250+ Abandon Quotes

250+ Abandon Quotes

 

For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever. – Joan D. Vinge

You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn’t control the winds. – Thomas More

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. – Napoleon Bonaparte

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled. – Charles Stanley

Not enough gets said about the importance of abandoning crap. – Ira Glass

We cannot abandon this rabbit hole for fear of a traumatic encounter with our own culture. – Elif Safak

The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God’s will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions.  – Umberto Eco

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing. – Frida Kahlo

Isn’t it interesting how men ‘leave’ their families, but women ‘abandon’ their children? – Susan Powter

Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest. – Chanakya

The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable. – H. L. Mencken

Some things need to be let go before other things can be let in. – Marianne Williamson

Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer. – Baron de Montesquieu

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.- George Washington

Some people wait constructively; they read or knit. I have watched some truly appalling pieces of needlework take form. Others – I am one of them – abandon all thought and purpose to an uneasy vegetative states. – Ada Louise Huxtable

It is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Poets don’t finish poems, they abandon them. – Stephane Mallarme

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. – Nhat Hanh

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. – Paul Valery

Art is never finished, only abandoned. – Leonardo da Vinci

It is better to have a right destroyed than to abandon it because of fear. – Phillip Mann

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. – Mary Anne Radmacher

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love. – Albert Camus

In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. – Patti Smith

All hope abandon, ye who enter here! – Dante Alighieri

If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family. – Michael Enzi

The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility and degradation. – Abu Bakr

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. – Harriet Van Horne

The moment one abandons the idea that he was born to discover what is right and enforce it upon the rest of the world, he begins to feel an increasing disposition to let others alone and to refrain even from retaliation or resistance except in those emergencies which immediately and imperatively require it. – Benjamin Tucker

The brain is a stubborn organ.  Once its primary set of beliefs has been established, the brain finds it difficult to integrate opposing ideas and beliefs.  This has profound consequences for individuals and society and helps to explain why some people cannot abandon destructive beliefs, be they religious, political or psychological. – Andrew B. Newberg

The hard part about living in the present is it forces you to abandon hope for the future. Thanks for nothing, now. – Dana Gould

My reason taught me that I could not have made one of my own qualities – they were forced upon me by Nature; that my language, religion, and habits were forced upon me by Society; and that I was entirely the child of Nature and Society; that Nature gave the qualities and Society directed them. Thus was I forced, through seeing the error of their foundation, to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught by man. – Robert Owen

How incredible it is that in this fragile existence we should hate and destroy one another. There are possibilities enough for all who will abandon mastery over others to pursue mastery over nature. There is world enough for all to seek their happiness in their own way. – Lyndon B. Johnson

Americans love marriage too much. We rush into mariage with abandon, expecting a micro-Utopia on earth. We pile all our needs onto it, our expectations, neuroses, and hopes. In fact, we’ve made marriage into the panda bear of human social institutions: we’ve loved it to death. – Barbara Ehrenreich

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken. –  Simone de Beauvoir

It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. – Rebecca West

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives. – Jean-Paul Sartre

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. – Pope John Paul II

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. Nearly all men of science, all men of learning for that matter, and men of simple ways too, have it in some form and in some degree. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. If we abandon that mission under stress we shall abandon it forever, for stress will not cease. Knowledge for the sake of understanding, not merely to prevail, that is the essence of our being. None can define its limits, or set its ultimate boundaries. –  Vannevar Bush

Every moderate drinker could abandon the intoxicating cup if he would; every inebriate would if he could. – John Bartholomew Gough

Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I shall endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here. – Dante Alighieri

Before me things created were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here. – Dante Alighier

I fall into that nebulous, quote-unquote, normal American woman size that legions of fashion stylists detest. For the record, I’m a size 8 – this week, anyway. Many stylists hate that size because I think to them, it shows that I lack the discipline to be an ascetic; or the confident, sassy abandon to be a total fatty hedonist. – Mindy Kaling

I think each role takes a little from you and circles around you for the rest of your life. I don’t think you ever abandon any of them. –  Nicole Kidman

No one wants to abandon the Israelis. But I think the perception is, and I think it’s probably an accurate perception, that the tail is leading the dog – that we are giving the Israelis carte blanche ability to exercise whatever they want to do in their area. – Michael Scheuer

The second reason to abandon environmental religion is more pressing. Religions think they know it all, but the unhappy truth of the environment is that we are dealing with incredibly complex, evolving systems, and we usually are not certain how best to proceed. Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge. – Michael Crichton

We have got to abandon the sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything. –  Abraham Maslow

Society takes upon itself the right to inflict appalling punishment on the individual, but it also has the supreme vice of shallowness, and fails to realize what it has done. When the man’s punishment is over, it leaves him to himself; that is to say, it abandons him at the very moment when its highest duty towards him begins. – Oscar Wilde

there must be a routine to life, a framework to hang life on. Routines were what kept you sane, gave you something to do at this moment and at that, definite places to go, positive things to do. Abandon it and that way madness lies. – Ruth Rendell

