Quotation Explorer - 'Activity'

The most potent recreational activity is when we sit back and exercise our minds with great and exciting books. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Reading . . . is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual. - Jorge Luis Borges
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. - Calvin Coolidge
In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward. - Edwin P. Whipple
Exercise is medicine. Literally. Just like a pill, it reliably changes brain function by altering the activity of key brain chemicals and hormones.
Passion is a deep love for sacred activity. - Lailah Gifty Akita
It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage-earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good. - Pope Pius XI
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality... the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. - Jose Ortega y Gasset
Life is an activity with which we kill time while we wait for something, someone, or the mere passage of time to kill us. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Because normal human activity is worse for nature than the greatest nuclear accident in history. - Martin Cruz Smith
The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and sudden acquisition of wealth.
I believe that true identity is found . . . in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. Woman can best refind herself in some kind of creative activity of her own. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God. - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information; it is a creative human activity. - Stephen Jay Gould
God must become an activity in our consciousness. - Joel S. Goldsmith
We need movement, activity, as much as air and water. - Marty Rubin
Even though it is common knowledge in our field of Neuroscience, I take immense pleasure every time I realize that our perception of the whole universe emerges from the activity of the little specks of jelly inside our skull. - Abhijit Naskar
But if government is in the business of promoting what is good and suppressing the bad, that is a license for it to stick it’s nose into virtually every human activity. - John Stossel No They can t Pg 32 Threshold Editions New York New York 2012
Reading is an activity of civilized beings. - Toba Beta
Science contributes to our culture in many ways, as a creative intellectual activity in its own right, as the light which has served to illuminate man's place in the universe, and as the source of understanding of man's own nature. - John F. Kennedy
Masturbation = Imagination + Activity. Worry = Imagination + Negativity. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The most ridiculous activity of human mind is questioning. Cognition of reality surpasses both question and answer, however ingenious. - Raheel Farooq
Happiness is a state of activity. - Aristotle
All human activity is prompted by desire. - Bertrand Russell
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding. - H. H. Williams
RASCALITY, n. Stupidity militant. The activity of a clouded intellect. - Ambrose Bierce
Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. - Greg Anderson
Often success goes hand-in-hand with the sum total of sexual activity in your life. - Stephen Richards
By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. - C.S. Lewis
If I thought that what I'm doing when I write is expressing myself, I'd junk the typewriter. Writing is a much more complicated activity that that. - Susan Sontag
The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon. - Maria Montessori
Courting is an activity where a man and a woman flaunt their virtues. Dating is an activity where life exposes the other’s vices. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
We spend so much of our life in activity…we almost feel uncomfortable just being but that is huge restorative break in the wild swirl of activity around us it’s like pulling back the bow in archery like taking that big deep breath in before you dive into your day. - davidji
For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It's not the most social pastime. - Audrey Hepburn
USA corporations are legally regulated by laws which their managers know are rarely enforced. This criminal activity is what the USA government calls: Deregulation. - Steven Magee
Don't mistake activity with achievement. - John Wooden
We live in a society where interacting with government agents is apotentially hazardous activity - Steven Magee
DAY, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper -- the former devoted to sins of business, the latter consecrated to the other sort. These two kinds of social activity overlap. - Ambrose Bierce
Literature is the human activity that takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty. - Lionel Trilling
Courtship is an activity whereby one losses oneself whilst trying to win someone’s love. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Orwell wrote easily and well about small humane pursuits, such as bird watching, gardening and cooking, and did not despise popular pleasures like pubs and vulgar seaside resorts. In many ways, his investigations into ordinary life and activity prefigure what we now call 'cultural studies. - Christopher Hitchens
It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone. . . . The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment. - W. Edwards Deming
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. - Edward De Bono
The activity of love and faith is what makes heaven. - Emanuel Swedenborg
A faith that does not result in activity of any kind is a dead faith; it is empty, worthless, insincere. - Derek Prince
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. - John Updike
The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity. - Maria Montessori
