Best Quotes About Helpless

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. -Frank Herbert

Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. -David Ogilvy

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. -B. F. Skinner

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. -Pearl S. Buck

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture. -Abraham Joshua Heschel

No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish. -Kin Hubbard

Loss of hope rather than loss of life is what decides the issues of war. But helplessness induces hopelessness. -B. H. Liddell Hart

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The bold are helpless without cleverness. -Euripides

Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon. -John Berger

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge. -Hunter S. Thompson

Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts. -Mahatma Gandhi

Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age. -Paul Klee

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. -Lionel Trilling

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. -Noam Chomsky

I'm more attracted to a stronger man rather than a feminine man. Someone who would just throw me down and take control. I love feeling helpless. I definitely like a man who is aggressive and confident. -Carmen Electra

It was a matter of survival for the local people, but it was the most violent scene I have ever witnessed. The people in my group, feeling helpless, were all spellbound and aghast at the same time. I became a vegetarian shortly after that. -Wendie Malick

Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death. -Karen Armstrong

In these negotiations we are not a helpless object, although great world powers are involved. We play an active role and try to influence our destiny; we have our own trump cards and we use them. -Alija Izetbegovic

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves. -Charles Reade

The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas. -Leonard Peikoff

The war is coming to the streets of America and if you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil. -Ted Nugent

Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a 'map' for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project. -Anne Grant

All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit. -John Owen

If you were not a sinful, polluted, helpless, and miserable creature, this Savior would not be suited to you, and you would not be comprehended in his gracious invitations to the children of men. -Archibald Alexander

Being by the nature of my upbringing, all my energies having been directed to one channel of activity, crippled from other activities and made helpless even to live. -Isaac Rosenberg

Because there is something helpless and weak and innocent – something like an infant – deep inside us all that really suffers in ways we would never permit an insect to suffer. -Jack Henry Abbott

Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone. -Ramakrishna

As the plane got closer to Miami, I had this terrible feeling he was dying. Maybe he was telling me that he was going. I felt anger, panic, despair and helplessness. -Robin Gibb

I was teaching in one of the universities while the country was suffering from a severe famine. People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless. As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation. -Muhammad Yunus

I would wake up in Moscow or somewhere else, my heart beating fast, feeling bitter and helpless. -Alfred Schnittke

The reflection of the flame in the glass seems to be touching the hand. And you feel the helpless fear of these dismembered parts. This sort of thing can hardly be visualized at the script stage. -Terence Fisher

I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys. -Dick Dale

We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves. -Daniel Boone

Jews are not part of a European ruling class imposed on helpless natives, but are caught up in a tragedy in which two peoples are struggling for the same piece of land. -Jack Schwartz

The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease, war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power). -Dawn Powell

There is a lovable quality about the actual tools. One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain. Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it; without it the brain and the hand would be helpless. -Gertrude Jekyll

Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless, of their own and other tribes, when abandoned. -William Bartram

Yeah. I mean, it just seemed to me that it was – I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers. That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy. -James Stockdale

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly – a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly. -Nellie Bly

People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly, longing for death. -Polly Toynbee

Since the election, since the formation of a government, the death in Iraq has increased. The United States stands by, helpless to do anything about it. That's the reality, not George Bush's revisionist history! -Mark Shields

I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs. -James Herriot

I really struggle with that feeling of helplessness. That's why I really try to get my blogs, and even myself, to point to the positive and look at all the inspiring things that are happening. -Daryl Hannah

It turned out that the country was helpless in the face of a new reality. -Andrzej Wajda

As for you, my beloved friend, I loyally believe in your uniqueness; but whenever I try to tell to you wherein it consists, I helplessly describe only a type. -Josiah Royce

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically. -Robert Mugabe

For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature. -Ann Druyan

I wish people would realize that animals are totally dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us. -James Herriot