The human ego is the ugliest part of man. We lift up men who only show us darkness, and put down those brave enough to show us light. Likewise, people engage in darkness when it is light outside, and acknowledge the light only when it is dark. We abandon those fighting for us to cheer behind those fighting against us. And, we only remember good people and God when it is convenient to us –and take them for granted because their doors are always open, only to chase after closed doors and personalities void of truth. – Suzy Kassem

The pain is unrelenting; one does not abandon, even briefly, one’s bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes. – William Styron

You need to be prepared for firm decisions and action, without losing gentleness towards those who obstruct or abuse you. It’s as great a weakness to be angry with them as it is to abandon your plan of action and give up through fear. –  Marcus Aurelius

This was no friendship, to forsake your friend, To promise your support and at the end Abandon him-this was sheer treachery. Friend follows friend to hell and blasphemy- When sorrow comes one’s true friends are found; In times of joy ten thousand gather round. –  Farid al-Din Attar

In my own case, I had to train myself out of that phony smile, which is like a nervous tic on every teenage girl. And this meant that I smiled rarely, for in truth, when it came down to real smiling, I had less to smile about. My ‘dream’ action for the women’s liberation movement: a smile boycott, at which declaration all women would instantly abandon their ‘pleasing’ smiles, henceforth smiling only when something pleased them. – Shulamith Firestone

It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the Love and the courage to pay the price. One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risks of living with both arms. One has to embrace life. –  Morris West

My adult life has been a patchwork of projects, most of which were fleeting fancies of overreaching vision. I tend to seize on things, only to abandon them due to a lack of time, talent or inclination. –  Susan Wiggs

It is prima facie highly implausible that life as we know it is the result of a sequence of physical accidents together with the mechanism of natural selection. We are supposed to abandon this naïve response, not in favor of a fully worked out physical/chemical explanation but in favor of an alternative that is really a schema for explanation, supported by some examples. What is lacking, to my knowledge, is a credible argument that the story has a nonnegligible probability of being true. – Thomas Nagel

I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.  – Elisabeth Elliot

God will honor the preaching that honors Christ, but abandon the pulpit that abandons Him. – Steven J Lawson

It is You Jesus, stretched out on the cross, who gives me strength and are always close to the suffering soul. Creatures will abandon a person in his suffering, but You, O Lord, are faithful. –  Mary Faustina Kowalska

Democrats have always wanted to grow government with revenues from our society’s producers. They aren’t sincere about reducing the deficit, because they will not abandon their addiction to spending other people’s money.  – David Limbaugh

When a bishop at the first shot abandons the worship of Christ and rallies his flock round the altar of Mars, he may be acting patriotically… but that does not justify him in pretending…that Christ is, in effect, Mars.  –  George Bernard Shaw

Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.  – Patti Smith

The Founding Fathers and our fathers are rolling over in their graves as this great country voluntarily abandons its dreams of equal opportunity, achievement and prosperity and sows the seeds of its own destruction. – David Limbaugh

Let us remember the devil labors hard to disturb us at the time of recollection in order to make us abandon it. Let him then who omits mental prayer on account of distractions be persuaded that he gives delight to the devil.  – Alphonsus Liguori

We sailed to Italy on the Andrea Doria, a year before it sank, and Zoot (Sims) and I played a lot of ping-pong on deck during that trip. Zoot sparked that [Gerry Mulligan’s] sextet in an extraordinary way, soloing with joyous abandon and infusing the ensemble parts with his special brand of swing.  – Bill Crow

I am out of step with present conditions. When the game is no longer played your way, it is only human to say the new approach is all wrong, bound to lead to trouble, and so on. On one point, however, I am clear. I will not abandon a previous approach whose logic I understand ( although I find it difficult to apply ) even though it may mean foregoing large, and apparently easy, profits to embrace an approach which I don’t fully understand, have not practiced successfully, and which possibly could lead to substantial permanent loss of capital.  – Warren Buffett

The US no longer does decisions. It can neither stop the drug traffic nor legalize it. It can neither win wars nor abandon them, neither make money nor stop spending it, neither stop immigration nor assimilate the immigrants. Washington can beat its thumb with a hammer, yes, and notice that it hurts, but it can’t stop beating its thumb. That would take a decision, and Washington doesn’t do decisions.  – Fred Reed

The method of science is tried and true. It is not perfect, it’s just the best we have. And to abandon it, with its skeptical protocols, is the pathway to a dark age.  – Carl Sagan

It’s not reckless, because when we leap, when we dive in, when we begin, only begin, we bring our true nature to the project, we make it personal and urgent. And it’s not abandon, not in the sense that we’ve abandoned our senses or our responsibility. In fact, abandoning the fear of fear that is holding us back is the single best way not to abandon the work, the pure execution of the work. Later, there’s time to backpedal and water down. But right now, reckless please.  –  Seth Godin

Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. ~ Edmund Burke

There is a time when it is necessary to abandon the used clothes, which already have the shape of our body and to forget our paths, which takes us always to the same places. This is the time to cross the river: and if we don’t dare to do it, we will have stayed, forever beneath ourselves. ~Fernando Pessoa

