Flexibility Quotes



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Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good. Thomas Browne
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law. Pope Gregory VII
Our practical success in preserving order, securing justice and developing the material resources of many of our colonies is largely due to the fact that we have learnt to employ native agents wherever possible for detailed work of administration, and to adapt our government, where it can be safely done, to native conditions. John A. Hobson
One of the reasons for the survival of the ANC (African National Congress) over such a long period, is their ability to steal other people's programs, and to adapt to situations. As extraordinary adaptation to a policy which previously they opposed, and then they realize its merits, and then adjust and it comes out as a different policy. That has been the characteristic of the ANC, for which they've been criticized historically, as being inconsistent. But it's that which enabled them to survive to a ripe old age, and they are still doing it. Joe Matthews
If in the first group of people who have gathered, unanimity is not achieved, new people shall be added, after which a group equal in number to the Greatest Name or fewer or greater shall be chosen from their midst by lots; whereupon the consultation shall be renewed; whatever is the result shall be obeyed. If the second time opinions again differ, repeat the process a third time. This time obey the majority vote. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
You must shift your sail with the wind. Italian Proverb
Lay down true principles and adhere to them inflexibly. Thomas Jefferson
All good Presidents are supple. Jonathan Alter
I hope you are not bringing any new fandangled ideas like a better accounting system or an accrual basis or anything like that, because it would take away the flexibility of the governor. Anonymous
Professionalism is friendly to the qualified performance of precise tasks, but unfriendly to those accommodations and bargains that give coherence and direction to general public objectives. Stephen Bayley
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors .... They yield, they bend to the wind, but they never break. Pearl S. Buck
The first thing you've got to do in any kind of election campaign is be flexible. Kim Campbell
I believe you have reached the wrong number. Richard G. Darman
A constitution … is good for a certain people and for a certain time. It shouldn’t be mummified. Charles de Gaulle
You have a solid State behind you, a united nation, a great army. For my part, I am too poor to afford bending. Charles de Gaulle
You never say what you're not going to do. Christopher Dodd
We ... ought not to be rigidly bound by the rules laid down under circumstances so different for emergencies so utterly unanticipated. Ulysses S. Grant
There must be some flexibility in the budget. You cannot have too much discipline. William Frenzel
Our people must make strenuous efforts and always adopt flexible ways. Hirohito
Major religions usually remain major because they sanctify whatever is the social stricture of the day. Adam Hochschild
We must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding ... a constitution intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adopted to the various crises of human affairs. John Marshall
The genius of America is in it's ability to make adjustments. David Eli Lilienthal
Important principles may and must be flexible. Abraham Lincoln
If one has a flexible attitude, one knows how to deal with changing situations Chinese Proverb
Whereas all particulars cannot be foreseen, nor positive instructions for such emergencies so before hand given but that many things must be left to your prudent and discreet management, as occurrences may arise upon the place, or from time to time fall out, you are therefore upon all such accidents or any occasions that may happen, to use your best circumspection and (advising with your council of war) to order and dispose of the said Army under your command as may be most advantageous for the obtaining the end for which these forces have been raised, making it your special care in discharge of the great trust committed unto you, that the liberties of America receive no detriment. Continental Congress
We live in a changing world … shall we maintain all our theaters in the same traditional box. Halle Flanagan
The rules that bind governments are much looser during wartime than in times of peace. Kenneth Roth
… maintain the integrity and flexibility of our teachings Shoghi Effendi
The real strength of the American economy is its extreme flexibility. Alan Greenspan
A diplomat should be yielding and supple as a liana that can be bent but not broken Malayan Proverb
I stick by my principles, and one of my principles is flexibility. Everett Dirksen
Law is a thing which is insensible, and inexorable, more beneficial and more profitious to the weak than to the strong; it admits of no mitigation nor pardon, once you have overstepped its limits. Livy
A doctrine is something that pins you down to a given mode of conduct and dozens of situations which you cannot foresee, which is a great mistake in principle George F. Kennan
All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility. Doris Lessing
