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101. "... in the youth of middle age--square-shouldered, stocky, decisive, blatantly virile-- ..."
Author: A.J. Liebling
102. "The teaching authority of the magisterium had been seriously weakened through the obvious difficulties raised for such a concept of authority by the Great Schism, with the result that, in the absence of any magisterial guidance, theological opinions became confused with catholic dogma...Accompanying this erosion of the teaching authority of the church was an apparent disinclination (whether through unwillingness or inability) on the part of the magisterium to take decisive forcible action to suppress opinions of which it disapproved."
Author: Alister E. McGrath
103. "I think in the immediate days after 9/11, the administration acted very, very well. I liked the decisiveness of it."
Author: Ann Richards
104. "Religion is like wax. How anyone deals with it is decisive for how it will look like."
Author: Ben Midland
105. "Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all."
Author: Brian Tracy
106. "Although we dealt decisively with all terrorist organizations, we at the same time not only maintained, preserved our democracy, but kept improving it."
Author: Bulent Ecevit
107. "Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination."
Author: Carl Von Clausewitz
108. "Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins."
Author: Charles Stanley
109. "The Sun Tzu School Ping-fa Directive. Be strong and continually aware. Manage your strength and that of others. When essential, engage on your terms. Be observant, adaptive, and subtle. Do not lose control. Act decisively. Conclude quickly. Don't Fight!"
Author: David G. Jones
110. "A strange mist encroaches on my mind, making me forgetful and indecisive."
Author: David Pilling
111. "Russia made a decisive contribution to the victory over Nazism. That's clear to every honest observer. So, therefore, in a certain manner, it is indeed part of the country's national psyche."
Author: Dmitry Medvedev
112. "He had long been indifferent to which side won; he wished only that one or the other would do so decisively while he was still alive."
Author: Elizabeth Speller
113. "An army that fought and won a war decisively finds it even more difficult to undergo change."
Author: Eric Shinseki
114. "When I'm tired and therefore indecisive, it can take half an hour to choose the book I am going to have with me while I brush my teeth."
Author: Francis Spufford
115. "Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist."
Author: George Orwell
116. "Believers in psychic phenomena... appear to have won a decisive victory and virtually silenced opposition.... This victory is the result of careful experimentation and intelligent argumentation. Dozens of experimenters have obtained positive results in ESP experiments, and the mathematical procedures have been approved by leading statisticians.... Against all this evidence, almost the only defense remaining to the skeptical scientist is ignorance."
Author: George R. Price
117. "When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive."
Author: George W. Bush
118. "Then, abrupt and decisive, the Emerald City rose before them. A city of insistence, of blanket declaration. It made no sense, clotting up the horizon, sprouting like a mirage on the characterless plains of central Oz. Glinda hated it from the moment she saw it. Brash upstart of a city."
Author: Gregory Maguire
119. "It considers this Jesus as ultimately decisive, definitive, archetypal for man in these various dimensions of his."
Author: Hans Küng
120. "My war - and I have yet to win a decisive battle - is with the modes of thought that and conditioned feelings that prevail in psychology and therefore also in the way we think and feel about our being. Of these conditions none are more tyrannical than the convictions that clamp the mind and heart into positivistic science (geneticism and computerism), economics (bottom-line capitalism), and single-minded faith (fundamentalism)."
Author: James Hillman
121. "To such perseverance in willful self-deception Elizabeth would make no reply, and immediately and in silence withdrew; determined, that if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement, to apply to her father, whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as must be decisive, and whose behavior at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female."
Author: Jane Austen
122. "Her companion's discourse now sunk from its hitherto animated pitch, to nothing more than a short, decisive sentence of praise or condemnation on the face of every woman they met; and Catherine, after listening and agreeing as long as she could,with all the civility and deference of the youthful female mind, fearful of hazarding an opinion of its own in opposition to that of a self-assured man, especially where the beauty of her own sex is concerned, ventured at length to vary the subject..."
Author: Jane Austen
123. "Further, by acting decisively in Iraq, the United States has sent very strong signals to other nations that have been or could be terrorist sympathizers."
Author: Jim Gerlach
124. "The one God has chosen unconditionally he keeps invincibly. Being and staying a believer is decisively of sovereign grace."
Author: John Piper
125. "It's essential you create a fiery will from within--harness that power of decisiveness--and choose to be your strongest self."
Author: Karen Salmansohn
126. "Faith is not an art. Faith is not an achievement. Faith is not a good work of which some may boast while others can excuse themselves with a shrug of the shoulders for not being capable of it. It is a decisive insight of faith itself that all of us are incapable of faith in ourselves, whether we think of its preparation, beginning, continuation, or completion. In this respect believers understand unbelievers, skeptics, and atheists better than they understand themselves. Unlike unbelievers, they regard the impossibility of faith as necessary, not accidental ..."
