Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young.
One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.
Assume a virtue if you have it not.
Many people might have attained wisdom had they not assumed they already had it.
Parents shouldn't assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly. Kids don't. We do.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war.
This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.
It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.
The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign.
If we see someone in a wheelchair, we assume they cannot walk.
It may be that they can walk three, four, five steps. That, to them, means they can walk.
Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be on one or the other.
War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.
Never assume the obvious is true.
Never assume that the guy understands that you and he have a relationship.
Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies.