Quotation Explorer - 'Insist'

Science is a tool of Common Sense. When we insist that all valid information come from science or doctors, Common Sense becomes uncommon or lost forever. - Richard Diaz
Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
As much as love is the source of power for those who are centred in their hearts, as much fear is the source of illusionary power for those who insist on being led by their heads alone. - Raphael Zernoff
Humans are, as Sartre put it, ‘condemned to be free’. To insist that science, or God, objectively defines moral values is to abandon our responsibility as human beings to make such judgments. - Kenan Malik
Life is very simple, but to make ourselves feel intelligent, we insist on making it complex. - Debasish Mridha M.D.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. - Terry Pratchett
I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out... Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes. - Golda Poretsky
The person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity.For this reason, he has integrity.The person of inferior integritynever loses sight of his integrity;For this reason, he lacks integrity. - Lao Tzu
Progressives' don’t just redefine (and valorize) deviancy; they insist on renaming it, too. - Kathy Shaidle
I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life. - Warren Buffett
All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right. - Friedrich Nietzsche
From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. I insist that this shall cease. The country needs repose after all its trials; it deserves repose. And repose can only be found in everlasting principles. - Charles Sumner
Only those with no memory insist on their originality. - Coco Chanel
Public display of mourning is no longer made by people of fashion, although some flashier kinds of widows may insist on sleeping with only black men during the first year after the death.
In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders. - Steve Allen
Many survivors insist they’re not courageous: ‘If I were courageous I would have stopped the abuse.’ ‘If I were courageous, I wouldn't be scared’... Most of us have it mixed up. You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear. - Laura Davis
People who insist on dividing the world into 'Us' and 'Them' never contemplate that they may be someone else's 'Them'. - Ray A. Davis
I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
Some people insist on inviting me to their drama buffet... No thanks! My soul hungers for nourishment and growth; it doesn't lust for poison and depletion. - Steve Maraboli
The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax. - Eric Hoffer
Be consistent with what you believe and do. Persist and insist that you will do it till it's done and done well. - Israelmore Ayivor
Writers more interested in literature than the truth ensure that they never come out with either thing one reason that the word literature today sounds so fake, as if you were to insist on saying cuisine every time you meant food. Food, as in sustenance, is more like what we have in mind. - The editors n+1
I promise I shall never give up, and that I’ll die yelling and laughing, and that until then I’ll rush around this world I insist is holy and pull at everyone’s lapel and make them confess to me and to all. - Jack Kerouac
You cannot fill your life with happiness when you insist on living a stressful life. - Debasish Mridha
Refuse to be content with the knowledge of God. Insist on experiencing His presence. - John Paul Warren
She(Joan of Arc) put her dreams and her sentiment into her aims, where they ought to be; she put her practicality into her practice. Ine modern Imperial wars, the case is reversed. Our dreams, our aims are always, we insist, quite practical. It is our practice that is dreamy. - G.K. Chesterton
Perhaps even atheism versus theism is an example of this principle that an apparent either/or can really be a both/and. For I suspect that the God you insist does not exist is probably a God I also insist does not exist; and perhaps the God I maintain does exist is a God you have never denied. - Peter Kreeft
Most paths of self-correction purposely increase the effort and struggle to achieve these states or vibrations. They insist that you must ‘earn it’ or ‘handle it’ or ‘surrender to it’ or ‘get it’ when the truth is you already have immediate access to all of it. - Frank Natale
He has a splendid repertoire of 500 words. Why does he insist on using only 150? - Abba Eban
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God. - Heywood Broun
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - Bible
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness, and should insist upon choosing as their representatives only such persons as are good and true. - Mahatma Gandhi
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep herding. - Ezra Pound
If a sect does officially insist that its structure of belief demands that evolution be false, then no compromise is possible. An honest and competent biology teacher can only conclude that the sect's beliefs are wrong and that its religion is a false one. - George Gaylord Simpson
Money wont make you happy but if you insist on being miserable, you may as well be rich... - Hank Curci
Jews can't serve on juries because they insist they're guilty. - Cathy Ladman
If one takes responsibility for the mistakes, he is the true person, isn’t it? Do not insist. Instead of insisting, instead of blaming others, take the responsibility of the mistakes on your head! - Dada Bhagwan
The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards. - William Francis Butler
To be free of insistence [free of forcing one's own opinion] is the path of Vitragta [attachment-free state, the enlightened one]. Quit insisting at all places. To even insist on the truth, God has considered it as ignorance. There is no insistence in ‘Us’ whatsoever! - Dada Bhagwan
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right --especially when one is right. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. - Kurt Vonnegut
Sit and quiet yourself. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come. Let the images flow. You'll be amazed at what will come out on paper. I'm still learning what it is about the past that I want to write. I don't worry about it. It will emerge. It will insist on being told. - Frank McCourt
You must welcome bounty whenever it comes, hunti man. It is often inconvenient. But if you insist on accepting it only when it suits your schedule, you will find yourself very poor. - Sharon Shinn
Failure is a great teacher; but never insist on hiring one for yourself. Learn vicariously from others' teachers. - Ashok Kallarakkal
I urge you to examine in your own mind the assumptions which must lay behind using the police power to insist that once-sovereign spirits have no choice but to submit to being schooled by strangers. - John Taylor Gatto
No one cares about the art of the lie at this point. They insist on impressing with the truth. See me! Look at me! Look at who I am! Look at who I want you to think I am! - Leslie Pietrzyk
The pain of aloneness and pointlessness is piercing. It demands relief. That single fact that the pain of living apart from God is unbearable exposes our sinfulness as horribly grotesque and foolish. We insist on finding relief without coming to God on His terms. - Larry Crabb
Ignore what you don't like. Insist what u need. - T.A
Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything. - Chuck Klosterman
It is neither cowardice nor betrayal to insist that the Enlightenment's main lesson is to be mindful of how much it has left its inheritors to figure out. - Samuel Moyn
I don’t trust the answers or the people who give me the answers. I believe in dirt and bone and flowers and fresh pasta and salsa cruda and red wine. I don’t believe in white wine; I insist on color. - Charles Bowden
There's nothing wrong with having nothing to say--unless you insist on saying it. - Anonymous
Some stories wait their turn to be told, others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them. - Michael Scott
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