Quotes by presumption

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  • John Henry Newman
    John Henry Newman
    English theologian 1801-1890
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    Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
  • Algernon Sydney
    Algernon Sydney
    English politician 1623-1683
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    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.
  • Bob Considine
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    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.
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver
    American novelist, essayist and poet 1955-
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    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
  • Albert Camus
    Albert Camus
    French writer and essayist 1913-1960
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    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.
  • James Thurber
    James Thurber
    American cartoonist 1894-1961
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    It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
  • Wernher Von Braun
    Wernher Von Braun
    German, later American, aerospace engineer and space architect 1912-1977
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    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.
  • Benjamin Banneker
    Benjamin Banneker
    African-American almanac author, and surveyor
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    Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
  • Alonzo Church
    Alonzo Church
    American mathematician and logician 1903-1995
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    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.
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway
    American writer 1899-1961
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    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.
  • Bob Brown
    Bob Brown
    Australian politician, medical doctor and environmentalist 1944-
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    There's a presumption that somehow you calculate beforehand whether something is going to be good politically or not. I simply don't.
  • Billy Childish
    Billy Childish
    English painter, author, poet and photographer 1959-
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    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.
  • Anne Seward
    Anne Seward
    English poet 1742-1809
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    Were I to flatter myself with the possibility of success in such combat, it would indeed be presumption.
  • Barbara W. Tuchman
    Barbara W. Tuchman
    American historian 1912-1989
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    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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