quote by Jan Tschichold

Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near it in obstinacy.

— Jan Tschichold

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I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].


At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself--the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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I have always had the urge to open forbidden doors: with a curiosity and an obstinacy that verge on masochism.

Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy.

Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.


A nation ignorant of the equal benefits of liberty and law, must be awed by the flashes of arbitrary power: the cruelty of a despot will assume the character of justice; his profusion, of liberality; his obstinacy, of firmness.

The Master was entirely free from four things: prejudice, foregone conclusions, obstinacy, and egoism.

One blames politicians, not for inconsistency but for obstinacy.

They are the interpreters, not the masters, of our fate. It is their job, in fact, to register the fact accompli.

It is not error which opposes the progress of truth;

it is indolence, obstinacy, the spirit of routine, every thing which favors inaction.

Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.


Firmness or stiffness of the mind is not from adherence to truth, but submission to prejudice.

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.

If self is a location, so is love: Bearings taken, markings, cardinal points, Options, obstinacies, dug heels, and distance, Here and there and now and then, a stance.

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.


The despotism of will in ideas is styled plan, project, character, obstinacy;

its despotism in desires is called passion.

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.

Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.

Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism, which elevates above everything else the pleasure of its autonomous intellect, to which others must bow.

The Roman world is in collapse but we do not bend our neck.


Of course, I'm aware of the animosities destroying brain cells on both sides, and I know all about the obstinacy of the warring parties, their refusal to reach an agreement, their devotion to their own murderous hatred.

May God in his mercy enable us without obstinacy to perceive our errors.

Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures's will.

Obstinacy and dogmatism are the surest signs of stupidity.

Is there anything more confident, resolute, disdainful, grave and serious than an ass?

Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.


If it be true that men of strong imaginations are usually dogmatists--and I am inclined to think it is so--it ought to follow that men of weak imaginations are the reverse; in which case we should have some compensation for stupidity. But it unfortunately happens that no dogmatist is more obstinate or less open to conviction than a fool.

Heretics were most often bitterly persecuted for the their least deviation from accepted belief. It was precisely their obstinacy about trifles that irritated the righteous to madness.

It is altogether as worthy of God and as much becoming Him to pardon and show mercy, in case of repentance and submission and reformation, as to punish, in case of impenitency and obstinacy.

Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.

The artist, surgeon, through clay form, can only look for cure with great obstinacy until he discovers, repeatedly, that love is god's only gift that enables man to transcend his tragedy and regain his wholeness and well-being beyond the claws of evil, rampaging as evil may be.


Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.

People who want a sane, static, measurable world take the first aspect of an event or person and stick to it, with an almost self-protective obstinacy, or by a natural limitation of their imaginations. They do not indulge in either deepening or magnifying.

The shortest route is not the most direct one, but rather the one where the most favorable winds swell our sails:Mthat is the lesson that seafarers teach. Not to abide by this lesson is to be obstinate: here, firmness of character is tainted with stupidity.

There is something in obstinacy which differs from every other passion.

Whenever it fails, it never recovers, but either breaks like iron, or crumbles sulkily away, like a fractured arch. Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their sufferings and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.