In too many cases, the moms, the dads, the sisters and brothers of children with cancer must stand by a hospital bed and watch helplessly as this horrible disease consumes the life of an innocent child. -Michael McCaul

As much success came to him, my father stayed true to his promise. He built the hospital to help the most helpless children with catastrophic illnesses. -Marlo Thomas

Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness and the feeling of helplessness. -Lech Walesa

It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail. -Lech Walesa

A reprisal of this magnitude… has never been carried out before. I paced back and forth in my room perplexed and completely depressed, feeling helpless. -Moshe Sharett

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze? -Jean Kerr

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open. -Herman Melville

Kafka: cries of helplessness in twenty powerful volumes. -Mason Cooley

A Woman is naturally more helpless than the other Sex; and a Man of Honour and Sense should have this in his View in all Manner of Commerce with her. -Richard Steele

It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. -James Baldwin

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless. -Billy Graham

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. -Woodrow Wilson

I don't hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people – and they're helpless with it. -Mos Def

I remember failing reading in school at a young age, and you just kinda get left behind and I felt helpless. -Kevin O'Leary

I mean, it's pretty disillusioning for all of us right now, and we feel pretty helpless when Congress, their approval rating is thirteen percent, and across the board, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you sort of want to walk in and fire everybody. -Christopher Cross

Certainly I'm angry at the way Indians have been treated and continue to be treated. But I don't think it's a helpless emotion. -Sherman Alexie

Rarely in modern times has there been such a revolution in commercial sentiment as occurred in 2008, or such a display in government and business of panic and helplessness. -James Buchan

Americans have the right to choose to be unarmed and helpless. Be my guest. -Ted Nugent

Victims always feel alone and helpless. -Deepak Chopra

Growing up with the childhood that I had, I learned to never let a man make me feel helpless, and it also embedded a deep need in me to always stick up for women. -Christina Aguilera

You have to go out of your way as a suspense novelist to find situations where the protagonists are somewhat helpless and in real danger. -Nelson DeMille

My mother died of lung cancer last year. I felt helpless. As an economist, I thought, 'What can I do?' -Andrew Lo

Personally, I don't even read bummer news stories about the environment because it makes me feel helpless to fix anything and reminds me that the general population doesn't treat these issues as an important part of our political life. -Rachel Dratch

We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty. -Jonathan Sacks

Lazy doesn't exist. Lazy is a symptom of something else. The person who can't get up off their butt is just a person who's depressed. It's usually a pervasive lack of self-worth, or a feeling of helplessness. -Jillian Michaels

There is no word for feeling nostalgic about the future, but that's what a parent's tears often are, a nostalgia for something that has not yet occurred. They are the pain of hope, the helplessness of hope, and finally, the surrender to hope. -Michael Ian Black

I'm reluctantly interested in love and helplessly interested in logic and yet they're so conflicting. And they're both necessary for a happy balance, a happy existence… I think. -Laura Marling

Many kids who are bullied feel helpless. Sometimes, they think the only thing they can do is hope the problem will go away. But there are things you can do to get some control in the situation and it starts with developing a strategy and a support system. -Rosalind Wiseman

I don't think I could play a character that I couldn't relate to somehow. I'm not unfamiliar with frustration, anger, shame, helplessness and a load of other emotions that make up our psycho-soup. I try to focus on that frustration, that sense of unfairness, and multiply it. -Terry O'Quinn

I have nothing against romanticism. I'm all for it. I'm helpless in the face of romance. -Bill Nighy

I know it was harder for me taking care of my dad during his cancer than it was going through my own. You feel more helpless as a caregiver. -Mindy Sterling

The Q I loathe and despise, the Q every single writer I know loathes and despises, is this one: 'Where,' the reader asks, 'do you get your ideas?' It's a simple question, and my usual response is a kind of helpless, 'I don't know.' -Ayelet Waldman

No one likes to feel helpless. We find it psychologically unbearable and inside ourselves we may try to make ourselves part author of our misfortune rather than simply the recipient of it. -Susie Orbach