The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.  ~Peace Pilgrim

It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.  ~B. R. Ambedkar

I can’t resist a pretty plant. When I see it, I want it, I buy it, take it home, and plant it where ever I can find a place. If I had a similar moral code when it comes to romance, I would be divorced several times over by now. That is the reason I grow a cottage garden. I can stick everything in with complete abandon and no discrimination whatsoever. ~Cassandra Danz

Right here in our bodies, in our defense of our right to experience joy, in the refusal to abandon the place where we have been most completely invaded & colonized, in our determination to make the bombed & defoliated lands flower again and bear fruit, here where we have been most shamed is one of the most radical & sacred places from which to transform the world. ~Aurora Levins Morales

 

In the United States, if a political character attacks a sect, this may not prevent even the partisans of that very sect, from supporting him; but if he attacks all the sects together, every one abandons him and he remains alone. ~Alexis de Tocqueville

 

We must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely understand it. We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For I do not doubt that it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it. ~Wendell Berry

 

He that loveth God will do diligence to please God by his works, and abandon himself, with all his might, well for to do.  ~Geoffrey Chaucer

 

I write all the time but often abandon things I don’t think will go anywhere. It’s rare that I’ll labor over writing something that doesn’t feel like it will turn into a keeper.  ~Robin Pecknold

 

Be guided by feelings alone. Abandon yourself to your first impression. If you really have been touched, you will convey to others the sincerity of your emotion.  ~

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

 

Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.  ~Blaise Pascal

 

It is when God appears to have abandoned us that we must abandon ourselves most wholly to God.  ~Francois Fenelon

 

The one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self.  ~Bede Griffiths

 

If you are going to abandon your work because someone speaks ill of it, then it has never been your work, has it? It becomes theirs. You give it up.  ~Robin Oliveira

 

It is necessary to abandon yourself completely, and let the music do as it will with you. All people come to music to seek oblivion.  ~Claude Debussy

 

You must be ready to give up everything, not only material attachments but also human attachments – father, mother, wife, children – everything that you have. But the one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self.  ~Bede Griffiths

 

These teachings are like a raft, to be abandoned once you have crossed the flood. Since you should abandon even good states of mind generated by these teachings, How much more so should you abandon bad states of mind!

Gautama Buddha

 

The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one.  ~Quintilian

 

To suffer with the other and for others; to suffer for the sake of truth and justice; to suffer out of love and in order to become a person who truly loves – these are fundamental elements of humanity, and to abandon them would destroy man himself.  ~Pope Benedict XVI

 

You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others.  ~Francis of Assisi

 

The men who abandon themselves to the passions of this miserable life, are compared in Scripture to beasts.  ~Peter Abelard

 

We are nothing but ceremony; ceremony carries us away, and we leave the substance of things; we hang on to the branches and abandon the trunk and body.  ~Michel de Montaigne

 

I see that you are not sure of what you should do. You must remain steadfast, Monsieur. It would be a great wrong for you to leave and an irreparable scandal to the town and the Company. If you were to abandon the house, I do not think people would ever be willing to welcome us back. Fear not; calm will follow the storm, and perhaps soon.  ~Vincent de Paul

 

Can a civilization hold together if man abandons his faith in God?  ~Will Durant                       

 

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.  ~Confucius

 

I see that you are not sure of what you should do. You must remain steadfast, Monsieur. It would be a great wrong for you to leave and an irreparable scandal to the town and the Company. If you were to abandon the house, I do not think people would ever be willing to welcome us back. Fear not; calm will follow the storm, and perhaps soon.  ~Vincent de Paul

 

No, I won’t abandon hate. If I did, then nothing would be left of me.  ~Yana Toboso. 

 

In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children.  ~Pope Francis

 

People are actually very good at being communists in the sense that they instantly abandon capitalism, that they love these relationships of mutual aid, because the astonishing thing about disasters is that people are often weirdly joyous in them, because they’ve recovered a sense of agency, a sense of power, etc.  ~Rebecca Solnit

 

I place no hope in my strength, nor in my works: but all my confidence is in God my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.  ~Francois Rabelais

 

If we are not to abandon values such as peace and equality, or our commitments to science and truth, then we must pry these values away from claims about our psychological makeup that are vulnerable to being proven false.  ~Steven Pinker

 

Gaining people’s trust might be harder than gaining all creation. But, what is harder than gaining people’s trust is having to abandon them.  ~Queen Seondeok of Silla

 

I’m driven by passion. I mean, I am tired right now. I work to a point of abandon. I am fueled by my understanding of the need for self-expression that exists for young people.  ~Debbie Allen

 

The wondrous thing about nature, her gift to us, is her wanton promiscuity. She reproduces herself with abandon, with teeming infinite generosity.  ~Ruth Ozeki

 

We do not abandon ship. I say, as corny as it may sound, through the strength and spirit and fire and dare and gamble of a few men in a few ways we can save the carcass of humanity from drowning. No light goes out until it goes out. Let’s fight as men, not rats. Period. No further addition.  ~Charles Bukowski

 

When you tell yourself that there is nothing you can do to arrest the global slave trade, you underestimate your own potential and abandon hope for those trapped in captivity.  ~David Batstone

