Quotation Explorer - 'General'

Man (as he imagines himself to be), in general, is a possibility, not a fact. - Idries Shah
Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms. - Charles Caleb Colton
Language is made out of concrete things. General expressions in non- concrete terms are a laziness, they are talk, not art, not creation. They are the reaction of things on the writer, not a creative act by the writer. - Ezra Pound
The one thing in me more powerful than a general misanthropy is an inescapable compassion for individuals. - Jasper Sole
Réduites à des théories générales, les mathématiques seraient une belle forme sans contenu.Reduced to general theories, mathematics would be a beautiful form without content. - Henri Lebesgue
Why don't these translation books just include general phrases that could be applied in a variety of situations like, "Say nothing unless it's in English"? - Joe Cawley
In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? - Dwight D. Eisenhower
The general instrument by which God interferes in the affairs of men is by the weapon of LIGHT - Sunday Adelaja
True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual, but the establishment of the reality and truth is in general the work of more than one person. - Willard F. Libby
Development in general doesn’t make you better employee or better manager. Development makes you a better human who is able to invest the best in you to add beauty and meaning to your life and the rest of the world. - Sameh Elsayed
Things are always terriblefor some people. The questionis the ratio of the palpable hurtto the general sessionof life in an era. - Maureen N. McLane
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind. - Thomas Jefferson
Asked in 1919 whether it was true that only three people in the world understood the theory of general relativity, [Eddington] allegedly replied: 'Who's the third? - Arthur Stanley Eddington
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. - John Dewey
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Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had. - Aristotle
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. - Benjamin Disraeli
as General Berringer would readily admit, If you’re in a fair fight, I’ve done something wrong. - T. Mountebank
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. - Robert E. Howard
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things - Alexander Hamilton
In general I strive for greatness and rational achievement, but I admit to you I’ve a terrible fondness for women, a tendency towards drunkenness, and a weakness for the fumes of the poppy—opium and other miserable beauties. - Roman Payne
If I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued. - John Holt
In general we are least aware of what our minds do best. - Marvin Minsky
People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course--with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here--to keep an eye on the fleeting hour. - Henry James
Fashion is general. Style is individual. - Edna Woolman Chase
Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a special principle as it is a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs. - Maximilien Robespierre
A word (...) is never the destination, merely a signpost in its general direction; and whatever (...) body that destination finally acquires owes quite as much to the reader as to the writer. - John Fowles
People, in general, would rather die than forgive. It's that hard. - Sue Monk Kidd
When I am dying, I should like my life taken out under general anaesthetic, exactly as if it were a diseased appendix. - Richard Dawkins
The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual. - Maximilien Robespierre
The general public of the wireless western nations are very tolerant to the radiation poisoning of the next generation of children by their corporate controlled governments. - Steven Magee
Religiously strict people, who judge themselves without mercy, are also those who have most often spoken ill of mankind in general.
Whenever justice to ordinary men, widows, orphans, poor, disadvantaged and the general mass is delayed or denied, that leads to God’s frustration. At a time like that, God laments, WHERE IS A MAN - Sunday Adelaja
To be a successful general one must be prayful, faithful and work hard - Osunsakin Adewale
If the nation had strong willpower people as party in opposition, then no person in ruling party could ever misuse own powerful position to cause pain to general population. - Anuj Somany
First, it is essential to determine precisely what you wantto achieve. Just wanting to be successful is too general. - Derric Yuh Ndim
Some general advice about writing:WRITE MORE, DO OTHER STUFF LESS. - Brian K. Vaughan
OFFENSIVE, adj. Generating disagreeable emotions or sensations, as the advance of an army against its enemy. "Were the enemy's tactics offensive?" the king asked. "I should say so!" replied the unsuccessful general. "The blackguard wouldn't come out of his works!" - Ambrose Bierce
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. - Marie Curie
My mother said to me, if you go into the military, you will become a general. If you go into the clergy, you will become Pope. Instead, I became an artist, and I am Piccaso.
