Obstinacy Quotes

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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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.

William Hazlitt

Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without hope of emancipation.

Joseph Glanvill

A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.

John Dryden

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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.

Sir Thomas Browne

Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.

Samuel Johnson

The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activitiesperhaps the only onein which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.

Karl Raimund Popper

The enemy was too strong for me, but he was severely punished for his obstinacy. His casualties were more than quadruple mine.

John Buford

Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

OBSTINATE, adj. Inaccessible to the truth as it is manifest in the splendor and stress of our advocacy. The popular type and exponent of obstinacy is the mule, a most intelligent animal.

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

The robes of lawyers are lined with the obstinacy of clients.


Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.

Thomas Paine

Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.

Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

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