Quotations on Superiority

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Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: Society, Inferiority, Superiority, Being, Man, Woman)

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: Life, Sex, Superiority, Giving, Humanity)

We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Inferiority, Superiority, Man)

One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Change, Superiority, Wishes, Years)

People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.
- Van Wyck Brooks
(Keywords: People, Superiority, Knowledge, Breeding)

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Lie, Superiority, Compliment, Lying, Respect)

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life, and if Virtue is not its own reward, I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Life, Superiority, Virtue, Day, Opinion, Reward)

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Life, Superiority, Virtue, Day, Opinion, Reward)

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Superiority, Spiritual, Tyranny)

The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
- Leonard Cohen
(Keywords: Superiority, Sense, World)

Many characters in the novel are representative of types that exist in India. He represents the caste system in India with an air of superiority, the caste system in India and the people thinking that western things are better.
- Anita Desai
(Keywords: People, Superiority, Thinking)

What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority.
- Arthur Erickson
(Keywords: History, Superiority, Civilization, Man, Sense)

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
- Romain Gary
(Keywords: Humor, Superiority, Affirmation, Dignity, Man)

Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival.
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Keywords: Superiority, Survival)

Permanent superiority has never been realized by any nation in history. After the rise comes the fall.
- Paul Harris
(Keywords: History, Superiority, Nation)

Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
- Sydney J. Harris
(Keywords: Superiority, Egotism, Intolerance)

What a sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading some book which everyone else is reading.
- Alice James
(Keywords: Superiority, Reading, Sense)

The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.
- Henry James
(Keywords: Superiority, Man, Opinion, Woman)

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Men, People, Superiority, Being)

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.
- Charles Kuralt
(Keywords: People, Superiority, Greed, Motive)

Essentially this promise before curse, this superiority of God's love in Christ, must come from the Bible.
- Walter Lang
(Keywords: Love, Superiority, God, Bible, Christ, Promise)

The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
- George Henry Lewes
(Keywords: Superiority, Mind)

The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Keywords: Superiority, Ability, Man)

The sun as the expression of old world energy is torn down from the heavens by modern man, who by virtue of his technological superiority creates his own energy source.
- El Lissitzky
(Keywords: Superiority, Virtue, Energy, Expression, Man, Old, Sun, World)

A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Keywords: Superiority, Honesty, Humility, Sarcastic)

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.
- Orison Swett Marden
(Keywords: Superiority, Difference, Infinite, Mediocrity, Right, Wrong)

I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority.
- Peter Matthiessen
(Keywords: Inferiority, Superiority, Fiction)

The principal axiom in their theory was: Everything can be proved, and everything can be disproved; and in the process, one must profit as much from the folly of others, and from his own superiority, as he can.
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Keywords: Superiority, Folly, Profit, Theory)

The French were generous in giving us assistance in corps and army artillery, with its personnel, and we were confident from the start of our superiority over the enemy in guns of all calibers.
- Kelly Miller
(Keywords: Superiority, Army, Enemy, Giving)

The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality.
- Ashley Montagu
(Keywords: Women, Superiority, Fact, Reality)

Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir
(Keywords: Humor, Superiority, Jokes, Pursuit, Solitude, Wit)

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" - a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.
- Camille Paglia
(Keywords: Power, Thought, Superiority, Delusion, Democrats, Freedom, Needs, Party, Speech, Wishes, Word)

The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Beauty, Superiority, Wealth, Fame, Possession)

The Jesuits had learned that a Christian mission to China could never succeed if it were not in a position to show and convince the Chinese intelligentsia of the superiority of the European culture.
- Hu Shih
(Keywords: Superiority, Christian, Culture, Mission, Succeed)

All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.
- Peter Singer
(Keywords: Superiority, Animals, Arguments, Man, Suffering)

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith
(Keywords: Superiority, Ambition, Desire, Leading, Man, Speech)

If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.
- Alexander Smith
(Keywords: Death, Nature, Superiority, Man, May, Race)

It is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals who inhabit the earth with him, and consequently no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil.
- James Smithson
(Keywords: Happiness, Superiority, Knowledge, Greatness, Animals, Earth, Error, Evil, Ignorance, Loss, Man)

All sensible Army people turned gas warfare down as being utterly insane since, in view of your superiority in the air, it would not be long before it would bring the most terrible catastrophe upon German cities, which were completely unprotected.
- Albert Speer
(Keywords: People, Superiority, Army, Being, Cities)

It should seem, then, that the nature of society dictates another, a higher branch, whose superiority arises from its being the interested and natural conservator of the universal interest.
- Ezra Stiles
(Keywords: Nature, Society, Superiority, Being, Interest)

Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority.
- Kim Il sung
(Keywords: Superiority, Defeat, Will)

The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism. Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority.
- Kim Il Sung
(Keywords: War, People, Superiority, Defeat, Hate, Will)

What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan
(Keywords: Women, Superiority, Contrast, England, Slavery, Writers)

Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.
- George Washington
(Keywords: Superiority, Discipline, Army, Neglect, Nothing, Numbers, Service)

Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Keywords: Men, Women, Sex, Superiority, Fact)

The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.
- Carter G. Woodson
(Keywords: Inferiority, Superiority, Gifts, Race)









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