Best Quotes About Passive

In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive. -William Bernbach

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. -Christopher Isherwood

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive. -Mao Zedong

The concept of neutrality can lead to a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular and a passive, or even active, hostility to the religious. Such results are not only not compelled by the Constitution, but, it seems to me, are prohibited by it. -Arthur Goldberg

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. -Edith Hamilton

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. -Dorothy Thompson

Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong. -Ronald Reagan

To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object. -Simone de Beauvoir

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength. -Aldous Huxley

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. -Tacitus

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight-seeing.' -Daniel J. Boorstin

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers. -James Humes

Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above. -Czeslaw Milosz

Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. -Corazon Aquino

The real or supposed rights of man are of two kinds, active and passive; the right in certain cases to do as we list; and the right we possess to the forbearance or assistance of other men. -William Godwin

Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I'm concerned. -Martin Freeman

I think you can't be passive in making this film – or in watching it. -Jim Caviezel

Of course. I favor passive investing for most investors, because markets are amazingly successful devices for incorporating information into stock prices. -Merton Miller

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive. -Alan Rickman

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. -Robin Morgan

To passively get up and play a bunch of old songs wouldn't have really motivated us. So we are bringing the new material into the set and it goes down really well. -Andy Taylor

I didn't know how to go about preparing for the part of someone who can't remember who he is. The frustration angle is written in, but there's also this incredible passive state. -Tom Berenger

Mental events, it is said, are not passive happenings but the acts of a subject. -Hermann Ebbinghaus

If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied. -Charles Hodge

It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights. -James Bovard

So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy. -Charles Hodge

All observers not laboring under hallucinations of the senses are agreed, or can be made to agree, about facts of sensible experience, through evidence toward which the intellect is merely passive, and over which the individual will and character have no control. -Chauncey Wright

It is a struggle; for though the black man fights passively, he nevertheless fights; and his passive resistance is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be. He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree. -James Weldon Johnson

The crucial question one comes back to is the examination; without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres. -Peter Hammill

Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance. -Al Sharpton

Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life. -Elie Wiesel

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science. -Claude Bernard

We all have different desires and needs, but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. -Bill Watterson

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. -Bradley Whitford

Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet. -Alanis Morissette

I lived in Chicago for a few years and got a sense of – kind of that broad-shouldered, windy, um, stern, Midwestern, warm-slash-passive aggressive, wonderful – every adjective I can think of, very cold. -Amy Poehler

For us, destiny always feels… if you obey, it's almost a passive thing. -Danny Boyle

I think the thing we see is that as people are using video games more, they tend to watch passive TV a bit less. And so using the PC for the Internet, playing video games, is starting to cut into the rather unbelievable amount of time people spend watching TV. -Bill Gates

To be depressed or neurotic is passive. It happened to us; we are its victim, and we have no control over it. -William Glasser

Importantly, in the 1930s, in the Great Depression, the Federal Reserve, despite its mandate, was quite passive and, as a result, financial crisis became very severe, lasted essentially from 1929 to 1933. -Ben Bernanke

The trap in Hamlet is he's the most passive of Shakespeare's characters. He's not a Richard III, not out there taking a lot of action. It's a lot of asides and soliloquies where he's wrapped in angst, and that's not a very interesting character. -Kurt Sutter

Teaching has always been, for me, linked to issues of social justice. I've never considered it a neutral or passive profession. -Bill Ayers

A passive approach to professional growth will leave you by the wayside. -Tom Peters

My life is good because I am not passive about it. I invest in what is real. Like real people, to do real things, for the real me. -Gwyneth Paltrow

I don't believe in anarchy, because it will ultimately amount to the power of the bully, with weapons. Gandhi is my life's inspiration: passive resistance. I don't want to live in the Thunderdome with Mad Max. -John Lydon

Before, I was really passive, all I cared about was being in love with my boyfriend. I didn't have any creative power, nothing. I don't know that person any more. -Gwen Stefani

