Quotations on Sense

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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)

I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: God, Books, Free will, Sense, Surprises, Writers, Writing)

There are just certain things that turn my head. It may be a girl's sense of humor, it may be her wit, or her belief system; it could be a lot of different things.
- Jensen Ackles
(Keywords: Humor, Belief, May, Sense, Wit)

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Ability, Chance, Eye, Feeling, Mind, Practice, Sense, Sight, Will)

I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: "What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me."
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Man, Sense, Words)

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Music, Being, Nonsense, Nothing)

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: Sense, World)

You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Ruin, Sense, Want)

One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: Mind, Play, Sense, Will)

My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Father, Nonsense, Parents, Theatre)

Apprentice is the beginner - the first years you work in a craft in the European sense you are an apprentice. That takes 3 or 4 years. Then you are a journeyman. You can go from one master to another and learn other tricks and other secrets.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Work, First, Secrets, Sense, Years)

To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy; Better than the pain of thinking, Is to steep the sense in drinking.
- Alcaeus
(Keywords: Drinking, Folly, Grief, Melancholy, Pain, Sense, Thinking)

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Man, Sense, Thinking)

But though cognition is not an element of mental action, nor even in any real sense of the word an aspect of it, the distinction of cognition and conation has if properly defined a definite value.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Action, Sense, Value, Word)

The riot isn't seen in the movie, but it is alluded to. He has this one speech that gives a great sense of texture and paints a picture of what was happening in Harlem then.
- Debbie Allen
(Keywords: Riot, Sense, Speech)

You know, I think when I reflect on it, I think there's certainly a sense of history. When you have ambitions to play this game, you want to be one of the best ever, and you want to play so well and be so effective that you want people to remember your name 100 years from now.
- Marcus Allen
(Keywords: History, People, Name, Now, Play, Sense, Want, Years)

Was this an old disease, and, if so, which one? If it was new, what did that say about the state of medical knowledge? And in any case, how could physicians make sense of it?
- Peter Lewis Allen
(Keywords: Medical, Knowledge, Disease, Old, Physicians, Sense, State)

If it is widely assumed that the new President cannot move forward simply because of a narrow victory, there can easily develop a sense of unease and uncertainty, adversely affecting every sector of American society, our economy and the perception of other nations.
- Richard V. Allen
(Keywords: Society, Perception, Victory, American, Economy, Nations, President, Sense, Uncertainty)

In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which might ensue. And so they found the truth.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Truth, Action, Decision, Consequences, Doubt, Question, Sense, Spirit)

The challenge to me as a director was for the audience to see the film as going on in a straight line, so that they did not sense all of these break-ups. I did not want a film to be a collage of all these images.
- Pedro Almodovar
(Keywords: Challenge, Film, Sense, Want)

Totalitarianism is feudalism in the twelfth century sense of the word.
- Barbara Amiel
(Keywords: Sense, Word)

Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Common sense, Measure)

Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.
- Martin Amis
(Keywords: Life, Sense, Will, Writer)

I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day.
- Paul Thomas Anderson
(Keywords: Happiness, American, Day, Pride, Sense, World)

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
- Antiphanes
(Keywords: Quest, Right, Sense, Wrong)

All the characters in my films are fighting these problems, needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose, but failing to rid themselves of conscience, a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks.
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Keywords: Conscience, Fighting, Freedom, Problems, Sense, Sin, Trying)

The sense of national catastrophe is inevitably heightened in a television age, when the whole country participates in it.
- R. W. Apple, Jr.
(Keywords: Age, Country, Sense, Television)

Our sense of worth, of well-being, even our sanity depends upon our remembering. But, alas, our sense of worth, our well-being, our sanity also depend upon our forgetting.
- Joyce Appleby
(Keywords: Sanity, Sense, Worth)

Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war.
- Aristophanes
(Keywords: Men, War, Building, Cities, Enemies, Friends, Sense, Ships)

Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: Anger, Guilt, Sense, Skin, Years)

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Work, Idea, Act, Artist, Sense, Will)

In a world of prayer, we are all equal in the sense that each of us is a unique person, with a unique perspective on the world, a member of a class of one.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Class, Perspective, Prayer, Sense, World)

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination.
- Frank Auerbach
(Keywords: Imagination, Work, People, Beginning, Magic, Sense, Will)

Spirituality is indeed the master key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinitive is native to it.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Key, Mind, Sense, Spirituality)

If you look at the themes that he struck from the minute he started running for president through today, there is a very high level of consistency, and there is a sense that he is who he is. Obama's governing is completely consistent with the way he campaigned and the themes on which he campaigned, the issues he highlighted, the vision he shared.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: Consistency, Vision, President, Running, Sense, Today)

I believed in myself, and I've always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Artist, Sense, Word)

Well, if you look at all of the cultures in America, this is a great opportunity for us to really get acquainted with the rest of the world. America is the only place you can do that, but we don't have sense enough to take advantage of that.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Opportunity, America, Rest, Sense, World)

The question whether the long effort to put an end to war can succeed without another major convulsion challenges not only our minds but our sense of responsibility.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: War, Effort, End, Question, Responsibility, Sense, Succeed)

A dark and terrible side of this sense of community of interests is the fear of a horrible common destiny which in these days of atomic weapons darkens men's minds all around the globe.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Men, Fear, Community, Destiny, Sense, Weapons)

The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Time, Greed, Needs, Sense, Want, Writer)

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Hate, Pain, Sense, Will)

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)

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: Technology, People, Information, Potential, Sense, Want)

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
- Albert Bandura
(Keywords: Life, People, Obstacles, Order, Self, Sense, Struggle, Succeed)

I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
- Benjamin Banneker
(Keywords: Gratitude, African, Race, Sense, Universe)

When I see myself at 14 years old I can put my hands on my head and think: 'How could I have done that?' but at that time it had sense for me. You do the same when you're 20. And now, when you look at people who are 20 years old you ask yourself: 'Was I like that? Was I really like that?'
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Time, People, Now, Old, Sense, Years)

A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same.
- Djuna Barnes
(Keywords: Idea, Identity, Man, Sense, Wrong)

That men should live honestly, quietly, and comfortably together, it is needful that they should live under a sense of God's will, and in awe of the divine power, hoping to please God, and fearing to offend Him, by their behaviour respectively.
- Isaac Barrow
(Keywords: Men, Power, God, Sense, Will)

If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Time, Being, Fortune, Right, Sense, Wrong, Yield)



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