Quotes by presumption
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John Henry Newman
English theologian 1801-1890
Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
English politician 1623-1683
A general presumption that Icings will govern well, is not a sufficient security to the People... those who subjected themselves to the will of a man were governed by a beast.
Call it vanity, call it arrogant presumption, call it what you wish, but I would grope for the nearest open grave if I had no newspaper to work for, no need to search for and sometimes find the winged word that just fits, no keen wonder over what each unfolding day may bring.
American novelist, essayist and poet 1955-
Her body moved with the frankness that comes from solitary habits. But solitude is only a human presumption. Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot; every choice is a world made new for the chosen. All secrets are witnessed.Source: Prodigal Summer
French writer and essayist 1913-1960
In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
American cartoonist 1894-1961
It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
Wernher Von Braun
German, later American, aerospace engineer and space architect 1912-1977
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living beings in that enormous immensity.
African-American almanac author, and surveyor
Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
American mathematician and logician 1903-1995
The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
American writer 1899-1961
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
Australian politician, medical doctor and environmentalist 1944-
There's a presumption that somehow you calculate beforehand whether something is going to be good politically or not. I simply don't.
English painter, author, poet and photographer 1959-
We are not actually in charge of life, yet behave as if we are the masters of our own destiny. The realization of this fact is quite a hard one. The ridiculousness of our pomposity and presumption can only result in anger or humor.
English poet 1742-1809
Were I to flatter myself with the possibility of success in such combat, it would indeed be presumption.
Barbara W. Tuchman
American historian 1912-1989
When truth and reason cannot be heard, then must presumption rule.Source: A Distant Mirror Admiral Jean de Vienne, quoted on p. 559
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