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  • The national security issues are very important for two reasons. First, because everybody knows that we want to be safe. But, secondly, people see these issues as probably the clearest window into somebody's temperament, their judgment, whether they're steady or volatile.

    Issues   Two   People  
  • Americans like to believe we can overcome all obstacles and always triumph in the end, but that's not real life and a steady diet of stories like that will give you a pretty unhealthy view of reality.

    Real   Believe   Views  
  • But if the vision is strong enough, and your goals are steady, and you believe, pretty soon you bring other people with you.

    Strong   Believe   People  
  • There is nothing like a fixed, steady aim, with an honorable purpose. It dignifies your nature, and insures your success.

  • The thoughts of others Were light and fleeting, Of lovers' meeting Or luck or fame. Mine were of trouble, And mine were steady; So I was ready When trouble came.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.6, Delphi Classics
  • The Elders would go forth, and each must stand for go in all meekness, in sobriety, and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified; not to contend with others on account of their faith, or systems of religion, but pursue a steady course. This I delivered by way of commandment; and all who observe it not, will pull down persecution upon their heads, while those who do, shall always be filled with the Holy Ghost; this I pronounced as a prophecy, and sealed with hosanna and amen.

  • What we needed were not words and promises but a steady accumulation of small realities.

    Life   Reality   Promise  
  • But would we know, whether the pretended prophet had really attained a just sentiment of morals? Let us attend to his narration; and we shall soon find, that he bestows praise on such instances of treachery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, bigotry, as are utterly incompatible with civilized society. No steady rule of right seems there to be attended to; and every action is blamed or praised, so far only as it is beneficial or hurtful to the true believers.

    Revenge   Islam   Hurtful  
    David Hume (1758). “Essays and Treatises on several subjects, etc. New edition”, p.135
  • From the moment America went full-on industrial, it seems like it's been a steady path towards people never having to be physically present in order to satisfy their needs.

    America   Order   People  
    "Biography / Personal Quotes".
  • Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

    'The Spectator' no. 381, 17 May 1712
  • More striking still, it appeared that, if the process of concentration goes on at the same rate, at the end of another century we shall have all American industry controlled by a dozen corporations and run by perhaps a hundred men. Put plainly, we are steering a steady course toward economic oligarchy, if we are not there already.

    Running   Men   Goes On  
    Commonwealth Club Address, delivered 23 Sept 1932, San Francisco, CA
  • Trunk steady knocking/ Floating through the sky, Mary Poppins.

    Sky   Floating   Trunks  
  • Some people's lives seem to flow in a narrative; mine had many stops and starts. That's what trauma does. It interrupts the plot. You can't process it because it doesn't fit with what came before or what comes afterward. A friend of mine, a soldier, put it this way. In most of our lives, most of the time, you have a sense of what is to come. There is a steady narrative, a feeling of "lights, camera, action" when big events are imminent. But trauma isn't like that. It just happens, and then life goes on. No one prepares you for it.

    Light   People   Feelings  
  • Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards.

    Men   Long   Speech  
    George Santayana (1937). “The Works of George Santayana”
  • Puddleglum,' they've said, 'You're altogether too full of bobance and bounce and high spirits. You've got to learn that life isn't all fricasseed frogs and ell pie. You want something to sober you down a bit. We're only saying it for your own good, Puddleglum.' That's what they say. Now a job like this --a journey up north just as winter's beginning looking for a prince that probably isn't there, by way of ruined city nobody's ever seen-- will be just the thing. If that doesn't steady a chap, I don't know what will.

    Jobs   Winter   Journey  
  • Such simple and steady acts of kindness are the essence of love, the substance of life. All of us need love; all of us want love. Everything else is a consolation prize. What matters is love.

  • Integration proceeds by just the opposite route: a deliberate heightening of every organic function; a release of impulses from circumstances that irrationally thwarted them; richer and more complex patterns of activity; an esthetic heightening of anticipated realizations; a steady lengthening of the future; a faith in cosmic perspectives.

    Love   Faith   Opposites  
  • White folks have controlled New Orleans with money and guns, black folks have controlled it with magic and music, and although there has been a steady undercurrent of mutual admiration, an intermingling of cultures unheard of in any other American city, South or North; although there has prevailed a most joyous and fascinating interface, black anger and white fear has persisted, providing the ongoing, ostensibly integrated fete champetre with volatile and sometimes violent idiosyncrasies.

    Fear   Gun   Cities  
    Tom Robbins (2003). “Jitterbug Perfume”, p.360, Bantam
  • In our steady insistence on proclaiming sex-distinction we have grown to consider most human attributes as masculine attributes, for the simple reason that they were allowed to men and forbidden to women.

    Sex   Simple   Men  
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (2015). “Women and Economics - A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution: From the famous American writer, feminist, social reformer and a respected sociologist who holds an important place in feminist fiction, well-known for her stories The Yellow Wallpaper and Herland”, p.29, e-artnow
  • Know it for certain that without steady devotion for the Guru and unflinching patience and perseverance, nothing is to be achieved. You must have strict morality.

    Swami Vivekananda (2015). “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”, p.3373, Manonmani Publishers
  • The days of looking the other way while despotic regimes trample human rights, rob their nations' wealth, and then excuse their failings by feeding their people a steady diet of anti-Western hatred are over.

    Rights   People   Hatred  
    2004 Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 24 Jan.
  • Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

    1859 The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
  • I think sometimes we think faith is about having all the answers. It isn't. But it's the thing that keeps you steady and in peace in the midst of storms.

    "'Heaven is for Real' dad tells his story". Interview with John W. Kennedy,
  • Steady of heart and stout of hand.

    Heart   Hands   Stout  
    Sir Walter Scott (1862). “The Lay of the Last Minstrel. By Sir Walter Scott, Bart. With All His Introductions and Notes, Various Readings, and the Editor's Notes”, p.39
  • Preparedness for a game that usually lasts four-five hours requires good physical condition and also steady nerves.

    Games   Nerves   Four  
  • I think what my hope is is that the only downside of having a steady job on television is, I think for all actors, there's a piece, there's some adrenaline, and part of the love of the job is not knowing what's coming next, and the variety.

    Jobs   Thinking   Knowing  
    "Lauren Graham Interview - EVAN ALMIGHTY" by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, June 19, 2007.
  • The American family is not simply changing; it is getting weaker. . . . Family decline drives some of our most urgent social problems. . . . The heart of the family problem lies in the steady breakup of the two-parent home.

    Breakup   Lying   Home  
  • Leo smiled and stroked her hair. 'We'll both be fine, Marks. We've just begun our journey...and there's so much we have yet to do.' He spoke more softly as he heard her breathing turn even and steady. 'Rest against my heart. Let me watch over your dreams. And know that tomorrow morning, and every morning after that, you'll awaken next to someone who loves you.' 'Dodger?' she mumbled against his chest, and he grinned. 'No, your confounded ferret will have to stay in his basket. I was referring to myself.' 'Yes, I know.' Catherine slid her hand up to his cheek. 'Only you,' she said. 'Always you.

  • In any case, suffice it to say I enjoyed hearing about faraway places. I had stocked up a whole store of these places, like a bear getting ready for hibernation. I'd close my eyes, and streets would materialize, rows of houses take shape. I could hear people's voices, feel the gentle, steady rhythm of their lives, those people so distant, whom I'd probably never know.

    Eye   Voice   People  
  • People who buy annuities, it turns out, live longer than people who don't, and not because the people who buy annuities are healthier to start with. The evidence suggests that an annuity's steady payout provides a little extra incentive to keep chugging along.

    Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt (2010). “Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance”, p.77, Penguin UK
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