Abject quotes:

  • Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor. -- Rick Riordan
  • When a Lover is a Beggar Abject is his Knee. When a Lover is an Owner Different is he... -- Emily Dickinson
  • Abject poverty is demeaning, is an assault on the dignity of those that suffer it. In the end it demeans us all. It makes the freedom of all of us less meaningful. -- Nelson Mandela
  • Abject flattery and indiscriminate assentation degrade, as much as indiscriminate contradiction and noisy debate disgust. But a modest assertion of one's own opinion, and a complaisant acquiescence in other people's, preserve dignity. -- Doug Stanhope
  • Education is the only billion dollar industry that tolerates abject failure. -- Geoffrey Canada
  • I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up. -- Kirk Douglas
  • One is guilty of all abjection that one does not help to relieve. -- Jose Marti
  • Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. -- Oliver Goldsmith
  • Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious. -- Baruch Spinoza
  • Terrorists are not 100 feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. -- John O. Brennan
  • If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined. -- Mason Cooley
  • Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. -- Muhammad Yunus
  • We grew up in abject poverty. Acting, writing scripts and skits were a way of escaping our environment at a very young age. -- Viola Davis
  • The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning. -- Jean Baudrillard
  • Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world. -- Kofi Annan
  • The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. Number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at all-time low. -- Bill Gates
  • Memphis is the place where rock was born and Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed. It's full of contradictions, abject poverty, and riches that only music can provide. -- Shawn Amos
  • The first time I got up in front of an audience was terror, abject terror, which continued for another four or five years. There still is, a little bit. -- Bob Newhart
  • The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it. -- Jean Baudrillard
  • I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn't exist. -- Berkeley Breathed
  • We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources. -- Jane Goodall
  • Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty. -- Michael Bassey
  • When I go to the clinic next and sit with a tube in my arm and watch the poison go in, I'm in an attitude of abject passivity. It doesn't feel like fighting at all; it just feels like submitting. -- Christopher Hitchens
  • I had been an abject fan of Robert Stone since the early eighties, when I borrowed a copy of 'A Flag for Sunrise' to read on a plane to Rome. I was twenty-something, with a first novel under my belt. -- Madison Smartt Bell
  • Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes. -- George Mason
  • There are still hundreds of millions, billions of people living in abject poverty around the world. They need electricity. They need electricity they can count on, that they can afford. They need fuel to cook their food on that's not animal dung. -- Rex Tillerson
  • When you see in places like Africa and parts of Asia abject poverty, hungry children and malnutrition around you, and you look at yourself as being people who have well being and comforts, I think it takes a very insensitive, tough person not to feel they need to do something. -- Ratan Tata
  • Good diet and exercise are key, but abject fear has its own rewards. And arriving on the first day for rehearsals for 'Spamalot' and seeing all these much younger, much fitter people, who I was going to be on stage with, became a catalyst for cutting out the more unhealthy aspects of my life. -- Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • The U.S. has a law on the books called the debt limit, but the name is misleading. The debt limit started in 1917 for the purpose of facilitating more national debt, not reducing it. It still serves that purpose. It's unconnected to spending, hurts our credit rating and has been an abject failure at limiting debt. -- David Malpass
  • There's some way in which we would prefer not to see very clearly the immense gifts and intelligence of some of the people who live in our most abject conditions. Maybe there are some things at work in deciding who gets to be society's winners and who gets to be society's losers that don't have to do with merit. -- Katherine Boo
  • It's the abject smallness of the earth that gets you. -- Stuart Roosa
  • Revenge, we find, the abject pleasure of an abject mind. -- Juvenal
  • Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. -- Albert Camus
  • My children didn't have my advantages; I was born into abject poverty. -- Kirk Douglas
  • That was a day that taught me the meaning of abject failure. -- Walter Moers
  • She took a sort of abject pride in her mecilessness toward herself. -- David Foster Wallace
  • Anything less than abject submission has to have some attack in it. -- Frank Herbert
  • At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender. -- Winston Churchill
  • Even the most abject have a sense of superiority based on powerful though undefined merits. -- Mason Cooley
  • The country will survive Obama, but it cannot survive the abject ignorance that elected him. -- Rush Limbaugh
  • What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity. -- Seneca the Younger
  • There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God. -- Thomas a Kempis
  • To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise! -- Alexander Pope
  • If you help one person in the room, you're an abject failure. You have to change something. -- Simon Sinek
  • Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse. -- H. L. Mencken
  • Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything. -- Epictetus
  • How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how wonderful, is man!... Midway from nothing to the Deity! -- Edward Young
  • The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down with adversity, is generally abject and base. -- Epicurus
