Ballast Quotes

Ballast Quotes by Henri Frederic Amiel, Minna Antrim, William Penn, George Orwell, Mark Twain, James Russell Lowell and many others.

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The mind must have for ballast the clear conception of duty, if it is not to fluctuate between levity and despair.
Henri Frederic Amiel
Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast
Minna Antrim
Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast. Yet it must be confessed that wit given an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.
William Penn
Ignorance and prejudice are the ballast of our ship of state – however, ships without ballast are not seaworthy and cannot sail in the tempests, nor reach a safe harbor.
George Orwell
Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: Man waits not for time nor tide.
Mark Twain
Wit gives an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.
William Penn
There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
James Russell Lowell
When, in 1913, in a desperate attempt to rid art of the ballast of objectivity, I took refuge in the form of the square… the critics… sighed, “All that we loved has been lost. We are in a desert”… But the desert is filled with the spirit of non-objective feeling.
Kazimir Malevich
Help, then, is the ballast that keeps us steady, that recognizes where along the path are the dangers and pitfalls that can throw us off; hope tempers fear so we can recognize dangers and then bypass or endure them.
Jerome Groopman
Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
Henry David Thoreau
A vow imparts stability, ballast and firmness to one’s character.
Mahatma Gandhi
A hot air balloon requires a great deal of fuel to keep it aloft, so that you can’t fly it even for one day. A gas balloon, which usually uses helium, has the problem that the helium cools at night when the sun is not on it, and you have to throw ballast overboard to keep it from going to the surface.
Steve Fossett
My ties and ballasts leave me – I travel – I sail – My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. I skirt the sierras. My palms cover continents – I am afoot with my vision.
Walt Whitman
It becomes necessary to learn how to clear the mind of all clouds, to free it of all useless ballast and debris by dismissing the burden of too much concern with material things.
Indra Devi
Her purse was a weight, ballast; it tethered her to the earth as her mind floated away.
Anne Lamott
Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit.
Samuel Beckett
My remembrance of the past is a novel I am constantly recomposing; and it would not be a historical novel, but sheer fiction, if the material events which mark and ballast my career had not their public dates and characters scientifically discoverable.
George Santayana
Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
William Penn
Praise a fool, and slay him; for the canvas of his vanity is spread; His bark is shallow in the water, and a sudden gust shall sink it: Praise a wise man, and speed him on his way; for he carrieth the ballast of humility, And is glad when his course is cheered by the sympathy of brethren ashore.
Martin Farquhar Tupper