Activity Quotes

The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings. If he loves, it is not to give himself, to blend in fecund union with another being, but to meditate on his love. His passions are mere appearances, being sterile. They are dissipated in futile imaginings, producing nothing external to themselves.

Emile Durkheim

Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a 'genius'.

Carl von Clausewitz

The more physical the activity, the less the difficulties will be. The more the activity becomes intellectual and turns into motives which exercise a determining influence on the commander's will, the more the difficulties will increase.

Carl von Clausewitz

All exchange stimulates productive activity, whether exchange by gift, gambling, barter, or money transaction.

Aaron C. Brown

The potential for self-loathing comes from the unavoidable problem that one is engaging in a childish, fraudulent activity: although it has the capacity to delight and amaze, the performer is also a hairs breadth from being justifiably treated like a silly child. It is, after all, just tricks.

Derren Victor Brown

The activity will prove to be "peculiar" by leading the active person into Christ's own passion. This activity itself is perpetual suffering and enduring. In it, Christ is suffered by his disciple. If this is not the case, it is not the activity Jesus intended. In this way, the "extraordinary" is the fulfilling of the law, the keeping of the commandments.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It had always seemed to Louis that a fundamental desire to take postal courses was being sublimated by other people into sexual activity.

Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury

State capitalism is about more than emergency government spending, implementation of more intelligent regulation, or a stronger social safety net. Its about state dominance of economic activity for political gain.

Ian Bremmer

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace


Reading ... is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.

Jorge Luis Borges

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

John W. Gardner

Civilization is the order and freedom promoting cultural activity.

Will Durant

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.

Ronald Reagan

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.

Robert Francis Kennedy

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