As a general rule the one who is not easily accessible is more valuable. - Amit Kalantri
Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. - Joseph Priestley
I have become very aware how under-represented are the stories of the underprivileged and undervalued. Our records are, in general, very male and if not always the material of the rich, certainly (for obvious reasons) the material of the literate. - Sara Sheridan
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the be. - Benjamin Franklin
All general statements are false. - Unknown
In general, Americans would walk a mile uphill in the rain to avoid pain, unless the walk could be shorter and level and the day sunny, which they’d prefer. - Geoffrey Wood
But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that's going to be human and isn't yet, or used to be human once and isn't now, or ought to be human and isn't, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet. - C.S. Lewis
I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
Females in general are embodiment of alluring mysteries that is beyond mortal capacity to decipher or understand. - Auliq Ice
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions. - Thomas Jefferson
I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right. - Henry Bessemer
Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free. - Joseph de Maistre
A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic. - Clifford Geertz
Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power. - Paul Gauguin
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. - Thomas Paine
While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.
People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibition have been a failure, because the rich - don't want to buy anything. - Frida Kahlo
If a person commit a crime against you, have not the right to forgive him; but the law must punish him in order to prevent a repetition of that same crime by others, as the pain of the individual is unimportant beside the general welfare of the people.
General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else. - Marvin Minsky
Failed coup has put the people in general on a long trudge to freedom while creating a situation to consolidate more power to exercise the legitimised arbitrariness of Erdoğanian democracy. - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
Sexuality is general, and although only one man may be receiving the favors of a woman, all men in her presence are warm. That's the great generosity of women and the great generosity of the creator who worked it out that way, that there are no unilateral agreements of sexuality. - Leonard Cohen
No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
They are a bunch of bastards - and I'm saying this on my own now, not just because my father told it to me. -- [Comment about businessmen in general, made a few days after the newspaperas printed his statement of 10 April 1962 that his father always told him that businessmen were "sons of bitches."]
Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities. - Edgar Allan Poe
The general rule of law is, that the noblest of human productions -- knowledge, truths ascertained, conceptions, and ideas -- become, after voluntary communication to others, free as the air to common use."~ - Louis D. Brandeis
In general, silence often reflects ambiguity on the part of the listener as the observer wishes to understand the other's experience. - Sandra Leanne Bosacki
Men in general are as much affected by what a thing appears to be as by what it is, indeed they are frequently influenced more by appearances than by reality. - Niccolò Machiavelli
It is amazing how much crisper the general experience of life becomes when your body is given a chance to develop a little strength. - Frank Duff
I love God, Jesus Christ, my three children, mother, father, brother, sisters, family in general, my pets, my students, and true friends. - Ana Monnar
If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. - Thomas Jefferson
In general, it’s not too hard to corrupt an American, mostly a matter of supply to their demand. Supply should be variegated to encourage the Illusion of Choice. Other than that they’re looking for numbness, so be ready to sedate. Drugs, booze, television, shopping, etc… - Geoffrey Wood Grimrack An Infernal Epistolary
Jealousy is a general human behavior, Until it's not changed. - Srishtie
It's one thing to admire a man's work. It's another to get your picture in the paper doing it." General Clayton - M*A*S*H Episode Guide Team
It was just a job. It wasn't any special interest in consumer affairs. I needed a paycheck and the Attorney General said that I would be best to go down there, because he knew I was anti-consumer. - Dan Quayle
Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption. - Mark Twain
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. - James Madison
File Under General Wisdom: You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried. - Anonymous Facebook
As you and I take Personal Responsibility for mending the things that are out of order in our community and nation in general, we would surely witness a transformed, developed and civilized society. - Sunday Adelaja
If antidepressant drugs are effective, why don't they work for psychiatrists? Year after year, psychiatrists commit suicide at a higher rate than the general population. Are we to believe that they don't take their own drugs, or that the drugs don't have the benefits attributed to them?
