Quotation Explorer - 'Tendency'

I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. The transfer is not paying off. Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse. - Brian Eno
Poverty, like obesity, has the tendency to add at least ten years to the appearance of its victims, especially those who are over the age of twenty. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity. - Arnold Toynbee
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptable. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted. - Frank Herbert
cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion, between supposed lovers, between supposed brothers. And I know the pieces fit.
The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
But colonization had a nasty tendency to work its way into the DNA, the beliefs and philosophies and the very ways of life of the people being colonized. - Drew Hayden Taylor
Over time, this growing tendency of like marrying like will only reinforce clustering and geographic sorting along class lines, giving the emerging map of social, economic, and cultural segregation even greater permanence. - Richard Florida
Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
I just want to say this. I want to say it gently but I want to say it firmly: There is a tendency for the world to say to America, "the big problems of the world are yours, you go and sort them out," and then to worry when America wants to sort them out. - Tony Blair
More than the disappearing trees and roses, it’s the human tendency to suppress the ‘Natural Voice’ of the ‘Nature’s Man’ which is sorrowful. - Ashutosh Gupta
The biggest barrier in communication is that tendency of listening to reply and not to understand. - Wilson M. Mukama
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. - Thomas Szasz
There is a graceless human tendency to wish upon others the ills visited upon oneself. Instead of pointing successors towards short cuts, you relish seeing them clambering through identical hoops. - Michela Wrong
The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America. - Tim Wise
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is... the source of all religious fanaticism. - Reinhold Niebuhr
The most dangerous aspect of religion is its tendency to glorify the absurd and justify the abhorrent. - Stifyn Emrys
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
Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing. - John Stuart Mill
We must judge of a form of government by its general tendency, not by happy accidents. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
Striving for successful goals will have a tendency at times to be discouraging, thankless, and mentally draining. You are entitled to these feelings, however you are not entitled to give up. - DeWayne Owens
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
A person empowers oneself with a wisdom light by own tendency to Speak or Write consistently that which is Right, and that only offers him a third Eyesight to see the true colour of the supporting people's character in Black and White. - Anuj Somany
People from the past, have a tendency to walk back into the present, and run over the future. - Anthony Liccione
The details of life have a tendency to interfere with the actual living of life. - Richard Diaz
I am a Marxist--of the Groucho tendency. - Anonymous
There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good. - Robert Pirsig
I have a tendency to break rules and shake things up. I would say that with me people never know what is real and what is fiction. And I like that because reality is relative. - Nuno Roque
Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution. - Henry Kissinger
The human tendency toward confirmatory thinking - all of us are bias to seek information that fits what we already believe. - Valerie Tarico
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? - Ernest Hemingway
As parents we have a tendency to overprotect; it's okay to try and show them all positives but we cannot forget that the real world has teeth - Johnnie Dent Jr.
I am worried about our tendency to over invest in things and under invest in people. - John Kenneth Galbraith
Regardless of whether luck or coincidence is involved, desires directed in the right way have a tendency to manifest. - Stephen Richards
The tendency to turn human judgements into divine commands turns religion into one of the most dangerous forces in the world. - Georgia Harkness
ConnubialBecause with alarming accuracy she’d been identifying patterns I was unaware of—this tic, that tendency, like the way I've mastered the language of intimacy in order to conceal how I felt— I knew I was in danger of being terribly understood. - Stephen Dunn
The embryological record is almost always abbreviated in accordance with the tendency of nature (to be explained on the principle of survival of the fittest) to attain her needs by the easiest means. - Francis Maitland Balfour
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism. - Reinhold Niebuhr
Oppose vigorously any tendency to sadness ... You must persevere. By means of sorrow the enemy tries to make us weary of good works, but if he sees that we don't give them up and that being done in spite of his opposition they have become very meritorious, he will stop troubling us. - Francis de Sales
Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God. Once a day God sends us to bed like patients with a sickness. The sickness is a chronic tendency to think we are in control and that our work is indispensable. To cure us of this disease God turns us into helpless sacks of sand once a day. - John Piper
Do not tend to hire only people who see what you see. Such a tendency may lead to a decline in operating profit, and even bankruptcy. - Eraldo Banovac
Americans have a tendency to take much of our long-term economic, technological, medical, and social progress for granted, while assuming problems will only get worse. This is unwarranted. - Rachel DiCarlo Currie
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