quote by Baron de Montesquieu

What unhappy beings men are! They constantly waver between false hopes and silly fears, and instead of relying on reason they create monsters to frighten themselves with, and phantoms which lead them astray.

— Baron de Montesquieu

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Sometimes, a flame can be utterly extinguished.

Sometimes, a flame can shrink and waver, but sometimes a flame refuses to go out. It flares up from the faintest ember to illuminate the darkness, to burn in spite of overwhelming odds.

My father always would say, "My daughter will go into politics? My daughter will become prime minister", but it's not what I wanted to do. I would say, "No, Papa, I will never go into politics." As I've said before, this is not the life I chose; it chose me ... But I accepted the responsibility and I've never wavered in my commitment.

No Republican questions or disputes civil rights.

I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act.

I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.

A tear that trembles for a little while Upon the trembling eyelid, till the world Wavers within its circle like a dream, Holds more of meaning in its narrow orb Than all the distant landscape that it blurs.

When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.

Liberals hate America, they hate "flag-wavers", they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam (post 9/11). Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now.

You must in your music be wavering like the wind;

sometimes wanton, sometimes drooping, sometimes grave and staid, otherwhile effeminate; and the more variety you show, the better shall you please.

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man.

The musical instuments may be western but my voice never wavers away from my own ragas. it is good to make experiments and I do a lot of them but my thoughts always round the centre and that centre is the tradition of my elders and it is classical music...

A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose;

many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.

The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.

I urge you to hold fast to your standards. I plead with you not to waver.

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory.

Over the tops of it, beginning to dusk under a young white moon, trailed a wavering ghost of smoke, and at the end of it I came upon the Pocket Hunter making a dry camp in the friendly scrub.

Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.

Quality, quality, quality: never waver from it, even when you don't see how you can afford to keep it up. When you compromise, you become a commodity and then you die

The only one that seems to be able to hold the business is Disney.

They do it is because they have a fabulous philosophy about marketing- but even they wavered.

The Masonic Fraternity is one of the most helpful mediating and conserving organizations among men, and I have never wavered from that childhood impression, but it has stood steadfastly with me through the busy, vast hurrying years.

If I didn't think, I'd be much happier;

if I didn't have any sex organs, I wouldn't waver on the brink of nervous emotion and tears all the time.

It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun.

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.

The wavering multitude is divided into opposite factions.

Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.

In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our foe;

at such critical times, unity of mind and technique is essential - do not let your heart waver!

I'm consistent, and they know I don't waver and all that. I'm dependable.

All the strength and force of man come from his faith in things unseen.

Belief in oneself is a crucial quality of leadership, because 'a house divided against itself cannot stand.' A leader who fluctuates back and forth sends a very wavery signal. Like the soprano who can shatter glass by finding that high note and holding it, a leader who can hold that high note, without wavering, can shatter walls.

O Fortune, how thy restless, wavering state has fraught with cares my troubled wit!

Even as the needle that directs the hour, (Touched with the loadstone) by the secret power Of hidden Nature, points upon the pole; Even so the wavering powers of my soul, Touch'd by the virtue of Thy spirit, flee From what is earth, and point alone to Thee.

You hold your future in your own hands. Never waver in this belief.

There is only one way to receive transmission.

When I tell you something, do it immediately, without the least wavering thought. That's it. Learn. Open your heart and act. Thought stops action. It perverts it into calculated gesture stripped of grace and efficiency.

Where unclarity resides, there is temptation, and there it proves only too easily the stronger. Wherever there is ambiguity, wherever there is wavering, there is disobedience down at the bottom.

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