One of my inspirations, Harry Houdini, remains an icon of the art because he defied our primal fears. His demonstrations in the early 20th century, especially his escape from the Chinese water torture cell, represented triumph over suffocation, drowning, disorientation and helplessness. -Criss Angel

There's no way to escape the fact that we've grown up in a violent culture, we just can't get away from it, it's part of our heritage. I think part of it is that we've always felt somewhat helpless in the face of this vast continent. Helplessness is answered in many ways, but one of them is violence. -Sam Shepard

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. -Brad Meltzer

Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. -Giles Andreae

Children that have been petted and waited upon, always expect it; and if their expectations are not met, they are disappointed and discouraged. This same disposition will be seen through their whole lives, and they will be helpless, leaning upon others for aid, expecting others to favor them and yield to them. -Ellen G. White

No writer besides Shakespeare has created more memorable characters attached to vices and virtues. In even their least sympathetic characters, one senses a kind of helplessness to passion quivering between the poles of good and evil. -Roger Rosenblatt

When you feel bad, find a person to talk to and cry with, to tell of your anger and other helpless feelings. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

O.K., helplessness is repugnant to me, as a father, as a piece of protoplasm. My parents were activists. I don't believe you can't do anything. -Marshall Brickman

There's something depressing about a young couple helplessly in love. Their state is so perfect, it must be doomed. They project such qualities on their lover that only disappointment can follow. -Roger Ebert

My work is made on lines similar to those of a film production. A lot of my work is kind of bureaucratic, endlessly phoning up people, trying to find the cameraman and the lighting man, because I am a total technology-phobe, quite helpless with equipment. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

Parenthood, like death, is an event for which it is nearly impossible to be prepared. It brings you into a new relationship with the fact of your own existence, a relationship in which one may be rendered helpless. -Rachel Cusk

Ultimately what I end up writing about is helplessness and the flipside of that, empowerment. -Joss Whedon

No matter who you are, what you've accomplished, what your financial situation is – when you're dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's, you yourself feel helpless. The parent can't work, can't live alone, and is totally dependent, like a toddler. As the disease unfolds, you don't know what to expect. -Maria Shriver

If I was to meet Lou Reed or Bob Dylan, I would be totally helpless. Writers and musicians make me feel completely starstruck. -Toby Stephens

In the case of 'Ocean at the End of the Lane,' it's a book about helplessness. It's a book about family, it's a book about being 7 in a world of people who are bigger than you, and more dangerous, and stepping into territory that you don't entirely understand. -Neil Gaiman

All I can say is that you only realize how big your mountain is once you're laying motionless, helpless, and hopeless in the valley below. No one goes there on purpose, if you get what I'm saying, because the only way to find your personal low is to slip and roll down that mountain of yours, straight through to the bottom, no holds barred. -Artie Lange

I am not helpless. Any timid minister will not go forward… I have come here to strive hard for the sake of the country, to work for the country. If anybody thinks that decision making process in the oil sector will be prevented, they are totally wrong. -Veerappa Moily

I think having kids just makes you want to do things to help people. You have children, and you see how fragile and innocent and helpless they are when they first start out. If they are going to be a victim of whatever they are surrounded by, I just do everything I can to try to make whatever change I can. -Lisa Marie Presley

I want to help the helpless, but I don't want to help the clueless. -Dennis Miller

I know of nothing more moving, indeed semi-tragic, than the yearning helplessness in the face of a dog, who understands what is said to him, and can not answer! -Bayard Taylor

Whenever there was a crisis, I found a man to help me take the edge off the feelings of helplessness and pain. -Susan Cheever

When your will power is gone, you are helpless. -El DeBarge

Employees speak of being fearful opening emails and feeling increasingly helpless in the face of the deluge. Physiologically, we now know that the state of continuous disruption puts us into a constant state of hormone-induced stress. -Noreena Hertz

