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Eric Hobsbawm Quotes and Sayings
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It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group.
The right Americans are the right Americans because
they're not like the wrong Americans,
who are not really Americans.
- Eric Hobsbawm

As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests,
xenophobia is directed against foreign people,
not foreign cultural imports.
- Eric Hobsbawm

There is not much that even the most socially responsible
scientists can do as individuals,
or even as a group, about the social consequences of their activities.
- Eric Hobsbawm

Utopianism is probably a necessary social device for
generating the superhuman efforts without which no
major revolution is achieved.
- Eric Hobsbawm

 

Nations without a past are contradictions in terms.
What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one
nation against others is the past,
and historians are the people who produce it.
- Eric Hobsbawm

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

What seems new is only new to us.
- Pearl S. Buck

It always seems impossible until its done.
- Nelson Mandela

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

You CAN do what you are committed to do -
regardless of how difficult it seems.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Expressing gratitude seems like a cosmic invitation
for all kinds of thankfulness and appreciation to pour in.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it
seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour
and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

It seems that we have it backward in our society.
We tend to look up to people
who are under a great deal of stress,
who can handle loads of stress,
and those who are under a great deal of pressure.
- Richard Carlson

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

When a thought takes one's breath away,
a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
- Thomas W. Higginson

It seems every year, people make the resolution to
exercise and lose weight and get in shape.
- Ed Smith

When you are courting a nice girl
an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder
a second seems like an hour.
That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people
will not go to analyze humor.
It seems to worry them.
- Robert Benchley

There is something about inside information which seems
to paralyse a man's reasoning powers.
- Bernard Baruch

When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter
hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times
without as much as a crack showing in it.
- Jacob Riis

It seems to be that southern Europeans are just more intimate socially,
whereas I like a lot of personal space -
like,
a mile from the nearest person is fine for me.
- Peter Steele

Life's an awfully lonesome affair.
You come into the world alone and you go out of the
world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while
living than even going and coming.
- Emily Carr

All of the generations go to what is chic for them,
and theater seems to be an older generation's art form.
- Estelle Parsons

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable,
that those who will not risk cannot win.
- John Paul Jones

Who seems most hideous when adorned the most.
- Ludovico Ariosto

I've been terrified of the water, and yet it seems
I'm forced to go into in on every movie that I make.
- Natalie Wood

Even though it seems like there are a lot of parts,
there is really tons of downtime in the acting world.
- Taryn Manning

Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it.
- Chaim Potok

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare,
but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
- James M. Barrie

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
- Tennessee Williams

To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like
a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.
- Paul Klee

Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement.
- Jeanette Winterson

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Although there has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity,
the hermeneutic question today seems to us a new one.
- Paul Ricoeur

He only seems to me to live, and to make proper use of life,
who sets himself some serious work to do,
and seeks the credit of a task well and skillfully performed.
- Sallust

This is a war universe.
War all the time.
That is its nature.
There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles,
but ours seems to be based on war and games.
- William Burroughs

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
- Arthur Koestler

Every day it seems like something happens to assure
me I'm in the right place,
and that doing anything else would be wrong.
I feel so incredibly blessed.
- Lucas Grabeel

Each time I play a song it seems more real.
- Robert Smith

It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost
give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think.
People allow it, with very old people.
- Julie Walters

It seems to be a law of nature that no man,
unless he has some obvious physical deformity,
ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
- Max Beerbohm

It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery:
the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes,
and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.
- Francoise Sagan

We think it will be shortly afterwards,
but it seems a terrible thing to gamble with such big
stakes in diplomacy without having your master card in your hand.
- Henry L. Stimson


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