We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces; nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history. -Daisaku Ikeda

I still like to get carried away – but passively. -Robert Plant

Iranian filmmakers are not passive. They fight whenever they can, as creative expression means a lot to them. The restrictions and censorship in Iran are a bit like the British weather: one day it's sunny, the next day it's raining. You just have to hope you walk out into the sunshine. -Asghar Farhadi

I'm not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination. -Courteney Cox

I'm not passive aggressive. If something bothers me, I think about it, then I act on it. I express it. -Anton Yelchin

Attachment parenting is not a passive parenting style. -Mayim Bialik

People are tired of just watching their TV set passively. They are playing interactive games today. They are on the Internet interacting. They want to be part of their TV set. -Bruce Nash

Corporate America cannot afford to remain silent or passive about the downward spiral we are undergoing. It cannot turn a blind eye to how difficult the experience of life is for so many of their customers. -Simon Mainwaring

I think I have some anger-management issues, and they end up coming out in these passive-aggressive songs that sound happy. -Sara Bareilles

I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails. -Meshell Ndegeocello

I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing. -Tim Ferriss

To be silent is to be passive. -Octavia Spencer

Where there seems to be a difference between guys being nuts and women being nuts is that guys are much more open in calling each other on stuff; lots of insults and dirty names. Whereas women will talk frankly and honesty, but there also seems to be more passive aggressiveness. -Paul Feig

The simplest and cheapest of all reforms within institutional science is to switch from the passive to the active voice in writing about science. -Rupert Sheldrake

All research scientists know that writing in the passive voice is artificial; they are not disembodied observers, but people doing research. -Rupert Sheldrake

Fiction leaves us so much work to do, allows the individual so much input; you have to see, you have to hear, you have to taste the madeleine, and while you are seemingly passive in your chair, you have to travel. -Hilary Mantel

Women have been brought up to be passive, accepting, not come forward and play a major role in life. And with age, there's a tendency to revert to that – to pull back, recede. I don't think it's advisable or admirable. -Katherine Helmond

TV viewing is normally a passive, mindless occupation. -Raymond Arroyo

You might think of consumption as a fairly passive activity, but buying new products and services is actually pretty risky, at least if you value your time and money. -James Surowiecki

As a genre, videogames take our minds on journeys, and we can control and experience them much more interactively than passively – especially when they are well-designed. -John Maeda

We no longer sing and dance. We don't know how to. Instead, we watch other people sing and dance on the television screen. Christmas, which was once a festival of active enjoyment, has turned into a binge of purely passive pleasures. -Tom Hodgkinson

I don't want to be the passively alert vegetable in the corner that takes in everything but can't communicate, which I think would suck a lot of life out of my family without giving very much to me. -Tony Judt

What passes for political realism may make for lively academic debates. But it often functions, ironically, as a tool of social control, rendering us passive with an analysis that overwhelms and paralyzes us. -Parker Palmer

Life, it is true, can be grasped in all its confused futility merely by opening one's eyes and sitting passively, a spectator on the stands of history – but to understand the social processes and conflicts, the interplay between individual and group, even the physicality of human experience, we have need of small-scale models. -Will Self

New Zealanders have conventions and pleasantries, but we are direct. We are encouraged to be transparent with our behavior and not to employ passive aggression. -Daniel Gillies

Efforts to develop critical thinking falter in practice because too many professors still lecture to passive audiences instead of challenging students to apply what they have learned to new questions. -Derek Bok

The idea that children are passive repositories to be shaped by their parents has been massively overstated. A child's peer group is a far greater determinant of its development and achievements than parental aspiration. -Steven Pinker

I think, on a surface level, people are surprised to see me playing such a passive role in 'Good.' -Viggo Mortensen

You can get a certain amount of pleasure as a mathematical spectator, reading and watching some of the most beautiful arguments that have been created in the history of humanity. But that's too passive. -Steven Strogatz

