The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles.
The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may mot be subdued by discipline.
Who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand.
One cannot subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force.
He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational;
But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why;
when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them.
I watched what method Nature might take, with intention of subduing the symptom by treading in her footsteps.
The monopoly capitalists - even while employing purely empirical methods - weave around art a complicated web which converts it into a willing tool. The superstructure of society ordains the type of art in which the artist has to be educated. Rebels are subdued by its machinery and only rare talents may create their own work. The rest become shameless hacks or are crushed.
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind.
The men and woman who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else...some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in their lives of others. Your ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. But the heartbroken people -- if I may use the word in a mild, benevolent sense -- the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.
Hearing often-times the still, sad music of humanity, nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power to chasten and subdue.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
The use of force alone is but temporary.
It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
Oh! Pilot! 'tis a fearful night,There's danger on the deep,I'll come and pace the deck with thee,I do not dare to sleep.Go down, the sailor cried, go down,This is no place for thee;Fear not! but trust in Providence,Wherever thou mayst be.Ah! Pilot, dangers often metWe all are apt to slight,And thou hast known these raging wavesBut to subdue their might.It is not apathy, he cried,That gives this strength to me,Fear not but trust in Providence,Wherever thou mayst be.On such a night the sea engulphedMy father's lifeless form;My only brother's boat went downIn just so wild a storm;And such, perhaps, may be my fate,But still I say to thee,Fear not but trust in Providence,Wherever thou mayst be.
Subdue fate by exerting human strength to the maximum;
and if, when the effort has been made and success is not achieved, no one else can be blamed.
Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting;
he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, expels diseases, softens every pain, subdues the rage of poison, and the plague.
The most critical factor subduing the demand for housing is that home ownership is no longer seen as the great, long-term buildup in equity value it once was.
A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive.
It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness.
It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.
How many a poor immortal soul have I met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it a barn seventy-five feet by forty, its Augean stables never cleansed, and one hundred acres of land, tillage, mowing, pasture, and wood-lot. The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labor enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh.
—chapter 1, Economy