The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures' will
Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
I believe that obstinacy, or the dread of control and discipline, arises not so much from self-willedness as from a conscious defect of voluntary power; as foolhardiness is not seldom the disguise of conscious timidity.
A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.
Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without hope of emancipation.
Whatever excites the spirit of contradiction is capable of producing the last effects of heroism; which is only the highest pitch of obstinacy, in a good or bad cause, in wisdom or folly.
Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.
Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Firmness founded upon principle, upon the truth and right, order and law, duty and generosity, is the obstinacy of sages.
The obstinacy of the indolent and weak is less conquerable than that of the fiery and bold.
Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul.
Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?
May God in his mercy enable us without obstinacy to perceive our errors.
Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
[Optimism is] the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.
Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has n (Quote by - resource, and the first wound is mortal.
Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
Never suffer your courage to exert itself in fierceness, your resolution in obstinacy, your wisdom in cunning, nor your patience in sullenness and despair.
We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
There is something in obstinacy which differs from every other passion. Whenever it fails, it never recovers, but either breaks like iron, or crumbles sulkily away, like a fractured arch. Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their sufferings and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.
Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.