Quotations on Circumstances

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There are some circumstances in which the First Amendment interest comes up against another interest that is really important and in which we have to make a decision in a particular case as to which is more important.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Decision, Circumstances, First, Interest)

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Men, Circumstances, Enemies)

Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.
- Mario Andretti
(Keywords: Goal, Cause, Circumstances, May, Sight)

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Age, Life, Circumstances, Meaning)

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Life, Accidents, Circumstances, Dignity, Grace, Man)

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much. Circumstances affect it so much.
- Derek Bailey
(Keywords: Music, Circumstances, Theory)

There are movies that require fantasy and slightly more fantastical acting. Lines that are good for certain movies, in real life circumstances, would be absolutely unbelievable things to really say, and you would look at these people like they're freaks for conversing that way. But somehow for certain styles of movies, it works, and it seems fine.
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Life, Movies, People, Acting, Circumstances, Fantasy)

It must inquire not merely about the circumstances of the time in general, but in particular about the writer's position with regard to these things, the interests and motives, the leading ideas of his literary activity.
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Keywords: Time, Ideas, Circumstances, Leading, Literary, Motives, Writer)

Across the country military families are facing dire financial circumstances due to longer than expected tours of duties. They are being penalized for their patriotism - no one should have to choose between doing right by their country and doing right by their families.
- Evan Bayh
(Keywords: Patriotism, Financial, Being, Circumstances, Country, Military, Right)

The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Stephen Bayley
(Keywords: Ability, Circumstances, Man, Tradition, Value)

You need education. You need subsistence protection. We need jobs and social security. These are preconditions under which it will perhaps be possible to deal with these complex circumstances.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Education, Circumstances, Jobs, Protection, Security, Will)

I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: Government, War, Circumstances, Parliament, Support)

However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: Idea, Abortion, Choice, Circumstances, Woman)

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Ambition, Circumstances, Thinking)

Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
- George Boole
(Keywords: Change, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Certainty, Circumstances, Expectation, Theory)

Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day.
- Daniel Boone
(Keywords: Life, Circumstances, Country, Day, Events, First, Public, Satisfaction, Will)

Our live set's become increasingly complex recently; we've been doing stuff that's been vastly too much information for most people to deal with and I think it's quite interesting watching how people behave in those situations, under those circumstances.
- Sean Booth
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Information)

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
- Omar N. Bradley
(Keywords: Life, Decision, Act, Acting, Circumstances, Mind)

There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.
- Anita Brookner
(Keywords: Hope, Circumstances, Energy, Moments)

We are constantly being put to the test by trying circumstances and difficult people and problems not necessarily of our own making.
- Terry Brooks
(Keywords: People, Being, Circumstances, Problems, Trying)

You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: Change, Goals, Circumstances, Present)

Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives, and the hasty impress of an accident is too often regarded as the relentless decree of all ordaining fate.
- Olympia Brown
(Keywords: Accident, Circumstances, Fate, Majority)

Under the circumstances, may I suggest another means of encouraging probity in elective office. I refer to term limitations, which can serve ends beyond that of saving congressional souls.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Encouraging, Circumstances, Limitations, May, Office)

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Society, Policy, Being, Circumstances, Departure, Justice, Lies, Suspicion)

Men seek for vocabularies that are reflections of reality. To this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections of reality. And any selection of reality must, in certain circumstances, function as a deflection of reality.
- Kenneth Burke
(Keywords: Men, Circumstances, End, Reality)

Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Dying)

However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbours, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account.
- Neville Chamberlain
(Keywords: War, Circumstances, May, Nation)

Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances.
- Iris Chang
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Evil, Potential)

These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.
- Jacques Chirac
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Justification, Name, Want)

Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Nature, Character, Circumstances, Habits, Heredity, Race)

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
- Confucius
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Circumstances, Generosity, Gravity, Kindness, Practice, Sincerity)

Don't get yourself in certain circumstances or instances, because it's not a good feeling to be sitting in that chair where you've got 12 people that are in control of your life. You have an opportunity to be in control of your life for yourself by the decisions that you make.
- Puff Daddy
(Keywords: Life, People, Opportunity, Control, Circumstances, Decisions, Feeling)

The constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.
- David Davis
(Keywords: War, Men, Peace, People, Circumstances, Constitution, Law, Protection, states, United)

It has pleased and interested me to see how I could get along under difficult circumstances and with so much discomfort but as I say I was not sent out here to improve my temper or my health or to make me more content with my good things in the East.
- Richard H. Davis
(Keywords: Health, Circumstances, Content, Temper)

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Men, Circumstances, Man)

Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances.
- Christopher Dodd
(Keywords: Ability, American, Chance, Circumstances, Effort, Freedom, Gender, Privacy, Race, Will)

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will-whatever we may think.
- Lawrence Durrell
(Keywords: Artists, Circumstances, May, Will)

Any time you put a cast like this in compromising circumstances or shake it up a little bit, I think we're all pretty close so we draw on real emotion.
- George Eads
(Keywords: Time, Circumstances, Emotion, Pretty)

In sum, thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act.
- Jacques Ellul
(Keywords: Men, Women, Thought, Act, Circumstances, Reflection)

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Men, Inspiration, Circumstances, Fact, Passion)

A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
- Marshall Field
(Keywords: Opportunity, Control, Circumstances, Exercise, Judgment, Man)

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Change, Heart, Circumstances, Joy, Tongue)

I work with the options I have in front of me and my reasons for choosing a job can vary enormously depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I take a job because it's a group of people I'm dying to work with, and sometimes it can be a desire to shake things up a bit and not to take myself too seriously.
- Colin Firth
(Keywords: Work, People, Circumstances, Desire, Dying, Job, Options)

Whether you're winning or losing, it is important to always be yourself. You can't change because of the circumstances around you.
- Cotton Fitzsimmons
(Keywords: Change, Winning, Circumstances, Losing)

It was hard enough to drive those heavy old cars back then under normal circumstances, but with a crazed monkey clawing you at the same time, it becomes nearly impossible!
- Tim Flock
(Keywords: Time, Circumstances, Old)

In a way, the American side descended to Saddam's level, which happens often in these types of circumstances. That is why the people in Iraq do not accept the current state of affairs.
- Dario Fo
(Keywords: People, American, Circumstances, Iraq, State)

If all Europe lies flat while the Russian mob tramps over it, we will then be faced with a war under difficult circumstances, and with a very good chance of losing it.
- James Forrestal
(Keywords: War, Chance, Circumstances, Europe, Lies, Losing, Mob, Will)

I think there's great potential for autonomy, but we have to remember that we live in a world where people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances.
- Thomas Frank
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Free will, May, Potential, World)

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl
(Keywords: Attitude, Circumstances, Man, Woman)

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Heaven, Improvement, Information, Leisure, Man, Respect)



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