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Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Alfred North Whitehead
There are different ways that kids who are gay take on the rejection and alienation they feel. The way I dealt with it was to say, 'You know what? You're imposing judgments on me and condemnations, but I don't accept them. I'm going to instead turn the light on you and see what your flaws are and impose the same judgmental standards on you.'
However strong, however imposing a ship may appear, it is not 'disgraced' because it flies before the tempest. A commander ought always to remember that a man's life is worth more than the mere satisfaction of his own pride. In any case, to be obstinate is blameable, and to be wilful is dangerous.
You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different - it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit.
Listen with grace, with no judgment, without imposing the law.
I'm more interested in seeing what the material tells me than in imposing my will on it.
Moreover, only a strong and united scientific opinion imposing the intrinsic value of scientific progress on society at large can elicit the support of scientific inquiry by the general public.
The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa - slightly off balance.
The imposing edifice of science provides a challenging view of what can be achieved by the accumulation of many small efforts in a steady objective and dedicated search for truth.
Charles H. Townes
There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.
Charles Horton Cooley
By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.
In the end, leadership comes down to consistency and strong, confident action upon which the team can rely - and this doesn't mean imposing a bunch of rules.
The fact that Western Muslims are free means that they can have enormous impact. But it would be wrong to claim that we are imposing our ways on the West. New ideas are now coming from the West. To be traditional is not so much a question of protecting ourselves as to be traditionalist in principle.
Our castle is not imposing, but is well built, and surrounded by a very fine garden. I live in the bailiff's house.
A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.
I'm fortunate to be famous for two rather imposing characters like Magneto and Gandalf.
Are you sick and tired of these moralizing moralizers imposing their morality on the rest of us? I know I am.
But there is a corollary to freedom and that's personal responsibility, and the real challenge is how you generate that personal responsibility without imposing it.
The mistake that straight people made was imposing the monogamous expectation on men. Men were never expected to be monogamous.
Many Americans simply don't want the pinheads in Washington or the various state capitals to be telling us how to live. But we are absolutely going in that direction. President Obama is hell-bent on imposing a bureaucracy that levels all playing fields at great expense in coin and in freedom.
I have made my own choice, which is vegetarianism, but it's not the choice I'm imposing on anybody else.
Jonathan Safran Foer
F.D.R. achieved greatness not by means of imposing his temperament and intellect on the world but by reacting to what the world threw at him.
I liked Germany; I'm not into Berlin, it's too huge and empty and imposing, but Munich was good.
I try to tell a story that's good enough to win the right to integrate eternal themes into it. If it's poorly written or comes across as a sermon, then obviously you don't reach people, because they're aware that you're imposing something on a story that isn't innate to it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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