Quotes with essential
The essential function of the universe, which is a machine for making gods
If we are asked what is the most essential characteristic that underlies this word, the word itself will guide us to gentleness, to absence of such things as brow-beating, overbearing manners and fuss, and generally to consideration for other people.
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?
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
First published in the "Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.
"Atomic Education Urged By Einstein", The New York Times, May 25, 1946.
Freedom of speech and of the press are essential to the enlightenment of a free people and in restraining those who wield power. Particularly should this freedom be employed in comment upon the work of the courts, who are without many influences ordinarily making for humour and humility, twin antidotes to the corrosion of power.
Bridges v. California (1941)
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety
Notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly, February 17, 1775.
They who can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
History is essential to wisdom and statesmanship. It teaches the young the virtues of freedom. By apprising them of the past it will enable them to judge the future; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise and knowing it, to defeat its views.
The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.
Windows are as essential to office prestige as Christmas is to retailing.
Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it ... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
I must before I die, find some way to say the essential thing that is in me, that I have never said yet -- a thing that is not love or hate or pity or scorn, but the very breath of life, fierce and coming from far away, bringing into human life the vastness and fearful passionless force of non-human things...
My Philosophical Development (1959)
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic? (1947)
You were mad, but I envy such madness, for you felt that the essential thing in this world is not to serve this ideal or that one, but with all one's soul to serve the ideal which one has chosen.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
I oppose the essential Barbarism of Slavery, in all its influences, whether high or low, as Satan is Satan still, whether towering in the sky or squatting in the toad.
Speech titled The Barbarism of Slavery on June 4, 1860.
In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The essential problem is how to govern a large-scale world with small-scale local minds.
Faith in your own powers and confidence in your individual methods are essential to success.
The origin is unclear, however it's been attributed to Roderick Stevens. At the same time, this quote appears several times at least as far back as 1917 and 1922.