 

He had always loved God. In his darkest hours he cried out, “God did not create us to abandon us.  ~Irving Stone

 

However, however, if the goal is to abandon America’s free enterprise economy, if the goal is to convert America into a submissive member of the international community, if the goal is not to fix America, but to change America, then they want leaders that are going to come up here and fight it every step of the way.  ~Marco Rubio

 

Every now and then you’ll say something that didn’t quite work. But the important thing is, as a comic, you try to learn why it didn’t. And then you adjust and figure out how to either make it work or just abandon it because it’s just not funny.  ~Brad Williams

 

[Boris]Johnson, [Nigel] Farage, they are retro-nationalists, not patriots. Patriots don’t abandon ship when the going gets tough. They stay on board.  ~Jean-Claude Juncker

 

If a farmer does abandon his or her “tame” fields completely to nature, mistakes and destruction are inevitable.  ~Masanobu Fukuoka

 

Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs. To free him from all social pressure is to abandon him to himself and demoralize him.  ~Emile Durkheim

 

There are bad things in the world. There’s no getting away from that. But that doesn’t mean nothing can be done about them. You can’t abandon life just because it’s scary, and just because sometimes you get hurt.  ~Jim Butcher

 

While I fear that we’re drawn to what abandons us, and to what seems most likely to abandon us, in the end I believe we’re defined by what embraces us.  ~J. R. Moehringer

 

If I can procure three hundred good substantial names of persons, or bodies, or institutions, I cannot fail to do well for my family, although I must abandon my life to its success, and undergo many sad perplexities and perhaps never see again my own beloved America.  ~John James Audubon

 

They enveloped each other within the folds of their thoughts, holding each other with an intimacy no physical embrace could replicate, allowing their identities to merge once again. Their greatest comfort was a simple one: they were no longer alone. To know that you were with the one who cared for you, and who understood every fiber of your being, and who would not abandon you even in the most desperate of circumstances, that was the most precious relationship a person could have, and they both cherished it.  ~Christopher Paolini

 

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend.  ~Teresa of Avila

 

We have to tell people how images are made. And, the first step is to abandon the idea we’re looking at photographs. We’re looking at entry points to information and to the world in which the image was made.  ~Fred Ritchin

 

How can they be delivered from the life of self, who are not willing to abandon all their possessions? How can they believe themselves despoiled of all, who possess the greatest treasure under heaven? Do not oblige me to name it, but judge, if you are enlightened; there is one of them which is less than the other, which is lost before it, but which those who must lose everything have the greatest trouble in parting with.  ~Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

 

Pride is a thing that I have tried to abandon completely. Try as I might, pride still creeps into many of the things I do.  ~Henry Rollins

 

Ultimately one must abandon the path to enlightenment. If you still define yourself as a Buddhist, you are not a buddha yet.  ~Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

 

One of the greatest mistakes that people make who pursue self-discovery is they neglect to develop their careers. There is a popular notion that those who seek enlightenment should abandon the things of this world.  ~Frederick Lenz

 

Hypothesis is a toll which can cause trouble if not used properly. We must be ready to abandon our hypothesis as soon as it is shown to be inconsistent with the facts.  ~William Ian Beardmore Beveridge

 

But space travel can’t ease the pressure on a planet grown too crowded not even with today’s ships and probably not with any future ships-because stupid people won’t leave the slopes of their home volcano even when it starts to smoke and rumble. What space travel does do is drain off the best brains: those smart enough to see a catastrophe before it happens, and with the guts to pay the price-abandon home, wealth, friends, relatives, everything-and go. That’s a tiny fraction of one percent. But that’s enough.  ~Robert A. Heinlein

 

Particularly at around the age of 70 you reach a stage where you have to be very careful. If, at that point, you abandon the work you have been doing, there is a good chance that you will just collapse and drift.  ~Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

 

If we were to abandon concern for what is true, what is false, and what remains indeterminate, the world would be totally chaotic. Even those who deny the importance of truth, on the one hand, are quick to jump on anyone who is caught lying.  ~Howard Gardner

 

Enhanced interrogation is not to be considered lightly, but the use of enhanced interrogation techniques does not require moral people to abandon their beliefs. Rather, it is precisely during these difficult times that one’s beliefs about life, justice and mercy become indispensible.  ~Gary Bauer

 

It has been asserted, that a moral Atheist would be a monster beyond the power of nature to create: I reply, that it is not more strange for an Atheist to live virtuously, than for a Christian to abandon himself to crime! If we believe the last kind of monster, why dispute the existence of the first?  ~Pierre Bayle

 

To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself to one s own conscience is to abandon mankind.  ~Arthur Koestler

 

I think making any art requires a certain degree of high anxiety and total abandon.  ~

David Crabb

 

If criticism has made such discoveries as to necessitate the abandonment of the doctrine of plenary inspiration, it is not enough to say that we are compelled to abandon only a “particular theory of inspiration…” We must go on to say that that “particular theory of inspiration” is the theory of the apostles and of the Lord, and that in abandoning it we are abandoning them.  ~B. B. Warfield

 