The weather-cock on a church-spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind. Heinrich Heine
Societies' abilities to cope with the unknown depend on the flexibility of their institutions and individuals, and on their capacity to experiment freely with alternative forms of adaptation to the risks which threaten them. William C. Clark
It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You should also have an open mind at the right time. Paul Erdos
Newt Gingrich has incredible intellectual flexibility. He has been on both sides of almost every issue. Mark Shields
In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it and he sells it before the roof is on. He plants a garden and lets [rents] it just as the trees are coming into bearing. He brings a field into tillage and leaves other men to gather the crops. He embraces a profession and gives it up. He settles in a place which he soon afterward leaves to carry his changeable longings elsewhere. If his private affairs leave him any leisure he instantly plunges into the vortex of politics and if at the end of a year of unremitting labour he finds he has a few days' vacation, his eager curiosity whirls him over the vast extent of the United States, and he will travel fifteen hundred miles in a few days to shake off his happiness. Alexis de Tocqueville
Nothing is more dangerous in practice, than an obstinate, unbending adherence to a system. Jean-Baptiste Say
Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way. Wilkie Collins
It is bad religion to deify doctrines and creeds. While indispensable to religious life, doctrines and creeds are only so as signposts. Love alone is the hitching post. Doctrines, let’s not forget, supported slavery and apartheid; some still strive to keep women in their place and gays and lesbians in limbo. Moreover, doctrines can divide, while compassion can only unite William Sloane Coffin
The country needed someone credible to fight inflation and Volker was the man for the job…. He understood that the government had to establish credibility in order to give policy makers flexibility when they needed it. Austan Goolsbee
Mafia states integrate the speed and flexibility of transnational criminal networks with the legal protections and diplomatic privileges enjoyed only by states. Moises Naim
Ambitious parents need more flexibility in how, where, and when they work, including the ability to work less or even not at all for a period. Equally important, they will need employers … who don’t view this kind of a zig-zag career path as a lack of commitment or professionalism. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Unquestionably unions and their leaders are not always wise and fair any more than any other human beings. There are only two ways to bring about protection of the workers, however, legislation and unionization. So far the majority of the people in this country seem to favor unions as a more democratic and elastic method, though certain things must be dealt with by legislation. Eleanor Roosevelt
… we need the flexibility and enthusiasm of youth to make any political party respond to the needs of today. Eleanor Roosevelt
We have changed because we have learned. Georges Marchais
The Nordic governments have adopted a market-friendly approach to regulation. Although they maintain regulations to protect workers, consumers and the environment, they balance those protections with a system that encourages entrepreneurship and flexibility by making it easy to start or close a business, to hire or fire employees, and to adjust work hours. Lane Kenworthy
Unlike private enterprise which quickly modifies its actions to meet emergencies — … the law-made instrumentality lumbers on under all varieties of circumstances at its habitual rate. By its very nature it is fitted only for average requirements, and inevitably fails under unusual requirements. Herbert Spencer
We live in a quickly changing world, therefore we must foretell developments, and reforms should respond to these changes Tigran Sargsyan
Our opposition to Communist expansion is not an absolute factor; containment must be taken in relation to American security and American objectives. George F. Kennan
The insistence on a perfect cure often results in no betterment whatsoever. Theodore Roosevelt
When you are Commander in Chief, you should keep all your options on the table. Leon Panetta
A man who has made up his mind on a given subject twenty-five years ago and continues to hold his political opinions after he has been proved to be wrong is a man of principle; while he who from time to time adapts his opinions to the changing circumstances of life is an opportunist. Alan Patrick Herbert
The key to Rev Billy Graham’s success was his uncanny ability to adopt trends in the wider culture, and then use them for his evangelistic and moral reforms. Grant Wacker
Entrepreneurs … benefit greatly from being willing to fail, willing to experiment. Good entrepreneurs tend to be stubborn on the vision but flexible on the details. They’re persistent on what they’re trying to accomplish, but they are willing to rewrite the details as needed as they learn and as things fail. Jeff Bezos
I do not believe that the Great Society is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of ants. Lyndon B. Johnson