In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane. - George Orwell
As a general man I tried watching movies, playing sports, going to picnics and other entertainments but I still got bored, then I tried heroism and now I am hero, and I never get bored. - Amit Kalantri
There are only two things to be done when a general is angry: One is to get behind the furniture and pretend one is not there; the other is to distract his mind. - Mary Roberts Rinehart
You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public. - Scott Adams
Collision avoidance systems are the next big radio frequency (RF) toxin to hit the USA general population as they become standard safety equipment in most new cars. - Steven Magee
I take it, though,...given the utter lack of change in your demeanor and nearly radiating I-just-slaughtered-a -bunch-of-infant-forest-animals guilt coming from your general direction...the exchange with your female friend went something a trifle short of fantastic. - Anihyr Moonstar
Julian is bluff and sturdy, royal; he possesses a gracefully muscular, equine beauty so natural it suggests that beauty itself is a fundamental human condition and not a mutation in the general design. - Michael Cunningham
If the teachings of the early Christians changed Rome and the entire Roman Empire, we can’t point to any great change that the teachings coming from our pulpits today are producing upon our world in general - Sunday Adelaja
The USA legal system is designed to enrich lawyers, protect the government and corporations, and shaft the general public. - Steven Magee
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet. - Novalis
Children are very nice observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. - Francois de Fenelon
Engineering is the practice of safe and economic application of the scientific laws governing the forces and materials of nature by means of organization, design and construction, for the general benefit of mankind. - S. E. Lindsay
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire
Self-leaders are still true leaders even if they have no known followers. True leaders inspire by the influence of their characters and general self-made brands. Leadership is defined by the virtues of one's behaviour. - Israelmore Ayivor
Children are very nice observers, and they will often perceive our slightest defects. It general those who govern children forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. - François Fénelon
A significant factor often overlooked by those considering the failure of drug policy is the general aim of deflecting or assigning responsibility away from the policy-makers and the ‘moral-majority. - Daniel Waterman
My goal is simple. It is to take the human civilization with me on the path of sweet general harmony. - Abhijit Naskar
From horses we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole. - George Gaylord Simpson
It is only through fiction and the dimension of the imaginary that we can learn something real about individual experience. Any other approach is bound to be general and abstract. - Nicola Chiaromonte
I am going to Spain to fight an army without a general, and thence to the East to fight a general without an army. - Julius Caesar
If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name. - Theodore Roosevelt
Whenever someone starts talking about 'fair competition' or indeed, about 'fairness' in general, it is time to keep a sharp eye on your wallet, for it is about to be picked. - Murray N. Rothbard
(the modern writer’s aim is) general revelation by suggestion (and) making a very tiny part do for a whole. - Seán Ó Faoláin
You can invoke neither time nor space nor matter not energy nor the laws of nature to explain the origin of the universe. General relativity points to the need for a cause that transcends those domains. ~Stephen C. Meyer, PHD~ - Lee Strobel
Sir, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
KISS, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for "bliss." It is supposed to signify, in a general way, some kind of rite or ceremony appertaining to a good understanding; but the manner of its performance is unknown to this lexicographer. - Ambrose Bierce
Statesmanship is developed in the hard knocks of general experience, private and public. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you find a community with less production and less inspiring inventions, then know it is a sign of lack of Business Leaders and full of General Managers do not know what they can manage or what they are managing. - Sameh Elsayed
His age was indeterminate. But in cynicism and general world weariness, which is a sort of carbon dating of the personality, he was about seven thousand years old. - Terry Pratchett
When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. - Pablo Picasso
General belief is There is no real magic, only tricks but a great magician compel people not to trust that belief and make them believe, after all "There does exist a real magic". - Amit Kalantri
Not upholding a persons legal rights is a form of abuse. Unfortunately, USA government abuse of the general public is a normal state of affairs in many areas. - Steven Magee
If you are setting a goal without understanding the reason for it, then maybe you should reevaluate the goal in general. - Tina Brown
I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
We often blame our government for their lack of responsibility, socially and politically. We forget that that is only a result of the societal irresponsibility in general. - Sunday Adelaja
Bartleby is never happy, but he never can be, you know. Life in general offends him. Happiness is something that happens to other people, because life happens to Bartleby. It happens to him frequently and unwarrantedly, and every time he is forced to suffer it, he is always disappointed. - Michelle Franklin
La Ciencia en ningún momento está totalmente en lo cierto, pero rara vez está completamente equivocada y tiene en general mayores posibilidades de estar en lo cierto que las teorías no científicas. - Bertrand Russell
The general intellectual level of South Florida is somewhere just above "functionally retarded". - Tucker Max
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. - Thomas Jefferson
If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American -- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that. - Jon Stewart
In general there should be gay characters in YA because a) surprise, there are gay folks everywhere and b) in my opinion as a father, there’s not a damn thing wrong with my child encountering gay folks in her literature, because see point a). - John Scalzi
There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule. - Samuel Butler
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he as a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law - Immanuel Kant
Anyone that insults my country, my intelligence, my feminist ideals, all women in general, and a favorite childhood food, and refers to both himself and me in the third person in one sentence automatically gets an honorary spot on my Hate With Every Fiber of My Being For All Time list. - J. T. Geissinger
Wo Hunger herrscht, ist auf die Dauer kein Friede.("Where there is hunger, there cannot be lasting peace.)Speech before the United Nations General Assembly, September 26, 1973 - Willy Brandt
A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men and people in general. - Lorraine Hansberry
The human situation, in general or in particular, is slightly worse (ignoring an occasional hiccup in the graph) at any given moment than at any preceding moment. - FARRELL J.G.
