Quotations on Limits

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I recognize my limits but when I look around I realise I am not living exactly in a world of giants.
- Giulio Andreotti
(Keywords: Giants, Limits, Living, World)

Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.
- James Baldwin
(Keywords: Life, Europe, Limits, Possibilities, Sense, Tragedy, Word)

It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
- James Baldwin
(Keywords: Music, America, Americans, Limits, Sentimentality, Understanding)

I believe that being an actress or being involved in a movie has to be a life experience, otherwise why go for it? I have to change me, and I have to learn things, and I have to push me and my limits. By acting, I find a freedom inside of a prison in a way.
- Juliette Binoche
(Keywords: Change, Life, Experience, Acting, Being, Freedom, Limits, Prison)

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Nature, Limits, Trifle)

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: Life, Limits, Possibilities, Today, Tomorrow)

As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on campaign spending violated the First Amendment, but it accepted the $1,000 limit on individual contributions on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Appearance, Corruption, Court, First, Limits, Speech)

One camp accepts the Court's limits on contributions but urges the reinstatement of spending caps - even if this requires a constitutional amendment subjecting political speech, if not pornography, to government regulation.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Government, Court, Limits, Pornography, Speech)

The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Law, Limits, Public, Will)

If laws acting upon private interests can not always be avoided, they should be confined within the narrowest limits, and left wherever possible to the legislatures of the States.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Acting, Laws, Limits, states)

In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times.
- Michael Burgess
(Keywords: People, Compassion, Evil, Freedom, Limits, Value)

People with deep faith and big hearts are concerned, as I am about the circumstance that Ms. Schiavo is in. I want them to know I will do what I can, but there are limits to what any particular person - irrespective of the title they currently hold - can do.
- Jeb Bush
(Keywords: Faith, People, Circumstance, Deep, Limits, Want, Will)

The best advice is to take it easy, respect speed limits and do not try to make up time lost in the tailbacks on the open road.
- Emma Caulfield
(Keywords: Time, Advice, Limits, Open, Respect, Road)

Commissions suit me. They set limits. Jean Marais dared me to write play in which he would not speak in the first act, would weep for joy in the second and in the last would fall backward down a flight of stairs.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Act, First, Joy, Limits, Play, Stairs)

Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say?
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Lady, Language, Limits, Writing)

Computer modelling for weather forecasting, and indeed for climate forecasting, has reached its limits.
- Piers Corbyn
(Keywords: Climate, Computer, Limits, Weather)

We have for too long put vast oil and natural gas reserves off limits to exploration and production, as The Washington Post editorial stated this week.
- Jim Costa
(Keywords: Exploration, Limits, Oil, Post, Production, Washington)

If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence, and asks from life only what such an existence can give, the higher values of life at once disappear.
- Christopher Dawson
(Keywords: Life, Values, Existence, Limits, Man)

The existence of inherent limits of experience in no way settles the question about the subordination of facts of the human world to our knowledge of matter.
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Keywords: Experience, Knowledge, Existence, Facts, Limits, Question, World)

Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits.
- Elizabeth Drew
(Keywords: Democracy, Limits, Understanding)

It's a lot easier to see, at least in some cases, what the long-term limits of the possible will be, because they depend on natural law. But it's much harder to see just what path we will follow in heading toward those limits.
- K. Eric Drexler
(Keywords: Law, Limits, Will)

Training of female athletes is so new that the limits of female possibility are still unknown.
- Katherine Dunn
(Keywords: Possibility, Athletes, Limits, Training)

Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
- Buddy Ebsen
(Keywords: Fiction, Limits, Value, Writing)

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Genius, Difference, Limits, Stupidity)

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
- Pliny the Elder
(Keywords: Fear, Grief, Limits, May)

I'd like to be a geneticist to be honest, but there are limits to what I can do now. For my dream to come true I'd have to be 20 years old again, heading off to a blue chip university.
- Adam Faith
(Keywords: Dream, Limits, Now, Old, University, Years)

Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.
- Geoffrey Fisher
(Keywords: People, Enemies, Freedom, Limits, Press, Song, Will)

It is extremely dangerous to talk about limits or borders. It is vital, instead, that we remain completely open, that we are always involved, and that we aim to contribute personally in social events.
- Dario Fo
(Keywords: Events, Limits, Open, Talk)

God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Keywords: God, Limits, Mortality, Possibilities)

A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Compromise, Expression, Limits, Perfection, Practice)

In the early 1930s, flying from England to Australia was the longest flight in the world. It was considered extremely dangerous and hazardous, pushing pilots to the limits of mechanical skills and human endurance. Aviation was young.
- Mary Garden
(Keywords: Aviation, Endurance, EnglFlying, Limits, World)

I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible.
- Todd Gitlin
(Keywords: Work, Circumstances, Limits, Opposition)

Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.
- Baltasar Gracian
(Keywords: Talent, People, Day, Expectations, Limits, Novelty)

It puts limits on criminals' rights to destroy unborn children without the permission of the woman.
- Lindsey Graham
(Keywords: Children, Rights, Limits, Woman)

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Keywords: Men, Impulses, Limits, Man, World)

The progress of the natural sciences in modern times has of course so much exceeded all expectations that any suggestion that there may be some limits to it is bound to arouse suspicion.
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Keywords: Progress, Expectations, Limits, May, Suspicion)

It can hardly be denied that such a demand quite arbitrarily limits the facts which are to be admitted as possible causes of the events which occur in the real world.
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Keywords: Causes, Events, Facts, Limits, World)

Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: God, Limits, Man, Philosophy)

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
- George Jackson
(Keywords: Cowardice, Limits, Patience)

Patience has its limits, take it too far and it's cowardice.
- Holbrook Jackson
(Keywords: Cowardice, Limits, Patience)

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Action, Rights, Law, Liberty, Limits, Will)

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Keywords: Birds, Content, Existence, First, Flowers, Limits, Question)

The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the Court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people.
- Elena Kagan
(Keywords: Government, People, American, Choices, Court, Rights, Limits, Respect, Responsibility)

Caring for children is a dance between setting appropriate limits as caretakers and avoiding unnecessary power struggles that result in unhappiness.
- Charlotte Davis Kasl
(Keywords: Power, Dance, Caring, Children, Limits, Result, Unhappiness)

Managers tend to treat organizations as if they are infinitely plastic. They hire and fire, merge, downsize, terminate programs, add capacities. But there are limits to the shifts that organizations can absorb.
- Kevin Kelly
(Keywords: Fire, Limits, Managers)

If you're playing within your capability, what's the point? If you're not pushing your own technique to its own limits with the risk that it might just crumble at any moment, then you're not really doing your job.
- Nigel Kennedy
(Keywords: Job, Limits, Risk)

We will also allow state companies to sell shares to their workers and will pass a law allowing citizens to start companies of their own with no limits on the number of employees or on the firm's output.
- Vaclav Klaus
(Keywords: Employees, Law, Limits, State, Will, Workers)

The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Keywords: Love, Limits, Teaching)

Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.
- Milan Kundera
(Keywords: Fear, Delight, Exaggeration, Humility, Limits, Ridicule)

Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.
- Lillie Langtry
(Keywords: Vision, Limits, Memories, Yesterday)



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