Quotation Explorer - 'Precisely'

One of the liberating effects of science fiction when I was a teenager was precisely its ability to tune me into all sorts of strange data and make me realize that I wasn’t as totally isolated in perceiving the world as being monstrous and crazy - William Gibson
If you cry "Forward!" you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a monk and revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite? - Anton Chekhov
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. - Henry Kissinger
True courage consists in being courageous precisely when when we're not. - Jules Renard
Knowledge subverts love: in proportion as we penetrate our secrets, we come to loathe our kind, precisely because they resemble us. - Emil Cioran
Oh but it is Mr Bernstein, it is the ultimate game. And, once you take this folder you will have precisely 14 days in which to decide whether or not you would like to play. - Adrian Dawson
To its critics, the study of theology distracts from real life. But, at its best, theology inspires and informs precisely the committed and caring ministry. - Alister E. McGrath
[Justice George Sutherland said, in the majority opinion for the Carter Coal case] 'One who does a thing in order to avoid a monetary penalty does not agree; he yields to compulsion precisely the same as though he did so to avoid a term in jail. - Jim Powell
Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. - Reinhold Niebuhr
We ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the universe. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the skies so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. - Johannes Kepler
Cannot you conceive that another man may wish well to the world and struggle for its good on some other plan than precisely that which you have laid down? - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Every utterance is an event, and no two events are precisely alike. The extreme view, therefore, is that no word ever means the same thing twice. - Louis B. Saloman
The most tragic consequence of our criticism of a man is to block his way to humiliation and grace, precisely to drive him into the mechanisms of self justification and into his faults instead of freeing him from them. For him, our voice drowns the voice of God. - Paul Tournier
When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect - they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul - not of intellect, or of heart. - Edgar Allan Poe
Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future - and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people. - Albert Camus
The question is precisely to know whether the past has ceased to exist, or ceased to be useful... - Henri Bergson
Worshiping the Devil is no more insane than worshiping God...It is precisely at the moment when positivism is at its high-water mark that mysticism stirs into life and the follies of occultism begin. - Joris-Karl Huysmans
All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. - Susan Sontag
Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included). - Karl Marx
What people say and feel about you when you've left a room is precisely your job while you are in it. - Rasheed Ogunlaru
Awareness is that which is reading these words right now, whatever that is. You know without a doubt that there is something reading these words right now and awareness is precisely what that is. - Enza Vita
We must talk and reach for common understandings, precisely because all of us are imperfect and can never act with the certainty that God is on our side; and yet at times we must act nonetheless, as if we are certain, protected from error only by providence. - Barack Obama
Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be - Anthony Robbins
Revolution does have to be violent precisely because the Pharaoh won't let you go. If the Pharaoh would let you go, the revolution won't have to be violent. - Michael Hardt
One should never know too precisely whom one has married. - Friedrich Nietzsche
I...have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute. - Rebecca West
True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels themthe desire to do rightis precisely the same. - Robert E. Lee
God is omniscient; He knows precisely what He is doing and what He will accomplish. He doesn't need our help. God is Sovereign. Our duty is to be careful, eager and faithful to enter into God’s rest, not our own rest. - Pazaria Smith
Properly understood, then, the scriptures counsel us to be virtuous not because romantic love is bad, but precisely because romantic love is so good. It is not only good; it is pure, precious, even sacred and holy. - Bruce C. Hafen
I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it. - Federico Fellini
These detective series on TV always end at precisely the right moment-after the criminal is arrested and before the court turns him loose. - Robert Orben
Although I think the word "pleasure" is unknown to you. More precisely, its practical meaning". #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion - Olga GOA
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another. - Desmond Tutu
I ask of literature precisely those things of which I feel the lack in my own life. - James Branch Cabell
In so far as the culture industry arouses a feeling of well-being that the world is precisely in that order suggested by the culture industry, the substitute gratification which it prepares for human beings cheats them out of the same happiness which it deceitfully projects. - Theodor W. Adorno
Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others. - Joseph B. Wirthlin
Dharma is precisely this 'discipline of ordered existence', a 'belief system that restrains and gives coherence to desires. - Gurcharan Das
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. - Rebecca West
How can anyone underestimate the ballistic quality of words? Invisible things happen in intangible moments. What should keep us writing is precisely that possibility of explosions - Miguel Syjuco
Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society. - James Baldwin
