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1. "Pragmatism is good prevention for problems."
Author: Amit Kalantri
2. "You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong."
Author: Bono
3. "In many places it is literally not safe physically for youngsters to go to school. And in many schools, and its becoming almost generally true, it is spiritually unsafe to attend public schools. Look back over the history of education to the turn of the century and the beginning of the educational philosophies, pragmatism and humanism were the early ones, and they branched out into a number of other philosophies which have led us now into a circumstance where our schools are producing the problems that we face."
Author: Boyd K. Packer
4. "..She had that brand of pragmatism that would find her the first brewing tea after Armageddon."
Author: Clive Barker
5. "Prophetic pragmatism attempts to keep alive the sense of alternative ways of life and of struggle based on the best of the past. In this sense, the praxis of prophetic pragmatism is tragic action with revolutionary intent, usually reformist consequences and always visionary outlook."
Author: Cornel West
6. "Our platform is crafted by Democrats but it is not about partisanship, its about pragmatism."
Author: Cory Booker
7. "Idealism loses to pragmatism when it comes to winning elections."
Author: Danny Strong
8. "His track record of pragmatism, depth and candor all speak to a person who would find the Tea Party simplistic, opportunistic and misguided. Reagan was surrounded by some very smart people who gave him very sound advice. They were not wondering where certain countries are on the map."
Author: Eugene Jarecki
9. "Pursue your passion, and everything will fall into place. This is not being romantic. This is the highest order of pragmatism."
Author: Gabrielle Giffords
10. "It is often argued that religion is valuable because it makes men good, but even if this were true it would not be a proof that religion is true. That would be an extension of pragmatism beyond endurance. Santa Claus makes children good in precisely the same way, and yet no one would argue seriously that the fact proves his existence. The defense of religion is full of such logical imbecilities."
Author: H.L. Mencken
11. "The originals are not original, but that Emersonian irony yield to the Emersonian pragmatism that the inventor knows how to borrow."
Author: Harold Bloom
12. "Oh, it's simple pragmatism, Dad. It's called the real world. If we refused to do business with the morally questionable, the deal volume would drop in half and the good guys like us would end up poor. Then where would we all be?" said Roger. "On a nice dry spit of land know as the moral high ground?" suggested the Major."
Author: Helen Simonson
13. "We may be tainted with pragmatism, but it only needs a clash of personalities to remind us of our principles."
Author: Hilary Mantel
14. "While war for love is inspiring in legends and epic poems, we must be governed by cynical pragmatism."
Author: James Cambias
15. "Pragmatism and subjectivism obscure the reality of the truth. They engage the mind, but they make it the servant of our desires and our work. But they can't answer which desires I should pursue and which work is worthwhile."
Author: John Piper
16. "Der Pragmatismus ersetzt uns alles, was früher die großen Ideen, die Ideologien und Religionen, der Glaube an Friede, Menschenrechte und Demokratie zu bieten hatten. Der Pragmatismus hält uns davon ab, zu Verbrechern zu werden, oder er macht uns zu solchen, wenn es nötig ist. Er legitimiert das Bestehen von Rechtssystem, Familie und Arbeit, er lässt uns nett sein und empfiehlt, sich ein angenehmes Äußeres zu erwerben. Nachdem wir uns aller Zwänge nach und nach erledigt haben, sorgt ein einziger Betreuer für uns: Pragmatismus."
Author: Juli Zeh
17. "There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism.(Howell Raines's Pulitzer Prize winning article "Grady's Gift")-Sockett admired this quote and used it in her summary..."
Author: Kathryn Stockett
18. "Credomancy may seek to exploit the human desire for a tidy narrative where an unblemished romantic hero vanquishes all obstacles, but such ideals have very little to with reality. Reality requites pragmatism and compromise. Men fail. Women fail. There are no heroes, only human beings who somehow find the strength to behave heroically, no matter how many times they have been unable to do so in the past. If you understand that, Miss Edwards - if you truly and deeply understand that, then you will understand the most powerful thing anyone with a heart can understand.""And what's that?" Emily said softly."That love is not enough. But it's a start."
Author: M.K. Hobson
19. "Se sentirá orgullosa de que su hija abandone por un momento su vida íntima, personal y limitada. Y de paso vence mágicamente por unos instantes la desolación chilena, esa desolación, aquella que nunca más nos abandonó, la que aguarda pendenciera y sin lenguaje detrás de nuestra eficiencia, de nuestra civilidad, de nuestro pragmatismo. La que nos dejó para siempre sin calor. ¿Por qué hemos llegado a ser un pueblo tan triste, o es que lo fuimos siempre y no nos dimos cuenta? ¿Cuándo, cuándo perdimos el alma?"
Author: Marcela Serrano
20. "Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods."
