The nation seems to slouch onward into its uncertain future like some huge inarticulate beast, too much attainted by wounds and ailments to be robust, but too strong and resourceful to succumb.Richard Hofstadter: Quoted in Hedrick Smith The Power Game (1988).
Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.henry ward beecher: p. 106. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Certain management policies-stretching of credit resources, for example-may lead to great progress in good conditions; but, like the Grand Prix car in comparison with the Land Rover, they may not be robust enough to survive when the going gets tough.anthony stafford beer: p. 88 (Chapter 3, Quantified Insight)
House prices have risen by nearly 25 percent over the past two years. Although speculative activity has increased in some areas, at a national level these price increases largely reflect strong economic fundamentals, including robust growth in jobs and incomes, low mortgage rates, steady rates of household formation, and factors that limit the expansion of housing supply in some areas.ben bernanke: October 20, 2005, in testimony to Congress's Joint Economic Committee.
We consider this case against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.brennan, william j., jr.: Writing for the court, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)
We’re very generous people, Americans. We gave a billion a year with the Sudan to protect and help people after these tragedies. We’re going to be involved one way or another; we’re going to be there. It would be a lot better without spending a single dime, without costing any American lives — to get in there now with robust diplomacy, hard-core diplomacy, freezing assets, freezing bank accounts, doing everything we can to protect the people who want to vote for the right to freedom...If you knew a tsunami or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?george clooney: Michael Inbar (October 12, 2010). George Clooney: We can stop civil war in Sudan. MSNBC.com. Retrieved on October 12, 2010.
No chord in populism reverberates more strongly than the notion that the robust common sense of an unstained outsider is the best medicine for an ailing polity. Caligula doubtless got big cheers from the plebs when he installed his horse as proconsul.alexander cockburn: "Obama's Speech; McCain's Palinomy," CounterPunch (August 30/31, 2008)
All forces have been steadily employ'd to complete and delight me, Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul.Walt Whitman, in Song of Myself (1855; 1881), § (44)
URGENT SUBTLE CONCISE ROBUSTlucian freud: Words cited by Hughes as written by Freud on a wall in his studio.
Here come the Democrats, again, you know, just weaker than Canadian hot sauce. You know? Offering a little reform. I saw one of the Senators, Democrats, saying, we're going to have a robust disclosure program. Oh, good. They're going to tell us they're stealing from us. But at least we're going to know.jim hightower: Bill Moyers Journal, 30 April 2010