Quotation Explorer - 'Interests'

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. - Patrick Henry
What we see in a democracy governed by representatives is not a government for the people but an organized conflict of interests that only results in the setting up of unstable balances of power. - Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor... the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting. - Aristotle
INEXPEDIENT, adj. Not calculated to advance one's interests. - Ambrose Bierce
A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment. - Willis Player
The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather that hostile. - Bertrand Russell
[Conventional wisdom] very heavily tends to reflect the preferences and the interests of the elite. - Paul Krugman
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. - Richard Feynman
It is an infirmity of our nature to mingle our interests and prejudices with the operation of our reasoning powers, and attribute to the objects of our likes and dislikes qualities they do not possess and effects they can not produce. - Andrew Jackson
Politics: private interests masquerading as public concerns. - Marty Rubin
It's not in the interests of the self-serving government to educate the masses to the point where they are smart enough to see through the bullshit - because then people will be too smart to vote for them again. - Christina Engela
ABRUPT, adj. Sudden, without ceremony, like the arrival of a cannon- shot and the departure of the soldier whose interests are most affected by it. Dr. Samuel Johnson beautifully said of another author's ideas that they were "concatenated without abruption." - Ambrose Bierce
Improving the world can be a nasty and ugly and difficult and dangerous business...because when you improve the world, you threaten the entrenched interests of evil people. - Stefan Molyneux
I don't have hobbies; hobbies cost money. Interests are quite free. - George Carlin
The world ridicules a passion which it seldom feels; its scenes, and its interests, distract the mind, deprave the taste, corrupt the heart, and love cannot exist in a heart that has lost the meek dignity of innocence. - Ann Radcliffe
So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. - John F. Kennedy
Facts and values are entangled in science. It's not because scientists are biased, not because they are partial or influenced by other kinds of interests, but because of a commitment to reason, consistency, coherence, plausibility and replicability. These are value commitments. - Alva Noë
Tomorrow's world can not exist without morals, without faith and memory. Cynicism, narrow interests and cowardice must not occupy our lives. - King Michael of Romania
Don’t put all of your focus on dating. Typically, if you’re involved in outside activities and causes that you are passionate about, chances are that you’re meeting people with similar interests. - Auliq Ice
Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. - Theodore Roosevelt
This country has been strip-mined by rich and powerful interests. If you dont like what they're doing, don't just sit there. Vote them out. - Ralph Nader
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. - Ambrose Bierce
People with the most interests live, not only longest, but happiest. - George Matthew Allen
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others. - Theodore Roosevelt
it is easier to induce national governments to discriminate against foreign producers than to defend the interests of domestic consumers - George W. Stocking
One person with a belief is worth 99 people who have only interests. - John Stuart Mill
Homicide is not a sin. It is sometimes a necessary violence on resistant and ossified forms of existence which have ceased to be amusing. In the interests of an important and fascinating experiment, it can even become meritorious. Here is the starting point of a new apologia for sadism. - Bruno Schulz
This is the city, and I am one of the citizens/Whatever interests the rest interests me - Walt Whitman
What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is much more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict. - Simone Weil
It is in the interests of both sexes to hear the other sex's experience of powerlessness. - Warren Farrell
We need to defend the interests of those whom we've never met and never will. - Jeffrey D. Sachs
The expenses of government, having for their object the interests of all, should be borne by every one, and the more a man enjoys the advantages of society, the more he ought to hold himself honoured in contributing to these expenses. - Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot
A lion is stronger than a man, but it does not enable him to dominate the human race. You have neglected the duty you owe to yourselves and you have lost your natural rights by shutting your eyes to your own interests. - Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein
Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests. - Isaac Asimov
Your biggest opportunity probably lies under your own feet, in your current job, industry, education, experience or interests. - Brian Tracy
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
The shortest and best ways to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours. - Jean de la Bruyere
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams. - H.P. Lovecraft
Ambition interests me because it’s such a surefire indicator of damage. - Peter Morgan
PATRIOT, n. One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors. - Ambrose Bierce
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. - Gore Vidal
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests. - Peter Marshall
One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. - Eleanor Roosevelt
COMPROMISE, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due. - Ambrose Bierce
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. - George W. Bush
Do the things that make your spirit soar. Be fearless.Cultivate the interests that inspire you. Nourish your curiosity and embrace what comes back to you as your gift for taking aleap forward. - The Free Spirited Woman
Despite I may be surrounded by many friends, there is not one that interests me as much as you do - Auliq Ice
I didn't expect to love being online as much as I do. I've met some wonderful people and discovered that however arcane some of my interests that there are people out there who are interested too. - Sara Sheridan
You can change the place you live, your clothes, your interests, your friends, your religion and even your partner. However, if you forgot to change your mind, attitude, beliefs about the world, how you treat people and how you plan to be different this time around, why did you even bother? - Shannon L. Alder
I believe that feminism has become a political movement that seeks to obtain unlimited rights for woman without corresponding responsibilities via the suppression of feminism.Under my definition, helping oppressed women in other countries falls outside the scope of the movement's interests. - Mike Adams
