Optional Quotes

Optional Quotes by Rebecca Solnit, Ed Viesturs, Don Tapscott, Tim Hansel, Hans Kung, W. Edwards Deming and many others.

[In mountaineering, if] we look for private experience

[In mountaineering, if] we look for private experience rather than public history, even getting to the top becomes an optional narrative rather than the main point, and those who only wander in high places become part of the story.
Rebecca Solnit
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
Ed Viesturs
Institutions are becoming naked, and if you’re going to be naked … fitness is no longer optional. If you’re going to be naked, you better get buff.
Don Tapscott
Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy.
Tim Hansel
If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing, and if he could have wife and children, he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy certain sexual impulses with minors.
Hans Kung
Survival is optional. В No one has to change.
W. Edwards Deming
God is not an optional extra, He’s an absolute must!
C. S. Lewis
The emperor is naked!” The parade stopped. The emperor paused. A hush fell over the crowd, until one quick-thinking peasant shouted: “No, he isn’t. The emperor is merely endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle!
James Finn Garner
I really don’t need the public’s money. I’d like to have something on the internet with charitable donation optional, where anyone can download my music for free.
Elton John
In a way, publishing in 2005 was similar to publishing in 1950. Nobody kept blogs; that was still optional. I didn’t even have a website then.
Gabrielle Zevin
For scientists, reality is not optional.
Barbara Kingsolver
Our prep’s not going to be any different. It will be optional batting practice like there was today. I don’t want any more work. I don’t want extra study.
Joe Maddon
The rule of love, I say again, is not an optional extra. It is the very essence of what we [Christians] are about
N. T. Wright
Where there is happiness, there is found pleasure in nonsense. The transformation of experience into its opposite, of the suitable into the unsuitable, the obligatory into the optional (but in such a manner that this process produces no injury and is only imagined in jest), is a pleasure.
Friedrich Nietzsche
As your newly crowned queen of Earth, it is my first royal decree that flats are sexy and nails are optional.
Civility isn’t just some optional value in a multicultural, multistate democratic republic. Civility is the key to civilization.
Van Jones
Suffering is optional. You’re gonna have some pain but it doesn’t have to make you suffer.
Jhene Aiko
Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
Roger Crawford
Nonfiction writers are the packhorses of literature. We’re meant to carry the story. If we can make it up and down the mountain by a reliable if not scenic route, we have delivered. Technique is optional.
Stacy Schiff
Artists forget than the first purpose of a comic character is to convey emotion. Everything else, like realism, or other kinds of virtuosity, is an optional extra. If you sacrifice expression for the sake of other concerns, you’re putting the cart before the horse.
Ted Naifeh
Breathing is optional, but I need some air.
Isaac Marion
Work is not optional for those able to do work, and that’s most of us. There are to be no shirkers in the Lord’s kingdom.
Eric Metaxas
In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts of the media.
Thomas Sowell
Home staging is no longer optional in this real estate market, it is a must!
Barbara Corcoran
To achieve your dreams, work is required. Suffering is optional.
Jack Canfield
Pain is evitable. Suffering is optional.
Kathleen Casey
Facing difficulties is inevitable. Learning from them is optional.
John C. Maxwell
Losses are inevitable, but excuses are optional.
John C. Maxwell
Women in America read ‘lifestyle’ pages which are really glorifications of shopping. They teach us we must veil ourselves in make-up to be loved. And we willingly take the veil, thinking ourselves freed by it. Make-up is no more optional for us than the veil is for Arab women: it is our Western version of the chador.
Erica Jong
Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional
Barbara Johnson
To become a courageous leader, you must realize that accepting responsibility is not optional – it’s mandatory.
David Cottrell
Prayer is not optional for the Christian; it is required.
R. C. Sproul
You get involved with a studio, and optional pictures and sequel options and that sort of thing are becoming part and parcel with the roles they’re handing out.
Jai Courtney
Life is painful, suffering is optional.
Sylvia Boorstein
Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.
Susan Cain
Sustainability is no longer optional. Companies that fail to adopt such practices will perish. They will not only lose cost basis: they will also suffer in recruiting employees as well as attracting customers.
John Replogle
The change we are in the middle of isn’t minor and it isn’t optional.
Clay Shirky
Spirituality on the other hand, is a chosen path of developing intimate relationships with God. It’s chosen, it’s nurtured, and it’s optional.
Caroline Myss
There seems to be a concern about whether the public appreciation of science has eroded to a point where it has removed science from public debate and public decision making. Whether the public has come to regard evidence as optional.
Rush D. Holt, Jr.
As everyone knows, tips constitute the bulk of a waiter’s or waitress’s income. But they are also optional, at least in theory. Does it really seem like a good idea to make someone’s salary so susceptible to customers’ whims on a given day – or whether any customers happen to show up at all?
Stephen J. Dubner
Our father presents an optional set of rhythms and responses for us to connect to. As a second home base, he makes it safer to roam. With him as an ally–a love–it is safer, too, to show that we’re mad when we’re mad at our mother. We can hate and not be abandoned, hate and still love.
Judith Viorst
It horrifies me that ethics is only an optional extra at Harvard Business School.
John Harvey-Jones
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
John C. Maxwell
