Quotation Explorer - 'Sterile'

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual -- when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions -- it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Knowledge without know-how is sterile. We use the word "academic" in a pejorative sense to identify this limitation.
The eyes were damned, the staring, glaring eyes of one who sees but does not see, eyes ever turned inward to the sterile hell of dreams beyond control, dreams unleashed, risen out of the stinking swamps of the unconscious. - Stephen King
Like the pagans of old, unaffected by climate, the British were now dancing around a giant phallus. Unlike the pagans theirs was a sterile phallus, disarmed by condoms and pills - the first heathen sexual cult to be based around sterility rather than fertility. - Peter Hitchens
Beware of crossing your arms in the sterile attitude of the spectator, because life is not a spectacle, because a a sea of sorrows is not a proscenium, because a man who screams is not a dancing bear. - Aimé Césaire
Knowledge without courage is sterile. - Baltasar Gracián
Miss Austen’s novels seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer is marriageableness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The working class had imposed upon them a sterile and authoritarian educational system which mirrored the ethos of the corporate workplace. - Anthony M. Platt
I am not a fan of sealed up sterile homes or Faraday cages and their use in human health, although I do understand that some people do feel relief in these environments. - Steven Magee
If you cannot attract a woman, you are, by definition, sterile. - Erik Von Markovik
Perfection seems sterile; it is final, no mystery in it; it's a product of an assembly line. - Dejan Stojanovic
Time... is an essential requirement for effective research. An investigator may be given a palace to live in, a perfect laboratory to work in, he may be surrounded by all the conveniences money can provide; but if his time is taken from him he will remain sterile. - Walter Bradford Cannon
Living in sterile man-made environments that are disconnected from nature should be expected to lead to sickness. - Steven Magee
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