Quotes with least
Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.
As quoted in "Honored literary scholar M.H. Abrams continues his labors (of love)" in The Cornell Chronicle (June 10, 1999).
I grew up as a Mormon and that had more of an impact on my values than my beliefs. I'm afraid I will always feel the weight of a lie. I'm very hard on myself anyway. Religious guilt carries over too. You can't really misbehave without feeling badly about it. At least, I can't.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.
New York Times (July 2, 2004)
Except that right side is up is best, there is not much to learn about holding a baby. There are 152 distinctly different ways--and all are right! At least all will do.
The solution, once revealed, must seem to have been inevitable. At least half of all the mystery novels published violate this law.
Casual Notes on the Mystery Novel, essay (1949)
Safe-breaking and vault-breaking are at least as old as the pyramids and burial chambers of Egypt. Poking holes in vaults and safes for profit appears to be as durable as greed.
Those instrumental goods which should serve to maintain the life and health of all human beings should be produced by the least possible labor of all.
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous or when they are most luxurious-they are conservatives after dinner.
For the master spirit of the earth shall not sleep peacefully upon the wind till the needs of the least of you are satisfied.
The Prophet (1923)
Things that matter most must never be put at the mercy of those that matter the least.
Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
The Comedians, Pt. III, Ch. 4
When I gave a lecture in Japan, I was asked not to mention the possible re-collapse of the universe, because it might affect the stock market. However, I can re-assure anyone who is nervous about their investments that it is a bit early to sell: even if the universe does come to an end, it won't be for at least twenty billion years.
The Beginning of Time (lecture)
One of the eternal conflicts out of which life is made up is that between the effort of every man to get the most he can for his services, and that of society, disguised under the name of capital, to get his services for the least possible return.
Dissenting opinion in Vegelahn v. Guntner (1896)
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
The world cannot utterly ignore men who lay down their lives for any cause. Men may write and agitate, they may scream never so shrilly about the wrongs of the world, but when they go forth to fight single-handed and to die for what they preach, they have at least earned the right to demand of society an inquiry.
Violence and the Labor Movement (1914)
Serfs and slaves were always given at least enough to keep them physically well. But present-day society has ignored the wisdom of this fair provision.
Every opportunity seized launches at least two new opportunities.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
I've reached the age where young people frequently ask for my advice. All I can really say is that electronics is a fascinating field that I continue to find fulfilling. The field is still growing rapidly, and the opportunities that are ahead are at least as great as they were when I graduated from college. My advice is to get involved and get started.
Autobiography from Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2000, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 2001
Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.
Computer Programming as an Art (1974)
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
The fact is that there is such a diversity of attractions and distractions, of temptation and amusement in the city, that unless a youth is made of unusual stuff he will yield to the persuasion of the moment and follow the line of least resistance. It is hard for the city-bred youth to resist the multiplicity of allurements and pleasures that bid for his attention, to deny himself and turn a deaf ear to the appeals of his associates and tie himself down to self-improvement while those around him are having a good time.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the basis of civil and international law, or at least of custom that has the force of law.
During my years in Congress and for the four decades since, I've been labeled a bleeding-heart liberal. It was not meant as a compliment, but I gladly accept it. My heart does sometimes bleed for those who are hurting in my own country and abroad. A bleeding-heart liberal, by definition, is someone who shows enormous sympathy towards others, especially the least fortunate. Well, we ought to be stirred, even to tears, by society's ills. And sympathy is the first step toward action. Empathy is born out of the old biblical injunction Love the neighbor as thyself. There's a hopelessly far left lost liberal cause for you.
The most substantial people are the most frugal, and make the least show, and live at the least expense.
A Voyage to Georgia (1744)
They want you to cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries. Okay?
Upon leaving the Patriots
A clever man ought to so regulate his interests that each will fall in due order. Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least, we miss the greatest.
There is at least as much eloquence in the voice, eyes, and air of a speaker as in his choice of words.
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
"Citizenship in a Republic." Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Fossils have been long studied as great curiosities, collected with great pains, treasured with great care and at a great expense, and shown and admired with as much pleasure as a child's hobby-horse is shown and admired by himself and his playfellows, because it is pretty; and this has been done by thousands who have never paid the least regard to that wonderful order and regularity with which nature has disposed of these singular productions, and assigned to each class its peculiar stratum.
Personal notes, January 5, 1796
He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.
Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
Illness As Metaphor (1978)
We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say -- and to feel -- "Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought."
"In Awe of Words," The Exonian, 75th anniversary edition, Exeter University (1930)
We do not go to cowards for tender dealing; there is nothing so cruel as panic; the man who has least fear for his own carcase, has most time to consider others.
Aes Triplex (1878)
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas. To relax, as it were, in the womb of the desert sun. Just roll the roof back and screw it on, grease the face with white tanning butter and move out with the music at top volume, and at least a pint of ether.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1971)
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance...
Paradise (to be) Regained
And to all you folks out there, I want to thank you for the last fifty years of my career. And I hope I can keep at it another fifty years - or at least until I can get it right.
If Madonna's allowed to reinvent herself every 15 minutes, I figure I should be good for a change at least once every 20 years.
I had a heart attack this morning. I can't do any more drugs till at least lunch.
House, Wilson's Heart. By Dr. Gregory House.
If I have to walk somewhere, there better be at least five girls involved. And they’d better be working their way through college.
House, Whatever It Takes. By Dr. Gregory House.