I am the captain of my destiny, I do not abandon the ship in hard times, But, I do have sense enough not to go down with the ship.  ~Cesare Pavese

 

As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises.  ~Oswald Chambers

 

As the cream abandons the milk from which it took its life, and rises to the top and rides there, so men, because they are richer than those around about them, separate themselves, and all mankind below them they regard as skim milk.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

 

Painting has been a smiling mistress to many, but she has been a cruel jilt to me; I did not abandon her, she abandoned me.  ~Samuel Morse

 

To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes; nor may a man thus disgraced be present at the sacred rites, or enter their council; many, indeed, after escaping from battle, have ended their infamy with the halter.  ~Tacitus

 

I developed a long time ago some habits. One of them is what I call “divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually.” Divert daily is everyday you do something that’s not work-related. You do something that relaxes you. Then you withdraw weekly. The Bible says every seven days you take a day off. And then abandon annually means you just go out and forget it all.  ~Rick Warren

 

It was from America that the plain ideas that men ought to mind their business, and that the nation is responsible to Heaven for the acts of the State, – ideas long locked in the breast of solitary thinkers, and hidden among Latin folios, – burst forth like a conqueror upon the world they were destined to transform, under the title of the Rights of Man… and the principle gained ground, that a nation can never abandon its fate to an authority it cannot control.  ~Lord Acton

 

God did not create us to abandon us.  ~Irving Stone

 

Barring love and war, few enterprises are undertaken with such abandon, or by such diverse individuals, or with so paradoxical a mixture of appetite and altruism, as that group of avocations known as outdoor recreation. It is, by common consent, a good thing for people to get back to nature. But wherein lies the goodness, and what can be done to encourage its pursuit?  ~Aldo Leopold

 

Every time that a man has, with a pure heart, called upon Osiris, Dionysus, Buddha, the Tao, etc., the Son of God has answered him by sending the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit has acted upon his soul, not by inciting him to abandon his religious tradition, but by bestowing upon him light. It is, therefore, useless to send out missions to prevail upon the peoples of Asia, Africa or Oceania to enter the Church.  ~Simone Weil

 

A great nation cannot abandon its responsibilities. Responsibilities abandoned today return as more acute crises tomorrow.  ~Gerald R. Ford

 

The last thing abandoned by a party is its phraseology, because among political parties, as elsewhere, the vulgar make the language, and the vulgar abandon more easily the ideas that have been instilled into it than the words that it has learnt.  ~Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Those who have been intoxicated with power… can never willingly abandon it.  ~Edmund Burke

 

For the multifold secret to work only one thing is necessary. You must take action. You must give. You must share. You must act with abandon. Send out waves of love and kindness into the world and then simply wait for the response. Or, better yet, continue to send out more waves. Why wait? The response will come. Keep sending waves and enjoy the reaction.  ~John Kremer

 

Man alone at the very moment of his birth, cast naked upon the naked earth, does she abandon to cries and lamentations.  ~Pliny the Elder

 

The scorn which I had reason to fear on account of the novelty and unconventionality of my opinion almost induced me to abandon completely the work which I had undertaken. . . . Astronomy is written for astronomers. To them my work too will seem, unless I am mistaken, to make some contribution.  ~Nicolaus Copernicus

 

Abandon learning and there will be no sorrow.  ~Laozi

 

Today we must abandon competition and secure cooperation. This must be the central fact in all our considerations of international affairs; otherwise we face certain disaster. Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must prevent wars…The stakes are immense, the task colossal the time is short. But we may hope- we must hope- that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him.  ~Albert Einstein

 

I become more and more inclined to sink the minister in the man, and abandon my present calling in toto as a profession… to create a living religion in landscape painting.  ~Christopher Pearse Cranch

 

Abandon all remorse; On horror’s head horrors accumulate.  ~William Shakespeare

 

From the perspective of the one committing suicide, his or her act can be one of the most perverse forms of moral manipulation, as it abandons those left behind to their shame, guilt, and grief. Suicide is something like a metaphysical “I gotcha!” It is often an attempt to kill or wound others.  ~Stanley Hauerwas

 

We cannot be wise while in the grip of a deep fear. … This is why demagogues, when seeking our support, will first cause us to fear and hate, knowing when we are in the grip of a great fear, we will abandon common sense and wisdom, we will forsake the hard-won lessons of time and experience.  ~Philip Gulley

 

When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can’t live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.  ~Judith Martin

 

Nothing is good but mediocrity. The majority has settled that, and finds fault with him who escapes it at whichever end… To leave the mean is to abandon humanity.  ~Blaise Pascal

 

I don’t abandon stories once I’ve started working on them. Once I sit down and start a story, I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up on it. But I do reject most of the ideas for stories that I come up with.  ~Kelly Link

 

I think kids abandon stories all the time. They start stories and get frustrated or get a different, better idea. I think that it is more worthwhile to stick with a story and revise it and try to finish it than abandon ship. Revisions, for any writer, are the name of the game.  ~Gail Carson Levine

 

Before economics can progress, it must abandon its suicidal formalism.  ~Robert Heilbroner

 