Objectivity is the subject subjugating the object. That is how you assert yourself. You make yourself the active voice and the object is the passive no-voice. -Emily Levine

For a gun-toting nation, Americans are surprisingly passive. -John Lydon

The smug complacency of technology adverts disguises a pretty mixed picture, with too many people not connected, too many passive users of technologies designed for interactive, and far too much talk about empowerment but far too little action to make it happen. -Geoff Mulgan

For the longest time, neuroscientists were forced to be passive observers of brain activity. -Gero Miesenbock

Say what you will about Americans, but one thing they are not is passive. The Bush administration may have pushed through the Patriot Act weeks after 11 September, but, as the American public got to grips with how the law was affecting their individual rights, their protests grew loud and angry. -Heather Brooke

The problem with most children's hospitals is that they are passive. They are high quality. They are filled with the best doctors. But their function is to wait until kids get sick and get referred in. -Irwin Redlener

My mother wasn't strong like my aunt. She was just very passive. -Tyler Perry

I've made so many people angry that they kind of blur into one unpleasant memory of people staring at you with somewhere between passive aggression and active aggression. -John Oliver

Each time I see a split infinitive, an inconsistent tense structure or the unnecessary use of the passive voice, I blister. -Sonia Sotomayor

Refuse to be a lazy Christian, and resist a passive, apathetic attitude. -Joyce Meyer

I need to make the characters that I play in movies more accessible to audiences, more real. As an actor, you're always passive; you're not making that many choices, so when something allows you to open up a bit, you want to explore your newfound freedom. -Shu Qi

Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness. -Eckhart Tolle

I know with me, you really have to, like, pound me over the head to say, 'I like you. I really like you' to get me to see it. I think if you're too passive, you just fall into that friend role. And that's hard to break out of. -Kiele Sanchez

I was raised in Duluth, Minnesota, where you never say that you're cold, or that you're suffering, and you listen politely to people, even if you disagree with them completely. Then you say passive-aggressive things later. -Maria Bamford

One of the nice things about books as opposed to television and movies to some extent is it's not a passive entertainment. People really do get involved, and they do create, and they do have their own visions of what different characters look like and what should happen. It's great – it means their brains are working. -James Patterson

The more personalized television gets, the less passive the experience will become. -Anne Sweeney

The question I'm always asking myself is: are we masters or victims? Do we make history, or does history make us? Do we shape the world, or are we just shaped by it? The question of do we have agency in our lives or whether we are just passive victims of events is, I think, a great question, and one that I have always tried to ask. -Salman Rushdie

After costs, only the top 3% of managers produce a return that indicates they have sufficient skill to just cover their costs, which means that going forward, and despite extraordinary past returns, even the top performers are expected to be only as good as a low-cost passive index fund. The other 97% can be expected to do worse. -Eugene Fama

I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm also not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. -Linus Torvalds

I've definitely been in situations where I could tell someone was interested in me, but I could tell they were insulting me in some passive/aggressive way, so I felt bad about myself at the same time. -Noah Baumbach

I encourage people not to be passive consumers of music and of culture in general. And feeling like, yeah, you can enjoy the products of professionals, but that doesn't mean you don't have to completely give up the reins and give up every connection to music or whatever it happens to be. -David Byrne

The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind. The picture dictates the arrangement. The picture dictates whether this will be a sentence with or without clauses, a sentence that ends hard or a dying-fall sentence, long or short, active or passive. -Joan Didion

Eating ready-made meals is about being very passive, and actively cooking is something that nothing compares to. -Yotam Ottolenghi

I read a lot of history. The passive Jews in Germany didn't survive. The smart ones got out. -Paul Mooney

I'm passionate about what I do. I'd be naive to be passive. -Paul Mooney

When I produce a record, I roll up my sleeves; I'm not one of those passive guys. I really get in there and make sure every note is measured. I tell the bass player, 'You have to play it like this,' or I tell the drummer, 'It's got to be like this.' -David Foster

