Quotes with attempt
Truth is something we can attempt to doubt, and then perhaps, after much exertion, discover that part of the doubt is unjustified.
The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one, or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.
Heaven is the work of the best and kindest men and women. Hell is the work of prigs, pedants and professional truth-tellers. The world is an attempt to make the best of both.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy ... ; its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?
It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth...as my life consists of nothing but those experiments.
An Autobiography (1927)
Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950)
Government originated in the attempt to find a form of association that defends and protects the person and property of each with the common force of all.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency.
Stevenson vetoed a bill that imposed fines on owners who allowed cats to run at large (April 23, 1949).
I have no personal griefs to utter; only a barbarous egotism could intrude these into this chamber. I have no personal wrongs to avenge; only a barbarous nature could attempt to wield that vengeance which belongs to the Lord.
Speech titled The Barbarism of Slavery on June 4, 1860. Referring to the brutal assault against him by a South Carolina Senator Brooks that took place on the Senate floor in 1856 which lead to a difficult recovery and a lengthy absence from the Senate.
We love as soon as we learn to distinguish a separate "you" and "me." Love is our attempt to assuage the terror and isolation of that separateness.
Nature has good intentions, of course, but, as Aristotle once said, she cannot carry them out. When I look at a landscape I cannot help seeing all its defects. It is fortunate for us, however, that Nature is so imperfect, as otherwise we should have no art at all. Art is our spirited protest, our gallant attempt to teach Nature her proper place.
The Decay of Lying (1889)