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Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

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One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love,
of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
- Mother Teresa

 

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues:
always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin


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I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery.
I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
- Brigid Brophy

The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God;
the tragedy is that,
knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.
- William Barclay

Destiny has a lot to do with it, but so do you.
You have to persevere, you have to insist.
- Andrea Bocelli

Instead of raising taxes as some would insist,
we need to reduce waste and inefficiency in government.
- Tim Murphy

We are insisting and we will continue to insist that
this faith of the church must continue to be upheld come rain,
come fire.
That is our position.
- Peter Akinola

Anyone who can worship a trinity
and insist that his religion is a monotheism
can believe anything.
- Robert A Heinlein

Why do you always insist on playing while I'm trying to conduct?
- Eugene Ormandy

Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.
- Norman Borlaug

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show
they have not deserved it.
- Baltasar Gracian

I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon
frugality in the expenditure,
and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.
- Andrew Johnson

There is something suspicious about music,
gentlemen.
I insist that she is, by her nature,
equivocal.
I shall not be going too far in saying at once that
she is politically suspect.
- Thomas Mann

Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not,
because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist
they're honest about everything.
- Chuck Klosterman

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

Workers insist that they are not disgruntled.
They are very gruntled.
- Kevin Nealon

As I grew older, I realized that it was much better
to insist on the genuine forms of nature,
for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.
- Albrecht Durer

No government can help the destinies of people who
insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

People who insist on telling their dreams are among
the terrors of the breakfast table.
- Max Beerbohm

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to
insist that politics and religion don't mix.
This is the stock response of the left.
- Christopher Lasch

In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers.
In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
- Steve Allen

Every once in awhile we may fall on our face,
but we insist on doing what we wanna do.
- Cliff Burton

If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable...
we must be content to creep along the ground,
and never soar.
- John Henry Newman

But no one can praise Roosevelt for doing this and
then insist that he restored our traditional political
and economic systems to their former vitality.
- John T. Flynn

I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.
- Tony Bennett

I don't do a film unless it has a sword in it.
And if it doesn't have a sword in it,
I insist that they have one in the same room to keep me comfortable.
- Orlando Bloom

Now that he has disavowed as outright lies many of
the stories he told himself,
it's hard to know what to make of those who still insist
that David Brock had it right the first time.
- Jane Mayer

When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights,
and if you have a competent attorney,
your rights will be protected.
- Tommy Shaw

I never understand why people have children and then
insist on living as though nothing has shifted.
- Christy Turlington

Avoid sarcasm.
Don't insist on the last word.
- Ford Frick

Shouldn't Democrats insist that Sen.
Durbin step down as their whip, the number two man in their leadership?
- Bill Kristol

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

It is time for us to insist that we are accountable
for the money that we are spending.
- Eric Cantor

One marvels why the middle classes still insist on
so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
- E. M. Forster

One of my grandsons used to insist, when he was only 3 or 4,
that he had been born and had lived in India.
- Taylor Caldwell

True friendships don't fade in Hollywood,
as so many myths about show business would have you insist.
- Kent McCord

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain,
in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

France will insist on the need for updated and responsive institutions.
- Jacques Chirac

Sure, some journalists use anonymous sources just because
they're lazy and I think editors ought to insist on
more precise identification even if they remain anonymous.
- Ben Bradlee

We pacifists have not ceased to point to the grave
danger of armaments and to insist on their curtailment.
- Ludwig Quidde

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

All of us kids ended up 'doing Mom.' There are four
of us who've tried show business.
Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun,
who does liturgical dance.
- Bill Murray

In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment
as a sign of love and respect.
Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation.
- Michael Lewis

I believe that life is a journey towards God,
and that no one has the right to insist that you go a certain road.
- Pat Buckley

Nobody talks about God as those who insist that there is no God.
- Heywood Broun

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

I suppose I might insist on making issues of things.
But that is not my nature, and I always bear in ming
that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression
that will make it easier for those who follow.
- Marian Anderson

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage
which in the past has been brought to public life
is not as likely to insist upon or regard
that quality in its chosen leaders today -
and in fact we have forgotten.
- John F. Kennedy

We should insist that governments receiving American
aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency,
and we should support countries that embrace market reforms,
democracy, and the rule of law.
- Lee H. Hamilton

To this day I always insist on working out a problem
from the beginning without reading up on it first,
a habit that sometimes gets me into trouble but just
as often helps me see things my predecessors have missed.
- Robert B. Laughlin

I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book.
But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader
to share my engagement with the material,
if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.
- Helen Garner

Some respected and beloved brethren insist that the
forming and organising of churches is,
according to God's will, the only means of finding
blessing in the midst of that confusion which is acknowledged to exist.
- John Nelson Darby

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read.
The best way for children to treasure reading is to
see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
- Kate DiCamillo

My fictitious characters will take the bit between
their teeth and gallop off and do something that I hadn't counted on.
However, I always insist on dragging them back to the straight and narrow.
- Colleen McCullough

Those who insist on having hostilities with us,
kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future,
which is unfortunate because it is clear the future
belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

If you insist upon fighting to protect me,
or 'our' country, let it be understood soberly and
rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify
a sex instinct which I cannot share;
to procure benefits where I have not shared and probably will not share.
- Virginia Woolf

People must insist on the right to say no,
to be alone, to stand out from the herd.
Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field,
by hard, rigorous work.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Our assessment of socio-economic worth is largely a sham.
We scientists should not lend ourselves to it -
though we routinely do.
We should, instead, insist on applying the criterion of quality.
- John Charles Polanyi

I insist that there is nothing sacred in the life of an invader,
and there is no valid principle of human society that
forbids the invaded to protect themselves in whatever way they can.
- Benjamin Tucker

Jazz in itself is not struggling.
That is, the music itself is not struggling...
It's the attitude that's in trouble.
My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history.
- August Wilson

It is our duty to watch over the actions and activities
of this government and to insist that,
in words as well as in deeds, the interests of our
constituency primarily and of the Nation ultimately are served.
- Diane Watson

In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because
they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and
then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions
when we should be doing better.
- Edward de Bono

If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world,
you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path,
but teach him to walk firmly over them -
not insist upon leading him by the hand,
but let him learn to go alone.
- Anne Bronte

In the ordinary affairs of life we do not require nor
expect demonstrative evidence,
because it is inconsistent with the nature of matters of fact,
and to insist on its production would be unreasonable and absurd.
- Simon Greenleaf

In light of these facts Republicans have put forth
a variety of proposals to make Social Security remain
solvent for future generations.
But up to this point, Democrats have chosen to oppose
our good faith efforts and insist that indeed there is no problem.
- John Doolittle

If religion were true, its followers would not try
to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity;
but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth,
irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
- H. P. Lovecraft


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