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Tendency

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Big Everyone

When everyone is running the machine, and it's all working, there's a tendency to look at the short term and focus on incremental opportunities and not look ahead to the really big opportunities.

- Abagail Johnson

King Behind

There is a tendency by a lot of officials to hide behind the king. And it's about time that officials take their responsibility and are responsible in front of the people.

- Abdullah II of Jordan

Happy Revelation

The Bible is proved to be a revelation from God, by the reasonableness and holiness of its precepts; all its commands, exhortations, and promises having the most direct tendency to make men wise, holy, and happy in themselves, and useful to one another.

- Adam Clarke

Other Chapters

The story of Noah, like other stories in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, are archetypal. Noah's story tells us that human beings have an inherent tendency towards violence both towards their fellow human beings and towards the creation itself. The story tells us that this violence grieves God.

- Adam Hamilton

Remarkably Almost

As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious.

- Adam Hochschild

Own Will

There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.

- Agatha Christie

Here Read

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.

- Allan Bloom

Scottish Maybe

Maybe it's the buildings, maybe it's the weather, but you can see it affects us - that Scottish gallows humour; our tendency towards bleakness, to look at things in a negative way. Those definitely come out in my writing.

- Allan Guthrie

Give Quick

When you have kids, there's a tendency to put the marriage stew on the back burner and give it a quick stir now and then. But it's important to remember why you had children with this person.

- Allison Pearson

Sometimes Very

We see the tendency in the world to criticise democracy and sometimes even to say that authoritarian countries like China are more efficient. That is very short-sighted. China looks efficient only because it can sacrifice most people's rights. This is not something the west should be happy about.

- Ai Weiwei

Hands Like

Directors have a tendency to use their hands like orchestra conductors. They don't realize that the actor is looking at their faces, anyway.

- Alan J. Pakula

Getting Recommend

I highly recommend getting older! There's less tendency to people-please.

- Alanis Morissette

I Think Careful

I have to be careful because there is something destructive within me, I think, and I can have a tendency to just search for the kicks. I can't really get too close to someone who's too destructive, or too dark, because then I might go down the rabbit hole myself.

- Alexander Skarsgard

Metaphorical

A tendency to make metaphorical connections is an occupational hazard for those of us who write.

- Alice McDermott

I Think Some

Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments.

- Amy Chua

Next Confined

Obviously, in journalism, you're confined to what happens. And the tendency to embellish, to mythologize, it's in us. It makes things more interesting, a closer call. But journalism taught me how to write a sentence that would make someone want to read the next one.

- Amy Hempel

Infectious Safer

Infectious disease exists at this intersection between real science, medicine, public health, social policy, and human conflict. There's a tendency of people to try and make a group out of those who have the disease. It makes people who don't have the disease feel safer.

- Andrea Barrett

Kind Hurdle

My biggest hurdle usually has to do with concentration. I have a tendency to kind of start working on something, and then, all of a sudden, I'll totally divert and do something totally different.

- Ann Makosinski

Away Some

Some people who suffer run away from God, and I know the tendency, but instead I just run to Him.

- Anne Graham Lotz

Different View

I learned how to be a learner. When you get in a job, the tendency is to say, 'I've got to know it. I've got to give direction to others. I'm in this job because I'm better and smarter.' I always took a different view, that the key was to identify the people who really knew and learn from them.

- Anne M. Mulcahy

Different View

When you get in a job, the tendency is to say, 'I've got to know it. I've got to give direction to others. I'm in this job because I'm better and smarter.' I always took a different view, that the key was to identify the people who really knew and learn from them.

- Anne M. Mulcahy

Natural Organ

When a patient does get an organ from another person, it comes from a different body. It has different properties, and a person's natural tendency is to reject that organ.

- Anthony Atala

Impossible Dwell

When we dwell on the enormity of the Second World War and its victims, we try to absorb all those statistics of national and ethnic tragedy. But, as a result, there is a tendency to overlook the way the war changed even the survivors' lives in ways impossible to predict.

- Antony Beevor

Bad Side

There's a tendency, especially among revolutionaries, to only show the good side of yourself and then when you come to power, the bad side comes out.

- Ariel Dorfman

Purpose Imply

The tendency of philosophers who know nothing of machinery is to talk of man as a mere mechanism, intending by this to imply that he is without purpose. This shows a lack of understanding of machines as well as of man.

- Arthur Young

Very Gotten

I do try not to dwell on the past too much, because I have a tendency to do that, and as I've gotten older, I've gotten very good at distancing myself from shoulda, woulda, coulda.