The beautiful are never desolate; But some one alway loves them–God or man. If man abandons, God himself takes them.  ~Philip James Bailey

 

The absurdist is concerned with the search for meaning in the Universe. He believes this search to be meaningless–hence the disintegration of plot, character, and language in absurdist drama. Order is a falsehood that we, God, those who came before us, have imposed on a random universe. However, the absurdist is confronted with a curious paradox: though he believes the Universe to be meaningless, he cannot abandon the search for meaning–or he will die.  ~Walter Wykes

 

If we neglect or abandon those who are suffering in poverty … not only are we depriving ourselves of potential opportunities for markets and economic growth, but ultimately that despair may turn to violence that turns on us.  ~Barack Obama

 

To understand Vers libre, one must abandon all desire to find in it the even rhythm of metrical feet. One must allow the lines to flow as they will when read aloud by an intelligent reader.  ~Amy Lowell

 

mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

 

At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good, and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship.  ~Josephus

 

I am the bridge between the East and the West. I don’t want to abandon one for the other.  ~M.I.A.

 

All your restlessness is out of your desire for stillness Just desire restlessly, then, love will fill and still you. All your unhealthiness is out of your desire for health, Just abandon health, then, even poison will heal you.  ~Rumi

 

A Church which abandons the truth abandons itself.  ~Hans Kung

 

I submit that tennis is the most beautiful sport there is and also the most demanding. It requires body control, hand-eye coordination, quickness, flat-out speed, endurance, and that weird mix of caution and abandon we call courage. It also requires smarts. Just one single shot in one exchange in one point of a high-level match is a nightmare of mechanical variables.  ~David Foster Wallace

 

This was the period when I used all the influence I had to get the British to abandon their export trade, and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing facilities to the immediate needs of the war, including civilian, as well as military requirements.  ~W. Averell Harriman

 

Eventually I saw that the path of the heart requires a full gesture, a degree of abandon that can be terrifying. Only then is it possible to achieve a sparkling metamorphosis.  ~Carlos Castaneda

 

I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people. The Church’s teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all those years. But rather than abandon it and say it’s broken, I want to be part of the change.  ~Vicky Beeching

 

We were like confirmed opium-eaters: in our moments of reason we well knew the deadly nature of our pursuit, but we certainly were not prepared to abandon its terrible delights.  ~H. Rider Haggard

 

If you go and watch the way the primitive tribes live, you will know what work is in relation to celebration. They work the whole day so they can sing and dance with abandon at night.  ~Rajneesh

 

When we meet a fact which contradicts a prevailing theory, we must accept the fact and abandon the theory, even when the theory is supported by great names and generally accepted.  ~Claude Bernard

 

Geese appear high over us, / pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, / as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear / in the ancient faith: what we need / is here. And we pray, not / for new earth or heaven, but to be / quiet in heart, and in eye, / clear. What we need is here.  ~Wendell Berry

 

Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

…when we abandon visible riches… it is strange goods and not our own that we are leaving. And this is so even if we boast that we acquired them through our own efforts or that they were passed on to us as an inheritance. I say nothing is ours except what is in our hearts, what belongs to our souls, what cannot be taken away by anyone.  ~John Cassian

 

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page a day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.  ~John Steinbeck

 

To fulfill your mission will require that you abandon your agenda and accept God’s agenda for your life.  ~Rick Warren

 

Four marks of true repentance are: acknowledgement of wrong, willingness to confess it, willingness to abandon it, and willingness to make restitution.   ~Corrie Ten Boom

 

It’s only when you abandon your ambitions that they become possible.  ~Thomas Keneally

 

Maybe Himalayan climbing is just a bad habit, like smoking, of which one says with cavalier abandon, must give this up some day, before it kills me.  ~Greg Child

 

By healing our internal divisions and fully accepting ourselves as we are, we learn to accept and empower our sexual core, and we learn to honor our unique expression of Masculine and Feminine gifts. We fully incarnate in our bodies, at home and at ease in a man’s body or a woman’s body. And we learn to love with complete abandon, as free men and women, without rules or roles or guarded hearts.  ~David Deida

 

When we dehumanise and demonise our opponents, we abandon the possibility of peacefully resolving our differences, and seek to justify violence against them.  ~Nelson Mandela

 

Our world and our lives have become increasingly interdependent, so when our neighbour is harmed, it affects us too. Therefore we have to abandon outdated notions of ‘them’ and ‘us’ and think of our world much more in terms of a great ‘US’, a greater human family.  ~Dalai Lama

 

If you want a television, you go out and work for it and you buy it. If you want to learn about Aztec pottery, you take a course. But the relationship with God requires the active and passionate participation of you, yourself. You have to risk it. You have to abandon yourself to it. You have to leap into the fire. Nobody will do it for you; nobody can do it for you.  ~Andrew Harvey

 

Nothing is more dangerous than discontinued labor; it is habit lost. A habit easy to abandon, difficult to resume.  ~Victor Hugo

 

As Luxenberg’s work has only recently been published we must await its scholarly assessment before we can pass any judgements. But if his analysis is correct then suicide bombers, or rather prospective martyrs, would do well to abandon their culture of death, and instead concentrate on getting laid 72 times in this world, unless of course they would really prefer chilled or white raisins, according to their taste, in the next.  ~Ibn Warraq

