Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures' will
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to the acknowledgement of a divine power.
Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.
People first abandon reason, and then become obstinate; and the deeper they are in error the more angry they are.
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.
If it be true that men of strong imaginations are usually dogmatists--and I am inclined to think it is so--it ought to follow that men of weak imaginations are the reverse; in which case we should have some compensation for stupidity. But it unfortunately happens that no dogmatist is more obstinate or less open to conviction than a fool.
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.
Firmness or stiffness of the mind is not from adherence to truth, but submission to prejudice.
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?
There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
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.
A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country.
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