The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.

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Thinking doesn't seem to help very much.

The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results,but that's not why we do it.

True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values.

Our aims assure us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.

Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself.

Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.

I take a very practical view of raising children.

I put a sign in each of their rooms: Checkout Time is 18 years

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

For many people, the reluctance to embrace Christianity is as practical as it is intellectual. They want to know what the benefits of Christianity are, or what's in it for them.

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen.

Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?

The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.

Practical to the end, it is the poem of his existence that triumphed finally;...

Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.

Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.

Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.

The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.

From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again.

Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practiced in all departments, it has no practical value.

The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil.

For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason.

Part of the advantage, and part of the result of trying to be a producer and director, are the practical things, you find. It's so advantageous to go to a place that you already have a feel for, a literal and spiritual familiarity.

Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive... If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.

Dream more than others think practical.

Until the building of Solomon's temple the unity of worship according to it had, properly speaking, never had any existence; and, moreover, it is easy to read between the lines that even after that date it was more a pious wish than a practical demand.

It may be that without a vision men shall die.

It is no less true that, without hard practical sense, they shall also die. Without Jefferson the new nation might have lost its soul. Without Hamilton it would assuredly have been killed in body.

We have seen that the American Constitution has changed, is changing, and by the law of its existence must continue to change, in its substance and practical working even when its words remain the same.

If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter.

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.

I have serious doubts about the value of debates in a presidential election.

They tend to be a test of reaction time rather than a genuine exposition of the participants philosophies and programs. Further, in debate, candidates tend to overstate their views. In the 1960 situation I had a very practical objection: Nixon was widely known; Kennedy was not; dramatic debates would therefore help Kennedy.

A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life.

1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

The fundamental question for the United States is how it can cooperate to help meet the basic needs of the people of the hemisphere despite the philosophical disagreements it may have with the nature of particular regimes. It must seek pragmatic ways to help people without necessarily embracing their governments. It should recognize that diplomatic relations are merely practical conveniences and not measures of moral judgment.

Politics is the practical exercise of the art of self-government, and somebody must attend to it if we are to have self-government; somebody must study it, and learn the art, and exercise patience and sympathy and skill to bring the multitude of opinions and wishes of self-governing people into such order that some prevailing opinion may be expressed and peaceably accepted. Otherwise, confusion will result either in dictatorship or anarchy. The principal ground of reproach against any American citizen should be that he is not a politician. Everyone ought to be, as Lincoln was.

The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity.

Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing -- all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art -- at the door.

Theoretical principals must sometimes give way for the sake of practical advantages.

We find the most terrible form of atheism, not in the militant and passionate struggle against the idea of God himself, but in the practical atheism of everyday living, in indifference and torpor. We often encounter these forms of atheism among those who are formally Christians.

Despair, feeding, as it always does, on phantasmagoria, is imperturbably leading literature to the rejection, en masse, of all divine and social laws, towards practical and theoretical evil.

In practical life the wisest and soundest people avoid speculation.

The well adjusted make poor prophets.

A pleasant existence blinds us to the possibilities of drastic change. We cling to what we call our common sense, our practical point of view. Actually, these are names for an all-absorbing familiarity with things as they are.... Thus it happens that when the times become unhinged, it is the practical people who are caught unaware...still clinging to things that no longer exist.

I have a habit of comparing the phraseology of communiques.

..noting a certain similarity of words, a certain similarity of optimism...and a certain similarity in the lack of practical results during the ensuring years.

The advantage of time and place in all practical actions is half a victory;

which being lost is irrecoverable.