Quotation Explorer - 'Disposition'

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge. - George F. Will
My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair. - Thomas Jefferson
Such seems to be the disposition of man, that whatever makes a distinction produces rivalry. - Samuel Johnson
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. - Mother Teresa
I cannot now evaluate the events that, at the end of those thirty years, made me discover the necessity of religious belief. I was not reasoned into my disposition. Though I admire the structured thought of theology, it is to religion no more than counterpoint exercises are to music. - Igor Stravinsky
I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition, going with our powers of language, consciousness of self, and autobiographical memory. - Oliver Sacks
When I intentionally thank God for the good gifts that come from being his child, I find it almost impossible to maintain my sour disposition. - Lori Hatcher
LOGANIMITY, n. The disposition to endure injury with meek forbearance while maturing a plan of revenge. - Ambrose Bierce
MAGPIE, n. A bird whose thievish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk. - Ambrose Bierce
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. - Plato
Love your work. Such disposition prays God bless such a 'love - Priyavrat Thareja
It is not the position, but the disposition.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. - Plutarch
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition. - Friedrich Nietzsche
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances. - Martha Washington
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove. - Samuel Johnson
ARRAYED, pp. Drawn up and given an orderly disposition, as a rioter hanged to a lamppost. - Ambrose Bierce
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. - Baruch Spinoza
REPARTEE, n. Prudent insult in retort. Practiced by gentlemen with a constitutional aversion to violence, but a strong disposition to offend. In a war of words, the tactics of the North American Indian. - Ambrose Bierce
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. - Edmund Burke
Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. - Benjamin Franklin
She has a serene, glowing disposition. She looks at you and the rest of the world through the eyes of a lynx and is always mysterious, possibly because she always harbours those hidden laughs just beneath her lips. She’s always ready to laugh. - C. JoyBell C.
Cheerfulness means a contented spirit, a pure heart, a kind and loving disposition; it means humility and ~ charity, a generous appreciation of others, and a modest opinion of self. - William Makepeace Thackeray
If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch indeed who will not give them to him. Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains. - William Penn
They cannot hurt you; their active participation, the enthusiasm in their willingness to try, proves their natural affinity and disposition to ruin, chaos, and sabotage.Some do not learn you to earn you, they learn you to burn you. - Justin K. McFarlane Beau
Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at twenty-six; we were of that disposition - Nick Hornby
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