Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling. There are in store for you many unsuccessful days and whole unsuccessful seasons: there will be great misunderstandings and deep disappointments… you must be prepared for all this, expect it and nevertheless, stubbornly, fanatically follow your own way.— Anton Chekhov
Provocative Stubbornness quotations
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly present illusion.
Never lose hope, be persistent and stubborn and never give up.
There are many instances in history where apparent losers suddenly turn out to be winners unexpectedly, so you should never conclude all hope is lost.
A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change.
Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.
Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.
Being stubborn has helped, being selfish is not a bad thing.
The wise man can change his mind; the stubborn one, never.
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
Stubbornness destroys good advice.
Some say no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen, Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity.
My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.
What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin.
My mother always says, "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak.
" I can be very focused and determined. But, I can also be very stubborn. Be flexible be nuanced.
Being stubborn is a virtue when you're right; it's only a character flaw when you're wrong.
Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?
Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
So during those first moments of the day, which are yours and yours alone, you can circumvent these boundaries and concentrate fully on spiritual matters. And this gives you the opportunity to plan the time management of the entire day.
Brokenness is the shattering of my self-will - the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying “Yes, Lord!” - no resistance, no chafing, no stubbornness - simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life.
Too often they don't realize what they have until it's gone.
...they're too stubborn to say, 'Sorry, I was wrong' they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart
Remember this son, if you forget everything else.
A poet is a musician who can't sing. Words have to find a man's mind before they can touch his heart. And, some men's minds are woeful small targets. Music touches their hearts directly, no matter how small or stubborn the mind of the man who listens.
Fasting deals with the two great barriers to the Holy Spirit that are erected by man's carnal nature. These are the stubborn self-will of the soul and the insistent self-gratifying appetites of the body.
To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible.
You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.
and a fact is the most stubborn thing in the world.
I get stubborn and dig in when people tell me I can't do something and I think I can. It goes back to my childhood when I had problems in school because I have a learning disability.
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
You making haste on decay: not blameworthy;
life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.
Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit.
Positive deviance means doing the right thing for sustainability, despite being surrounded by the wrong institutional structures, the wrong processes and stubbornly uncooperative people. That is what sustainability-literate leadership means today. Surrounded by evidence of rampant unsustainability it is not possible to say 'I did not know'
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives.
The world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.
There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.