Quotation Explorer - 'Distinguish'

Gray areas are just the inability to distinguish between darkness and light. - Ron Brackin
People who cannot distinguish between good and bad language, or who regard the distinction as unimportant, are unlikely to think carefully about anything else. - B.R. Myers
So that, in effect, religion, which should most distinguish us from beasts, and ought most peculiarly to elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts themselves. - John Locke
You can't distinguish your group by doing things that are rational and believing things that are true. If you want to set yourself apart from other people you have to do things that are arbitrary and believe things that are false. - Paul Graham
To understand Darwin's work, you have to distinguish between his theory of descent and his theory of natural selection. THe full name of the first is the theory of descent with modification. Some call it the fact of evolution, and some call it the doctrine of evolution. - Lee Spetner
REPLICA, n. A reproduction of a work of art, by the artist that made the original. It is so called to distinguish it from a "copy," which is made by another artist. When the two are mae with equal skill the replica is the more valuable, for it is supposed to be more beautiful than it looks. - Ambrose Bierce
Thank goodness you're a failure-- it's why I so distinguish you! Anything else to-day is too hideous. Look about you--look at the successes. Would you BE one, on your honour? - Henry James
Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. - G. M. Trevelyan
I don't have time to distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent.
Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. ("Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His." Supposedly said when asked by a Crusader how to distinguish the Cathars from the Catholics.) - Bishop Arnold of Citeaux
People call me a feminist whenever I express statements that distinguish me from a doormat. - Rebecca West
if we are wayfarers who want to return home, then we must see the world as a means of transportation (terestibus vel marinis vehiculis) and always remember to distinguish the means and ends. - Augustine of Hippo
The truth is: Everyone will judge you. But this depends upon your intellectual capacity whether you are able to distinguish constructive criticism between an insult coming from other people's opinions about you. - Anonymous
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. - G. M. Trevelyan
EPAULET, n. An ornamented badge, serving to distinguish a military officer from the enemy -- that is to say, from the officer of lower rank to whom his death would give promotion. - Ambrose Bierce
Nowadays a citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music. For while in all other kinds of art it is possible to distinguish the matter from the form, and the understanding can always make this distinction, yet it is the constant effort of art to obliterate it. - Walter Pater
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge. - Seneca
It's not love at first sight, it's having the sight, to distinguish true love, from just mere beauty. - Anthony Liccione
Freedom, inefficiency, and prosperity are not in it frequently found together, and it is seldom easy to distinguish between the first two. - Edmund S. Morgan
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? - Confucius
If the hand be held between the discharge-tube and the screen, the darker shadow of the bones is seen within the slightly dark shadow-image of the hand itself... For brevity's sake I shall use the expression 'rays'; and to distinguish them from others of this name I shall call them 'X-rays'. - Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle. - Plutarch
PIGMY, n. One of a tribe of very small men found by ancient travelers in many parts of the world, but by modern in Central Africa only. The Pigmies are so called to distinguish them from the bulkier Caucasians -- who are Hogmies. - Ambrose Bierce
When things feel murky and unsure, fine tuning our hearing so as to distinguish the voice of our Innermost Self brings clarity. - Kristi Bowman
Some say that our lives are defined by the sum of our choices. But it isn't really our choices that distinguish who we are. It's our commitment to them. - Emily Thorne
Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness. - Robertson Davies
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. - Ernest Hemingway
Every human being begins and ends the same way, but how much they love the humanity distinguish him from others. - Debasish Mridha
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. - Jean-Paul Sartre
Children are bad enough--children are rude, selfish, greedy, and unthinking individuals who are unable to distinguish between their own selfish wants and needs and the wants and needs of others. And adults are children with money, alcohol, and power. - Ian Sansom
People will have their opinions of you, but you must be able to distinguish theirs from yours. - Chris Burkmenn
If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement. - Orson Scott Card
Progressive. n. One who is unable to distinguish between novelty and enlightenment. - Ron Brackin
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands upon himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself. - Jose Ortega y Gasset
The way we distinguish ourselves is by showing our individuality. - Elisa Camahort
Education...has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. - George Macaulay Trevelyan
People often try to distinguish between personal and professional life, but they end failing - Cord 8 : Are we Computers? - Santosh Avvannavar
Drinking without being thirsty and making love at any time, Madame, are the only things that distinguish us from other animals.
One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our need from our greed.
The great souls distinguish with two things; their greater needs and their greater agony. - Alireza Salehi Nejad
The older you get, the easier it is for you to distinguish between your friends and people you are not seeing for the first time. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. - Reinhold Niebuhr
Morality is judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, and integrity to stand by it at any price. - Ayn Rand
If your looking to write a book, your creativity, originality and simplicity is what will distinguish you. - Onyi Anyado
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