 

Even faith in God is only a stage on the way. Ultimately you abandon all, for you come to something so simple that there are no words to express it.  ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

You are probably at your sanest when you come to the place where you abandon all else but your desire for God. ~R. T. Kendall

 

Perhaps you have been ensnared by a sinful habit that you will not abandon, and your guilt is so overwhelming you are ashamed to approach Christ. Whatever the reason for your broken intimacy with God, there is good news. Jesus waits to embrace you now in the arms of unconditional, divine love.  ~Charles Stanley

 

I don’t want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment. ~Dorothy Stang

 

Being an artist doesn’t take much, just everything you got. Which means, of course, that as the process is giving you life, it is also bringing you closer to death. But it’s no big deal. They are one in the same and cannot be avoided or denied. So when I totally embrace this process, this life/death, and abandon myself to it, I transcend all this meaningless gibberish and hang out with the gods. It seems to me that that is worth the price of admission.  ~Hubert Selby, Jr

 

The fastest way to attain courage is to follow the chosen Way and be willing to abandon life itself for the sake of justice.  ~Mas Oyama

 

The atheist must abandon his defensive positions, take up the cudgels and go forward, rather than into the retreat of apathy.  ~Madalyn Murray O’Hair

 

I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life.  ~Stephen Roche

 

The spiritual response is too often a simplistic one: we abandon God or we blame God for abandoning us.  ~Joan D. Chittister.

 

Ads are not written to entertain. When they do, those entertainment seekers rare little likely to be the people whom you want. This is one of the greatest advertising faults. Ad writers abandon their part. They forgot they are salesmen and try to be performers. Instead of sales, they seek applause.  ~Claude C. Hopkins

 

We just have to be crystal clear that if we were to abandon all the reforms made over some very painful years in the Labour party, we would be consigned back to opposition.   ~Patricia Hewitt

 

It is time, therefore, to abandon the superstition that natural science cannot be regarded as logically respectable until philosophers have solved the problem of induction. The problem of induction is, roughly speaking, the problem of finding a way to prove that certain empirical generalizations which are derived from past experience will hold good also in the future.  ~A.J. Ayer

 

Poverty, the racial divide and social injustice do not impact only those who suffer most visibly. Alleviating poverty and injustice is a responsibility we must never forget or abandon.  ~Marc Morial

 

This disaster did not force us to abandon our ideal; on the contrary, from the very first months of the conflict, it led us to define precisely the conditions for its realization.  ~Leon Jouhaux

 

In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document. It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man – these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals. They have their source and their roots in the religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world. Unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration will perish. We can not continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause.  ~Calvin Coolidge

 

I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, “My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable bulwark” … In some astonishment I asked him, “A bulwark-against what?” To which he replied, “Against the black tide of mud”-and here he hesitated for a moment, then added of occultism.  ~Carl Jung

 

The trees called to me, urging me to abandon what I knew and vanish into the oncoming night. It was a desire that had been tugging me with disconcerting frequency these days.  ~Maggie Stiefvater 

 

Life now insists that we encounter groundlessness. Systems and ideas that seemed reliable and solid dissolve at an increasing rate. People who asked for our trust betray or abandon us. Strategies that worked suddenly don’t. Groundlessness is a frightening place, at least at first, but as the old culture turns to mush, we would feel stronger if we stopped searching for ground, if we sought only to locate ourselves in the present and do our work from here.  ~Margaret J. Wheatley

 

MCP, maximum controled pressure. No tomorrow, no waiting, nothing beyond the moment. We seek the perfect balance-total abandon on the drive, total control on the recovery.  ~Brad Alan Lewis

 

I resolved to abandon trade and to fix my aim on something more praiseworthy and stable; whence it was that I made preparation for going to see part of the world and its wonders.  ~Amerigo Vespucci

 

The purpose of a spirit filled life is to demonstrate the supernatural power of our living God so that the unsaved multitudes will abandon their dead gods to call upon the name of The Lord and be delivered.  ~T.L. Osborn

 

A good dancer is an educated one, so dont abandon school.  ~Deborah Bull

 

I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers… Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them for ourselves.  ~Ronald Reagan

 

I’m an artist, and the need to get inside myself and be creative and be other people is a part of who I am. I don’t imagine I’ll abandon that completely.  ~Gwyneth Paltrow

 

The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord’s own words, that of renouncing himself – that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgement, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost.  ~St. Vincent

 

Many a man, brought up in the glib profession of some shallow form of Christianity, who comes through reading Astronomy to realize for the first time how majestically indifferent most reality is to man, and who perhaps abandons his religion on that account, may at that moment be having his first genuinely religious experience. ~C. S. Lewis

 

If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must listen for the sound of sandaled feet. We must reach out for the Carpenter’s hand. With every step we take in his footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth.  ~Thomas S. Monson

 

Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say ‘no’ to evil, ‘no’ to violence, ‘no’ to oppression, to live a life in service of others and which fosters lawfulness and the common good. When a person discovers God, the true treasure, he abandons a selfish lifestyle and seeks to share with others the charity which comes from God. He who becomes a friend of God, loves his brothers and sisters, commits himself to safeguarding their life and their health, and also to respecting the environment and nature.  ~Pope Francis

 

To forgive is to abandon your right to pay back the predator in his own coin, but it is the loss that Liberates.  ~Desmond Tutu

 

I must perish in this deplorable folly. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect-in terror. In this unnerved-in this pitiable condition-I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

 

No, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.  ~R. J. Palacio

 

An honorable man would never abandon his friend in time of need, especially if they were in a foreign country. Why? For fear of acting like a coward or of being boorish. I repeat, I admire the fact that, those persons have, through human respect, more courage than Christians and priests have, through charity or through their good intentions.  ~Vincent de Paul

 

In the name of God, Monsieur, let us not be so little attached to God’s service that we yield to a useless fear which may cause us to abandon the task He has given us.  ~Vincent de Paul

 

Underlying all your choices, particularly subject matter and the way you represent it, should be your own personal scruples, the standards and rules that you voluntarily set for yourself, and which you may change or abandon whenever you choose – without explanation to anyone.  ~Richard Schmid

 

Abandon money for authenticity.  ~Spencer Antle

 

Kenny Shanker burns with boppish abandon.  ~Bill Milkowski

 

We swear we are not going to abandon the struggle until the Last Jew in Europe has been exterminated and is actually dead. It is not enough to isolate the Jewish enemy of mankind – the Jew has got to be exterminated!  ~Robert Ley

 

You have set up in New York Harbor a monstrous idol which you call Liberty. The only thing that remains to complete that monument is to put on its pedestal the inscription written by Dante on the gate of hell: All hope abandon ye who enter here.  ~George Bernard Shaw

 

Once a woman parts with her virtue, she loses the esteem even of the man whose vows and tears won her to abandon it.  ~Miguel de Cervantes

 

We find, sooner or later, that in prayer we either abandon ourselves or we abandon prayer.  ~E. Stanley Jones

 

Your burden is of false self-identifications—abandon them all.  ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Fortune helps the intrepid and abandons the cowards. I am the daughter of a man who did not know of fear. Whatever may come, I am resolved to follow that course until death.  ~Caterina Sforza

 

The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.  ~Ernst Mach

 

Maybe scientists are fundamentalist when it comes to defining in some abstract way what is meant by ‘truth’. But so is everybody else. I am no more fundamentalist when I say evolution is true than when I say it is true that New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere. We believe in evolution because the evidence supports it, and we would abandon it overnight if new evidence arose to disprove it.  ~Richard Dawkins

 

Many will, no doubt, prefer to retain old unsystematic names as far as possible, but it is easy to see that the desire to avoid change may carry us too far in this direction; it will undoubtedly be very inconvenient to the present generation of chemists to abandon familiar and cherished names, but nevertheless it may be a wise course to boldly face the difficulty, rather than inflict on coming generations a partially illogical and unsystematic nomenclature.  ~Henry Edward Armstrong

 

Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny – and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do).  ~Stephen Jay Gould

 

If liberty is worth keeping and free representative government worth saving, we must stand for all American fundamentals-not some, but all. All are woven into the great fabric of our national well-being. We cannot hold fast to some only, and abandon others that, for the moment, we find inconvenient. If one American fundamental is prostrated, others in the end will surely fall.  ~Albert J. Beveridge

 

The Lord will never forsake or abandon anyone, You may abandon him, but he will not abandon you. You never need to feel that you are alone.  ~Joseph B. Wirthlin

 

Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, “I will never abandon you, I will always be with you.” If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain.  ~Saint Augustine

 

I hate editors, for they make me abandon a lot of perfectly good English words.  ~Mark Twain

 

I like to take chances, and that’s the key to comedy — dancing like an idiot but doing it with wild abandon.  ~Megan Mullally

 

Sometimes I thought of the Peace Corps as a reverse refugee organization, displacing all of us lost Midwesterners, and it was probably the only government entity that taught Americans to abandon key national characteristics. Pride, ambition, impatience, the instinct to control, the desire to accumulate, the missionary impulse – all of it slipped away.  ~Peter Hessler

 

If we look at the black record of mass murder, exploitation, and tyranny levied on society by governments over the ages, we need not be loath to abandon the Leviathan State and . . . try freedom.  ~Murray Rothbard

 

In the present age, man proves his separation from his Creator by his spirit of self-sufficienc y and positive rejection of God. The present issue between God and man is one of whether man will accept God’s estimate of him, abandon his hopeless self-struggle, and cast himself only on God who alone is sufficient to accomplish his needed transformation.  ~Lewis Sperry Chafer

 

Abandon desire for this world, and God will love you. Abandon desire for others’ goods, and people will love you.  ~Ibn Majah

 

The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.  ~Oswald Chambers

 

If there is nothing you can share with other people, try to be close to Things, they will not abandon you; and the nights are still here and the winds that move through the trees and across many lands; everything in the world of Things and animals is still filled with happening, which you can take part in.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 

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