There seems a general rule that, the more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it. - David Graeber
Kissing is something that makes up for a whole lot of the other crap you have to put up with in school, and as a teenager in general - Maureen Johnson Name of the Star
We must judge of a form of government by its general tendency, not by happy accidents. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
As a general rule, in the world of magic, the most successful magician is the one who has enough patience to keep the secrets of his original magic effects. - Amit Kalantri
I am not an advocate for religion. I only advocate for sweet general harmony. - Abhijit Naskar
Coming out on June 15 - "For the People, Time to Take Our Country Back!" Just in time for the presidential general election campaign. More details to follow as the date approaches - I.Vicente
Verbing Weirds Language only if you're expecting it to work in a simple way. This is a special case of the more general truth that Language Weirds. - John Lawler
#3535. Contemporaneous exposition is in general the best.
People in general would rather die than forgive. It's that hard. If God said in plain language. "I'm giving you a choice, forgive or die," a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin. - Sue Monk Kidd
The times are too difficult and the crisis too severe to indulge in schadenfreude. Looking at it in perspective, the fact that there would be a financial crisis was perfectly predictable: its general nature, if not its magnitude. Markets are always inefficient. - Noam Chomsky
Strength conquers weakness through force. Weakness conquers strength through seduction,the look and feel of ease, the illusion of rest without responsibility,and the hallucination of unaccountability in general. - Justin K. McFarlane Beau
Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first. - Peter Ustinov
Religious faith as a whole induces various health benefits in the general population through complex biological processes. - Abhijit Naskar
Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious. - Letitia Landon
The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life. - Wilhelm Reich
The ruler cannot mobilize the army out of personal anger. The general cannot engage in battle because of personal frustration. Anger can revert to happiness, annoyance can revert to joy, but a vanquished state cannot be revived, the dead cannot be brought back to life.
As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it. - Benjamin Disraeli
No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it - Fernando Pessoa
Where the human need for order meetsthe human tendency to mayhem, where civilization runs smack against its discontents, you find friction, and a great deal of general wear and tear. - Ian McEwan
RECREATION, n. A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue. - Ambrose Bierce
General principles should not be based on exceptional cases. - Robert J. Sawyer
Men, in general, are but great children.
When I was a child, my mom told me: 'If you want to be a soldier, you'll become a general. If you want to be a monk, you'll become pope' I wanted to be a painter, and I became Picasso.
Men, in general, are a sort of scum, very different to anything of which you have an idea. - Charlotte Brontë
Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.""I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think. - Jane Austen
Libraries can in general be too narrow or too wide for the soul. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
In a world in which the common rule which binds and regulates what the general masses feel is undermined, what the general masses feel tend to become the common rule. - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
In general, I feel if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself. - John Rogers Searle
General assumptions often lead to erroneous conclusions, but one cannot go far wrong in always assuming that whatever one's government is saying is a lie. - Michel Templet
Al escribir "historia" me refiero a la general o universal. No hay otra: lo que se llama "historia patria" es espejo del hombre -y entonces es también universal- o es una anécdota de sobremesa. - Octavio Paz
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. - Samuel Johnson
PLAGUE, n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the Immune. The plague as we of to-day have the happiness to know it is merely Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless objectionableness. - Ambrose Bierce
Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; have in general been as short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths. - James Madison
In general, watching children's television is a dark and surreal descent into madness where the characters on the screen talk directly to you.
General Motors, General Mills, General Foods, general ignorance, general apathy, and general cussedness elect presidents and Congressmen and maintain them in power. - Herbert M. Shelton
Belief is indeed psychologically important for the human mind of general population, but that belief should be nicely compatible with scientific reasoning, otherwise that belief turns into prejudice, which is never beneficial to the human life. - Abhijit Naskar
As a general rule...people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it. - Alexandre Dumas
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