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American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.Source: Contact (1985) Ch. 14
Human beings, for all their pretensions, have a remarkable propensity for lending themselves to classification somewhere within neatly labeled categories. Even the outrageous exceptions may be classified as outrageous exceptions!
Roman philosopher, statesman and playwright 5 BC - 65 A.D.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may mot be subdued by discipline.
Indian novelist and poet 1952-
Of course, the greater one's need, the greater one's propensity to be mesmerized.Source: Een geschikte jongen (1993) 609
English writer 1775-1817
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
Henry Ward Beecher
American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker 1813-1887
The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
British artist 1786-1846
The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.
Scottish Economist 1723-1790
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.
E. M. Cioran
French philosopher 1911-
The source of our actions resides in an unconscious propensity to regard ourselves as the center, the cause, and the conclusion of time. Our reflexes and our pride transform into a planet the parcel of flesh and consciousness we are.
British artist 1786-1846
There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.
Tanzanian politician 1938-2020
We have a propensity for starting and joining all kinds of organisations, the result was that we were spending more time in conferences than implementing the decisions.Source: Commenting on Tanzanias withdrawal from COMESA. 2000-09-04
Indian text in Sanskrit
What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoes laces.
Abba Goold Woolson
Women have in their natures something akin to owls and fireflies. While men grow stupid and sleepy towards evening, they become brighter and more open-eyed, and show a propensity to flit and sparkle under the light of chandeliers.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
American journalist, essayist and memoirist 1934-2002
Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.
American writer 1842-1914
Self-denial is indulgence of a propensity to forego.
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