The kind of work that should be the main part of life is the kind of work you would want to do if you weren't being paid for it. It's work that comes out of your own internal needs, interests and concerns. - Noam Chomsky
There are two sides to life for every individual: a personal life, in which his freedom exists in proportion to the abstract nature of his interests, and an elemental life within the swarm of humanity, in which a man inevitably follows laws laid down for him. - Leo Tolstoy
History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them. - B.R. Ambedkar
Christian discipleship is a decision to walk in his ways, steadily and firmly, and then finding that the way integrates all our interests, passions, and gifts, our human needs and eternal aspirations. It is the way of life we were created for. - Eugene H. Peterson
If you ever get a high official position in your country, you must see the interests of the humanity much more important than the interests of your own country; only then you will deserve to be called a great man! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The opposite of self-assertiveness is self-abnegation--abandoning or submerging your personal values, judgment, and interests. Some people tell themselves this is a virtue. It is a "virtue" that corrodes self-esteem. - Nathaniel Branden
. . . All artists’ work is autobiographical. Any writer’s work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them. - Kim Addonizio
The conscientious objector is a revoultionary. On deciding to disobey the law he sacrifices his personal interests to the most important cause of working for the betterment of society. - Albert Einstein
People interested in change and personal development need larger and larger environments in which to live. Their views expand. Their perspectives broaden. Their interests change. They seek bigger challenges. And they need people in their lives who will make room for their growth. - Steve Goodier
We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. - Henry John Temple Palmerston
The only relevance worth to pursue, is living your passion through your interests. - Unarine Ramaru
Life will have less drama if you keep your circle small. You don’t have to be friends with anyone. Pick people who will influence you. Pick the people who share the same interests and radiate the positivity that you have. - Dembe Michael
No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests. - Sallust
A good woman inspires a man; a brilliant woman interests him; a beautiful woman fascinates him; and a sympathetic woman gets him. - Helen Rowland
Art forms of the past were really considered elitist. Bach did not compose for the masses, neither did Beethoven. It was always for patrons, aristocrats, and royalty. Now we have a sort of democratic version of that, which is to say that the audience is so splintered in its interests. - David Cronenberg
A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become. - Fawn M. Brodie
Make sure you spend time learning how to think and learning how to learn. It’s okay to have fun, but try to cultivate interests that might actually be useful. And whatever you do, if you are going to spend time on it, do it well. - Rohvannyn Shaw
Interest is never enough. If it doesn't haunt you, you'll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. What merely interests you is sure to bore them. (from Workbook) - Steven Heighton
Your present interests are not a solid basis of a career decisions. So, stop following your passion and Do What Is Valuable.! - Moutasem Algharati
Man is hypocrite! He says that he loves flowers but he kills them for his own simple interests and for his own joy! Man is hypocrite! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests. - Horacio Castellanos Moya
Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others.
One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests. - John Stuart Mill
The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves. - Marcel Duchamp
People should not confuse opinions and rules with egocentric interests. - Duop Chak Wuol
Few artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests. - Arthur C. Clarke
Liberty means refusing to allow some men to use the state to compel other men to serve their interests or opinion. - Auberon Herbert
But if what interests you are stories of the fantastic, I must warn you that this kind of story demands more art and judgment than is ordinarily imagined. - Charles Nodier
The Republican and Democratic parties both feed out of the same bag provided by the monied system, and where the list frequently differs the same interests are represented. - George Seldes
Thatcher set ordinary people free, but into a landscape that her other policies had already shaped to suit other, more powerful interests, such as large corporations or Britons with inherited wealth. - Andy Beckett
International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It's about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons. - Egon Bahr
He doesn't have the greatest smarts in the world. His main interests in school were broads and booze.
I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power. - Jason Mraz
Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth our powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered. - Daniel Webster
High culture can never be obliterated as long as the species continues to produce individuals with the inclination and fortitude to pursue their interests and talents against the grain of the mass culture surrounding them. - Susan Jacoby
When a company has a diversified business interests, it is branded as a MULTIFACETED organisation; but if a professional has an experience in different products and/or fields, then he is subjected to a lot of baseless questioning and why people not consider him a MULTITALENTED person. - Anuj Somany
Sin, on the contrary, is the pursuit of legitimate self-regarding interests at the expense of the neighbor, by spending our time and talents figuring out ways of exploiting them. - Frederick Nymeyer
What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything. - Laurence Sterne
Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel. - George Santayana
Follow what you love!...Don't deign to ask what "they" are looking for out there. Ask what you have inside. Follow not your interests, which change, but what you are and what you love, which will and should not change.
At every step of the way, George W. Bush has put the narrow interests of the few ahead of the interests of most Americans. - John Kerry
Something can be very funny and then suddenly very terrifying-very exciting, and suddenly very ridiculous. I think that’s what life is like, that’s what interests me. - Joss Whedon
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