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Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Wisdom

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
- E. F. Schumacher

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever,
and generally stopping before it gets there.
- Agnes Repplier

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

 

Truth is always in harmony with herself,
and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice
that may consist with wrong-doing.
- Henry David Thoreau

We sought out and visited all the Indians hereabouts that we could meet with,
in number about twenty.
They were chiefly in one place, about a mile from where we lodged.
- John Woolman

All great art is the work of the whole living creature,
body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
- John Ruskin

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat,
are within.
- Miguel de Cervantes

It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya,
which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads.
- Richard Leakey

This is what sexual liberation chiefly accomplishes -
it liberates young women to pursue married men.
- George Gilder

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited
with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden
of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
- Charles Lamb

It has been my fate in a long life of production to
be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry,
a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art.
- Margaret Oliphant

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
- Iris Murdoch

The financial history of the Baltimore and Ohio since
the close of the nineteenth century is interesting
chiefly in connection with changes in the control of the property.
- John Moody

Our relations with the Indians have been governed chiefly by treaties and trade,
or war and subjugation.
- Nelson A. Miles

When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience,
the temptation to blunder is minimized,
but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful
as appraisal of the appraiser.
- Marianne Moore

The danger chiefly lies in acting well;
no crime's so great as daring to excel.
- Charles Churchill

At present, financial crises occur, chiefly because
the paper currency is redeemable in gold only.
- John Buchanan Robinson

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly
through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions,
not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
- Igor Stravinsky

On the whole, the world was friendly.
It chiefly depended on whether one were good or not.
- Georg Brandes

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
- John Tillotson

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love;
have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do;
and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
- William Hazlitt

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

The one book necessary to be understood by a divine,
is the Bible; any others are to be read,
chiefly, in order to understand that.
- Francis Lockier

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church
he currently did not attend was Catholic.
- Kingsley Amis

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

We know the past and its great events,
the present in its multitudinous complications,
chiefly through faith in the testimony of others.
- Matthew Simpson

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because
most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
- Franklin P. Adams

They had scarcely established themselves,
however, before another company of Jackson county citizens,
chiefly from around Independence, organized to drive them off.
- Cole Younger

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever
expecting that it soon will be so.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The largest and most influential houses chiefly demonstrate
the aloofness of the French approach.
- Stephen Gardiner

Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of
putting dead animals into the mouth.
- Ambrose Bierce

Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.
- Marilyn Monroe

Nothing mattered except states of mind,
chiefly our own.
- John Maynard Keynes

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly;
more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet,
than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears.
In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
- Erica Jong

It is chiefly in New York that I feel induced to urge this,
because New York is, by innumerable ties,
connected with Europe - more connected than several parts of Europe itself.
- Lajos Kossuth

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings
in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
- Thomas Hardy

First I shall name the eagle, of which there are three species:
the great grey eagle is the largest,
of great strength and high flight; he chiefly preys
on fawns and other young quadrupeds.
- William Bartram

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able
to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and
objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed,
or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?
- Algernon H. Blackwood

The Legislature of Lower Canada, consisting chiefly of Roman Catholics,
could hardly be expected to support a church which
they were taught to consider heretical,
and in Upper Canada the scanty means at the disposal of the Government,
precluded all hope.
- John Strachan

Traditional matter must be glorified,
since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation
of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things;
the listeners,
we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction
after full honest effort.
No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be
happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed
to take up the challenge of life.
- Arnold Bennett

In our nature, however, there is a provision,
alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should
never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture,
but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his,
and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting,
a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what -
after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.
- Kate Chopin

I think there was a revolution in poetry,
associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound;
but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of
the nature of history that their innovations should
later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
- Howard Nemerov

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds.
In the best books, great men talk to us,
give us their most precious thoughts,
and pour their souls into ours.
- William Ellery Channing

You know that I write slowly.
This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until
I have said as much as possible in a few words,
and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

If there be anything that can be called genius,
it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention
to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind,
till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides.
- Robert Quillen

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

A chief event of life is the day in which
we have encountered a mind that startled us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profit is a by-product of work;
happiness is its chief product.
- Henry Ford

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth,
I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
- Khalil Gibran

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

Concern for man and his fate must always form
the chief interest of all technical endeavors.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
- Albert Einstein

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.
- Hugh Blair

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house,
I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming,
the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
- Gaston Bachelard

When I came back to Washington to be The Times' chief
congressional correspondent in 1991,
I was looking for a book subject, and Ted Kennedy stood out for two reasons.
- Adam Clymer

After all, the chief business of the American people is business.
They are profoundly concerned with producing,
buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.
- Calvin Coolidge

The police chief of Hiroshima welcomed me eagerly as
the first Allied correspondent to reach the city.
- Wilfred Burchett

A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women,
who are the chief victims of patriarchy,
and also with the ending of homosexual oppression.
- Kate Millett


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