Author: Karl Barth
127. "There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. ... As nearly as we can, we must put ourselves in the place of those who uttered the words, and try to divine how they would have dealt with the unforeseen situation; and, although their words are by far the most decisive evidence of what they would have done, they are by no means final."
Author: Learned Hand
128. "Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through man's passions, nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise."
Author: Leopold Von Sacher Masoch
129. "She couldn't imagine how she could have forgotten a man this attractive. His features were strong and decisively formed, too masculine to be called beautiful, too striking to be ordinary. And his eyes were the rich sky-blue of morning glories, even more intense against the sun-glazed color of his skin. There was something extraordinary about him, a kind of barely leashed vitality that nearly caused her to take a step backward, the force of it was so strong."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
130. "You want me to be your spy in a game of restaurant espionage? Will I need a code name?""It's nothing morally reprehensible or anything, " Wes hastened to assure her. "Just curiosity.""I think your code name should be Tiberius," she said decisively. "I'll be Uhura.""Tiberius? As in James Tiberius Kirk?" Wes blinked, then grinned. "Oh my God, this is your version of flirting. How do you say 'I fancy you' in Klingon?"
Author: Louisa Edwards
131. "She'd stepped out of sex as if out of a loose dress. Now she was brisk, decisive, no nonsense."
Author: Margaret Atwood
132. "Secretary Rumsfeld used to represent parts of our district in the 1960s. I think that he and his team have done a masterful job in defeating Iraqi forces quickly and decisively."
Author: Mark Kirk
133. "Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent."
Author: Marya Mannes
134. "If diffraction or interference phenomena were to be sought it was therefore necessary, in accordance with the basic principles of wave theory, to select for the test arrangement far smaller decisive dimensions than those employed in corresponding tests with visible light."
Author: Max Von Laue
135. "Do not stand before the fork in the road with indecisive decisions!"
Author: Michael S. McKinney
136. "Her words were as sharp as an eyeful of sand. She never raised her voice. It was the kind of voice that never needed to be raised. It cut words to a fine point and launched them decisively (page 88)."
Author: Monica Ali
137. "So decisive", he murmured in that calm tone that had adrenaline flooding her body, the primitive part of her brain conscious she was in the presence of a predator. "Got your eye on someone?" She didn‘t know what made her say it. "No. But I have no plans to die a virgin."
Author: Nalini Singh
138. "All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer."
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
139. "The secret prayer chamber is a bloody battleground. Here violent and decisive battles are fought out. Here the fate of souls for time and eternity is determined, in quietude and solitude."
Author: Ole Hallesby
140. "If bringing down the wall would require you to fly, you must believe you can fly. Otherwise, when the decisive moment comes, you will surely discover you ahve no wings."
Author: Patrick Carman
141. "We see the puppets dancing on their miniature stage, moving up and down as the strings pull them around, following the prescribed course of their various little parts. We learn to understand the logic of this theater and we find ourselves in its motions. We locate ourselves in society and thus recognize our own position as we hang from its subtle strings. For a moment we see ourselves as puppets indeed. But then we grasp a decisive difference between the puppet theater and our own drama. Unlike the puppets, we have the possibility of stopping in our movements, looking up and perceiving the machinery by which we have been moved. In this act lies the first step toward freedom. And in this same act we find the conclusive justification of sociology as a humanistic discipline"
Author: Peter Berger
142. "Winning does not tempt that man.This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,by constantly greater beings"
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
143. "History, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
144. "If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision."
Author: Roger McGough
145. "Decisive action has been taken on the home front with passage of the USA Patriot Act, which has strengthened the hand of law enforcement agencies to stop terrorists before they can act."
Author: Roger Wicker
146. "...Today the invisible hand seems confused and indecisive...Ideology and rhetoric increasingly guide policy decision, often bearing little relationship to factual reality. And the America we once knew seems divided and angry, defiantly embracing unreason."
Author: Shawn Lawrence Otto
147. "Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Therefore, whenever I see a fly settling, in the decisive moment, on the nose of such a person of affairs; or if he is spattered with mud from a carriage which drives past him in still greater haste; or the drawbridge opens up before him; or a tile falls down and knocks him dead, then I laugh heartily."
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
148. "Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."
Author: Theodore Roosevelt
149. "But what all these responses have in common is that they point to the decisive power of information and stories [...]"
Author: Wes Moore
150. "The War went on far too long... It was too vast for its meaning, like a giant with the brain of a midge. Its epic proportions were grotesquely out of scale, seeing what it was fought to settle. It was far too indecisive. It settled nothing, as it meant nothing. Indeed, it was impossible to escape the feeling that it was not meant to settle anything - that could have any meaning, or be of any advantage, to the general run of men."
Author: Wyndham Lewis

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