In my view, a philanthropist is anyone who gives anything – time, money, experience, skills or networks – in any amount, to create a better world. This is not how we once thought about philanthropy. The word used to conjure up something rather passive – sitting down and writing checks. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

It's so easy to use tired, shopworn figures of speech. I love using long, fancy words but have learned – mostly from writing my biography of Winston Churchill – that short, strong words work better. I am ever-vigilant against the passive and against jargon, both of which are so insidious. -Gretchen Rubin

Receiving personal revelation is not a passive process. As we seek such revelations, we must prepare for these sacred experiences. -L. Lionel Kendrick

Once we realize the extraordinary power we have to compose our lives, we'll move from passive, conditioned thinking to being co-creators of our fate. -Jason Silva

I feel I should never do passive characters. They don't work for me. -Emraan Hashmi

A culture is like an immune system. It operates through the laws of systems, just like a body. If a body has an infection, the immune system deals with it. Similarly, a group enforces its norms, either actively or passively. -Henry Cloud

If workers are more insecure, that's very 'healthy' for the society, because if workers are insecure, they won't ask for wages, they won't go on strike, they won't call for benefits; they'll serve the masters gladly and passively. And that's optimal for corporations' economic health. -Noam Chomsky

In the late 1960s, the masses were supposed to be passive, not entering into the public arena and having their voices heard. -Noam Chomsky

I advocate for a totally new view of the role of the patient: patient as engaged partner, not passive recipient. -Dave deBronkart

As I get older, I find myself getting angrier and angrier. Doubtless, change itself, not to mention physical decline and inevitable petty tragedies of disappointed expectations, would have made for resentment in any event; but I used to be a passive schoolboy, my negative impulses turned obediently inward. -William T. Vollmann

We have to start thinking of ourselves as citizens of the Internet, not just passive users. I don't see how we can bring about change in our digital lives if we don't take responsibility. -Rebecca MacKinnon

A president cannot sit on his hands and be seen as passive in the face of ruthless action by a foreign dictator. -Robert Dallek

I'm sure my children will be artists. I hope they will direct because it is much more interesting. Acting is great, and I love it, but it is very passive, and it depends on other people's desire, and you depend on others all the time. -Emmanuelle Seigner

I was never argued out of faith; it was much more passive than that – and I wasn't argued back in, either. -Francis Spufford

Describing passive violence in this culture is kinda like someone who is drowning in the middle of the ocean giving you the low-down on water. The only way you can really understand passive violence is by going somewhere far, far away from phones, news, TV, the Internet. -Inga Muscio

Passive violence can be as simple as someone honking their horn at you for not turning fast enough when the light changes. And it can be highly complex, like when your co-worker undermines all of your work relationships by spreading rumors and lies about you. That's how passive violence rolls. -Inga Muscio

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. -Sylvia Plath

I realize I love crazy ladies. Of course I don't like to think of myself as one, but maybe I am, too. I dunno. I'm always drawn to them; I think it's because I'm attracted to people who aren't in the business of people-pleasing: saying what they really think, not passive-aggressive at all. -Michaela Watkins

I think a very good system in a world with a lot of passive investors is one in which there are at least a few entrepreneurial investors, prepared to say what they think, prepared to propose a change in management, change in strategy, change in cost structure, capital structure. -Bill Ackman

The sweetest thing we ever had was, like, animal crackers in the pantry. I think my parents sort of passively made sure that we didn't have a lot of junk food at our disposal, and I think that helped me and all my siblings growing up with how to approach nutrition and eating right. -Andrew Luck

Everybody after Fukushima had to reassess the safety of nuclear. When I set out to design a reactor, I knew it had to be passive and intrinsically safe. -Taylor Wilson

