resolution

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on citizenship, good, hope, and resolution

I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on courage, needs, power, resolution, and work

We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on day, happiness, and resolution

When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one to a fellow creature.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on heaven, hell, honesty, resolution, and thought

I have tried if I could reach that great resolution . . . to be honest without a thought of Heaven or Hell.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on anxiety, blessings, bravery, certainty, cheerfulness, constancy, contentment, darkness, dependence, duty, equality, fear, fortune, future, god, good, greatness, happiness, hope, indifference, joy, mankind, mind, people

True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are with us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and, like people in the dark, fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquility is a certain equality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress. There must be sound mind to make a happy man; there must be constancy in all conditions, a care for the things of this world but without anxiety; and such an indifference to the bounties of fortune that either with them or without them we may live content. True joy is serene. . . . The seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind that has fortune under its feat. It is an invincible greatness of mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it be - without wishing for what he has not.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on cowardice, death, morality, religion, and resolution

Sir, he [Bolingbroke] was a scoundrel and a coward: a scoundrel for charging a blunderbuss against religion and morality; a coward, because he had not resolution to fire it off himself, but left half a crown to a beggarly Scotsman to draw the trigger at his death.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. i. 1754.

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on feeling, good, past, and resolution

I once listed all the good things I did over the past year, and then turned them into resolution form and backdated them. That was a good feeling

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

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A Quote by René Descartes on acceptance, beginning, direction, doubt, failure, judgment, knowledge, mind, order, prejudice, problems, resolution, rules, solution, and thought

I thought the following four [rules] would be enough, provided that I made a firm and constant resolution not to fail even once in the observance of them. The first was never to accept anything as true if I had not evident knowledge of its being so; that is, carefully to avoid precipitancy and prejudice, and to embrace in my judgment only what presented itself to my mind so clearly and distinctly that I had no occasion to doubt it. The second, to divide each problem I examined into as many parts as was feasible, and as was requisite for its better solution. The third, to direct my thoughts in an orderly way; beginning with the simplest objects, those most apt to be known, and ascending little by little, in steps as it were, to the knowledge of the most complex; and establishing an order in thought even when the objects had no natural priority one to another. And the last, to make throughout such complete enumerations and such general surveys that I might be sure of leaving nothing out.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discours de la Méthode. 1637.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on change, conscience, impossibility, life, and resolution

The changes in our life must come more from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience. . . not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by King Hussein of Jordan on challenge, defense, destiny, destruction, generations, laws, lies, life, military, mistakes, morality, nations, practicality, problems, progress, questions, religion, resolution, risk, technology, war, weapons, and wo

One of the most dramatic examples of the gaps between the world's technological progress and moral rectitude is nuclear weapons. The material tools of destruction have become so powerful that the world now lives under the constant shadow of total annihilation. The stakes are enormous, and mistakes never carried a higher risk. It is no longer a question of self-defense. It is a question of self-preservation. Nuclear war is not a military problem. It is a moral dilemma. The nuclear race involves not only a negation of law, but a negation of morality. The problem cannot be solved by practical expediency. Its only resolution lies in the application of the moral imperatives on which our religions and your nation was founded. This problem will be one of your generations' greatest challenges. How well equipped you are to handle it will determine your destiny.

King Hussein (1935 - 1999)

Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985

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