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The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.
A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
Otto von Bismarck
I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
Pope John Paul II
People who didn't live pre-Internet can't grasp how devoid of ideas life in my hometown was. The only bookstores sold Bibles the size of coffee tables and dashboard Virgin Marys that glowed in the dark.
Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone.
We dream of having a clean house - but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning? We don't have to dream about doing the work, because doing the work is always within our grasp; the dream, in this sense, is to attain the goal without the work.
The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory.
What interested me was not news, but appraisal. What I sought was to grasp the flavor of a man, his texture, his impact, what he stood for, what he believed in, what made him what he was and what color he gave to the fabric of his time.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay.
Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it - in a decade, a century, or a millennium - we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How could we have been so stupid?
John Archibald Wheeler
It was psychobabbler Abraham Maslow who wrote of the phenomena of self-actualization. What Maslow failed to grasp is that reaching true self-actualization can only be ultimately achieved when you have your own brand of ammunition.
One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery without necessarily fully understanding it yourself.
What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity. I don't feel required to grasp all the time.
I think music is about our internal life. It's part of the way people touch each other. That's very precious to me. And astronomy is, in a sense, the very opposite thing. Instead of looking inwards, you are looking out, to things beyond our grasp.
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.
To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
It's hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I'm talking to them.
The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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