Our happiest times are those in which we forget ourselves, usually in being kind to someone else. That tiny moment of self-abdication is an act of true humility: the man who loses himself finds himself and finds his happiness.— Fulton J. Sheen
Unforgettable Abdication quotations
Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.
Like it or not, everything is changing.
The result will be the most wonderful experience in the history of man or the most horrible enslavement that you can imagine. Be active or abdicate. The future is in your hands.
Love consents to all and commands only those who consent. Love is abdication. God is abdication.
The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice;
it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice.
All wars come to an end, at least temporarily.
But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates.
Our 'normal' 'adjusted' state is too often the abdication of ecstasy, the betrayal of our true potentialities.
Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.
The Church is the Body of Christ, and the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ.
He fills the Body, directs its movements, controls its members, inspires its wisdom, supplies it's strength. He guides into truth, sanctifies its agents, and empowers for witnessing. The Spirit has never abdicated His authority nor relegated His power.
The bird has an honor that man does not have.
Man lives in the traps of his abdicated laws and traditions; but the birds live according to the natural law of God who causes the earth to turn around the sun.
The Government should take a firm, bold line.
This delay - this uncertainty, by which, abroad, we are losing our prestige and our position, while Russia is advancing and will be before Constantinople in no time! Then the Government will be fearfully blamed and the Queen so humiliated that she thinks she would abdicate at once.
The reality is that the media are probably the most powerful of all our institutions today and they, or rather we [journalists], too often are squandering our power and ignoring our obligations. The consequence of our abdication of responsibility is the ugly spectacle of idiot culture!
To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one's thinking;
to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one's mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality.
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.
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties.
A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
The State acquires power... and because of its insatiable lust for power it is incapable of giving up any of it. The State never abdicates.
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
Yet there comes a time in the life of a patriot when abdication would amount to a betrayal if not outright treachery.
That many if not most people...who want fresh leafy greens in January buy them at the supermarket after they've been bleached and plastic-bag shipped from California or beyond is not a tribute to modern technology; it's an unprecedented abdication of personal responsibility and a ubiquitous benchmark of abnormality.
Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
It is imperative that good people, men and women of principle, be involved in the political process; otherwise we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish.
Perhaps one reason that many working parents do not agitate for collective reform, such as more governmental or corporate child care, is that the parents fear, deep down, that to share responsibility for child rearing is to abdicate it.
Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power.
Every man builds his world in his own image;
he has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power, he abdicates the status of man, and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence—by his own choice.
I knew all about Edward VIII's abdication, George VI becoming the king and having a stammer, but nothing about how he got rid of it.
Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress.
Queens you must always be: queens to your lovers;
queens to your husbands and your sons, queens of higher mystery to the world beyond. . . . But alas, you are too often idle and careless queens, grasping at majesty in the least things, while you abdicate it in the greatest.
Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control.
Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life.
Voter apathy is a civic abdication.
This thing called Patriot Act, through which we abdicated a lot of our civil rights to defend the country against terrorism, it's a four-year story.
The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
The truth is you cannot command the respect of the world when you spend years apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. Lecturing the American people about the Crusades while refusing to call Islamic extremism by name is an abdication of leadership.
I feel much more strongly about the abdication of responsibility by the media than by political advocates. They're representing a constituency.
No system of criminal justice can, or should, survive if it comes to depend for its continued effectiveness on the citizens' abdication through unawareness of their constitutional rights. No system worth preserving should have to fear that if an accused is permitted to consult with a lawyer, he will become aware of, and exercise, these rights.