Tension)

"As I learn more and more about the six-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it's obvious to me that NFL owners understood that they were going to get a new deal done at all costs."
- Ron Jaworski
(Related: Agreement, Obvious)

"My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am."
- Joan Jett
(Related: Guitar)

"There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Tension, World)

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

"Laughter can help relieve tension in even the heaviest of matters."
- Allen Klein
(Related: Help, Laughter, Tension)

"If you're doing an interview, you need conversational tension. After you talk to them, you're not going to have a relationship with them, they're not going to like you, they're not going to be your friend."
- Chuck Klosterman
(Related: Friend, Talk, Tension)

"The knowledge and understanding of the world which science gives us and the magnificent opportunity which it extends to us to control and use the world for the extension of our pleasure in it has never been greater than it now is."
- Polykarp Kusch
(Related: Science, Knowledge, Opportunity, Control, Pleasure, Understanding, World)

"But for me, it feels like a natural extension of what I've been doing: exploring relationships. Here you have two relationships and we can explore how difficult it is for people to be together."
- Neil LaBute
(Related: People, Relationships)

"We are in a position of financial and social power, and we could be agents of change in our society. Without pretension, I believe we could be a nice little gardener who takes care of the garden, and hopefully our neighbor will do the same. Then, maybe we'll achieve a better world."
- Guy Laliberte
(Related: Change, Power, Society, Financial, Care, Garden, Pretension, Will, World)

"We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension in black males being higher than whites, and increasing. So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times, had hypertension."
- Norman Lear
(Related: Father, Being)

"The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation."
- Tim Berners Lee
(Related: Computers, Work, People, Cooperation, Information, Meaning)

"Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible. And these monads are the true atoms of nature and, in a word, the elements of things."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Nature, Atoms, Now, Word)

"Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns."
- John Leonard
(Related: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Machine, Tension)

"The real harm of term extension comes not from these famous works. The real harm is to the works that are not famous, not commercially exploited, and no longer available as a result."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Famous, Harm, Result)

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

"The tension between centrality, on the one hand, and competition, on the other, is probably the oldest of all market structure issues."
- Arthur Levitt
(Related: Competition, Tension)

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

"Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension."
- Joshua L. Liebman
(Related: Life, Maturity, Tension)

"The tensions are always based on financial resources. Something like film is very problematic because it is viewed as an art form and also as an industry with a pure commercial base."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Art, Financial, Film)

"As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Education, Goals, Agriculture, Democracy, Direction, Tension)

"I am really chained to my computer these days so I work in my bedroom, which is a room I have worked in for years and years. It is just as much an office as a bedroom, and during the day, my bed is rather like an extension of my desk."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Work, Bed, Computer, Day, Office, Years)

"I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: Work, Act, Present, Talk, Tension)

"Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Europe, France, Identity, Mind, Now)

"Typically, students slide into debt through the extension (by credit card companies) of unaffordable credit lines."
- Robert Manning
(Related: Credit, Debt, Students)

"I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure - the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play - and inelegant emotion."
- Patrick Marber
(Related: Power, Emotion, First, Meeting, Play, Rest, Tension)

"Putting a little time aside for clean fun and good humor is very necessary to relieve the tensions of our time."
- Hattie McDaniel
(Related: Humor, Time, Fun)

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

"In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Age, Being, Consciousness, Information)

"The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Technology, Consequences, Result)

"I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Feeling, Giving, Order, Tension)

"When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist."
- Andrea Mitchell
(Related: Imagination, War, Power, Civil rights, Fire, Vietnam)

"Yet, in 1850 nearly all the railroads in the United States lay east of the Mississippi River, and all of them, even when they were physically mere extensions of one another, were separately owned and separately managed."
- John Moody
(Related: states, United)

"It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work."
- Henry Moore
(Related: Work, Mistake, Job, Tension)

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

"War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it."
- Benito Mussolini
(Related: War, Courage, Nobility, Tension)

"Many injuries and deaths can be prevented through an understanding of the dangers of power lines, electrical appliances, extension cords, and lightning."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Power, Understanding)

"One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing."
- Byron Nelson
(Related: Deep, Tension)

"Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Creativity, Enthusiasm)

"So what does a good teacher do? Create tension - but just the right amount."
- Donald Norman
(Related: Right, Tension)

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

"Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart."
- Russell Page
(Related: Heart)

"Today continuing poverty and distress are a deeper and more important cause of international tensions, of the conditions that can produce war, than previously."
- Lester B. Pearson
(Related: War, Cause, Poverty, Today)

"The true God He has extension, and form, and dimensions. He occupies space; has a body, parts, and passions; can go from place to place. He can eat, drink, and talk."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: God, Body, Space, Talk)

"The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!"
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Language)

"The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour."
- Frederic Raphael
(Related: Television)

"People are learning to feel more comfortable hearing one another's dreams. It used to be that if you told a dream in public, someone had to make a joke to relieve the tension introduced by that alternative reality."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Dreams, People, Hearing, Learning, Public, Reality, Tension)

"Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares."
- Rosser Reeves
(Related: Advertising, Economics, Force, Sales, Will)

"You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I've learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead."
- Tom Ridge
(Related: Power, People, Leadership, Decisions, Will)

"I used to build up to sensation, accumulating tension until it released a perceptual experience."
- Bridget Riley
(Related: Experience, Tension)

"Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation."
- J. M. Roberts
(Related: Authority, Respect, Taxation)

"I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world. To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice."
- Zack de la Rocha
(Related: Sacrifice, Tension, World)

"In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation."
- Anthony Sampson
(Related: America, Conversation, Journalism)

"If you walk down the street and see someone in a box, you have a choice. That person is either the other and you're fearful of them, or that person is an extension of your family. And that makes you at home in that world and not fearful. So really it's very self-serving."
- Susan Sarandon
(Related: Home, Family, Choice, Self, World)

"The centuries last passed have also given the taste important extension; the discovery of sugar, and its different preparations, of alcoholic liquors, of wine, ices, vanilla, tea and coffee, have given us flavors hitherto unknown."
- Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin
(Related: Coffee, Discovery, Taste, Tea, Wine)

"The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant."
- Friedrich Schleiermacher
(Related: Art, Mistake, Confusion, First, Possession)

"Our tools are extensions of our purposes, and so we find it natural to make metaphorical attributions of intentionality to them; but I take it no philosophical ice is cut by such examples."
- John Searle
(Related: Tools)

"I don't sit in the corner waiting for death: death has to pursue me. I'm going strong. I hope to reach 100 and ask for an extension, just like my grandmother did."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Death, Hope, Waiting)

"So when I became interested in photography and further being inspired by the work that I saw of Ansel and others, it was a natural extension to go back to these places that I knew as a kid and explore them with my camera."
- John Sexton
(Related: Work, Being, Photography)

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

"Secrecy involves a tension which, at the moment of revelation, finds its release."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Secrecy, Tension)

"The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something."
- Gene Simmons
(Related: Colors, Makeup, Personality)

"We all read news stories about the difficulties and tensions that the United States has with our allies and even with coalition partners in Iraq, but we rarely read about the good news."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Difficulties, Iraq, News, states, United)

"The natural barriers between England and Scotland were not sufficient to prevent the extension of the Saxon settlements and kingdoms across the border."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: England, Scotland)

"Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence."
- Socrates
(Related: Fear)

"I've been on sets where things weren't relaxed because someone was creating tension for no reason."
- Kevin Spacey
(Related: Reason, Tension)

"So much tension around here in New York. They want to fine you for every little thing you do."
- Latrell Sprewell
(Related: Tension, Want)

"Which I would've done 'cause I volunteered for the draft which meant that I only had to do two years. But when the Cubans had missiles in the Canal and Kennedy made the extension, I was one of the ones who had enough time to be extended."
- Edwin Starr
(Related: Time, Draft, canal, Years)

"My driver Kellie Frost and I would race these fellows home and they were always faster on the highway. We did the same with Daniel and his driver, and thus began a long series of jokes and competitions to alleviate the impossible hours and tensions this film provoked."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Home, Film, Jokes, Race)

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

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

"So it helped me to just let go of all my tensions and feelings about that world and say 'OK, this is for my fans in Japan. They'll be nice and get into it and have fun.' And it was the first record I made at my home studio."
- Matthew Sweet
(Related: Home, Feelings, Fans, First, Fun, World)

"Music is like a huge release of tension."
- James Taylor
(Related: Music, Tension)

"I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter."
- Twyla Tharp
(Related: Time, Energy, Laughter, Relax, Tension)

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

"The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Tension)

"Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music is about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away."
- Peter Tork
(Related: Music, Life)

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

"Editing is a natural extension of the collage making. It's actually one of the few areas that women were able to excel in in the film industry from the beginning."
- Rachel True
(Related: Women, Beginning, Film)

"Why do people embrace God? In my opinion, belief in God and an afterlife is a necessary extension of man's need to feel that this life does not end with what we call death."
- Robert Vaughn
(Related: Death, Life, God, People, Belief, Afterlife, End, Man, Opinion)

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

"When I introduced a black soldier, Lt. Flap, in 1971, the Stars and Stripes banned the strip. They were having racial problems and thought it would increase the tensions."
- Mort Walker
(Related: Thought, Problems, Stars)

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

"You can cut the tension with a cricket stump."
- Murray Walker
(Related: Cricket, Tension)

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

"All those predictions about how much economic growth will be created by this, all of those new jobs, would be created by the things we wanted - the extension of unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts. An estate tax for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs. A tax cut for billionaires - virtually none."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Growth, Class, Tax, Jobs, Middle class, Tax cuts, Unemployment, Will)

"They're innocent movies, and they're fun movies and there were no pretensions about 'em."
- Alex Winter
(Related: Movies, Fun)

"My music and lyrics became an extension of this Indian philosophy."
- Gary Wright
(Related: Music, Philosophy)

"I invented the cordless extension cord."
- Steven Wright