If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea. The effect is as observable in politics as in theology: the intellectual function can be overwhelmed by an excess of piety expended within too contracted a frame of reference.
The evidence shows a growing albeit reluctant acceptance of the rule of law. But time, patience and a genuine Commitment not just of the country's leaders towards creating an environment that will allow democracy, human rights and the rule of law to flourish, will be required.graeme leung
Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the same Commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders.
Absolute Evil is not the kingdom of hell. The inhabitants of hell are ourselves, i.e., those who pay our painful, embarrassing, humanistic duties to society and who are compromised by our intellectually dubious Commitment to virtue, which can be defined by the perpetual smear-word of French polemic: the bourgeois. (Bourgeois equals humanist.) This word has long been anathema in France where categories are part of the ruling notion of logique. The word cannot be readily matched in England or America.v. s pritchett
… Lewis will be remembered most for his unfailing Commitment to justice as a concept that must rise above politics. For it is the Constitution, not any party, ideology or official, that merits Americans' constant allegiance.anthony lewis
Light enhances but its shadow deletes, thus giving the picture its depth, its third dimension and its subtractive properties… I believe that Commitment and technical skill can be achieved by means of one’s own will and study , while fantasy and passion are more valuable because they are innate and inescapably peculiar assets.augusto de luca
Remember that the actions of a few, with Commitment, can alter the course of world history.ratu joni madraiwiwi
Jose Peralta has unique legislative experience, having been elected to the New York State Assembly in 2002 and having served in that position since then. He has shown his Commitment to economic development initiatives, improvements to the educational system, and enhancing health care. Jose Peralta is also dedicated to public safety and providing first responders the tools and equipment necessary to protect and serve the public.jose peralta
The United States -- indeed the world -- had come to respect President Zia's profound and compassionate Commitment to a better life for his people and his dedication to the rule of law. His wisdom in international affairs will be sorely missed.ziaur rahman
I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of Commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending Commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.anthony robbins
As Christopher Marlowe’s Faust learned the hard way, wishing for a moment of bliss to say “the same” indefinitely is guaranteed to procure indefinite Commitment to hell instead of indefinite happiness. … A state of rest would not be a state of happiness but of boredom.zygmunt bauman
I view the major features of my own odyssey as a set of mostly fortunate contingencies. I was not destined by inherited mentality or family tradition to become a paleontologist. I can locate no tradition for scientific or intellectual careers anywhere on either side of my eastern European Jewish background. […] I view my serious and lifelong Commitment to baseball in entirely the same manner: purely as a contingent circumstance of numerous, albeit not entirely capricious, accidents.stephen jay gould
In most cases the favorable price performance will be accompanied by a well-defined improvement in the average earnings, in the dividend, and in the balance-sheet position. Thus in the long run the market test and the ordinary business test of a successful equity Commitment tend to be largely identical.benjamin graham
When you're as hollow as Enoch Kane, the emptiness aches. He's desperate to fill it, but he doesn't have the patience or the Commitment to fill it with anything worthwhile… So a man like Kane obsesses on one thing after another sex, money, food, power, drugs, alcohol anything that seems to give meaning to his days, but that requires no real self-discovery or self-sacrifice.dean r. koontz
Paul Valéry insists on the inescapable Commitment of the poetic language to the negation. The verses of this language “ne parlent jamais que de choses absentes.” They speak of that which, though absent, haunts the established universe of discourse and behavior as its most tabooed possibility neither heaven nor hell, neither good nor evil but simply “le bonheur.”herbert marcuse
Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious Commitment. Here we have the first internal inconsistency of contemporary atheism: it proclaims that all religion must necessarily vanish away, and it is itself a religious phenomena.jacques maritain
Commitment seems to live more in the poetry of our aspirations than in the prose of the realities we have created.
Commitment tothe poor is based on the Gospel: it does not have to rely on some political manifesto.
We are a one-and-a-half ocean navy with a three ocean Commitment.Thomas Hayward
The conflict about the meaning of free speech went on through the 1920s, Holmes and Brandeis persisting in their view and expressing it in strongly worded dissents. In one sense it was a curious performance by the two of them, for each had a deep Commitment to the Supreme Court as an institution and thought that division among the justices should be avoided when possible.anthony lewis
The meaning of the First Amendment has been, and will be, shaped by each American generation: by judges, political leaders, citizens. There will always be authorities who try to make their own lives more comfortable by suppressing critical comment.… But I am convinced that the fundamental American Commitment to free speech, disturbing speech, is no longer in doubt.anthony lewis
Killing yourself is a major Commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It's kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.robert crumb
"The attitude to sexual love in the 'pop' song is so ugly and mechanical as to seem schizoid, and psychopathological. Exposed as they are to such powerful cultural statements, young people are being encouraged to forfeit genuine Commitment in love in favour of depersonalised sexual activity, with an undercurrent of violence, and to take false solutions in which they must deny their deepest needs, by hate."
The evidence shows a growing albeit reluctant acceptance of the rule of law. But time, patience and a genuine Commitment not just of the country's leaders towards creating an environment that will allow democracy, human rights and the rule of law to flourish, will be required.
I am convinced that the fundamental American Commitment to free speech, disturbing speech, is no longer in doubt.