Obstinacy Quotes

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.

Samuel Johnson

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

Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

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

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

Proverb

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

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

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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

John Buford

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

Somerset W. Maugham

That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey.

John Erskine

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

Obstinacy, sir, is certainly a great vice; and in the changeful state of political affairs it is frequently the cause of great mischief. It happens, however, very unfortunately, that almost the whole line of the great and masculine virtues--constancy, gravity, magnanimity, fortitude, fidelity, and firmness--are closely allied to this disagreeable quality, of which you have so just an abhorrence; and in their excess all these virtues very easily fall into it.

Edmund Burke

An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.

Alexander Pope

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.

Man Ray

They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.

Edmund Burke

Who is so deaf or so blind as he that willfully will neither hear nor see?

English Proverbs

He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes.

Herman Melville

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Updated On : April 06, 2011
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