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. - Rebecca West
Energies are to be expressed precisely with the person you don’t get along with. The energies are already there in dealing with the person you do get along with. ‘Not being able to get along’ is a weakness. - Dada Bhagwan
We Libertarians believe in "Limited Government" precisely because we believe in unlimited liberty. Reduce one, and you decrease the other. - A.E. Samaan
Jesus’ command to love our neighbours is a command to love all strangers precisely because we too have been strangers to God and welcomed in. - Kester Brewin
It is precisely democracy which is destroying the American political structure, American law, and the American economy. - Rose Wilder Lane
Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them. - J. K. Rowling
Confidence is this: Wearing your triumphs with humility, and wearing your scars with pride. Many of us do precisely the opposite. - Umair Haque
namaste - it means, roughly translated, "I honor the Deity within you." that is precisely what we do when we open our hearts to another; we honor the fact that he or she, like us, is a child or the same loving Father, worthy of all respect and careful attention. - Virginia H. Pearce
Conflict is not unavoidable. However, it is nonsensical to consider the institution of a state as a solution to the problem of possible conflict, because it is precisely the institution of a state which first makes conflict unavoidable and permanent. - Hans-Hermann Hoppe
When some one mortal yet eternal human merely being relying on precisely nothing but the audacious love of his Maker, calls on Him to part the Heavens, well, we are undone. - Geoffrey Wood
If you go in thinking that you're smarter than everyone else, you want in a learning very much. If you go in thinking, "I'd sure like to understand this better," you end up doing precisely that. - Alex Gibney
Probe deeply enough, under the slickest façade of confidence, and you tapped a vein of self-doubt or a hidden fear. Irrational fears and baseless doubts, many of them, but that was precisely why constant reassurance was necessary to the human animal. - Barbara Michaels
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. - Thomas Merton
...it is precisely because the world appears to us to be multiple, ambiguous, and paradoxical, that we must strive to speak and write clearly. - Mark Dintenfass
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one - Thomas Carlyle
But it is precisely at those moments when the glass seems to be ‘set fair’ that Fate invariably decides to take a hand. - John Bude
the real purpose of socialism is precisely to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development - Albert Einstein
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. - Gustave Flaubert
To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self.... And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one's self. - Søren Kierkegaard
A person is an objective entity, which as a definite subject has the closest contacts with the whole (external) world and is most intimately involved with it precisely because of its inwardness, its interior life. - Pope John Paul II
We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us. - Eric Hoffer
I would give something to know for precisely whom the deeds were really done, of which it is publicly stated they were done 'for the Fatherland'. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
To interrupt the writer from the line of thought is to wake the dreamer from the dream. The dreamer cannot enter that dream, precisely as it was unfolding, ever again. - Mary Oliver
The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or 'wholly other. - Mircea Eliade
The Christian God seemed the most offensive to people precisely because he was the most godlike. He was too perfect even to be coaxed by human efforts, and therefore sent his son to do the job. - Criss Jami
We are never late. We arrive precisely when we mean to.
First, it is essential to determine precisely what you wantto achieve. Just wanting to be successful is too general. - Derric Yuh Ndim
The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands, since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power. - Simone de Beauvoir
Somehow they fail to see that for someone aggravated by depression, self-help will be useless, indeed, it is precisely the self that needs to be forgotten. - Geoffrey Wood
It is precisely by binding things together that traditional visions perpetuate themselves and the prejudgments contained within them; and it is by insisting on prising things apart that we have liberated ourselves from them - Ernest Gellner
I slowly climbed the porch steps while wondering, what exactly did Elias know about my life in London; what precisely was wrong with his mind...And what was the heaviest item in my bag. - Jonathan Friesen
The best advice you can give anyone consists of one word only, given at precisely the right moment. - Glen McDiarmid
Success comes from doing the hard part. When the hard part is all you've got, you're more likely to do it.And this is precisely why it's difficult to focus. Because focusing means acknowledging that you just signed up for the hard part. - Seth Godin
It's precisely in despair that you find the most intense pleasure, especially if you are already powerfully conscious of the hopelessness of your predicament. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism. - Fidel Castro
,m./But it is precisely at those moments when the glass seems to be ‘set fair’ that Fate invariably decides to take a hand. - John Bude
Resistance is a powerful motivator precisely because it enables us to fulfill our longing to achieve our goals while letting us boldly recognize and name the obstacles to those achievements. - Derrick A. Bell
That sense of entitlement is precisely where we want them because the right to happiness is directly opposed to one of The Adversary’s greatest curatives —gratitude. - Geoffrey Wood
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