Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson abdicate quote

The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.
— Emily Dickinson

I am so anxious for you not to abdicate and I think the fact that you do is going to put me in the wrong light to the entire world because they will say that I could have prevented it.
— Wallis Simpson

Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.
— abdicate quotation by Marcel Proust