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
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
The key to winning is poise under stress.
Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.
Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.
A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity.
The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.
Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed -- but never the husband).
Five minutes of today are worth as much to me, as five minutes in the next millennium. Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.
With the spirit of my administration, New York City is poised for dramatic change. The era of fear has had a long enough reign.
My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.
As a veteran, you're a little more poised on that mental side.
But athletically, I didn't really think I could get better.
What first caught my eye about Rihanna was an interview she did with Diane Sawyer after the Chris Brown incident, where she was very articulate, very poised, obviously a smart girl who talked about a very traumatic experience.
He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
Higher income taxes are a razor guillotine poised to descend on the bare neck of prosperity.
Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance.
Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed - but never the husband).
As a system of philosophy it is not like the Tower of Babel, so daring its high aim as to seek a shelter against God's anger; but it is like a pyramid poised on its apex.
For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
The world is poised on the cusp of an economic and cultural shift as dramatic as that of the Industrial Revolution.
Through the harsh design of fate, Florida was dealt the unfortunate circumstances of bearing the brunt of not one but two hurricanes, and it appears more dark clouds are poised to visit the Sunshine State.
More broadly, we are going to have to examine the safety net programs to make sure they are poised to catch the families before they fall even more, especially in the areas of unemployment benefits, child care assistance, and foster care.
Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year.
It's because we need to determine who in this country is poised, positioned to commit terrorist acts.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
The person who is developing freely and naturally arrives at a spiritual equilibrium in which he is master of his actions, just as one who has acquired physical poise can move freely.
And from a poise at this station the plane may swoop down, at great disadvantage if close to the back of the wave, at various slopes and directions till it cuts into the air that is being raised by the face of the following wave, which again enables it to resume its velocity.
All the modelling we do shows that the climate is poised on the jump up to a new hot state. It is accelerating so fast that you could say that we are already in it.