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  • Still, whether we like it or not, the task of speeding up the decrease of the human population becomes increasingly urgent.

    Havelock Ellis (2013). “On Life and Sex: Essays of Love & Virtue”, p.126, Elsevier
  • In matters like writing and painting, a man does what he has to do - if he has to write, why then, he writes; and if he doesn't feel the urgent need of writing, there are dozens of professions in which it is easier to earn a comfortable living.

    Writing   Men   Doe  
  • I could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response.

    Ebola   Needs   Stunning  
    CDC Telebriefing in West Africa, www.cdc.gov. September 2, 2014.
  • They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

    Blood   Sea   Aging  
    D.H. Lawrence (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of D.H. Lawrence (Illustrated)”, p.6844, Delphi Classics
  • Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets, for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say.

    Betrayal   Men   Secret  
    Sir Henry Taylor (1836). “The Statesman”, p.131
  • Urgent optimism is the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success.

    "Gaming can make a better world". TED Talk, www.ted.com. February 2010.
  • What the world needs is an Emergency Boss. An Emergency Czar. An Emergency Commander. A true Master Of Disaster. One person completely responsible for the anticipation, immediate reconnaissance, and urgent execution of rescue and relief efforts around the world.

    "We Need An Emergency Boss" by Steven Van Zandt, www.huffingtonpost.com. April 13, 2010.
  • It is a sign of the times, and not a very good sign, that these days it is necessary - and not only necessary but urgent - to interest minds in the fate of Mind, that is to say, in their own fate.

    Fate   Mind   These Days  
    "Reflections on the World Today" by Paul Valery, (p. 156), 1931.
  • I am most drawn to writing when I have something else urgent to do.

    Writing   Urgent  
  • There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Flamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls. Our whole being must be in our praying.

  • ...that once were urgent and necessary for an orderly world and now were buried away, gathering dust and of no use to anyone.

    Dust   Gathering   Use  
  • The property of the people belongs to the people. To take it from them by taxation cannot be justified except by urgent public necessity. Unless this principle be recognized our country is no longer secure, our people no longer free.

    Calvin Coolidge (1924). “Calvin Coolidge, His Ideals of Citizenship as Revealed Through His Speeches and Writings”
  • For a knowledge of intimacy, localization in the spaces of our intimacy is more urgent than determination of dates.

  • On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.

    Margaret Sanger, Michael W. Perry, H. G. Wells (2003). “The Pivot of Civilization in Historical Perspective: The Birth Control Classic”, p.295, Inkling Books
  • There could be an independent labor-based party, which might over time become an important force the way the Labor Party did in England. To all of these things there are plenty of barriers, in the culture and in the social and political institutions, the concentration of economic power. But these are not insuperable barriers, I think. They can be overcome. And it is urgent that this be done, because there are really incredible problems that are simply not being addressed.

    Source: www.brooklynrail.org
  • I am now even more persuaded of the urgent need to study why Socrates was accused. The dislike of philosophy is perennial, and the seeds of the condemnation of Socrates are present at all times, not in the bosoms of pleasure-seekers, who don't give a damn, but in those of high-minded and idealistic persons who do not want to submit their aspirations to examination.

    "Giants and Dwarfs". Book by Allan Bloom. Chapter: "Western Civ," p. 19, 1990.
  • Carbon dioxide pollution is transforming the chemistry of the ocean, rapidly making the water more acidic. In decades, rising ocean acidity may challenge life on a scale that has not occurred for tens of millions of years. So we confront an urgent choice: to move beyond fossil fuels or to risk turning the ocean into a sea of weeds.

    Weed   Moving   Ocean  
  • I have two hopes for the future. The first and lesser one is that game commissions will one day have sense enough to set limits that measurably reflect the sport safely available. The second and deeply urgent one is that we shall grow a race of sportsmen no one of whom will ever consider it a matter of pride to have killed a limit.

    Sports   Pride   Sea  
  • 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  
  • Don't wait until you retire to go fishing. Don't even wait until your annual vacation. Go at every opportunity. Things that appear more urgent at the moment may, in the long run, turn out to be far less so.

  • During these two and a half years that have followed the war, the most urgent problem we have encountered was: to activate the public enterprises, to bring them up to the level that international markets demand and we are just now getting them prepared for privatization.

    War   Years   Two  
  • I always try to do the most important or urgent tasks first, I avoid waiting till the last minute to finish things, and I value my time. I work smarter by valuing my time and doing the things that can't be done without me while hiring a great team around me to do the rest of the things.

    Source: theimarketingcafe.com
  • We are in an extremely precarious and urgent situation that compels immediate action

  • What accumulated knowledge exists in low grade societies is at least put into practice; it is transmuted into character; it exists with the depth of meaning that attaches to its coming within urgent daily interests.

    John Dewey (2012). “Democracy and Education”, p.13, Courier Corporation
  • We spend our time sending messages to each other, talking and trying to listen at the same time, exchanging information. This seems to be our most urgent biological function; it is what we do with our lives.

    Lewis Thomas (1990). “A Long Line of Cells Collected Essays”
  • As an advocate of birth control I wish ... to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation.... On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.

    "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda". "Birth Control Review", (p. 5), October 1921.
  • The poet's first rule must be never to bore his readers; and his best way of keeping this rule is never to bore himself-which, of course, means to write only when he has something urgent to say.

    Writing   Mean   Way  
    Robert Graves, Paul O'Prey (1995). “Collected writings on poetry”, Carcanet Pr
  • With many countries on the verge of redefining a basic social institution, What Is Marriage? issues an urgent call for full deliberation of what is at stake. The authors make a compelling secular case for marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman, whose special status is based on society's interest in the nurture and education of children.

    Country   Children   Men  
  • We are willing to uphold principles that have resulted in unprecedented prosperity and security throughout Europe and around the world. With the threat of climate change only becoming more urgent, Angela [Merkel] and I focused on the need for American and E.U. leadership to advance global cooperation.

    Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in a Joint Press Conference, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. November 17, 2016.
  • This is the real and urgent reason why we must prepare now to meet death wisely, to transform our karmic future, and to avoid the tragedy of falling into delusion again and again and repeating the painful round of birth and death. This life is the only time and place we can prepare in, and we can only truly prepare through spiritual practice: This is the inescapable message of the natural bardo of this life.

    Death   Spiritual   Real  
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