Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.

The human race is governed by its imagination.

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly;

the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.

An educated people can be easily governed.

All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.

The world is governed by opinion.

If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.

The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.

The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.

I think your life is governed not by the bricks or mortar around you, it's governed by who holds your hand and who spits in your eye.

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations;

but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.

Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.

Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.

The world cannot be governed without juggling.

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.

It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.

Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

I was told, continued Egremont, that an impassable gulf divided the Rich from the Poor; I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations, governed by different laws, influenced by different manners, with no thoughts or sympathies in common; with an innate inability of mutual comprehension.

Before my term has ended, we shall have to test anew whether a nation organized and governed such as ours can endure. The outcome is by no means certain.

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right nor the knowledge nor the virtue.

The weakling and the coward are out of place in a strong and free community.

In a republic like ours the governing class is composed of the strong men who take the trouble to do the work of government; and if you are too timid or too fastidious or too careless to do your part in this work, then you forfeit your right to be considered one of the governing and you become one of the governed insteadone of the driven cattle of the political arena.

The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.

Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.

Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.

At birth man is offered only one choice --the choice of his death.

But if this choice is governed by distaste for his own existence, his life will never have been more than meaningless.

Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception.

It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas.

To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation that is governed by shopkeepers.

The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too; that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself; and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active: the governor must be more energetic than the governed.

It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion.

When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.

Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy.

We are governed not by armies, but by ideas.

We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives.

Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.

The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

So it is naturally with the male and the female;

the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.

No free people ever existed, or can ever exist, without keeping the purse strings in their own hands. Where this is the case, they have a constitutional check upon the administration, which may thereby by brought into order without violence. But when such a power is not lodged in the people, oppression proceeds uncontrolled in its career, till the governed, transported into rage, seek redress in the midst of blood and confusion.