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French novelist, critic, and essayist 1871-1922+3
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862+1
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719+1
Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.
A politicians willingness to listen to good advice rises in inverse proportion to how badly he thinks he is doing.
A sense of proportion and humanitarian action are not issues for terrorists. Their aim is that of killing and destroying.Source: Speech at a summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Istanbul, Turkey, as quoted in BBC World Service (19 November 1999)
A t American weddings, the quality of the food is in inverse proportion to the social position of the bride and groom.
Swiss philosopher and poet 1821-18810
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
American academic and social critic 1947-0
Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.
W. H. Auden
American poet 1907-19730
Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed.
American Protestant clergyman 1891-19680
Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.
Christianity is the only true and perfect religion, and in proportion as mankind adopt its principles and obey its precepts, they will be wise and happy. And a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible than in any other way.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
English poet 1792-18220
Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice.
Alexis de Tocqueville
French diplomat, political scientist, and historian 1805-18590
Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?
William C. Bryant
American poet, editor 1794-18780
Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness - a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.