I hate being helpless, and I hate having to ask people to do things for me. -Lindsey Vonn

My assignment is to take my situation and to use it to help others who feel hopeless and/or helpless because of loss. -Marvin Sapp

Orangutan babies are like human babies: helpless. -Willie Smits

No one can teach writing, but classes may stimulate the urge to write. If you are born a writer, you will inevitably and helplessly write. A born writer has self-knowledge. Read, read, read. And if you are a fiction writer, don't confine yourself to reading fiction. Every writer is first a wide reader. -Cynthia Ozick

Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. There is nothing I can think of that is quite as isolating as this. -Giles Andreae

If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. -Mike Huckabee

Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Divided because each user is forbidden to redistribute it to others, and helpless because the users can't change it since they don't have the source code. They can't study what it really does. So the proprietary program is a system of unjust power. -Richard Stallman

Americans' perceptions of Africa remain rooted in troubling stereotypes of helplessness and perpetual crisis. -John Prendergast

I'm helpless in post-round, hole-by-hole interviews. I can't take you through most of the holes of winning the Players Championship, the U.S. Amateur or Ryder Cup matches. It's like golf amnesia. -Matt Kuchar

At the Superdome, a young man came up to me holding a baby. He'd run out of diapers. He'd run out of medicine. His baby was sick. The guy's saying, 'Help me! Take my baby.' What could I do? That's the definition of helpless. -Ray Nagin

A typical medical practice is like an old-fashioned business which keeps all of its records on paper. It can probably track down any individual transaction if it needs to, but it's basically helpless when it comes to overall measurements of performance. And that's the big problem. -Mitch Kapor

Sometimes when I am photographing a major news event, I am suddenly overwhelmed by helplessness. -Lynsey Addario

In the aftermath of a marriage, you feel helpless and hapless. -Kate Christensen

I think part of the problem with charity is that it tends to make us view people as helpless victims. I think in the future, we'll look back on charity in the same way that we look back on colonialism today: as a very paternalistic system that doesn't fully recognise the full spectrum of humanity. -Leila Janah

Not only is natural burial by far the most ecologically sound way to perish, it doubles down on the fear of fragmentation and loss of control. Making the choice to be naturally buried says, 'Not only am I aware that I'm a helpless, fragmented mass of organic matter, I celebrate it. Vive la decay!' -Caitlin Doughty

The havoc wrought by war, which one compares with the havoc wrought by nature, is not an unavoidable fate before which man stands helpless. The natural forces that are the cause of war are human passions, which it lies in our power to change. What are culture and civilization if not the taming of blind forces within us as well as in nature? -Ellen Key

We all hit moments when we feel helpless. The test is how we react to that feeling. We can either learn from it and move forward or let it drag us down. -Travis Bradberry

I never feel more alone than when I'm traveling. Alone and, to some extent, helpless. The world expects a certain level of competence and can be merciless when this expectation is unmet. -Philip Schultz

As FIFA leaked information to the media, portraying me as an unethical person, I felt I was left naked, helpless to defend myself, as they repeatedly cut me with a sharp knife. -Chung Mong-joon

I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In the final analysis, poverty is a condition of helplessness – of inability to cope with the conditions of existence in our complex society. -Robert Kennedy

Anguish over the loss of a loved one or feelings of helplessness have complex roots. But in the end, they make you feel bad because they adjust your brain's chemistry. Happiness and its opposite are both electro-chemical reactions; those reactions are temporary and ineffable and could even have hidden benefits. -Eliot Schrefer

No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the way are revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless. Only alone can I draw close enough to God to discover His secrets. -George Washington Carver

Our flying squirrel is in no proper sense a flyer. On the ground, he is more helpless than a chipmunk, because less agile. He can only sail or slide down a steep incline from the top of one tree to the foot of another. -John Burroughs

When you have a little one, you realize that your only mission in life is to protect this helpless, very sensitive creature. That is your charge. That's primal. I relate to that deeply. -Lake Bell

