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The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer.
Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced.
Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.
The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation.
It's a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided.
If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.
The war... was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
Robert E. Lee
Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided.
History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.
Imagine how foolish you'd look if, like one clever salesman who once pitched to me, you tried to license your product to a big industry player without knowing they just launched a competing product. With the right background research, he could have avoided that and other landmines - and so can you.
If Pocahontas had been given the foresight to see what devastating consequences her actions and belief in the possibility of peace would have brought upon her people, I wonder if she would have avoided befriending the English or not.
There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.
R. D. Laing
Bias and prejudice are attitudes to be kept in hand, not attitudes to be avoided.
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
Private student loans should be avoided at all costs.
I did plenty of jobs that I hated. I was a bank teller and terrible at it. I parked cars, a valet. I answered phones. I somehow avoided being a waiter. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep the order straight. I'm not much of a multi-tasker.
Even during the years of the Cold War, the intense confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, we always avoided any direct clash between our civilians and, most certainly, between our military.
World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation.
I'd like to add that negotiating is not something to be avoided or feared - it's an everyday part of life.
The more the schemata are differentiated, the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes, so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject, becomes a problem and invites searching.
I punished myself and avoided my reflection in mirrors and any windows. I would see myself reflected back, and I would look away, trying to pretend I didn't exist, because I hated myself so much.
We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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