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Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.
Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic.
I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional circumstances and return to mathematical research.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words.
I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.
Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion.
I love my country. And I would have to renounce my Spanish citizenship to become a U.S. Citizen.
Alaska is what happens when Willy Wonka and the witch from Hansel and Gretel elope, buy a place together upstate, renounce their sweet teeth, and turn into health fanatics.
It was in our power to cause the Arab governments to renounce the policy of strength toward Israel by turning it into a demonstration of weakness.
It's important for American soldiers to be culturally sensitive when deployed in foreign countries. But it's just as important for the U.S. never to renounce the most fundamental American values, which, after all, are also universal values.
My door will always be open to those who genuinely renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.
After much soul searching I was able to renounce my past Islamist ideology, challenging everything I was once prepared to die for.
You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve.
The strongest are those who renounce their own times and become a living part of those yet to come. The strongest and the rarest.
As for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. This conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. I 'renounce beliefs' practically every time I think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking.
Mankind is not special by virtue of our address in the universe, or what spins around us, or because life originated here. Slowly, but surely, we've been compelled to renounce the comfort of these beliefs.
We need not renounce the use of conventional force. We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.
Theodore C. Sorensen
Mr. Chamberlain desires to avert the threat to England's peace by making England, in alliance with Germany, stronger than her rivals and so to force them to renounce their hostile intentions against her.
Bernhard von Bulow
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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