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  • Voter apathy is a civic abdication. -- Charles M. Blow
  • Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There is no difference between machine autonomy and the abdication of human responsibility. -- Jaron Lanier
  • Love consents to all and commands only those who consent. Love is abdication. God is abdication. -- Simone Weil
  • The abdication of Belief Makes the Behavior small- Better an ignis fatuus Than no illume at all. -- Emily Dickinson
  • Our 'normal' 'adjusted' state is too often the abdication of ecstasy, the betrayal of our true potentialities. -- R. D. Laing
  • Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life. -- Erica Jong
  • Yet there comes a time in the life of a patriot when abdication would amount to a betrayal if not outright treachery. -- Olusegun Obasanjo
  • Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress. -- Daniel Ellsberg
  • I knew all about Edward VIII's abdication, George VI becoming the king and having a stammer, but nothing about how he got rid of it. -- Geoffrey Rush
  • The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice. -- Mikhail Bakunin
  • Our happiest times are those in which we forget ourselves, usually in being kind to someone else. That tiny moment of self-abdication is an act of true humility: the man who loses himself finds himself and finds his happiness. -- Fulton J. Sheen
  • Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power. -- Leo Tolstoy
  • The reality is that the media are probably the most powerful of all our institutions today and they, or rather we, too often are squandering our power and ignoring our obligations. The consequence of our abdication of responsibility is the ugly spectacle of idiot culture! -- Carl Bernstein
  • That many if not most people...who want fresh leafy greens in January buy them at the supermarket after they've been bleached and plastic-bag shipped from California or beyond is not a tribute to modern technology; it's an unprecedented abdication of personal responsibility and a ubiquitous benchmark of abnormality. -- Joel Salatin
  • In the past, the U.S. has shown its capacity to reinvent its gifts for leadership. During the 1970s, in the aftermath of the Nixon abdication and the Ford and Carter presidencies, the whole nation peered into the abyss, was horrified by what it saw and elected Ronald Reagan as president, which began a national resurgence. -- Paul Johnson
  • No system of criminal justice can, or should, survive if it comes to depend for its continued effectiveness on the citizens' abdication through unawareness of their constitutional rights. No system worth preserving should have to fear that if an accused is permitted to consult with a lawyer, he will become aware of, and exercise, these rights. -- Arthur Goldberg
  • "Next," said Mrs Wilfer with a wave of her gloves, expressive of abdication under protest from the culinary throne, "I would recommend examination of the bacon in the saucepan on the fire, and also of the potatoes by the application of a fork. Preparation of the greens will further become necessary if you persist in this unseemly demeanour." -- Charles Dickens
  • Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I feel much more strongly about the abdication of responsibility by the media than by political advocates. They're representing a constituency. -- Jon Stewart
  • What citizens of a free country would listen to any offers of good and skillful administration in return for the abdication of freedom? -- John Stuart Mill
  • Each life has its share of heroism, an obscure heroism, born of abdication, of renunciation and acceptance under the merciless whip of fate. -- Mariama Bā
  • A citizenship of wholesale delegation and abdication to public and private power systems, such as prevails now, makes such periodic checks as elections little more than rituals. -- Ralph Nader
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