Practicality Quotes

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Philip K. Dick
“Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
Philip K. Dick

Oscar Wilde
“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.”
Oscar Wilde

Amit Kalantri
“A photograph shouldn't be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Theodore Roosevelt
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Florence Nightingale
“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
Florence Nightingale

Criss Jami
“The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Henry David Thoreau
“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”
Henry David Thoreau

Criss Jami
“One does not have to be a philosopher to be a successful artist, but he does have to be an artist to be a successful philosopher. His nature is to view the world in an unpredictable albeit useful light.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Tiffany Madison
“We sensible often resist intrusive love and its chaos practically, employing measures to prevent the former for fear of the latter. But for all our wit and work, that desperation for control also prevents the pure, transcendental freedom more often delivered by both.”
Tiffany Madison

Wendell Berry
“It could be said that a liberal education has the nature of a bequest, in that it looks upon the student as the potential heir of a cultural birthright, whereas a practical education has the nature of a commodity to be exchanged for position, status, wealth, etc., in the future. A liberal education rests on the assumption that nature and human nature do not change very much or very fast and that one therefore needs to understand the past. The practical educators assume that human society itself is the only significant context, that change is therefore fundamental, constant, and necessary, that the future will be wholly unlike the past, that the past is outmoded, irrelevant, and an encumbrance upon the future -- the present being only a time for dividing past from future, for getting ready.

But these definitions, based on division and opposition, are too simple. It is easy, accepting the viewpoint of either side, to find fault with the other. But the wrong is on neither side; it is in their division...

Without the balance of historic value, practical education gives us that most absurd of standards: "relevance," based upon the suppositional needs of a theoretical future. But liberal education, divorced from practicality, gives something no less absurd: the specialist professor of one or another of the liberal arts, the custodian of an inheritance he has learned much about, but nothing from.”
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Ha Jin
“Writing is not a great profession as a lot of writers proclaim. I write because this is something I can do. Another thing—very often I think a lot of writers write because they have failed to do other things. How many writers can’t drive? A lot. They’re not practical. They are not capable in everyday life.”
Ha Jin

“Practical! On Wednesday afternoons I could be practically anything. What's up?”
Kit Williams, Masquerade

Samael Aun Weor
“The hour has arrived to abandon theories and go directly to what is practical.”
Samael Aun Weor, The Divine Science: Prayers and Mantras for Protection and Awakening

Hilary Mantel
“If you help load a cart you get a ride in it, as often as not. It gives him to think, how bad people are at loading carts. Men trying to walk straight ahead through a narrow gateway with a wide wooden chest. A simple rotation of the object solves a great many problems.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

E.A. Bucchianeri
“I mean really, how could an artistic individual stay grounded in the nitty-gritty of how many minutes per pound meat has to stay in the oven when trying to fathom the creative philosophy behind the greatest artistic minds of the world?”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

G.K. Chesterton
“Whether it be because the Fall has really brought men nearer to less desirable neighbours in the spiritual world, or whether it is merely that the mood of men eager or greedy finds it easier to imagine evil, I believe that the black magic of witchcraft has been much more practical and much less poetical than the white magic of mythology. I fancy the garden of the witch has been kept much more carefully than the woodland of the nymph. I fancy the evil field has even been more fruitful than the good. To start with, some impulse, perhaps a sort of desperate impulse, drove men to the darker powers when dealing with practical problems. There was a sort of secret and perverse feeling that the darker powers would really do things; that they had no nonsense about them. And indeed that popular phase exactly expresses the point. The gods of mere mythology had a great deal of nonsense about them. They had a great deal of good nonsense about them; in the happy and hilarious sense in which we talk of the nonsense of Jabberwocky or the Land where Jumblies live. But the man consulting a demon felt as many a man has felt in consulting a detective, especially a private detective; that it was dirty work but the work would really be done. A man did not exactly go into the wood to meet a nymph; he rather went with the hope of meeting a nymph. It was an adventure rather than an assignation. But the devil really kept his appointments and even in one sense kept his promises; even if a man sometimes wished afterwards, like Macbeth, that he had broken them.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

Thomas Hardy
“But what was love without a home? Misery. What was a home without love? Alas, not much; but still a kind of home.”
Thomas Hardy, Desperate Remedies

Mala Naidoo
“The dignity of life lives in death ~ 'Final View”
Mala Naidoo, Life's Seasons : A Collection of Short Stories

Doris Lessing
“She was human, sensible, shrewd. She was above all, and in every detail, practical. But more than that: she was one of that part of humankind which understands how things work; and works with them. A grim enough role.”
Doris Lessing, On Cats

“Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.”
Eric Temple Bell, The Development of Mathematics

Stewart O'Nan
“It frightens you how practical you can be, how cold, even with your own.”
Stewart O'Nan, A Prayer for the Dying

“Talking wisely and acting wisely are not the same. People may talk wisely but not necessarily act wisely.”
Sushil Rungta

“Comparing toilet paper and comforting words may sound ridiculous but both wipe away filth.”
Sushil Rungta

“Don't be too practical. It will impede your sensuality.”
Lebo Grand

“Don't be too practical. It impedes the flow of sensuality.”
Lebo Grand

Sylvia Townsend Warner
“The worst of it is, that as a revolutionary she is out of fashion. Before, she was an inspiration. But inspiration is not wanted now, it seems. One must be practical, one must be administrative, one must understand economics and systems. She pines. She said to me, that very evening, 'Our Moses was luckier than he knew, to die before he went into the promised land.”
Sylvia Townsend Warner

Ann Somerville
“Arman groaned. “You’re definitely taking all the romance out of this.”

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly. “But sex is silly and it’s funny, and it doesn’t always work—you need to get that idea out of your head or you’ll get depressed if it’s not all magical.”
Ann Somerville, Kei's Gift

Joey Comeau
“It must be nice, being perfect, but some of us have to live in this world.”
Joey Comeau

“Choosing between practicality and love is always confusing.

© Spriha Kant”
Spriha Kant

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