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Quotations About / On: COMMITMENT

  • 1.
    By multiplying ironies, I evade commitments.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 2.
    Commitments, not feelings, hold life together.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 3.
    We now recognize that abuse and neglect may be as frequent in nuclear families as love, protection, and commitment are in nonnuclear families.
    (David Elkind (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Ties That Stress, ch. 2 (1994).)
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  • 4.
    The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.
    (Jill Robinson (b. 1936), U.S. novelist. As quoted in American Dreams, book 1 part 1, by Studs Terkel (1980). The daughter of movie producer Dore Schary, Robinson had grown up in Hollywood and was referring obliquely to the movie industry's preference for happy endings.)
  • 5.
    Men are distinguished from women by their commitment to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
    (Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography: Men Possessing Women, ch. 2, G.P. Putnam (1981).)
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  • 6.
    Consensus is usually made possible by vague language and shallow commitments.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 7.
    Commitment, by its nature, frees us from ourselves and, while it stands us in opposition to some, it joins us with others similarly committed. Commitment moves us from the mirror trap of the self absorbed with the self to the freedom of a community of shared values.
    (Michael Lewis (late 20th century), professor, pediatrics and psychiatry. Shame, The Exposed Self, ch. 11 (1992).)
  • 8.
    A commitment to sexual equality with males ... is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
    (Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, October 12, 1974, at the National Organization for Women Conference on Sexuality, New York City. "Renouncing Sexual 'Equality'," ch. 2, published in Our Blood (1976).)
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  • 9.
    Adolescents need to be reassured that nothing—neither their growing maturity, their moods, their misbehavior, nor your anger at something they have done—can shake your basic commitment to them.
    (Laurence Steinberg (20th century), U.S. professor of psychology, and Ann Levine (20th century), U.S. author and writer. You and Your Adolescent, ch. 1 (1990).)
  • 10.
    A two-parent family based on love and commitment can be a wonderful thing, but historically speaking the "two-parent paradigm" has left an extraordinary amount of room for economic inequality, violence and male dominance.
    (Stephanie Coontz (20th century), U.S. journalist. Washington Post (May 9, 1993).)
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