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Benjamin E. Mays
American Baptist minister and civil rights leader 1894-1984
I have only just a minute. Only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can't refuse it. Didn't seek it, didn't choose it. But it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give account if I abuse it, Just a tiny little minute but eternity is in it.Source: As quoted in "Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography", Mays constantly recited to his students this anonymous poem.
Charles Caleb Colton
English writer 1780-1832
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Irish poet and writer 1923-1964
People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.
British writer 1815-1882
A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist 1951-
Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it's empirically so.
English nurse, writer, feminist, and pacifist 1893-1970
All that a pacifist can undertake - but it is a very great deal - is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate.
James A. Michener
American writer 1907-
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
African-American political activist 1942-1989
Black men and women who refuse to live under oppression are dangerous to white society because they become symbols of hope to their brothers and sisters, inspiring them to follow their example.Source: Revolutionary Suicide (2009)
Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.
Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist and screenwriter 1962-
But I refuse to believe that I am a better actor than myself.
Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst 1875-1961
Caution has its place, no doubt, but we cannot refuse our support to a serious venture which challenges the whole of the personality. If we oppose it, we are trying to suppress what is best in man -his daring and his aspirations. And should we succeed, we should only have stood in the way of that invaluable experience which might have given a meaning to life. What would have happened if Paul had allowed himself to be talked out of his journey to Damascus?
American legal scholar 1954-
Concerned about re-election, interest-group reactions, the media, or fundraising, many legislators have found it in their interest to refuse to cooperate with members of the opposing party - or to treat them as enemies in some kind of war, in which the whole point is to defeat and humiliate them. But the American people have been the real losers.
American academic and social critic 1947-
Every male copulating with a woman returns to his origins in the womb. Goethe postponed intercourse until he was forty. This must be related to his self-imposed distance from his forceful mother. To refuse phallic penetration is to refuse surrender to the female matrix.Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
British diplomat, poet 1664-1721
Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.
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