Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.— John of the Cross
Risky Displease quotations
Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me.
It is a poor sermon that gives no offense;
that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.
You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being.
Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.
Those who enter to buy, support me. Those who come to flatter, please me. Those who complain, teach me how I may please others so that more will come. Those only hurt me who are displeased but do not complain. They refuse me permission to correct my errors and thus improve my service.
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
Not all men (and especially the wisest) share the opinion that it is bad for women to be educated. But it is very true that many foolish men have claimed this because it displeased them that women knew more than they did.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
The sanctified body is one whose hands are clean.
The stain of dishonesty is not on them, the withering blight of ill-gotten gain has not blistered them, the mark of violence is not found upon them. They have been separated from every occupation that could displease God or injure a fellow-man.
If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him, does it matter whom we displease?
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
They that are discontented under monarchy, call it tyranny;
and they that are displeased with aristocracy, call it oligarchy: so also, they which find themselves grieved under a democracy, call it anarchy, which signifies the want of government; and yet I think no man believes, that want of government, is any new kind of government.
The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us.
Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.
There's always something about your success that displeases even your best friends.
A friend whom you have been gaining during your whole life, you ought not to be displeased with in a moment. A stone is many years becoming a ruby - take care that you do not destroy it in an instant against another stone.
I don’t need friends. All they do is eat your food, drink your beer, then spew your secrets the first time you do something that displeases them. No offense, but when you have as many enemies as I do, you keep your secrets under lock and key. (Solin)
There is something in the misfortune of our best friends which does not displease us.
God is displeased at the diffidence of souls who love Him sincerely and whom He Himself loves.
It is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right.
A broad definition of crime in England is that it is any lower-class activity that is displeasing to the upper class.
Ambition becomes displeasing when it is once satiated;
there is a reaction; and as our spirit, till our last sigh, is always aiming toward some object, it falls back on itself, having nothing else on which to rest; and having reached the summit, it longs to descend.
To please the many is to displease the wise.
It is curious for one who studies the action and reaction of national literature on each other, to see the humor of Swift and Sterne and Fielding, after filtering through Richter, reappear in Carlyle with a tinge of Germanism that makes it novel, alien, or even displeasing, as the case may be, to the English mind.
Quotation is a method of appropriation which is invincible, I think.
It's not a procedure which displeases me, contrary to recycling.
What I do is create a lens through my work that corrects my readers' cognitive dissonance and says: you will see all of it - not what you want or what makes you comfortable, but all of it. And you will not erase what displeases you.
Give us an intense distaste for things that displease You and a renewed pleasure in things that bring You honor and magnify Your truth.
Love alone makes heavy burdens light and bears in equal balance things pleasing and displeasing. Love bears a heavy burden and does not feel it, and love makes bitter things tasteful and sweet.
Men are so unwilling to displease a Prince, that it is as dangerous to inform him right, as to serve him wrong.
We tend to run our whole life trying to avoid all that hurts or displeases us, noticing the objects, people, or situations that we think will give us pain or pleasure, avoiding one and pursuing the other.
The calmed say that what is well-spoken is best;
second, that one should say what is right, not unrighteous; third, what's pleasing, not displeasing; fourth, what is true, not false.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering... in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.
For those women sin against God when they rub their skin with ointments, stain their cheeks with rouge, and make their eyes prominent with antimony. To them, I suppose, the artistic skill of God is displeasing!