  • There is no sin so profound, no despondency so low, no misery so abject, but the love of Christ is deeper. -- F.B. Meyer
  • True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us. -- Tryon Edwards
  • Prayer has never made you right, because right now our world of Islam is filled with abject hypocrisy in its religiosity. -- Louis Farrakhan
  • The Koran calls for belief and consequent obedience. It is, surely, calculated to inspire fear, indeed abject terror, rather than love. -- Antony Flew
  • I am proud up to the point of equality; everything above or below that appears to me arrant impertinence or abject meanness. -- William Hazlitt
  • The most imperious masters over their own servants are at the same time the most abject slaves to the servants of others. -- Seneca the Younger
  • The abject pleasure of an abject mind And hence so dear to poor weak woman kind. [Lat., Vindicta Nemo magis gaudet, quam femina.] -- Juvenal
  • The people of California clearly have the right to prohibit the sale of a product that is the result of abject animal abuse. -- Nathan Runkle
  • He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men. -- Thomas a Kempis
  • If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • My work is really abject and self-effacing sometimes. I mean, it's big and overwrought, but it's just paper dolls, and it's kind of silly. -- Kara Walker
  • The Millennium Declaration was a solemn pledge to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty. -- Kevin Watkins
  • The Blushing Pansy," his cousin read aloud, in a tone of abject horror. "Tea shop and confectionery." Bram swore. This was going to be ugly. -- Tessa Dare
  • There is no harvest without hard work, therefore never expect chance to solve your problems of abject need for you. You must take deliberate actions! -- Israelmore Ayivor
  • Architects thrive after massive urban disasters. The abject collapse of East Berlin gave us the only city in Europe with a mighty host of Postmodern skyscrapers. -- Bruce Sterling
  • The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question. -- Ayn Rand
  • Even an ugly, abject photograph bears the recording of its making... my goal [is] to create dense objects, works in which many lines of thought converge. -- James Welling
  • Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate. -- Albert Camus
  • Socialism has been an abject failure across the face of the globe, millions have suffered under socialism, and yet we're not doing an effective job communicating that. -- Ted Cruz
  • Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. -- George Washington
  • Excluded from all fellowship at meals, excluded from all sacrifices, excluded from instruction and from matrimonial alliances, abject and excluded from all religious duties, let them wander over ,this earth. -- Guru Nanak
  • We make a goddess of Fortune ... and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak. -- Charles Caleb Colton
  • How superbly brave is the Englishman in the presence of the awfulest forms of danger and death; and how abject in the presence of any and all forms of hereditary rank. -- Mark Twain
  • If you are sure that you are about to fail, then this strange and serene calmness can come over you or the most abject fear and panic and feeling of helplessness. -- Peter Gallagher
  • The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don't have any hope for a better life. -- Ted Turner
  • Enthusiasm, being the infirmity of bold and ambitious tempers, is naturally accompanied with a spirit of liberty; as superstition,on the contrary, renders men tame and abject, and fits them for slavery. -- David Hume
  • I don't want to give this impression that I grew up in Liverpool in a cardboard box in abject poverty, but that didn't mean there weren't anxieties in my childhood about money. -- Cherie Blair
  • What the Soviet Union was to the ideology of Marxism, the Low-Fat Campaign is to the ideology of nutritionism"?its supreme test and, as now is coming clear, its most abject failure. -- Michael Pollan
  • The Democrat Party makes as many people victims as possible because it freezes them right where they are. And that's usually in lower middle class or abject poverty. It makes them resentful. -- Rush Limbaugh
  • In naturalism, man is actually very insignificant, but arrogates to himself stupendous power. In Christianity, man is actually the apex of created significance, but is called to see it in abject humility. -- Ravi Zacharias
  • When dealing with Canadians, it is advantageous to seem to be negotiating from a position of weakness, for when faced with an abject opponent, they become concession-happy and will accede to almost anything. -- Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens
  • May we not suspect that the vague but very real fears of children, which are quite independent of experience, are the inherited effects of real dangers and abject superstitions during ancient savage times? -- Charles Darwin
  • Almost everyone believes that at some level birthmothers make a choice to give their babies away. ...Adoption is rarely about mothers' choices; it is, instead, about the abject choicelessness of some resourceless women. -- Rickie Solinger
  • With an agenda dominated by global security and U.N. reform, it appears that the decisions needed to lift millions of people from abject poverty are not being given the prominence they deserve. -- Kumi Naidoo
  • How often do I stand in abject terror and raw trepidation before the impossible peaks that soar to impossible heights in front me, when God turns to me and calmly says what mountains? -- Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes. -- Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Self-respect will keep a man from being abject when he is in the power of enemies, and will enable him to feel that he may be in the right when the world is against him. -- Bertrand Russell
  • It is the nature of slavery to render its victims so abject that at last, fearing to be free, they multiply their own chains. You can liberate a freeman, but you cannot liberate a slave. -- Louis J. Halle