Quotations on Tension

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There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If 'Pi' didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If 'Requiem for a Dream' didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'.
- Darren Aronofsky
(Keywords: Work, Idea, Dream, Career, Pressure, Tension, Wonder)

There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
- Gregory Bateson
(Keywords: Energy, Explanations, Prose, Tension, Wrong)

The tension I feel is the moment they say, 'Action!' Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment.
- Annette Bening
(Keywords: Movies, Tension, Want)

But, in addition, there is, all through the tragedy, a constant alternation of rises and falls in this tension or in the emotional pitch of the work, a regular sequence of more exciting and less exciting sections.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Work, Tension, Tragedy)

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
- George Burns
(Keywords: Key, Longevity, Stress, Tension, Worry)

I don't think that there are very many good writers who don't live without a sense of tension. If they haven't got one immediately available to them, then they usually manage to manufacture it in their private lives.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: Sense, Tension, Writers)

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.
- Angela Davis
(Keywords: Time, Work, Desire, Tension, Will)

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Tension, Waiting, World)

Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves if they don't feel completely comfortable.
- Peter Farrelly
(Keywords: Actors, Confidence, Feeling, Stress, Tension, Want)

In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
- Adam Ferguson
(Keywords: Rights, Pretension, State)

In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Keywords: Faith, Hope, Deep, Desire, Economics, Pretension, Respectability)

In the end, it's acting, it's not real. But every director will tell you that you have to create conditions that create tension, because tension is what makes drama feel real.
- Paul Greengrass
(Keywords: Acting, Drama, End, Tension, Will)

The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem. It's not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing. For me, it's an interesting tension between interior and exterior.
- Marilyn Hacker
(Keywords: Pleasure, Tension, Writing)

When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker
(Keywords: Poetry, Tension, Words, Writer)

The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility; it is during times of tension, turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested.
- Mike Honda
(Keywords: Constitution, Tension, Terrorism, Tragedy, Tranquility)

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
- Leon Kass
(Keywords: Tension, World)

Everybody who runs a Web site knows we're not assured of compatibility, and we could end up with a split.
- Guy Laliberte
(Keywords: Change, Power, Society, Financial, Care, Garden, Pretension, Will, World)

I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world. To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.
- Zack de la Rocha
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Tension, World)

So much tension around here in New York. They want to fine you for every little thing you do.
- Latrell Sprewell
(Keywords: Tension, Want)

Because of the tension and difficulty, I remember trying to do the silliest things when we weren't rolling cameras, anything to lift the spirits. But once on set, it was important to have full concentration.
- Madeleine Stowe
(Keywords: Difficulty, Spirits, Tension, Trying)









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