Quotes with taking
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
My capacity for happiness you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first.
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
Journalism has become a great god of the period, and gods have a way of ruthlessly and demonically taking over their servitors. In thus becoming a state of mind .. journalism enables people to deal with life more and more at second hand. Information usually consists of half-truths, and "knowledgeability" becomes a substitute for real knowledge.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
Having a baby is like taking your lower lips and forcing them over your head.
We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
Going away: I can generally bear the separation, but I don't like the leave-taking.
Music is nothing separate from me. It is me. I can't retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver. You'd have to remove the music from me surgically — like you were taking out my appendix.
Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
At that point, which would be around February 2002, they came and they confiscated my computer, because, they said, they were suspecting that I was communicating with certain Senate members and taking this issue outside the Bureau. And, at that point, I was not.
Interview by Jim Hogue as it appeared in the Real Path to 9/11 (2003)
I get weary of the European habit of taking our money, resenting any slight hint as to what they should do, and then assuming, in addition, full right to criticize us as bitterly as they may desire. In fact, it sometimes appears that their indulgence in this kind of criticism varies in direct ration to the amount of help we give them.
After taking temporary charge last season he took us from looking down at the fringes of another relegation scrap, to within a kick of getting into Europe.
Leadership is taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty.
When I was taking a course in analytic mechanics, the professor had a big machine that each student had to experiment with and get an answer. And you had to find the weight of the earth with this contraption. There was a whole room full of retorts and Bunson burners and beakers and motors. And I did that, and there was nothing more ridiculous to me than finding the weight of the earth because I didn't care how much the earth weighed. And later on I didn't have any idea that this would be... I thought this was very useless, you know. I had no idea that this was going to come in handy in my cartoon work later on.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
You just didn’t see women taking over and beating up men in those days. Russ did something no one else had the imagination to do. And he was smart to use three bodied-up women, so whether the picture’s good or not, you still sort of stare at it.
Interview on Russ Meyer’s Ultravixens web site.
The art of leadership ... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.
Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
It's too bad, but the way American people are, now that they have all this capability, instead of taking advantage of it, they'll probably just piss it all away.
We live in a country where Rosa Parks had the courage and conviction to sit down long enough to start a revolution that lead to Al Sharpton screaming racism every time Barry Bonds gets indicted for taking performance enhancing drugs in order to break a home run record set by a black man who didn't even have the benefit of Advil.
Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. A rule that came to mind in 1983. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he's writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character's head, and the reader either knows what the guy's thinking or doesn't care. I'll bet you don't skip dialogue.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
I sought excitement and, taking chances, I was all ready to fail in order to achieve something large.
School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers.
The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1908)
Lawyer -- One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
Lawyer: One who protects us from robbers by taking away the temptation.
I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can’t just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.
Interview published on Breibart.com, 1/26/2013
Stereotypes about women’s domestic roles are reinforced by parallel stereotypes presuming a lack of domestic responsibilities for men. Because employers continued to regard the family as the woman’s domain, they often denied men similar accommodations or discouraged them from taking leave. These mutually reinforcing stereotypes created a self-fulfilling cycle of discrimination that forced women to continue to assume the role of primary family caregiver, and fostered employers’ stereotypical views about women’s commitment to work and their value as employees.
Nevada Dep't of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003)
Progress is not made by taking pride in our present standards but by critically examining these standards, hypothetically setting higher standards and attempting to achieve them.
I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [the Native Americans].... Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
Interview with Playboy, May 1971