The degree of panic activity in my life is equal to the degree of my lack of personal spiritual experience. - Oswald Chambers
The key to flow is to pursue an activity for its own sake, not for the rewards it brings."--(psychologist on the state of being he calls "flow") - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
But it is clear that no political activity can be encouraged by saying that progress is natural and inevitable; that is not a reason for being active, but rather a reason for being lazy. - G.K. Chesterton
It had never fully occurred to Jean Louise that she was a girl: her life had been one of reckless, pummeling activity; fighting, football, climbing, keeping up with Jem, and besting anyone her own age in any contest requiring physical prowess. - Harper Lee
A person’s own dignity is to neither compare oneself with any personality nor copy any style of any celebrity of any size of popularity, but the mimicry for earning livelihood is excluded from this activity. - Anuj Somany
Happiness comes from physical activity; sorrow from thought. - Marty Rubin
Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity. - Mortimer Adler
Some people call street lights 'Crime Lights', as they are associated with an increased level of criminal activity. - Steven Magee
You don't have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day. - Viggo Mortensen
Whenever a person is the object of your activity, remember that you may not treat that person as only the means to an end, as in instrument, but must allow for the fact that he or she, too, has or at least should have, distinct personal ends. - Pope John Paul II
The object of poetic activity is essentially language: whatever his beliefs & convictions, the poet is more concerned with words than what these words designate. - Octavio Paz
In [David] Douglas's success in life ... his great activity, undaunted courage, singular abstemiousness, and energetic zeal, at once pointed him out as an individual eminently calculated to do himself credit as a scientific traveler. - Joseph Dalton Hooker
I am persuaded that normal human beings are biologically built for an activity that is aimed toward a goal and that idleness, or aimless work (like Auschwitz's Arbeit), gives rise to suffering and to atrophy. - Primo Levi
Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. A merely well informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth. - Alfred North Whitehead
Anxiety, in short, is a conscious feeling. It can arise in a bottom-up way, driven by activity in defensive circuits or from higher processes that conceptualize worry, either about an uncertain future or about existence itself. - Joseph E. Ledoux
During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight. - Fritjof Capra
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs, therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity. - Isocrates
Happiness is activity of soul. - Aristotle
I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything. - Joyce Carol Oates
...wearing a turban of yellow, signifying knowledge, and a robe of purple, portraying purity and activity, Virchand Gandhi of Bombay delivered a lecture on the religions of India.... - The New York Times
A confident leader is like a duck. Above the water, he is calm and poised while below the water, he is driven by a flurry of focused activity. - Todd Stocker
Creation is always an act of affirmation, a lust for life or activity, a restlessness accompanied by art. That art is what pleases and invigorates and mystifies me. - Jean Moreau, Abbey of Kervennec, France
The Christian journey is truly an exciting endeavor be-cause we become eyewitnesses to the holy activity of a wonderful God in our lives on a daily basis. One of the great marvels of the faith is that we are transformed into testifiers of His strength and grace in the midst of major obstacles. - Malcolm Walls
There is time for every sacred activity under the sun. - Lailah Gifty Akita
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. - John Schaar
We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. - Indira Gandhi
The activity of loving kindness is the bridge that allows you to slowly, slowly realise the wisdom and perfection of this moment. - Tony Samara
How many of us are swept away by what I have come to call an 'active laziness'?It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues. - Sogyal Rinpoche
If a certain activity, such as painting, becomes the habitual mode of expression, it may follow that taking up the painting materials and beginning work with them will act suggestively and so presently evoke a flight into the higher state. - Robert Henri
TRUTH, n. An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance. Discovery of truth is the sole purpose of philosophy, which is the most ancient occupation of the human mind and has a fair prospect of existing with increasing activity to the end of time. - Ambrose Bierce
Silence doesn’t mean no activity; it means highly synchronized actions, much like the work of a well-tuned motor. More noise and vibration never assure better engine performance; indeed, quite the opposite. - Love, Life, and Logic
My squad was my family, my gun was my provider and protector, and my rule was to kill or be killed. The extent of my thoughts didn’t go much beyond that. We had been fighting for over two years, and killing had become a daily activity. I felt no pity for anyone. - Ishmael Beah
Until you take your profession as passion, each and every activity looks as a headache - Vignesh Sv
Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment. - Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Writing is a mysterious activity. - Susan Sontag
Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are myrevolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity ofconsciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitationto death—and I refuse suicide. - Albert Camus
Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. - John Holt
If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it andpush it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before,push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm ofmagic. - Tom Robbins
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy...neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. - John W. Gardner
In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth. - Susanne Langer
An activity originally intended to be performed by low-status, clerical and more often than not, female computer programming was gradually and deliberately transformed into a high-status, scientific, and masculine discipline. - Nathan L. Ensmenger
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. - Ayn Rand
The masses have yet to realize that generating your own electricity is a potentially hazardous activity to engage in. - Steven Magee
When God is driven to the periphery of the public square, the human spiritual capacity longs for exercise, and it often finds it in the suspension of disbelief and activity of the imagination that are available in novels and movies. - John Granger
Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity. - R. E. Hellmund
Wisdom is a true activity of compassion. And so, meditation is the act of loving kindness. It is the activity where loving kindness is applied on all levels. - Tony Samara
The genius inside a person wants activity. It’s connected to the stars; it’s connected to a spark and it wants to burn and it wants to make and it wants to create and it has gifts to give. That is the nature of inner genius. - Michael Meade
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. - Friedrich Nietzsche
You know that when a group of utility workers are withholding their customer service identification cards, they are likely engaging in some form of illegal activity at your home. - Steven Magee
Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.
If a celebrity from one walk of life is engaged to promote the growth of another field's activity, then the authority’s sincerity for its publicity is always under a big question mark. - Anuj Somany
For an entire wing of the G.O.P., a dysfunctional government, whose only visible activity is mismanaging crises, is not an embarrassment but the vindication of a worldview. - Amy Davidson
You know something is wrong when the government declares opening someone else’s mail is a felony but your internet activity is fair game for data collecting. - E.A. Bucchianeri
Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read. - Marilyn Jager Adams
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy...neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. - John W. Gardner
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. - Jacques Ellul
One of the major obstacles impeding any positive future change in our lives is that we are too busy with our current work or activity. Levi quit his tax-work, Peter stopped fishing at lake, Paul ceased being a priest. They all left their jobs because they thought it was necessary. - John Ruskin
If you cannot give God glory for something, you should not do it. If a person is not fully persuaded that an activity is pleasing to God, then it is a sin: "whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23) - Alan de Jager
Memory results from a process of continual re-categorization which, by its nature, must be procedural and involve continual motor activity and repeated rehearsal. - Gerald Edelman
I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. The transfer is not paying off. Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse. - Brian Eno
Esoteric things progress not according to time, but by activity, they can be slow or quick, depending upon the efforts made. - Belsebuub
Thinking is the most overrated human activity. - Wendell Berry
I say illusion of choice because, in many cases, the nature of their choices hardly reaches the level of will, but of merely perfunctory activity. For the most part, their desires are not too strong, they are too weak, apathetic and easily placated. They often can be tempted into doing Nothing. - Geoffrey Wood
Furious activity is no substitute for analytical thought. - Alastair Pilkington
Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to "get by."
The only thing that can be said with an absolute certainty by seeing the behaviour of a vast majority of the people on the Earth is that an invisible Almighty is a big lover of watching the comedy activity. - Anuj Somany
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. - Isocrates
But if sedentary behavior makes us fat and physical activity prevents it, shouldn't the "exercise explosion" and the "new fitness revolution" have launched and epidemic of leanness rather than coinciding with an epidemic of obesity? - Gary Taubes
The problem with people is that they try to do everything but don't do one thing well. Focus more energy on the activity you excel in. Capitalize on your strengths. - Bianca Frazier
Calm is not a place where there is no noise or activity. It is the ability to be in the midst of these, yet experiencing peace within. - Shilpa Menon
If there is anything in the world that can really be called a man's property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity. - Arthur Schopenhauer
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. - Baruch Spinoza
‎your first thought would send the power of Quantum physics into a hive of activity. your first thought, would inevitably become the destiny of the day - Andre Jordan
Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity. - Paul Goodman
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