75 Antecedent Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of the best antecedent quotations and slogans. We've compiled this selection of inspirational antecedent quotes. Hopefully, these antecedent quotes will keep you motivated not only during hard times but to expand your antecedent knowledge!

Top 10 Antecedent Quotes (BEST)

  1. History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  2. A pronoun, too, will aptly reflect the number of its antecedent: "they" does not refer to one person, no matter how many personalities she or he has, or how eager you are to skirt the gender frays. — Karen Elizabeth Gordon
  3. [You have Rights] antecedent to all earthly governments: Rights, that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; Rights, derived from the Great Legislator of the universe. — John Adams
  4. You will eat this and go to sleep, so your pronouns get their antecedents back. — Patricia Briggs
  5. A semantic definition of a particular set of command types, then, is a rule for constructing, for any command of one of these types, a verification condition on the antecedents and consequents. — Robert W. Floyd
  6. Morality, as has often been pointed out, is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals. — Herbert Read
  7. I'm not an experimental artist. I have no talent for that. I need a certain kind of antecedent form to follow. — Tony Kushner
  8. I'm not a poet. I wish I was a poet but I'm not. I'm a playwright. And so I have a different set of antecedents. — Tony Kushner
  9. We have concluded that it is not [science], and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents. — Jon Jones
  10. The learned tradition is not concerned with truth, but with the learned adjustment of learned statements of antecedent learned people. — Alfred North Whitehead

The Most Famous Antecedent Quotes

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We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times. [Lat., Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.] — Tacitus

Thou beginnest better than thou endest. The last is inferior to the first. [Lat., Coepisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.] — Ovid

It is common error to infer that things which are consecutive in order of time have necessarily the relation of cause and effect. — Jacob Bigelow

In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it — Epictetus

That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before. — Marcus Aurelius

Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever. For what is the time of a man, except it be interwoven with that memory of ancient things of a superior age? — Marcus Tullius Cicero

A priori Logical propositions are such as can be known a priori without study of the actual world. — Bertrand Russell

Let ancient times delight other folk, I rejoice that I was not born till now. — Ovid

Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation. — Sun Tzu

Let us not wonder if something happens which never was before, or if something doth not appear among us with which the ancients were acquainted. — Plutarch

Short Antecedent Quotes

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  • Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be. — Marcus Aurelius
  • What is today supported by precedents will hereafter become a precedent. — Tacitus
  • Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Sever the edge between before and after. — Takuan Soho
  • No crime has been without a precedent. — Seneca
  • Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these. — Ovid
  • Bid the hungry Greek go to heaven, he will go. [Lat., Graeculus esuriens in coelum, jusseris, ibit.] — Juvenal
  • To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • To eat at another's table is your ambition's height. [Lat., Bona summa putes, aliena vivere quadra.] — Juvenal
  • Time is the measurable unit of movement concerning a before and an after. — Aristotle

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More Antecedent Quotes

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Medicine deals with the states of health and disease in the human body. It is a truism of philosophy that a complete knowledge of a thing can only be obtained by elucidating its causes and antecedents, provided, of course, such causes exist. In medicine it is, therefore, necessary that causes of both health and disease should be determined. — Avicenna

What's shocking to me is that 70% of ALL heart attacks have no antecedence -- there's no shortness of breath etc., someone suddenly dies from soft plaque. I deeply hope my work in longevity helps change this. — Peter Diamandis

He was highly annoyed by the series of triumphs by the marvelous colored American runner, Jesse Owens. People whose antecedents came from the jungle were primitive, Hitler said with a shrug; their physiques were stronger than those of civilized whites and hence should be excluded from future games. — Albert Speer

The divine glory is an object only worthy of attention; and to display his holy character, was the design of God in creation; as there was no other beings existing antecedent thereto, to attract the mind of Jehovah; and we are sure that God is pursuing the same thing still, and always will. — Lemuel Haynes

If ... we choose a group of social phenomena with no antecedent knowledge of the causation or absence of causation among them, then the calculation of correlation coefficients, total or partial, will not advance us a step toward evaluating the importance of the causes at work. — Ronald Fisher

The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm. — Hippocrates

The animal kingdom exhibits a series of mental developments which may be regarded as antecedents to the mental development of man, for the mental life of animals shows itself to be throughout, in its elements and in the general laws governing the combination of the elements, the same as the mental life of man. — Wilhelm Wundt

The purpose of revival is to fire the church with divine energy for her divine assignment. Revival will tear us away from our temporal pursuits to give ourselves for what really matters.Revival will not occur without prayer. Prevailing prayer is always antecedent to revival. — David Shibley

The trendy management fads concentrate on antecedents, .. but the only thing that makes what you do (before a behavior) effective is its consistent pairing with a consequence. Antecedents get us going. Consequences keep us going. — Aubrey Daniels

It is a mistake to assume that government must necessarily last forever. The institution marks a certain stage of civilization-is natural to a particular phase of human development. It is not essential, but incidental. As amongst the Bushmen we find a state antecedent to government, so may there be one in which it shall have become extinct. — Herbert Spencer