What Trump has done is tap into a deep-seated anxiety about where the country is headed. There is an anxiety that is real and sincere. Many people feel helpless. -Jeff Fortenberry

Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. -Rodrigo Duterte

For me, Arik Sharon – I remember his courage and inspiration. I want to remember him the way he really was, not as an aging 80-year-old man living in bed helpless and unconscious. -Ehud Olmert

The Western media has depicted the Afghan woman as a helpless, weak individual. I have said it before, and I shall repeat it: The Afghan woman is strong. The Afghan woman is resourceful. The Afghan woman is resilient. -Rula Ghani

I can probably earn more in an hour of writing or even teaching than I could save in a whole week of cooking. Specialization is undeniably a powerful social and economic force. And yet it is also debilitating. It breeds helplessness, dependence, and ignorance and, eventually, it undermines any sense of responsibility. -Michael Pollan

If there's something I hate the most, it's feeling helpless, powerless. -Jillian Michaels

Many Americans, we know, are horrified by the posture of their government but seem to be helpless. -Harold Pinter

With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news every day, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page. -Eddie Vedder

I think, probably when I was 15 or so, I was going through a really hard time with my family, and I just felt really helpless – I didn't know how to put anything I was feeling into words, and I was really confused, and I felt like nobody would hear me, but I didn't even know what to say. -Banks

I came back to Haiti after the earthquake not to shoot a film, but to help and be a part of the rebuilding process, like all my fellow compatriots. I didn't come to shoot a film, but I became frustrated when I realized that my help was kind of useless. We all felt lost and helpless. And it's out of that frustration that I decided to shoot a film. -Raoul Peck

As far as hair products, I love Sachajuan, and I love Davines. And my hair would be just helpless without Oribe texturizing spray. -Carlson Young

Depression, for me, has been a couple of different things – but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless, and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live. -Ginger Zee

It's easy to feel helpless – like you can't fight the tide. But remember: small actions can have a huge impact, and one person like you can inspire others to action. -Celeste Ng

When I dabble in watching the news and reading about current events, I tend to get a future negative view, and that's something I've dealt with through music. It's quite possible I'm slightly paranoid. But I'd say making music is an expression of feelings of helplessness and lack of control that I think a lot of people can relate to. -Matt Bellamy

To be on the other side of the law-and-order machine in this country is awful. It is dehumanizing and degrading and deforming. It fills you with a helpless rage because, once there, you can only make things worse for yourself by speaking up. -Keith Gessen

Though I have no real understanding of the mechanics of football, and can only nod along helplessly at complex post-match analyses, I do enjoy watching people who are enormously good at something doing that thing very well. -Sally Rooney

It changes everything, absolutely everything. The love you feel for your child transforms everything. Now you have someone helpless and tiny that depends on you and only you. You look at him and know that your world is focused on him, on that part of you. -Gerard Pique

Intellectually, Stephen was a towering giant. Bodily, he was as helpless as a newborn. The functions I fulfilled were all maternal rather than marital. -Jane Hawking

During cancer, when I was flat out on the bed, I was so helpless. I wanted to do things my way, but it was not happening. I learnt to trust the process of life and letting other people also sometimes take control. I became more easy-going. -Manisha Koirala

I am too conscious of being an American to accept public congratulation with good grace or to welcome it except as an occasion for expressing openly a shame which many Americans feel, day after day, helplessly and in silence. -W. S. Merwin

The Modi government's accountability towards the common man can be gauged from the fact that be it Indians trapped overseas, a helpless mother looking for a doctor for her ailing child in a train, or a housewife struggling to get a gas cylinder, help is just a tweet away, with no protocol or red tape intervening. -Amit Shah

I'm an emotional person, but it is not my helplessness. -H. D. Kumaraswamy

I don't like to work. I am not helpless without work. Work is an obsession for me. -Manoj Bajpayee

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