timidity

A Quote by John Adams on authority, belief, cruelty, god, heaven, ignorance, knowledge, management, mankind, morality, nature, people, persuasion, pleasure, power, religion, rules, shame, timidity, and wine

They even persuaded mankind to believe, faithfully and undoubtingly, that God Almighty had entrusted them with the keys of heaven, whose gates they might open and close at pleasure; with a power of dispensation over all the rules and obligations of morality; with authority to license all sorts of sins and crimes; with a power of deposing princes and absolving subjects from allegiance; with a power of procuring or withholding the rain of heaven and the beams of the sun; with the management of earthquakes, pestilence, and famine; nay, with the mysterious, awful, incomprehensible power of creating out of bread and wine the flesh and blood of God himself. All these opinions they were enabled to spread and rivet among the people by reducing their minds to a state of sordid ignorance and staring timidity, and by infusing into them a religious horror of letters and knowledge. Thus was human nature chained fast for ages in a cruel, shameful, and deplorable servitude to him and his subordinate tyrants, who, it was foretold, would exalt himself above all that was called God and that was worshipped.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on courage, day, effort, losing, men, talent, timidity, and world

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by E. James (Jim) Rohn on arrogance, boldness, challenge, humility, humor, kindness, laziness, leadership, rudeness, timidity, and weakness

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

Jim Rohn

Source: tape of meeting in Sacramento, CA, with Rich DeVos, Jay Van Andel & many others, c. 1979-1980. Tape was recorded privately and is in the public domain.

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on courage, cowardice, danger, time, and timidity

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Baptiste Masillon on timidity and weakness

To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak.

Jean Baptiste Masillon

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on cats, men, prudence, timidity, and women

Women do not like timid men. Cats do not like prudent rats.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Herbert John Gladstone on anticipation, experience, growth, passion, privilege, safety, and timidity

The free expression of opinion, as experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. The noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe. The concession of reasonable privilege anticipates the growth of furious-appetite.

Herbert John Gladstone (1854 - 1930)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books, danger, existence, good, idleness, thought, and timidity

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution - such call I good books.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on children, facts, fear, ideas, reason, timidity, world, and worship

The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it - because it is a fact.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Frederick Russell Burnham, DSO on history, nations, and timidity

As far as we can look back into history, the downfall of any nation can be traced from the moment that nation became timid about spending its best blood.

Frederick Russell Burnham (1861 - ?)

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