Love is man's natural endowment, but he doesn't know how to use it. He refuses to recognize the power of love because of his love of power.— Dick Gregory
Promising Refusing quotations
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.
The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.
To those of you with your years of service still ahead, the challenge is yours.
Stop doubting yourselves. Have the courage to make up your minds and hold your decisions. Refuse to be BOUGHT for a nickel, or a million dollars, or a job!
Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Anyone can make an error. But that error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.
They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
We have avoided in recent years talking openly and honestly about race out of fear that it will alienate and polarize. In my own view, it’s our refusal to deal openly and honestly with race that leads us to keep repeating these cycles of exclusion and division, and rebirthing a caste-like system that we claim we’ve left behind
Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse
There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
Kings don't beg, they decree. They have only one destiny and that's to reign. God has made you king. Reign and rule, refuse to beg!
In the land of "I know," there is always competitiveness, jealousy, pretence, pride and arrogance. It is an aggressive realm - the realm of the ego. I say refuse citizenship. In the land of "I dont know," the inhabitants move without conflict and are naturally quiet, happy and peaceful. The wise stay here.
Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.
My sister just had a baby, a little newborn.
The kid is adorable, so cute. She wouldn't let me hold him, she refuses. She says, 'No way, Anthony, I'm afraid you're gonna drop him.' I'm 32 years old. Like I'm some kind of idiot. Like I don't have a million other ways to hurt that baby.
I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.
Refuse to give up, your mistakes don't define you.
They don't dictate where you're headed, they remind you.
A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative;
he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions
Life should be lived on the edge of life.
You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.
Many psychiatrists and psychologists refuse to entertain the idea that society as a whole may be lacking in sanity. They hold that the problem of mental health in a society is only that of the number of 'unadjusted' individuals, and not of a possible unadjustment of the culture itself.
He does not refuse sustenance to the one who speaks ill of Him.
How then could He refuse sustenance to the one whose soul is over flowing with love for Him?
When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.
The wise stand out because they see themselves as part of the Whole.
They shine because they don't want to impress. They achieve great things because they don't look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions. They refuse to argue, so no-one argues with them.
You have to have a habitual vision of greatness .
.. you have to believe in fact that you will refuse to settle for mediocrity. You won't confuse your financial security with your personal integrity, you won't confuse your success with your greatness or your prosperity with your magnanimity ... believe in fact that living is connected to giving.
Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace.
If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.
I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me.
As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness.
If congress refuses to obey its own rules.
If congress refuses to pass a balanced budget. If congress refuses to read the Bills. Then I say, sweep the place clean, limit their terms, and send them HOME!
God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good.
God's refusals are always merciful -- "severe mercies" at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.
The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision.
It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.
Refuse the evil, and choose the good. Isaiah 7:15
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
If the going is tough and the pressure is on, If the reserves of strength have been drained and the summit is still not in sight, then the quality to seek in the person is neither great strength nor quickness of hand, but rather a resolute mind firmly set on its purpose that refuses to let its body slack or rest.