I fought violently for the autonomy of architecture. It's a very passive, weak profession where people deliver a service. You want a blue door, you get a blue door. You want it to look neo-Spanish, you get neo-Spanish. Architecture with any authenticity represents resistance. Resistance is a good thing. -Thom Mayne

I'm a good guy. I love playing bad guys, but good guys that have a good thing going on, I like that, too. I don't like passive good guys. -Lance Henriksen

Feedback for leaders is often nuanced and difficult to deliver. That said, hearing you are passive-aggressive from 10 different people described 10 different ways becomes hard to ignore. -Scott Weiss

I had learned that science is a rewarding, active process of discovery, not the passive absorption of what others had discovered. -Harold E. Varmus

When you have a diagnosis of cancer, or any serious illness, your choices are basically to be passive and kind of accept whatever is offered you, or to be active and to learn about your disease, and understand your options, and be an active partner with your doctor. That's the course I took with all three of my cancers. -Hamilton Jordan

People should be more passive with what they consider trustworthy. -Ariel Pink

What I think makes people nerds is just being obsessive. I think that's what nerdiness really is – its people who don't just passively like something, they get passionate about whatever they like. -Brian Posehn

The Chinaman has only a passive courage, but this courage he possesses in the highest degree. His indifference to death is truly extraordinary. When he is ill, he sees it approach, and does not falter. When condemned, and already in the hands of an officer, he manifests no fear. -Jules Verne

In the hands of a passive-aggressive person who wants to abdicate responsibility for things, texting is a great tool. You can really go nuts. -Daniel Mallory Ortberg

The conservative statement is that telomere length is a biomarker, but it's probably not passive. There are some very intimate relationships between things such as molecular markers for inflammation and telomere health. -Elizabeth Blackburn

It's not all 'Jane Eyre' out there. In her sweet, honorable, slightly passive-aggressive way, Jane was as perfect as a protagonist can get while remaining interesting; in fact, she's one of my favorites. But most characters are more morally ambiguous. -Susan Isaacs

To my way of thinking, passive management of file assets is okay for screwing around with iPads, where we're mainly watching TV on Netflix or obsessive-compulsively checking the popularity of our Instagram uploads. -Jeffrey Zeldman

You might say I was a passive atheist through my teenage years. -S. T. Joshi

We are not sent into this world mainly to enjoy the loveliness therein, nor to sit us down in passive ease; no, we were sent here for action. The soul that seeks to do the will of God with a pure heart, fervently, does not yield to the lethargy of ease. -Dorothea Dix

No one who passively endures an injustice against himself has the material in him to struggle for the rights of others. The one who patiently forbears becomes an accessory to the injustice done to others. He who resists the injustice which he himself meets can open up the way to a higher right for others. -Ellen Key

I don't understand why black people have been so quiescent, so passive over the hundreds of years of American history. Why hasn't there been more violence, more armed struggle? I know answers to some of that, but it seems to me it's an issue of faith, an abiding faith in some sort of great beyond, or great spirit, or even in the American dream. -John Edgar Wideman

I'm a very passive investor. -Kirk Kerkorian

When you hear extraneous noise, they are bored in some way, so it makes me upset. Even coughing, I find, is passive-aggressive, usually. -Joshua Bell

The biggest thing that I get most excited about is, my family and I would watch television together, and we weren't just passive viewers. Something would happen, and then we would talk about it. When Will Smith was shot on 'Fresh Prince,' that sparked a conversation about safety. -Jerrod Carmichael

Sketching in general – anywhere, not just in Gitmo, but in life, in the world – is a profoundly disruptive act. Because you're creating something when you're kind of expected to consume or sit passively. I've always sketched things as a way to get into them, whether it was a fancy nightclub or, you know, to have kids think I was cool, whatever. -Molly Crabapple

'TIME's spell-check always admonishes me whenever I compose a sentence in the passive voice, a warning that is often ignored by me. -Richard Corliss

