Quotes of Consensus

“ After a week of back and forth, and forth and back over firearms, it's good to see a consensus developing on this common-sense amendment to keep handguns away from children. ”

- Herb Kohl

“ Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. ”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“ To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ I think a consensus is emerging. ”

- Jack Reed

“ That's why it's important, I think, that as long as it takes — and maybe it's not possible to reach consensus at the moment — that there is a reform of the Security Council at some stage. ”

- Tony Blair

“ Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals. ”

- Abba Eban

“ A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it. ”

- John Major

“ A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. ”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“ Talk about the flag or drugs or crime and follow the yellow brick road to the wonderful land of "consensus." In place of honest argument among consenting adults the politicians substitute a lullaby for frightened children: the pretense that conflict doesn't really exist, that we have achieved the blessed state in which we no longer need politics. ”

- Lewis H. Lapham

“ Its going to be a squeeze, but we have got to put our men and women in uniform ahead of everything else. We've got to be treating our reservists fairly before we move on to other procurements. ”

- Mark Dayton

“ It's going to be an adventure. ”

- George Clooney

“ There's a general consensus from this conference that China and its growth is not a threat but a tremendous opportunity. ”

- Bob Hawke

“ We should have a consensus between the three groups — Shiites, Kurds and the Sunnis. ”

- Jalal Talabani

“ Now more than ever we need a consensus nominee. ”

- Charles Schumer

“ This is the time for a consensus nominee. ”

- Charles Schumer

“ Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth. ”

- Giambattista Vico

“ It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same. ”

- Lord Melbourne

“ If you don't have a consensus that it's nonsense, you don't have a breakthrough. ”

- Burt Rutan

“ A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general consensus as to what's real and what's not and most of us have been going along with it ever since. ”

- Charles de Lint

“ To agree on keeping a status quo that can't be kept has nothing to do with consensus. It's decadence. ”

- Hilmar Kopper

“ The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern. ”

- Daniel Dennett

“ Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell. ”

- Renata Adler

“ Consensus is the negation of leadership. ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had. ”

- Michael Crichton

“ Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. ”

- Michael Crichton

“ What are we going to do about winning the election? Where are we going to turn to have a viable chance to win this election? And a viable chance to win this election is coming up with a candidate that most people can agree on. Randy Daniels could be a compromise consensus candidate because he's not polarized on either side. ”

- Bob Smith

“ People of good character are not all going to come down on the same side of difficult political and social issues. Good people — people of character and moral literacy — can be conservative, and good people can be liberal. We must not permit our disputes over thorny political questions to obscure the obligation we have to offer instruction to all our young people in the area in which we have, as a society, reached a consensus: namely, on the importance of good character, and on some of its pervasive particulars. ”

- William J. Bennett

“ There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. But human life itself is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own rights and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own. ”

- Katherine Anne Porter

“ There is no doubt that God has often brought a certain verse to the attention of one of His children in an unusual and almost miraculous manner, for a special need, but the Word was never intended to be consulted in a superstitious manner. ”

- Maxwell S. Coder
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