Pain is mandatory for all of us. It’s what teaches us. Suffering is what’s optional. That’s what happens when we try to skip over the pain.
Glennon Doyle Melton
Reading is not optional.
Walter Dean Myers
Mobile communications have two functions: as a safety net, and as a marketing tool. I think it’d be foolish to not carry one for safety sake. Using one for marketing is an optional activity, and I’ve generally stayed away from extensively using one for this purpose because it’s a distraction.
Andrew Skurka
I’ve known Alan Zweibel since 1975, and I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that he might possess a sense of humor. After reading CLOTHING OPTIONAL, I’m almost sure he does.
Rob Reiner
Illness and death are not optional. Patients have a right to determine how they approach them.
Marcia Angell
We need to have making, including computer science, shop, etc. as part of the core curriculum from the beginning, not just an optional afterschool thing. Things like First Robotics and all of those great programs need to become mainstream.
Megan Smith
Creativity ignited a spark. In that moment, I saw that art is not peripheral, beauty is not optional, but a strategy for survival.
Terry Tempest Williams
Growing old is compulsory – growing up is optional.
Bob Monkhouse
Struggling is mandatory. Suffering is optional.
Robyn Carr
Hebrew word for “charity” tzedakah, simply means “justice” and as this suggests, for Jews, giving to the poor is no optional extra but an essential part of living a just life.
Peter Singer
Growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional.
Heather Brewer
I have remained someone who believes that the only things indispensable to human life are air, food, drink and excretion, and the search for truth. The rest is optional.
Jonathan Littell
In Business School they taught us about cash flow, not about corporate politics; about return on equity, not about egos and pride. Oh, there were optional courses on ‘Organizational Behavior’ and ‘Managerial Skills,’ but these were a little too bloodless to convey what I learned on the job.
Mary Cunningham Agee
Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy. В Undeniably, art is not optional.
Nathan Sawaya
Money matters but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.
Eric Weiner
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Haruki Murakami
Bleeding isn’t optional for most of us.
Eileen Wilks
Respect for the rule of law is not optional; it’s fundamental.
Frans Timmermans
I wonder how it is we have come to this place in our society where art and nature are spoke in terms of what is optional, the pastime and concern of the elite?
Terry Tempest Williams
When it comes to success in business, an MBA degree is optional. But a GSD, which is only earned by Getting Stuff Done, is required.
Christine Comaford-Lynch
Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.
Max Lucado
Grief is a matter of the heart and soul. Grieve your loss, allow it in, and spend time with it. Suffering is the optional part. Remember that you come into this world in the middle of the movie, and you leave in the middle; and so do the people you love. Love never dies, and spirit knows no loss.
Louise Hay
My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters.
Bram Cohen
I spend five times more money at a chemist shop than I would at a fashion boutique. Clothes shopping is optional for me; shopping at a chemist store is a must.
Marriage has been in a constant state of evolution since the dawn of the Stone Age. In the process, it has become more flexible – but also more optional.
Stephanie Coontz
Everything is optional.
Somethings are illegal.
And some things are really gross.
Craig Benzine
Failing is not real, it’s an optional state of mind.
Behdad Sami
pain is inevitable,suffering is optional… we have bigger houses,but smaller families. More conveniences,but less time. We have knowledge,but less judgements; more experts,but more problems ; more medicines but less health.
Dalai Lama
Today, no leader can afford to be indifferent to the challenge of engaging employees in the work of creating the future. Engagement may have been optional in the past, but its pretty much the whole game today.
Gary Hamel
Personal philosophy: Clothing optional
Will Ferrell
The implementation measures of both Covenants, but especially those of the Covenant concerning civil and political rights, were considerably weakened to the point where they assumed an optional character.
Rene Cassin
Pain is certain, suffering is optional.
Gautama Buddha
Sometimes we forget that sin really is optional.
Mark Hart
You would think death was an optional extra nowadays. Nobody wants to tick that box.
David Hockney
Since when has obedience to Christ and His Gospel become optional to Christianity?
K.P. Yohannan
Change is a given; growth, however, is optional.
Orrin Woodward
Today, no leader can afford to be indifferent to the challenge of engaging employees in the work of creating the future. Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it’s pretty much the whole game today.
Gary Hamel
The quantum theory of parallel universes is not the problem, it is the solution. It is not some troublesome, optional interpretation emerging from arcane theoretical considerations. It is the explanation – the only one that is tenable – of a remarkable and counter-intuitive reality.
David Deutsch
In Christian marriage, love is not an option. It is a duty.
R. C. Sproul
REPUBLIC, n. A nation in which, the thing governing and the thing governed being the same, there is only a permitted authority to enforce an optional obedience.
Ambrose Bierce
She’s not my type,’ Carter says. ‘So what is your type?’ ‘Tall, skinny, black hair, blue eyes, freckly nose. Blue tinsel wig and snowflakes optional.’ ‘Skinny?’ I squeal. ‘Definitely. Pretending to be shy, sensible and stand-offish when really you’re mad about me.’ ‘You sure about that?’ ‘No, but I’m hoping.
Cathy Cassidy
Sometimes I have parties at my house in Nashville and it’s clothing-optional, and we just body-paint each other and run around, and I have a giant bed. I’m very much in touch with that side of myself.
[Evangelization] is not something optional, but the very vocation of the People of God, a duty that corresponds to it by the command of the Lord Jesus Christ himself
Pope Benedict XVI