All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
The word I think of is precarious. I am struck by how precarious it all is. How the things that hold us are only as strong as the faith we have in them.
Every relationship is just so tenuous and precarious.
Life balances itself on a precarious ledge, we can stay safe up high or propel off the edge.
At this point the theater America is in such a precarious place.
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher.
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
There was the situation in Nicaragua where the Sandinistas had taken over a couple of years earlier. There was a civil war going on in El Salvador and there was a similar situation in Guatemala. So Honduras was in a rather precarious geographic position indeed.
Teachers wondered why I didn't speak up more in class. Why would I when I knew how precarious words could be, how betraying they were, how vulnerable they made you?
Anybody who has had a great treasure has always led a precarious existence.
Every moment is precious. And precarious.
Living by proxy is always a precarious expedient.
The author lives with one foot in an everyday world and the other feeling about anxiously for a foothold in another more precarious one.
In man's life, time is but a moment; being, a flux; sense is dim; the material frame corruptible; soul, an eddy of breath; fortune a thing inscrutable, and fame precarious.
Thought is not a gift to man but a laborious, precarious and volatile acquisition.
The increasing remoteness of consanguinity is everyday diminishing the force of the family compact between France and Spain. And politicians have ever with great reason considered the ties of blood as feeble and precarious links of political connection.
I stepped from plank to plank So slow and cautiously; The stars about my head I felt, About my feet the sea. I knew not but the next Would be my final inch,— This gave me that precarious gait Some call experience.
Ours is a precarious language, as every writer knows, in which the merest shadow line often separates affirmation from negation, sense from nonsense, and one sex from the other
Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings.
The world is fine. Our place on it is precarious.
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