- Charlie Hunnam

Bad Wait

I do have a tendency to talk a lot at the poker table, which throws people off because they spend a lot of time trying to read me. But I talk a lot when I have a good hand and when I have a bad hand, too. Sometimes it annoys people so much they can't wait to get out of the tournament. And that can only be good for me.

- Cheryl Hines

Natural Tendency

My natural tendency is to write about zombie bunnies, but one of my first writing teachers got incorporated into my writing superego, and I keep hearing his admonition to make things feel more real the weirder they get.

- Chris Adrian

Demons Two

I have a tendency toward the pleasures of the flesh. It's a battle for me, as far as weight and things like that. But I'm curbing them because I want to continue to do comedy, and the two don't mix. So I try to fight those demons.

- Chris Farley

Next Environments

Gender-dominated environments are not good... particularly in the financial sector where there are too few women. In gender-dominated environments, men have a tendency to... show how hairy chested they are, compared with the man who's sitting next to them. I honestly think that there should never be too much testosterone in one room.

- Christine Lagarde

Being Toward

I have a tendency toward being a micromanager.

- Christine Quinn

Activity Been

My struggle has been to return painting to the tangible object, which is like returning the personality to touching and feeling the world around it, to offset the tendency to vagueness and abstraction. To remind people of practical activity, to suggest the sense and not to escape from the senses.

- Claes Oldenburg

I Wish Vice

In midlife, I feel that my tendency to acquire books is rather like someone smoking two packs a day: it's a terrible vice that I wish I could shuck.

- Claire Messud

Heartbreak Very

'Balthazar' is very much about the title hero having to choose between his past and his future. For the first time in a long time, he has a chance to be happy - with Skye. But he has this terrible tendency to set himself up for heartbreak, in part because he punishes himself for his past.

- Claudia Gray

Slight Our

Our minds have a tendency to wander. To duck and feint and keep us at a slight remove from the moment at hand.

- Dani Shapiro

Living Through

There's a tendency when we write history to do it with the power of hindsight and then assume almost god-like knowledge that nobody living through history has.

- David Grann

Clients Other

I avoid clients for whom advertising is only a marginal factor in their marketing mix. They have an awkward tendency to raid their advertising appropriations whenever they need cash for other purposes.

- David Ogilvy

Tell Feel

I've found that if I tell somebody 'Eat this and don't do that,' it's not only not helpful, it's counterproductive because even more than being healthy, we want to feel free and in control, and as soon as somebody tells us to do something, there's a tendency to do just the opposite.

- Dean Ornish

Own Insignificant

We have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, to define their sins as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant.

- Jimmy Carter

Atmosphere Extent

From the Olympian heights of an executive suite, in an atmosphere where your success is judged by the extent to which you can maximise profits, the overwhelming tendency must be to see people as units of production, as indices in your accountants' books.

- Jimmy Reid

Been Hang

We've been trying to get my body and head moving toward the target on the downswing. I have a tendency to hang back and not release the club.

- Jimmy Walker

Like Some

I do say no to lots of things, actually! I know it doesn't look like it. But I have a tendency to a) be rubbish at saying no, and b) be pushed by some kind of Protestant work ethic.

- Jo Brand

Some Other

Some men are deeply likable but have attitudes I don't like. Does that mean I should completely dismiss them? It's like saying: if someone votes Tory can you like them? And, yes, I can. I have friends who vote Tory, and I'm appalled, but that's not to say they're not great people in so many other ways. We have a tendency to oversimplify things.

- Jo Brand

Challenges My Own

I have a tendency to pick up my own challenges. The more difficult something it is, the more I want to try it.

- Joanne Harris

Better Never

We all have a tendency to avoid our weaknesses. When we do that, we never progress or get any better.

- Jocko Willink

Certainly Set

My tendency is to be quiet and to stay focused and in character. Not the entire time, but certainly to stay focused while I'm on set.

- Joe Morton

Work More

Women are more complicated communicators than men, who have a tendency to pronounce and bloviate, and that makes for better writing in talky work.

- John Allison

Use Slightly

My tutors at drama school commended and criticised my use of comedy in my acting for a long time at drama school. They said I had a tendency to somehow perform the most tragic of scenes in a slightly flippant way.

- John Bradley-West

Trend Source

There's an interesting trend that occurs in times of mounting pressure and high uncertainty, which is that it's a natural human tendency to seek out people that agree with us, that are similar to us because it's a source of comfort in a world that's so rapidly changing.

