Actual Demands

Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Actual Demands

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Machiavelli’s teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. ~ Lord Acton

It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience. ~ Murray Kempton

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. ~ Winston Churchill

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. ~ Thomas Merton

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace. ~ John Lennon

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The rich are not a contented tribe. The demands from others to share their wealth become so tiresome, so insistent, they often decide they must insulate themselves. Insulation eventually breeds a mild form of paranoia. ~ Felix Dennis

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. ~ John Adams

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. ~ Leo Tolstoy

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. ~ Anais Nin

I love my man as my fellow; but his scepter, real, or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft

I don’t make demands. I don’t tell you how it should be. I’ll give you options, and it’s up to you to select or throw ’em away. That should be the headline: If you’re insecure, don’t call. ~ Russell Crowe

Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit, no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through. ~ Germaine Greer

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up. ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn’t give enough. ~ Quentin Crisp

Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings. ~ Vicki Baum

Unconditional love is like a contry of two with no laws and no government. Which is all fine if everyone is peaceful and law abiding. In the wrong hands, though, you got looting and crime sprees, and let me tell you, the people who demand unconditional love are usually the ones who will rob and pillage and then blame you because you left your door unlocked. ~ Deb Caletti

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess. ~ Margaret Mead

Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away. ~ Dag Hammarskjold

We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself. ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride. ~ Anne-Marie Slaughter

The universe doesn’t give you what you want in your mind; it gives you what you demand with your actions. ~ Steve Maraboli

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