I don't believe in villains or heroes, only in right or wrong ways that individuals are taken, not by choice, but by necessity or by certain still uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances and their antecedents. — Tennessee Williams

The republic, as I at least understand it, means association, of which liberty is only an element, a necessary antecedent. It means association, a new philosophy of life, a divine Ideal that shall move the world, the only means of regeneration vouchsafed to the human race. — Giuseppe Mazzini

Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment. — Henry Steele Commager

A miracle is a supernatural event, whose antecedent forces are beyond our finite vision, whose design is the display of almighty power for the accomplishment of almighty purposes, and whose immediate result, as regards man, is his recognition of God as the Supreme Ruler of all things, and of His will as the only supreme law. — Abbott Eliot Kittredge

Indeed taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the Resurrection of Christ. Nothing but the antecedent assumption that it must be false could have suggested the idea of deficiency in the proof of it. — Brooke Westcott

Inasmuch as the domestic household is antecedent, as well as in idea as in fact, the family must necessarily have rights and duties which are prior than those of the Community and founded more immediately in nature. — Pope Leo XIII

The validity of all the Inductive Methods depends on the assumption that every event, or the beginning of every phenomenon, must have some cause; some antecedent, upon the existence of which it is invariably and unconditionally consequent. — John Stuart Mill

We're taught to find the antecedents to our adult failures in childhood traumas, and so we spend our lives looking bacwards and pointing fingers, rather than bucking up and forging ahead. But what if your childhood was all a big misunderstanding? An elaborate ruse? What does that say about failure? Better yet, what does that say about potential? — Heidi Julavits

I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later. — Ezra Pound

So what's the difference between republican and democratic forms of government? John Adams captured the essence of the difference when he said, 'You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.' Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights. — Walter E. Williams

Either in or out of time, the decision of a personal agency to commit an action happens antecedent to the action itself. Even if the deciding and the acting happened simultaneously, it would still not be true that the acting was antecedent to the deciding. Imagine God saying, "Oh, look! I just created a universe. Now I'd better decide to do it. — Dan Barker

I have said the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. But I think if we're ever going to really tackle the problems posed by jihadi extreme terrorism, we need to understand it and realize that it has antecedents to what happened in Iraq and we have to continue to be vigilant about it. — Hillary Clinton

Men have gone on to build up vast intellectual schemes, philosophies, and theologies, to prove that ideals are not real as ideals but as antecedently existing actualities. They have failed to see that in converting moral realities into matters of intellectual assent they have evinced lack of moral faith. — John Dewey

In nature nothing remains constant. Everything is in a perpetual state of transformation, motion, and change. However, we discover that nothing simply surges up out of nothing without having antecedents that existed before. Likewise, nothing ever disappears without a trace, in the sense that it gives rise to absolutely nothing existing in later times. — David Bohm

I couldn't say who I am, I haven't the remotest notion of myself; I am someone without antecedents, without a history, without a country, and on that I insist! — Peter Handke

Far from being antecedent principles that animate the process, law, language, truth are but abstract names for its results. — William James

Ordinary facts are arranged within time, strung along its length as on a thread. There they have their antecedents and their consequences, which crowd tightly together and press hard one upon the other without any pause. This has its importance for any narrative, of which continuity and successiveness are the soul. — Bruno Schulz

Freedom of conscience is a natural right, both antecedent and superior to all human laws and institutions whatever; a right which laws never gave and a right which laws can never take away. — John Goodwin

You say men ought to be hung for the way they are executing the law; I say the way it is being executed is quite as good as any of its antecedents. It is being executed in the precise way which was intended from the first, else why does no Nebraska man express astonishment or condemnation? Poor Reeder is the only public man who has been silly enough to believe that anything like fairness was ever intended, and he has been bravely undeceived. — Abraham Lincoln

Searching for a better description of this rotting sadness, I came upon the concept of acedia. In Christian theology, it’s an antecedent to sloth, the least sexy of the seven deadly sins. Thomas Aquinas winnowed it down for me: acedia is sorrow so complete that the flesh prevails completely over the spirit. You don’t just turn your back on the world, you turn your back on God. You don’t care, and you don’t care that you don’t care. — Mishka

Faith in the possibility of science, generated antecedently to the development of modern scientific theory, is an unconscious derivative from medieval theology. — Alfred North Whitehead

Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet. — Alfred North Whitehead

Death is the inseparable antecedent of life; the seed dies in order to produce the plant, and earth itself is rent asunder and dies at the birth of Dionusos. Hence the significancy of the phallus, or of its inoffensive substitute, the obelisk, rising as an emblem of resurrection by the tomb of buried Deity at Lerna or at Sais. — Albert Pike

If the consequences are the same it is always better to assume the more limited antecedent, since in things of nature the limited, as being better, is sure to be found, wherever possible, rather than the unlimited. — Aristotle

An absence of antecedents and of relatives is sometimes an aid rather than an impediment to social advancement . . . — Arthur Conan Doyle

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