- John Hagel III

Country Own

Going to any place that you view as more politically oppressed than your own country, there's a weird tendency to assume that the whole existence is determined minute by minute by the political reality, but of course, that's not the case for any of us.

- John Jeremiah Sullivan

Faith Bad

When you read the news, and you see all this bad stuff happening, there's a tendency to lose faith in humanity. But I meet so many people who restore it and realize that, actually, 99 percent of people are great.

- Johnny Galecki

Excel Give

If I can't do something and excel at it and do it well, I have a tendency to give up on it really easy.

- Johnny Iuzzini

Bad More

There's a tendency in many politicians to become inward-looking, more protectionist, more nationalistic and more defensive, in the bad sense of the word.

- Jose Manuel Barroso

More Slightly

My brother has a tendency to get quite lyrical when he writes music; he gets so romantic, it's borderline. I make it slightly more aggressive. I make the round corner a bit sharper.

- Josephine de La Baume

More Made

Whenever you are faced with someone who has made far more errors in judgment and far more mistakes than you, you have a tendency to get on your high horse.

- Julia Roberts

Simple However

We all like to look good. However, this basic human desire can often get in the way of our listening and our speaking. This tendency often evinces itself in two simple words: 'I know.' But if I know everything, what can I learn? Absolutely nothing.

- Julian Treasure

Father Line

'Master Harold' is about me as a little boy, and my father, who was an alcoholic. There's a thread running down the Fugard line of alcoholism. Thankfully I haven't passed it on to my child, a wonderful daughter who's stone-cold sober. But I had the tendency from my father, just as he had had it from his father.

- Athol Fugard

Believe Surgeon

There is a tendency of people to try to make you believe only a few people are smart. As a brain surgeon, I know better than that.

- Ben Carson

Give Consequence

Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble... to give way to hope, fear and greed.

- Benjamin Graham

Strong Performs

No government can be strong and flourishing while the national character is weak and degraded. A government must flourish and decay with its subjects; and, when a prince makes a law or performs an action which has a tendency to injure the character or prosperity of the nation, he injures himself.

- Benjamin Robbins Curtis

More Lean

I have a tendency to lean towards a more retro look.

- Haley Bennett

Show About

There's something about being any kind of entertainer that is acting. You have to put on a show. Things you wouldn't do in your life, you do on stage. You have to let go. And that's extra hard for rappers. We have a tendency to, quote unquote, keep it real. As an actor, you have to be able to humiliate yourself. Do whatever it takes.

- Heavy D

Digital Show

One of the problems I have with a lot of movies these days is that everything is too well lit. In the world of digital creations there is a tendency to show too much.

- Bill Sienkiewicz

Efficient Period

In the period from 1824 to 1833, the tendency was steadily in the former direction, but it was only in the latter part of it that it was made really efficient.

- Henry Charles Carey

Age Old

The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified.

- Bob Wells

Color Void

Local color has a fatal tendency to remain local; but it is also true that the universal often borders on the void.

- Hervey Allen

Rebuild Red Tape

Unfortunately, we are finding the bureaucratic inefficiencies and red tape have a tendency to slow the efforts of individuals and communities working to rebuild.

- Bobby Jindal

Movies Deal

My tendency in life is to like movies that deal with heavy stuff, but it's my nature.

- Hiam Abbass

Natural Here

We here in the North have for many years had a natural tendency to feel that when our representatives come together at an international meeting, we embark on the quest of mutual understanding and support.

- Hjalmar Branting

Leader Else

A typical leader has - a natural tendency is to be defensive in the face of a crisis. The first reaction is to blame someone - or something - else. Often, the blame is aimed at something abstract or non-controllable, which often has nothing to do with the crisis but is adjacent to whatever is going on, so it's an easy target.

- Brad Feld

Innocent I Think

I think a lot of times there is a tendency in Washington to make rules because of something that was adverse or fraud or something like that. And we make a lot of rules and end up hurting a lot of innocent people that are trying to start up their companies.

- Brad Wenstrup

Own Overdo

Of my old tendency to overdo the dedication and deface the title page with florid compliments and obscure quotes which the recipient cannot read, I will say only that I learnt my lesson when I had to shell out with my own money for a hardback I'd vandalised and now limit myself to 'Good wishes.'

- Howard Jacobson

Love Big

I love sweets. I have a tendency to go out at, like, 11 P.M. and get a giant piece of cake because I'm craving it. The problem is if you eat a big piece of cake that late, you wake up in the morning feeling really sick.

