Quotes: arbitrary

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  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
    German - American physicist 1879-1955
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    Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.
  • Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams
    Wife of John Adams 1744-1818
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    Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
  • George Washington
    George Washington
    First president of the US 1732-1799
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    Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
  • Mortimer J. Adler
    Mortimer J. Adler
    American philosopher, educator, and popular 1902-2001
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    Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
  • Henry Louis Mencken
    Henry Louis Mencken
    American journalist and critic 1880-1956
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    Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
  • Maria Montessori
    Maria Montessori
    Italian onderwijskundige 1870-1952
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    If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
  • Algernon Sidney
    Algernon Sidney
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    If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established.
  • Margaret Mead
    Margaret Mead
    American cultural anthropologist 1901-1978
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    If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard
    French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist 1929-2007
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    Neither dead nor alive, the hostage is suspended by an incalculable outcome. It is not his destiny that awaits for him, nor his own death, but anonymous chance, which can only seem to him something absolutely arbitrary. He is in a state of radical emergency, of virtual extermination.
  • George Jean Nathan
    George Jean Nathan
    American criticus 1882-1958
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    Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    German philosopher 1788-1860
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    Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
  • Wyndham Lewis
    Wyndham Lewis
    British painter and author 1882-1957
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    The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
  • Henry James
    Henry James
    American author 1843-1916
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    The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
  • Abbie Hoffman
    Abbie Hoffman
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    Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
  • Francoise Sagan
    Francoise Sagan
    French authoress 1935-
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    Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
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