Premeditation Quotes

Premeditation Quotes by William Bartram, Michel de Montaigne, Herman Melville, Albert Camus, Beryl Markham, William S. Burroughs and many others.

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
William Bartram
The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve.
Michel de Montaigne
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, – for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it – not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
Herman Melville
We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime. Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and the have the perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for any purpose – even for transforming murderers into judges.
Albert Camus
[The lion] began to contemplate me with a kind of quiet premeditation, like that of a slow-witted man fondling an unaccustomed thought.
Beryl Markham
Speaking for myself, art differs from writing in that I never know what I’m going to paint until I paint it, so it’s almost like automatic writing. A writer, on the other hand, can’t help but know what he’s going to write, because the activity demands a degree of premeditation.
William S. Burroughs
It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight.
Seneca the Younger
For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous jeu d’esprit and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done. They are invariably without premeditation. I mean not only that I have no plan when I make them, I also have no plan to make them.
Robert Motherwell
Virtue by premeditation isn’t worth much.
Georg C. Lichtenberg