Author: Margaret Chase Smith
21. "You are young, Father Iron Horse, and you have a young man's vices. Certainty. Shortsightedness. Contempt for pragmatism."
Author: Mary Doria Russell
22. "For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 'truthers' who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot."
Author: Michael Hayden
23. "Pragmatism, consumerism, self-help moralism, and narcissism are simply the symptoms of a disease that is, at its heart, theological:"
Author: Michael S. Horton
24. "J. R. R. Tolkien, the near-universally-hailed father of modern epic fantasy, crafted his magnum opus The Lord of the Rings to explore the forces of creation as he saw them: God and country, race and class, journeying to war and returning home. I've heard it said that he was trying to create some kind of original British mythology using the structure of other cultures' myths, and maybe that was true. I don't know. What I see, when I read his work, is a man trying desperately to dream.Dreaming is impossible without myths. If we don't have enough myths of our own, we'll latch onto those of others — even if those myths make us believe terrible or false things about ourselves. Tolkien understood this, I think because it's human nature. Call it the superego, call it common sense, call it pragmatism, call it learned helplessness, but the mind craves boundaries. Depending on the myths we believe in, those boundaries can be magnificently vast, or crushingly tight."
Author: N.K. Jemisin
25. "Let us say plainly: the unredeemed state of the world consists precisely in the failure to understand the meaning of creation, in the failure to recognize truth; as a result, the rule of pragmatism is imposed, by which the strong arm of the powerful becomes the god of this world."
Author: Pope Benedict XVI
26. "But now the emphasis has shifted to making it. People have surrendered their personal moral objectives to government or schools or psychologists. It's a change that accelerated with the boom after the war. . . . There has been a surrender to pragmatism; the true is what makes you successful and the false is what makes you fail. But I wonder what happens to faith, hope and charity in such a situation? People began to form their moral ideas not in the old way but by their professions and guilds; that tends to transfer sin to the corporation."
Author: Saul Bellow
27. "Pemimpin itu harus pragmatis. Benar. "Pragmatisme dengan visi". Bisa menunjukkan arah dan bisa mengerjakannya"
Author: SBYudhoyono
28. "In this dismissal of origins we see the new pragmatism."
Author: Sherry Turkle
29. "This kind of pragmatism has become a hallmark of our psychological culture. In the mid-1990s, I described how it was commonplace for people to "cycle through" different ideas of the human mind as (to name only a few images) mechanism, spirit, chemistry, and vessel for the soul.14 These days, the cycling through intensifies. We are in much more direct contact with the machine side of mind. People are fitted with a computer chip to help with Parkinson's. They learn to see their minds as program and hardware. They take antidepressants prescribed by their psychotherapists, confident that the biochemical and oedipal self can be treated in one room. They look for signs of emotion in a brain scan. Old jokes about couples needing "chemistry" turn out not to be jokes at all."
Author: Sherry Turkle
30. "Quiet pragmatism, of course, lacks the romance of vocal militancy. But I felt myself more a mediator than a crusader. My strengths were reasoning, crafting compromises, finding the good and the good faith on both sides of an argument, and using that to build a bridge. Always, my first question was, what's the goal? And then, who must be persuaded if it is to be accomplished? A respectful dialogue with one's opponent almost invariably goes further than a harangue outside his or her window. If you want to change someone's mind, you must understand what need shapes his or her opinion. To prevail, you must first listen."
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
31. "Of them all, he had been the most perfectly made, a man whose deeply romantic core was encased in a brutally simple box which consisted of instinct and pragmatism."
Author: Stephen King
32. "In post-Nietzschean spirit, the West appears to be busily undermining its own erstwhile metaphysical foundations with an unholy mélange of practical materialism, political pragmatism, moral and cultural relativism, and philosophical skepticism."
Author: Terry Eagleton
33. "I don't share your luxury. I believe in karma. I make karma happen. I rain down karma on my enemies.""We are the progeny of ancient myths, so we attempt to write our own.""I see the killing fields of the innocents crying out for justice while we hold our ranks.""You have ventured into deep waters, leaving your wading pool of shallow pragmatism.""Divine intervention is not without its own pain.""When all seems lost, don't confuse this with the end, rather this is the beginning.""Your redemption is at the gate of your conscience. You have been granted the power of a choice.""What say you, image bearer? Have you come to save us?"
Author: Todd D. Boddy
34. "ROS: Why don't you go and have a look?GUIL: Pragmatism?! - is that all you have to offer?"
Author: Tom Stoppard
35. "Anger flared through him, but anger was unproductive so he twisted it into pragmatism while he searched for a flaw."
Author: Victoria Schwab
36. "...never let a passion for the perfect take precedence over pragmatism."
Author: Walter Isaacson
37. "Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?"
Author: William James

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