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. -Saul Alinsky

People around me like me the best when I'm depressed because I'm a bit more passive. -Halsey

In order to continue in office, any government (not simply a 'democratic' government) must have the support of the majority of its subjects. This support, it must be noted, need not be active enthusiasm; it may well be passive resignation as if to an inevitable law of nature. -Murray Rothbard

For me, the Immaculate Conception is the feast of 'passive action,' the action that functions simply by the transmission through us of divine energy. Purity, in spite of outward appearances, is essentially an active virtue, because it concentrates God in us and on those who are subject to our influence. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I look at safety as, you know, there's active and passive. Passive is how do you survive a crash. Active is accident avoidance. And so that's real-time information to you, as a driver, and to your car, to the wheels of a car that will get you out of a bad situation. -William Clay Ford, Jr.

I don't write about love because it makes for easy, passive heroes. I write about how love makes my characters more autonomous, more self-possessed, more opinionated and powerful. I write about characters who pursue relationships that make them the people they want to become. I write about love as a superpower. -Lauren Kate

Many students learn best by doing. But because classrooms force the same pace on all students, they limit the degree to which students can truly learn through trial and error. Instead, lectures still force many students to follow material passively and in lockstep pace. -Sebastian Thrun

Bad things happen when you try to let things just happen. You can't be passive. -Euny Hong

I'm easygoing. There's a place and time for everything. When that bell rings, I'm not nice and easy. I'm not meek and passive. -Gerry Cooney

I don't even really see sit-ins and marches as passive. I see them as quite assertive. I see those as emotionally aggressive tactics. I see people putting their lives on the line and being bold and brave. -Ava DuVernay

Zimbabweans, I've come to believe, we are very passive-aggressive people. We don't like conflict; we don't like confrontation, so we find all sorts of ways of avoiding that conflict and confrontation. We are not allowed to talk about bad things that go on in families. -Petina Gappah

Squid experts have been debating for some time about whether the giant squid is a passive predator that just floats around in the water and waits to bump into something. I was never one to imagine it to be passive. -Edith Widder

As a culture, we really like our food passive. -Alexandra Kleeman

Forget: Refuse to dwell; let go and loosen one's hold, particularly on memory. To forget is an active – not passive – endeavor. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Television is, in many respects, a passive medium: people receive information without really exchanging ideas with others. By contrast, the Internet can be an active medium, allowing individuals to use e-mail, discussion groups, and even Web sites to engage with one another. -Cass Sunstein

I no longer wield the power of the office for the government of the church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, within St. Peter's bounds. St. Benedict, whose name I bear as pope, shall be a great example in this for me. He showed us the way to a life which, active or passive, belongs wholly to the work of God. -Pope Benedict XVI

I think the most important thing for a listener is to realize that he, too, should not listen to music in a passive way; that if you sit in a concert hall and expect to be moved or taken off your seat by the music, it will not happen. -Daniel Barenboim

The city – as the theater of experience, the refuge, the hiding place – has, in turn, been replaced by an abstraction, the fast lane. In the fast lane, the passive observer reduces everything – streets, people, rock lyrics, headlines – to landscape. Every night holds magical promises of renewal. But burnout is inevitable, like some law of physics. -Darryl Pinckney

A Supreme Court justice needs to understand that he is not a politician. He needs to understand that the judiciary is a passive branch of government. His decisions should not proactively seek to set policy. -Thomas Rex Lee

For too long, history has imposed a binary condition on its black citizens: either nameless or renowned, menial or exceptional, passive recipients of the forces of history or superheroes who acquire mythic status not just because of their deeds but because of their scarcity. -Margot Lee Shetterly

The concept of muse is alien to me. To speak of a muse implies there is a couple in which one person is the objectified passive element – there to help the creative, active, often male part of the duo to create. A muse is very passive. Who wants a muse? I don't want a muse. -Luca Guadagnino

