Quotations on Balance

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Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Balance, Commitment, Sense, Writing)

The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals; but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Age, Balance, Individuality, Morals, Nothing, Welfare)

This hiatus coming up I'm looking at a comedy because I need the balance.
- Khandi Alexander
(Keywords: Balance, Comedy)

There's always more demands than there's time to meet them, so it's constantly a matter of trying to balance them.
- Marc Andreessen
(Keywords: Time, Balance, Trying)

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Women, Balance, Moments, Self, Solitude)

It sounds extraordinary but it's a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading.
- Mary Archer
(Keywords: Balance, Fact, Reading)

I do think the heart can balance out the mind, if your heart is in a good place it can give you the strength to do the right thing and behave the right way and overcome the mind.
- Alexis Arguello
(Keywords: Heart, Strength, Balance, Mind, Right)

That said, the question remains: how to strike the balance between free speech and mutual respect in this mixed-up world, both blessed and cursed with instant communication? We should not fight fire with fire, threats with threats.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Balance, Communication, Fight, Fire, Free speech, Question, Respect, World)

The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Balance, Mind, Sanity, Unity)

Naturally, business and pleasure can be readily combined, but a certain balance should exist, and the latter should not predominate over the former.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Business, Balance, Pleasure)

Demography is changing us as we are older societies, we're living longer. How the generations balance each other out, how that affects education and health care.
- Howard Baker
(Keywords: Education, Health, Balance, Care, Generations, Living)

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Action, Balance, Man, Order, Thinking)

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Success, Ideas, Failure, Balance, Compromise, Consciousness, Feeling, Rivalry)

The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does.
- Maurice Barres
(Keywords: Balance, Saying)

The budget enforcement rules of the 1990s were an important part of getting the budget back into balance. It was done on a bipartisan basis. Those pay-as-you-go rules were tested and they worked. We are now in a one-party system, and we have thrown them out.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: Balance, Now, Rules)

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Balance, Conceit, Modesty, Popularity)

We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet. In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven't invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven't even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us.
- Michael Bennett
(Keywords: Balance, Debt, Grandparents, Nothing, Waste)

But because it was able to balance that kind of humor with a sweet story and characters you really rooted for and also got across the girls' point of view, I've heard nothing but great things from younger and older females as well.
- Jason Biggs
(Keywords: Humor, Balance, Girls, Nothing)

Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art.
- Max Bill
(Keywords: Art, Work, Nature, Artists, Balance, Harmony)

The cold harsh reality is that we have to balance the budget.
- Michael Bloomberg
(Keywords: Balance, Reality)

Our community is like many around the country that have, as the gentleman from New York referenced, sophisticated planning and zoning regulations. These are elements that are developed as a result of local community pressure to balance interests.
- Earl Blumenauer
(Keywords: Balance, Community, Country, Gentleman, Planning, Pressure, Result)

Our oil problems are only going to get worse. Our trade balance is only going to get worse. So we have to slow the growth of U.S. oil consumption, particularly imported oil consumption.
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Keywords: Growth, Balance, Oil, Problems, Trade)

I think that the balance needs to be restored, and I would note that in the camp in which I am in, one finds libraries, universities, the Internet industry, the manufacturers of digital media, and consumers.
- Rick Boucher
(Keywords: Balance, Internet, Libraries, Media, Needs)

With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance, it is not good enough to simply roll the dice, hoping a nominee has changed his past views. It's not good enough to think, 'This is the best we can expect from this president'.
- Barbara Boxer
(Keywords: Balance, Rights, Past, President)

I don't personally see my work as being dark. What interests me is a balance between light and dark.
- Carter Burwell
(Keywords: Work, Balance, Being, Light)

However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Balance, Being, Compassion, Connection, Delight, Doubt, Evil, Sorrow)

