quote by Arthur Conan Doyle

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

Cheering Insensibility quotations

A different image came to me a few weeks ago.

The unknown thing to be known appeared to me as some stretch of earth or hard marl, resisting penetration... the sea advances insensibly in silence, nothing seems to happen, nothing moves, the water is so far off you hardly hear it... yet finally it surrounds the resistant substance.

Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure

All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible;

it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.

It is not necessary to conceal anything from a public insensible to contradiction and narcotized by technological diversions.

There are few mortals so insensible that their affections cannot he gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.

Though we may not desire to detect fraud, we must not, on that account, endeavor to be insensible of it, for, as cunning is a crime, so is duplicity a fault, and if men dread knaves, they also despise fools.

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.

When a government lasts a long while, it deteriorates by insensible degrees.

Republics end through luxury, monarchies through poverty.

Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress.

Let no one ask a stronger mark of an excellent love to God, than that we are insensible to our own reputation.

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.

The conscience of America seems to be paralyzed.

.. We seem to be insensible to the things that are now taking place on motion picture screens and on the news stands that are constantly stimulating our young people.

Silence is like nightfall. Objects are lost in it insensibly.

Yes I have loved, as no one on earth ever loved, with an insensate and furious love, so violent that I wonder it did not break my heart

Happy are men who yet before they are killed Can let their veins run cold.

The great spirals, with their enormous radial velocities and insensible proper motions, apparently lie outside our Solar system.

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.

No person that has enjoyed the sweets of liberty can be insensible of its infinite value, or can reflect on its reverse without horror and detestation

Lo! on a narrow neck of land, 'Twixt two unbounded seas, I stand. Secure, insensible.

Much of the insensibility and hardness of the world is due to the lack of imagination which prevents a realization of the experiences of other people.

As I crawled out of the abyss of combat and over the rail of the Sea Runner, I realized that compassion for the sufferings of others is a burden to those who have it. As Wilfred Owen's poem "Insensibility" puts it so well, those who feel most of others suffer most in war.

One must believe that every living thing whatsoever must change insensibly in its organization and in its form... One must therefore never expect to find among living species all those which are found in the fossil state, and yet one may not assume that any species has really been lost or rendered extinct.

Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.

Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger;

but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.

The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings.

O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born;

as if to say to insensate man, "Behold! thou hast one more chance! Strive for immortal glory!

Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms.

Music takes me to places of illimitable sensual and insensate joy, accessing points of ecstasy that no angelic lover could ever locate, or plunging me into gibbering weeping hells of pain that no torturer could ever devise".

Before you save anyone else, you have to save yourself.

otherwise, you'rejust a bundle of tics, a stringed puppet manipulated by the chance and the insensible wind.

[Christianity] neither enjoins the nastiness of the Cynic, nor the insensibility of the Stoic.

It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves.

All over the world today, not just in the totalitarian countries, assiduous functionaries in Ministries of Truth are clubbing history dumb and rendering language insensible.

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