Quotation Explorer - 'Chief'

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust. - Henry L. Stimson
MALEFACTOR, n. The chief factor in the progress of the human race. - Ambrose Bierce
...chief proof of man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The chief proof of mans greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage. - Thucydides
Pride is the chief cause in the decline in the number of husbands and wives. - Neil Diamond
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it. - Samuel Johnson
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten', he does not say 'My men were beaten. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My life is one long obstacle course with me as the chief obstacle. - Jack Paar
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. - Charles Kingsley
Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief. - William Shakespeare
Before one may scare the plain people one must first have a firm understanding of the bugaboos that most facilely alarm them. One must study the schemes that have served to do it in the past, and one must study very carefully the technic of the chief current professionals. - H.L. Mencken
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care, the death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, chief nourisher in life's feast. - William Shakespeare
You have the chief spark of your health's fire, for you have true knowledge of the hand that guides the universe. - Boethius
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. - Napoléon Bonaparte
The home is the chief school of human virtues. - William Ellery Channing
The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within. - Mahatma Gandhi
Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavor. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. - Albert Einstein
NOISE, n. A stench in the ear. Undomesticated music. The chief product and authenticating sign of civilization. - Ambrose Bierce
Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand. - Kahlil Gibran
Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. - Arthur Schopenhauer
... Gunpei Yokoi, asked his boss, 'What should I make?' Nintendo chief executive Hiroshi Yamauchi replied, 'Something great.'Game Over Nintendo's Battle to Dominate Videogames - David Sheff
Man's chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces put up within him. - Alfred Ernest Jones
Chief of the Army. - Napoleon Bonaparte
The chief business of the American people is business. - Calvin Coolidge
What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. - William Shakespeare
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. - Don Marquis
The aggressive spirit, the offensive, is the chief thing everywhere in war, and the air is no exception.
Compassion is the chief law of human existence. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. - Eric Hoffer
Hope itself is a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. - Samuel Johnson
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever - Westminster Shorter Catechism
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated. - H. L. Mencken
The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything. - Robert Frost
DICTATOR, n. The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy. - Ambrose Bierce
Your advice seems a little ironical.""Oh, you may either follow it or reverse it—that is its chief beauty. It is equally good taken either way. - Thomas Henry Lister
The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. - Pablo Picasso
ICHOR, n. A fluid that serves the gods and goddesses in place of blood. Fair Venus, speared by Diomed, Restrained the raging chief and said: "Behold, rash mortal, whom you've bled -- Your soul's stained white with ichorshed!" Mary Doke - Ambrose Bierce
One of my chief regrets during my recent years in the theater is that I couldn't sit in the audience and watch me. - John Barrymore
One of chief pieces of advice I give to aspiring rationalists is "Don't try to be clever." And, "Listen to those quiet, nagging doubts." If you don't know, you don't know what you don't know, you don't know how much you don't know, and you don't know how much you needed to know. - Eliezer Yudkowsky
Attorney served as chief executive officer for the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). - Chris Salamone
Questioning is important for breakthrough innovation that in future companies will have a CXO level Position that leads all the interesting innovation - CQO Chief Questioning Officer. - Saurabh Gupta Earth5R
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. - Helen Keller
Attorney served as chief executive officer for the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). He spends lots of dedicated hours in creating the programs for the college lectures in assisting the new young rising scholar and motivate them to attend university. - Chris Salamone
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. - Westminster Shorter Catechism
What is man's chief enemy? Each man is his own. - Anacharsis Cloots
The habit of giving up when the present task is half finished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure. - Christian D. Larson
I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell. - William Booth
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around. - Thomas Eidson
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right. - H. L. Mencken
The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were. - Kurt Vonnegut
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. - Helen Keller
The chief beauty about timeis that you cannot waste it in advance.The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,as perfect, as unspoiled,as if you had never wasted or misapplieda single moment in all your life.You can turn over a new leaf every hourif you choose. - Arnold Bennett
To be scientifically illiterate is to remain essentially uncultured. And the chief virtue of a cultural activity--be it art, music, literature, or science--is the way it enriches our lives. - Lawrence M. Krauss
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
EPICURE, n. An opponent of Epicurus, an abstemious philosopher who, holding that pleasure should be the chief aim of man, wasted no time in gratification from the senses. - Ambrose Bierce
The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. - H. L. Mencken
One of the chief values reading history, this is the author, is its capacity to "provoke renegade thoughts". - Andrew Roberts
If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's notions and inclinations he possesses this is an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more that many good friends can pretend to do. - Alexander Pope
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
Enlarged sympathy with children was one of the chief contributions made by the Victorian English to real civilization. - George Macaulay Trevelyan
Man has no Body distinct from his soul; for that called Body is a portion of a Soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. - William Blake
RAILROAD, n. The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to wher we are no better off. For this purpose the railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition. - Ambrose Bierce
The chief objection of playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player. - George Bernard Shaw
The chief value in going to college is that it's the only way to learn it really doesn't matter.
I used up most of my passions and energies during the years I've mentioned, and though I don't talk much about it, the chief thing I've asked from the world since then is to leave me alone. - James Hilton
The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic which distinguishes human beings from the beasts. - Heywood Broun
Will you accompany me in this dance? he said, bowing and holding out his hand. No, thank you. Miri smiled. The prince frowned and looked and the chief delegate as if for assistance. Miri laughed self consciously. I, uh, I was teasing. - Shannon Hale
Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we can say "no" not only to things that are wrong and sinful, but also to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and our chief work, we shall understand more fully what life is worth, and how to make the most of it.
MAMMON, n. The god of the world's leading religion. The chief temple is in the holy city of New York. He swore that all other religions were gammon, And wore out his knees in the worship of Mammon. Jared Oopf - Ambrose Bierce
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore. - H. L. Mencken
When stumbling blocks can become stepping stones, then these stones that the builders reject can equally become chief corner stones! - Israelmore Ayivor
As Chief Luthuli said, 'When the women begin to take an active part in the struggle, no power on earth can stop us from achieving freedom in our lifetime. - Nelson Mandela
What would it profit us to possess and perform everything else and be like pure saints, if we meanwhile neglected our chief purpose in life, namely, the care of the young? - Martin Luther
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. - Helen Keller
Preservation of the past has been one of humankind’s chief preoccupations for centuries, although I am not convinced much of it is worth preserving. - Chris Flynn
...my object is to show that the chief function of the child--his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life--is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses... - Charlotte M. Mason
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. - Charles Kingsley
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. - Oscar Wilde
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. - Samuel Johnson
You can LOBBY anyone. It is the great equalizer." Chief of Staff Russell Jackson - Madam Secretary
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. - Walter Scott
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