Investment banking has, in recent years, resembled a casino, and the massive scale of gambling losses has dragged down traditional business and retail lending activities as banks try to rebuild their balance sheets. This was one aspect of modern financial liberalisation that had dire consequences.
- Vince Cable
(Keywords: Business, Financial, Balance, Banks, Consequences, Gambling, Investment, Years)

I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense.
- Herman Cain
(Keywords: Balance, Common sense, Conservative, Senators)

I called the New World into existence, to redress the balance of the Old.
- George Canning
(Keywords: Balance, Existence, Old, World)

I want to keep audiences off balance, so they don't know who I am or how to take me. If I duck and weave, as Frank Bruno might say, I'll have a longer shelf life.
- Robert Carlyle
(Keywords: Life, Audiences, Balance, Want)

Remember Graham Green's dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back to an alienated childhood in some way or another. I know that I do.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: Balance, Childhood, Writer, Writers)

I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Balance, President, Press)

The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Nature, Power, Balance, Man)

In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
- Lord Chandos
(Keywords: Business, Agreement, Balance, Reputation, Spirit)

The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa - slightly off balance.
- Prince Charles
(Keywords: Balance, Medicine)

The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality.
- Chris Chocola
(Keywords: Business, Balance, Fact, Fiction, Income, Reality)

I said we are going to balance an $11 billion budget deficit in a $29 billion budget, so by percentage, the largest budget deficit in America, by percentage, larger than California, larger than New York, larger than Illinois. And we're going to balance that without raising taxes on the people of the state of New Jersey.
- Chris Christie
(Keywords: People, America, Balance, State, Taxes)

Today is the day for the complaining to end and for statesmanship to begin. Today I am taking action to cut state spending and balance the budget this year.
- Chris Christie
(Keywords: Action, Balance, Complaining, Day, End, State, Statesmanship, Today)

I'm afraid I'm still trying to find that balance. Especially now that everyone wants a piece of me. I find that I have to become more and more reclusive, and pick and choose when I am public and when I am private.
- Sandra Cisneros
(Keywords: Balance, Now, Public, Trying)

People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician.
- Eleanor Clift
(Keywords: Change, People, Balance, Want)

Environmental policy must strike a balance between the earth's best interests and our citizen's pressing needs.
- Jim Clyburn
(Keywords: Environmental, Policy, Balance, Earth, Needs)

I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz that the government should impose some sort of predetermined political balance on academic research.
- Juan Cole
(Keywords: Government, People, Argument, Balance, Research)

So I've broadened the fitness concept to make it one of moderation and balance.
- Kenneth H. Cooper
(Keywords: Fitness, Balance, Moderation)

The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Keywords: Happiness, Power, Balance, Day, Effort, Interest, Thinking, Vanity, Will)

Being on your own would be sad, sick and weird. I don't trust myself. I need that balance.
- Daniel Craig
(Keywords: Trust, Balance, Being)

The balance of evidence both from the cell-free system and from the study of mutation, suggests that this does not occur at random, and that triplets coding the same amino acid may well be rather similar.
- Francis Crick
(Keywords: Balance, May, Study)

We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.
- Davy Crockett
(Keywords: Sympathy, Act, Balance, Injustice, Living, Respect)

Can they do both? That's a huge balance, I think, with kids- trying to find the right- it's everything, you know, it's social life, it's academics, it's sports.
- Joan Cusack
(Keywords: Sports, Life, Balance, Kids, Right, Trying)

We are tasked to rebuild not just a damaged economy, and a debt-ridden balance sheet, but to do so by drawing forth the best that is in our fellow citizens. If we would summon the best from Americans, we must assume the best about them. If we don't believe in Americans, who will?
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Americans, Balance, Debt, Economy, Will)

If you're writing a piece for the Boston Pops, the balance is towards one end. If you're writing a piece for a chamber music society, then it's towards another point. I won't make a final answer on that. I think it changes with every piece.
- Peter Maxwell Davies
(Keywords: Music, Society, Balance, Boston, End, Writing)



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