- Brendan Robinson

Big Import

We must be aware of consumerism! That's our tendency. It's the capitalistic curse that we were poisoned with. We should spend only what is necessary. How do you call the big cars, the latest ones? Hummer! Not a single dollar to import Hummers! What is that? What is that? What kind of revolution is this? One of Hummers? No way!

- Hugo Chavez

Small Punched

My mouth has a tendency to get me into trouble, but because I'm so small and I take on people who are lager than me. If someone punched me, I'd get my drummer beat them up.

- Brian Molko

Toward Lifelong

An inborn tendency toward science turning it into a lifelong commitment.

- Bruno Rossi

Strong Need

In order to feel loved, be respected and stay connected, we humans have a tendency to lie. We lie about who we are, what we want, what we need, what we have done or will do. Perhaps 'lie' is too strong a word. Let me say that what we do is withhold the truth.

- Iyanla Vanzant

Data Cherry

There is a rampant tendency in any industry where someone is trying to sell something with a bunch of data, where they cherry pick a little bit... bias a little bit. This becomes quite easy when there is an enormous amount of data to cherry pick from.

- Burt Rutan

Sometimes Side

I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.

- J. K. Rowling

My Life Very

I have had issues with depression all my life, and it's probably true to say there was a tendency towards it even when I was very young, during my schooldays. There was often - and this is quite common with comics - a sense of not feeling as if I belonged anywhere.

- Jack Dee

Read Retain

First, people don't read novels off screens, and they don't have a tendency to shell out real money for books when they don't retain anything physically for their money.

- Jack L. Chalker

Like Things

I have a tendency to really stuff things. I don't really express, you know? Like, express certain feelings and stuff.

- Jack Osbourne

Country I Think

There is sometimes a tendency to assume that everyone in this great country has adequate housing. But when you go to certain places, certain neighborhoods, both urban and rural, you find out that's not the case, and I think we have to do much more.

- Jack Reed

Play Level

My tendency as an actor is, when there's a certain energy, I feel a challenge to match it, to come up to that plate and play on the same level.

- Carla Gugino

Need Other

When things aren't working out, we have a tendency to say, 'Go do other things,' but you shouldn't do other things. You need to stay at your desk and continue to try to write. You need to insist on it.

- Jacques Audiard

I Am Against

You know, I am against lynching and lynching is a tendency of the people.

- Jacques Verges

Been Discard

It really annoys me that I'm vain, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to discard that tendency.

- Carrie Fisher

Australia Middle

Probably my mother's life was prolonged beyond that of a long-lived family by her coming to Australia in middle life; and if I ever had any tendency to consumption, the climate must have helped me.

- Catherine Helen Spence

Work Will

Grownups have a tendency to talk themselves out of things, saying it will never work, but kids are fabulously optimistic.

- Catherine Ryan Hyde

Mediocrity Things

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

- James F. Cooper

Work Last

We have a tendency to put ourselves last, we concentrate on everything else; work, friends, family, home issues, but we ignore the deeper stuff until it becomes so compressed that it can explode.

- Cecelia Ahern

Image Moreover

Moreover, we are showing a dismaying tendency to recast God in Man's image.

- James L. Buckley

My Life Divinity

I do have a tendency to want to go back to school at all times in my life. Maybe I'll do the Ph.D. in art history when I'm 50, or maybe divinity school. I like teaching, too.

- Jandy Nelson

Essence Exception

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.

- Jane Addams

Holding On Other

I started thinking about this truck and why do I still have this same truck? After all of these years, why am I holding on to that? I just starting thinking about other things: guitars, boots and jeans. I just had a tendency to hold on to the things that have meaning to me.

- Dierks Bentley

Social Which

What concerns me, is the general social tendency to enforce a level, above which nothing rises and stands out.

- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Doing Individual

Anyone who draws attention to himself as an individual, is viewed with suspicion. We acquired this tendency, of course, from America, and we must resist it: levelling, and imitation of what others are already doing.

- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Small Movie

When I'm getting ready for a movie, let's just say my diet is 'The Antisocial Diet.' I don't go to restaurants. I don't eat what I really want to eat. I don't eat much. I eat small things frequently. Lots of protein and greens. And I don't eat with people, because there's a tendency to get social and then to overeat.

- Jason Statham

Other Use

I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.

- Donald Knuth

Other Natural

I seem to have a natural tendency to want to share my own observations and feelings with other people, and writing seems to be the way I'm best equipped to do that.

- Jerry Spinelli