Quotations on Circumstances

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This is really high on the priority list of tribal concerns. This is a cash cow in many circumstances, and tribes are concerned about protection of tribal assets.
- Jack Abramoff
(Keywords: Circumstances, Protection)

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 do not make the man, they reveal him.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Circumstances, Man)

Circumstances do not determine a man, they reveal him.
- James Lane Allen
(Keywords: Circumstances, Man)

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)

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Circumstances, Justice, Man, Mind, Rectitude)

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)

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Circumstances, May)

A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Keywords: Circumstances, Smiles)

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)

I always felt myself to be an unlucky person like Donald, who is a victim of so many circumstances. But there isn't a person in the United States who couldn't identify with him. He is everything, he is everybody; he makes the same mistakes that we all make.
- Carl Barks
(Keywords: Circumstances, Mistakes, states, United)

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: Circumstances, Night)

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)

It may be an extreme example brought about by abnormal circumstances - but the criteria of human rights kick in, surely, precisely when the conditions are extreme and the situation is abnormal.
- Breyten Breytenbach
(Keywords: Circumstances, Example, Extreme, Rights, Human rights, May)

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)

Evidence can vary depending on the circumstances, the weather, and how long it has been hanging around.
- Pat Brown
(Keywords: Circumstances, Weather)

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)

Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Circumstances, Effect, Mankind, Reality)

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)

I do not pretend to write much of a letter. You know under what circumstances I am writing.
- Joshua Chamberlain
(Keywords: Circumstances, Writing)

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)

It's never easy with characters in these dark and grave circumstances but that's my job.
- Patricia Clarkson
(Keywords: Circumstances, Grave, Job)

Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.
- Thomas Clarkson
(Keywords: Circumstances, May, Merit, Quakers, Slavery, Will)

Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Circumstances, Commerce)

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)



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