Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all.
Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
The crucial question one comes back to is the examination; without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres.
I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.
Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
I didn't know how to go about preparing for the part of someone who can't remember who he is. The frustration angle is written in, but there's also this incredible passive state.
Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.
In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights.
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."
The concept of neutrality can lead to a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular and a passive, or even active, hostility to the religious. Such results are not only not compelled by the Constitution, but, it seems to me, are prohibited by it.
Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
It is a struggle; for though the black man fights passively, he nevertheless fights; and his passive resistance is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be. He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree.
If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied.
One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
Passive fatalism can never be the role of a revolutionary party, like the Social Democracy.
Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.
Of course. I favor passive investing for most investors, because markets are amazingly successful devices for incorporating information into stock prices.
Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.
Women are not inherently passive or peaceful.
Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.