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A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
Only peril can bring the French together. One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
Charles de Gaulle
There is a tendency in all of us to ask for better statistical performance. There is a tendency to impose quotas behind which usually lies imposition of pressure to achieve improved statistics.
Gordon B. Hinckley
We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.
I want my little girl to tell me who she is so I can encourage her and not impose my desires for her on her life. I want her to dream big and to know that if she is willing to earn it, she can have anything - and become anything.
I've come to the conclusion that the government needs to impose price controls on tuition increases - and so, I think, has President Obama.
It is well known that I am pro-life... but I would not seek to impose my views on the Canadian people.
As an actress I feel that if you start to impose your own inhibitions, then you are not doing your job.
Each generation, as it seeks to advance the common good, must ask anew: 'What are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose upon citizens, and how far do they extend? By appeal to what authority can moral dilemmas be resolved?'
Pope Benedict XVI
What is especially important is addressing the question of how religion can be enforced through political means and what can be done to create a political environment that, on the one hand, acknowledges the role of religion in society, while on the other hand does not impose one religion on the populace at the expense of all others.
People are really emotionally affected by actors. And it's hard to know how to behave in a way that doesn't impose or withdraw. Because everybody wants your attention. Everywhere you go, you know?
A work survives its readers; after a hundred or two hundred years, it is read by new readers who impose on it new modes of reading and interpretation. The work survives because of these interpretations, which are, in fact, resurrections: without them, there would be no work.
For me, a novel is always the result of my attempt to impose myself on raw circumstances. It is a concrete form of lived experience.
There are Americans will find it difficult to believe that the Prime Minister can simply impose candidates on ridings, and can so efficiently move individuals out of private life and into the Cabinet with virtually no resort to the electorate.
Software patents are dangerous to software developers because they impose monopolies on software ideas.
Actually, the curious thing is that the more you become a subject of admiration or loathing, the more you're examined under a microscope, the distance seems to open up between who you really are and the portrayals that people impose on you.
The worst thing we could do is impose time limits and then expect people to sink or swim once they move off welfare.
William Julius Wilson
People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.
Politicians have limited power. They can't impose morality on themselves. How can they impose it on the country?
The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality.
We tax air passengers like cigarettes and alcohol - we impose sin taxes on travellers.
I'm not against the virtual world; it's fascinating, but I don't like the way they try to impose it on us. It's a thing imposed by rich countries.
No one argues that we should have imposed a dictatorship in Afghanistan having liberated the country. Similarly, we weren't about to impose a dictatorship in Iraq having liberated the country.
Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats.
The European Union, which is not directly responsible to voters, provides an irresistible opportunity for European elites to seize power in order to impose their own vision on a newly socially regimented Europe.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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