STUBBORNNESS QUOTES

quotations about stubbornness

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Thanks to God that he gave me stubbornness when I know I am right.

JOHN ADAMS, letter to Edmund Jenings, 1782

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Pig-headed stubbornness is the perseverance of somebody we don't like.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

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It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Ideas and Opinions

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Some people will have their own way even when they don't know what it is.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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Stubbornness means you are not fluid to the changing circumstances of reality.

ADAM RAY, The Golden Light Path

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Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest -- their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.

THOMAS PAINE, The American Crisis

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It is a disaster that wisdom forbids you to be satisfied with yourself and always sends you away dissatisfied and fearful, whereas stubbornness and foolhardiness fill their hosts with joy and assurance.

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, The Complete Essays

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I'm not stubborn. My way is just better.

MAYA BANKS, Rush

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Sometimes stubbornness is not such a bad thing. Being daring is trying to do what society considers as difficult but possible. However, you are considered a dreamer or stubborn if you insist and try to accomplish what society considers as impossible. Contextually it carries negative meaning and refers to someone being unrealistic and living in a surreal world. You may even be considered delusional. There are many who defied contemporary thinking in order to accomplish their dreams and history has vindicated them by immortalizing their names and their works.

NANA ABOAGYE, Dare to Actualize Your Dream

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Stubbornness is a driving force in relationship autonomy; it is essential to the individuation of each human being--and inconvenient to those in the role of socializer, as every parent of a 2-year-old knows. Stubbornness preserves the self-centered self and keeps a tenacious grip on life; we humans do not give up easily. It is a barrier experience when it is used to resist transformation, but it is a driving force toward development and transformation when it is in the service of the therapeutic task.

YVONNE AGAZARIAN, Systems-Centered Therapy for Groups

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Stubbornness knows not its own defeat.

E. P. DAY, Day's Collacon

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If you believe that stubbornness without reflection Is a virtue, you are thinking crookedly.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus the Tyrant

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Stubbornness is like setting yourself on a path with your eyes closed. In other words, you are not seeing and listening for information that is available to help you make right decisions. The primary information you are missing is information from others and information from your own internal voice.

ADAM RAY, The Golden Light Path

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Like my father told me, if at first you don't succeed, try again. And again. And again. But after that, give up. It's no good being stubborn.

BRYCE C. ANDERSON, The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl

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An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him; for when he is once possessed with an error, it is, like a devil, only cast out with great difficulty.

SAMUEL BUTLER, "The Obstinate Man", Characters and Passages from Note-books

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But thou, like newly-yoked colt,
Champing the bit, dost fight against the rein
Fiercely; yet futile the device wherein
Madly thou trustest; for mere stubbornness
Avails the foolish-hearted less than nought.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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I don't know why I had to fall in love with someone who's more stubborn than I am.

CASSANDRA CLARE, City of Fallen Angels

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Art didn't understand that stubbornness is like an addiction -- an addiction to his own thought processes. He was sure that having his way would give him everything he longed for, hoped for, and needed to make him happy.

NANCY MCLOUGHLIN, The Art of Stubbornness

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Stubbornness is the driving force when survival is at stake.... Stubbornness enables human beings to stand up to pressure, to refuse to be bullied, to fight back against all odds, to endure the unendurable, to find their way out of jungles and deserts, to conquer the wilderness, and to survive concentration camps. Stubbornness is not something that a human being wills to switch on or off but a mechanism that switches on automatically. Indeed, it is very difficult to switch off, which is what makes it such a tragedy when the automatic pilot of stubbornness switches on as a restraining force governing the human system away from its natural drive.

YVONNE AGAZARIAN, Systems-Centered Therapy for Groups

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