You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved;
loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.
We call a man irrational when he acts in a passion, when he cuts off his nose to spite his face.
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In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Children are natural mimics -- they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.
The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.
In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Even so, one step from my grave, I believe that cruelty, spite, The powers of darkness will in time, Be crushed by the spirit of light.
You start acting in spite of your neuroses, not because of them.
I danced with passion to spite the music.
Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.
A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.
Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
To teach well, we need not say all that we know, Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under.
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!
I am a staunch feminist, in spite of all women's magazines.
Most of the women who have offered themselves for public office over the years have done so, I believe, more because of the 'dirt' than in spite of it.
In spite of all this noise, customers are still definitely buying in North America, and they're really, really buying internationally.
The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
I cannot help it - in spite of myself, infinity torments me.
In spite of your fear, do what you have to do.
One farmer says to me, 'You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;' and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.
In the laws of the land, she has no rights;
in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented.
The only theism worthy of our respect believes in God not because of the way the world is made but in spite of that. The only theism that is no less profound than the Buddha's atheism is that represented in the Bible by Job and Jeremiah.
The argument of Alcidamas: Everyone honours the wise.
Thus the Parians have honoured Archilochus, in spite of his bitter tongue; the Chians Homer, though he was not their countryman; the Mytilenaeans Sappho, though she was a woman; the Lacedaemonians actually made Chilon a member of their senate, though they are the least literary of men; the inhabitants of Lampsacus gave public burial to Anaxagoras, though he was an alien, and honour him even to this day.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep;
thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches
In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art - the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.
Courage is acting in spite of fear.
The fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave.
Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.
One lesson we learn early, that in spite of seeming difference, men are all of one pattern. We readily assume this with our mates, and are disappointed and angry if we find that we are premature, and that their watches are slower than ours. In fact, the only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.
In making our decisions, we must use the brains that God has given us.
But we must also use our hearts which He also gave us. A man who has not learned to say, No --who is not resolved that he will take God's way, in spite of every dog that can bay or bark at him, in spite of every silvery choice that woos him aside--will be a weak and a wretched man till he dies.