For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph.
— Thomas Mann

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.
Franklin D. Roosevelt poised quote

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Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are.
— Virginia Woolf

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.
— Virgil Thomson

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.
— poised quotation by Alexander Chase