Quotes About Constraints

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37 Signals
“Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.”
37 Signals, Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application

Alexander Hamilton
“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.”
Alexander Hamilton

Jonah Lehrer
“...the imagination is unleashed by constraints. You break out of the box by stepping into shackles.”
Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works

“For too long, information, opportunities, and resources have been constraints, they need to be the bridges.”
Sharad Vivek Sagar

Thomas Mann
“Space, like time, engenders forgetfulness; but it does so by setting us bodily free from our surroundings and giving us back our primitive, unattached state ... Time, we say, is Lethe; but change of air is a similar draught, and, if it works less thoroughly, does so more quickly.”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A blank cheque kills creativity.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Delmore Schwartz
“What was the freedom to which the adult human being rose in the morning, if each act was held back or inspired by the overpowering ghost of a little child?”
Delmore Schwartz, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories

“Let your eyes see what they see, not what others want you to see. Let your ears hear what they naturally hear, not what others want you to hear. Let your mouth speak your mind freely and not be constrained by other people's approval or disapproval. Let your mind think what it wants to think and not let other people's demands dictate your thoughts. If your senses and your mind are not allowed to do what they want to do naturally, you are denying them their rights. When you cannot think, sense, feel, or act freely, then your body and mind are injured. Break these oppressions, and you will cultivate life.”
Liezi, Lieh-tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living

“If we define optimism broadly as the tendency to maintain a positive outlook, then realistic optimism is the tendency to maintain a positive outlook within the constraints of the available "measurable phenomena situated in the physical and social world" (DeGrandpre, 2000, p. 733). With respect to fuzzy meaning, realistic optimism involves enhancing and focusing on the favorable aspects of our experiences. Examples include being lenient in our evaluation of past events, actively appreciating the positive aspects of our current situation, and routinely emphasizing possible opportunities for the future. With respect to fuzzy knowledge, realistic optimism involves hoping, aspiring, and searching for positive experiences while acknowledging what we do not know and accepting what we cannot know.”
Sandra L. Schneider

T.K. Naliaka
“If people's night fears of sorcery - which negatively influences their decision to use mosquito nets - fail to impress the outsider, the brute everyday reality remains; in a number of rural African villages it is still much too common for very real hyenas to snatch people, especially children, out of their own homes as they lie sleeping at night, because of the lack of a good front door.”
T.K. Naliaka

“Why write? Life is a cage of empty words.”
Miriam Elia, The Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990–1990

Cormac McCarthy
“The names of entities that have the power to constrain us change with time. Convention and authority are replaced by infirmity. But my attitude toward them has not changed. Has not changed.”
Cormac McCarthy

Aldous Huxley
“To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funnelled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet. To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages. Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he or she has been born -- the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to he accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it be-devils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.”
Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“pour que tu sois libre de la liberté du chanteur qui improvise sur l'instrument à cordes, ne faut-il pas que je t'exerce d'abord les doigts et t'enseigne l'art du chanteur? Ce qui est guerre, contrainte et endurance.
Et pour que tu sois libre de la liberté du montagnard, ne faut-il pas que tu aies exercé tes muscles, ce qui est guerre, contrainte et endurance?
Et pour que tu sois libre de la liberté du poête, ne faut-il pas que tu aies exercé ton cerveau et forgé ton style, ce qui est guerre, contrainte et endurance?
(chapitre CLII)”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle

T.C. Boyle
“He regarded marriage as an arbitrary and essentially adversarial relationship, akin to the yoking of prisoners on the chain gang.”
T.C. Boyle, If the River Was Whiskey

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Sometimes your mind can imprison your body and can put your body under some constraints. There is only one way for your body to be free: To free your mind!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Sorry is the day, and full of lament, when the young have to guard themselves from being food for the old.

I am moved to bewilderment, when I glance my eyes upon a society that kills its young, and then pretends to mourn their modus operandi.

Worse still, are those who have no compassion for the legacy and lack of positive inheritance being left to us, the future.

We have to save our parents and their friends. They raised us,but do not trust us. They are too tired to enact change. The source of progress, and the wealth of the future is, us.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Sara Sheridan
“ I am torn between the freedom of this adventure and the benefits of civilization despite its constraints.”
Sara Sheridan, The Secret Mandarin

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