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Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

    Author: A. E. Housman

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.

    Author: A. R. Ammons

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.

    Author: Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be, "No."

    Author: Aaron Copland

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation.

    Author: Abdallah II

I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity.

    Author: Abdelaziz Bouteflika

All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion.

    Author: Abdurrahman Wahid

I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it.

    Author: Abdurrahman Wahid

A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.

    Author: Abigail Adams

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.

    Author: Abraham Maslow

He leaned about the same way in falling towards Jacqueline, forward, down towards the bottom of the car.

    Author: Abraham Zapruder

I got off the abutment and walked towards my office.

    Author: Abraham Zapruder

Have all the hopes of ages come to naught? Is life no more with noble meaning fraught?

    Author: Ada Cambridge

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band. We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.

    Author: Adam Rich

I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that.

    Author: Adam Rich

Since an early age I was taught to be very politically aware and knew from childhood that the process was something I wanted to contribute towards if I could.

    Author: Adam Rickitt

And in this community, as in all others, the Golden Rule still applies - we must be act toward other nations as we would have them act towards America.

    Author: Adam Schiff

Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth, America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation's progress towards the realization of his dream.

    Author: Adam Schiff

Everyone's just extracting meaning and feeling and emotion from almost every aspect of music, and I think that for me, it's a huge antidote to that to have a concept album.

    Author: Aimee Mann

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

    Author: Alan Cohen

On March 10, 1764, preliminary resolutions passed the House of Commons looking towards the Stamp Act.

    Author: Albert Bushnell Hart

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

    Author: Albert Camus

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.

    Author: Albert Camus

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

    Author: Albert Camus

The actions of the terrorist organizations, Hezbollah, in Lebanon, and Hamas, in Gaza, against Israel are unconscionable. Instead of working towards peace, these terrorist organizations have chosen to perpetuate the violence.

    Author: Alcee Hastings

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.

    Author: Aldous Huxley

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

    Author: Aldous Huxley

We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past.

    Author: Aleksander Kwasniewski

Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.

    Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society, essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to be either entirely lacking, or at best, difficult to grasp.

    Author: Alex Campbell

Even with, or perhaps, because of, this background, I have over the past few years sensed a very dramatic change in attitude on the part of Prince Edward Islanders towards the on-going rush for so-called modernization.

    Author: Alex Campbell

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries.

    Author: Alex Campbell

Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians, and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment, have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a significant attitudinal change towards our culture.

    Author: Alex Campbell

Meaning that if you live in the moment, so to speak, we play today, and tonight we're done.

    Author: Alex Van Halen

It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.

    Author: Alexander Herzen

Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others.

    Author: Alexander Herzen

You cannot limit yourself to one area of specialized craft. Instead, regardless of craft, you have to charge all forms of expression that lead to the community, to other people, with meaning.

    Author: Alexander Kluge

Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.

    Author: Alfred Adler

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.

    Author: Alfred Adler

The acts of the human race on the world's stage have doubtless a coherent unity, but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be visible only to the eye of God, until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man.

    Author: Alfred de Vigny

This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.

    Author: Alfred Hitchcock

All labour is directed towards producing some effect.

    Author: Alfred Marshall

In common use almost every word has many shades of meaning, and therefore needs to be interpreted by the context.

    Author: Alfred Marshall

I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether.

    Author: Alfred North Whitehead

You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this.

    Author: Alice Hoffman

When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults.

    Author: Alison Bechdel

This awareness instills a fierce desire to protect that heritage and - in doing so - to educate Americans in the meaning and importance of our pivotal documents.

    Author: Allen Weinstein

The United States must also continue to push the United Nations Security Council for strong action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In the meantime, it is our job to take meaningful steps to eliminate the threats posed by Iran.

    Author: Allyson Schwartz

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.

    Author: Alphonse Karr

The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination - or rather, to be more exact - of the northern hemisphere's towns, fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.

    Author: Alva Myrdal

Unfortunately, the attitude of many towards the press, humanitarians included and especially government workers, is often one of suspicion, if not outright fear.

    Author: Alvin Adams

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

    Author: Anais Nin

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.

    Author: Anais Nin

Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.

    Author: Anais Nin

Happiness will come from materialism, not from meaning.

    Author: Andrei Platonov

Initially we both did a bit of everything towards making each game but as we began to hire people and the business grew we naturally went in different directions, and away from the coalface of development.

    Author: Andrew Oliver

Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.

    Author: Andy Rooney

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

    Author: Andy Warhol

The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don't know. It's woman. It's feminine. That's what the sword is about. That's the symbolic meaning of the sword.

    Author: Ang Lee

The work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint. And without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story.

    Author: Anish Kapoor

What one does in the studio is to pose a series of problems to oneself. I've got to look for some deeper meaning, for some reason for this thing to be in the world. There's enough stuff in the world.

    Author: Anish Kapoor

If we fix a goal and work towards it, then we are never just passing time.

    Author: Anna Neagle

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?

    Author: Anne Rice

I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.

    Author: Anne Stevenson

Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion - very powerful emotions. That's what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and - people identify with that.

    Author: Annie Lennox

It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.

    Author: Ansel Adams

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.

    Author: Ansel Adams

It is necessary to get a lot of men together, for the show of the thing, otherwise the world will not believe. That is the meaning of committees. But the real work must always be done by one or two men.

    Author: Anthony Trollope

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The sea has neither meaning nor pity.

    Author: Anton Chekhov

We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides.

    Author: Ariel Sharon

After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.

    Author: Aristotle Onassis

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

    Author: Aristotle Onassis

Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.

    Author: Armstrong Williams

Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.

    Author: Armstrong Williams

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

    Author: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.

    Author: Arnold Schwarzenegger

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.

    Author: Arthur Erickson

In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.

    Author: Arthur Helps

We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church, which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning, its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is.

    Author: Arthur Middleton

People come in with business plans and, I mean I know that no one is going to meet everything they say in a business plan but you got to have something to, to guide towards.

    Author: Arthur Rock

Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers - in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning.

    Author: Arvo Part

Everything I've done has been personally fun, important, and meaningful to me.

    Author: Ashley Judd

The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.

    Author: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

    Author: Auguste Rodin

I think comedy is more my instinct and more what I'm geared towards.

    Author: Austin Peck

A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.

    Author: B. R. Ambedkar

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.

    Author: Barbara de Angelis

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.

    Author: Barbara de Angelis
    Topics: Anger

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.

    Author: Barbara de Angelis

Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.

    Author: Barbara Kruger

You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

    Author: Barbara Sher

I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.

    Author: Barney Frank

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.

    Author: Barry Commoner

I vowed I would do everything I could to stop the Isle of Man counting towards the world championship. And it was stopped, so they love me in the Isle of Man.

    Author: Barry Sheene

I also had a mistaken attitude towards certain comrades.

    Author: Bela Kun

Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it, but it's not unfamiliar to you. It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.

    Author: Bell Hooks
    Topics: Death

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.

    Author: Ben Elton

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