When we do an investment, we always ask, 'Can we affect the outcome? When buying a company, can we have an impact?' That's a different style of investing than a passive investor in the stock market. To me, that's how you're taking the risk out of it. You know what your capability is and how you can enhance value. -Dan Gilbert

When the facts are on your side, there is huge power in pitching with questions. Because questions are active rather than passive. They necessitate a response. -Daniel H. Pink

It ain't passive. It ain't TV. Go out there and rock n' roll and dance and have fun. -Steven Van Zandt

I think I deal with my anger toward my relationship or about my relationship or about my friendships or my family – I deal with it on stage in a passive-aggressive way, and that can be very harmful if it gets back to them, which it always does. -Nikki Glaser

The passive acceptance of exclusionary words and deeds is not okay. -Chris Sacca

There is a difference between a consumer – who passively receives the information that they are spoon fed – and a citizen – who engages with society, asks questions, does research, and works towards making a difference in their neighborhood, city, and country. -Chelsea Manning

The most disappointing thing to me after 'Tusk' was the politics in the band. They said, 'We're not going to do that again.' I felt dead in the water from that. On 'Mirage,' I was treading water, saying, 'Okay, whatever,' and taking a passive role. -Lindsey Buckingham

When I set out to make 'Bourne Identity,' my main goal for the franchise was to create something where it feels like you're in the action. You're not just passively watching it from far away. That's something that I have constantly aspired to do – even in 'Swingers,' to feel like you're Jon Favreau; you're not just watching him. -Doug Liman

People also think Christians are very passive people, and that drives me crazy as an athlete because if you watch me play and compete, I'm the furthest thing from passive that you'll see on the baseball field. I love to compete, and I love to win. -Jake Peavy

Ears are made not for hearing but for listening. Listening is an active skill, whereas hearing is passive. Listening is something that we have to work at – it's a relationship with sound. And yet, it's a skill that none of us are taught. -Julian Treasure

Listening is an activity. It's not passive. We are creating the world by listening all the time. -Julian Treasure

Disco told audiences to dance, while punk told them to be anything but passive. The artists didn't mind; in fact, they encouraged it. -Elizabeth Flock

Whether McCain actively sought Palin in 2008 or passively yielded to aides' pressure, he set a new standard for GOP candidates who rely on lots of sizzle and little substance. -William M. Daley

I have been denounced for passive corruption without having received anything of value. Where is the concrete proof that I received something of value? -Michel Temer

Film has become a very passive experience, but with theatre, there is a contract made with the audience, where they participate. That's why my parents' puppet theatre was such a special place – people used their imaginations. It's a muscle that needs using. -Joe Wright

Our culture loves movies and TV, which is wonderful, but there's something a little bit passive sometimes about watching, because you're looking at other people's imagination at work. -Mary Steenburgen

Whether you chose a passive-aggressive husband, workaholic wife, or life of single motherhood, we are all officially allowed – and uniquely qualified – to critique our own life experience. Please don't pretend you're living mine. -Rachel Simmons

Change the conversation you're having in the mirror with yourself… if you hear someone who is saying something that is bringing them down, stop it. Don't be passive. Actually, take action and say, 'I wouldn't speak to my best friend like that.' -Iskra Lawrence

Active questions are the alternative to passive questions. There is a huge difference between, 'Do you have clear goals?' and 'Did you do your best to set clear goals for yourself?' The former is trying to determine the employee's state of mind; the latter challenges the employee to describe or defend a course of action. -Marshall Goldsmith

You didn't have to read 'Playboy,' visit the mansion, wear pajamas, or even be straight: The effects of its ideas about women on the American psyche were totalizing. Women were inferior to men because, for 'Playboy,' they were scenery – pretty, passive, usually white, often blonde, there. -Wesley Morris

It's pretty inappropriate of fans to think they can expect any kind of narrative from showrunners or writers or actors. I just don't think that's the way you should engage with material that you're watching as a passive audience member. -Cole Sprouse

I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work. -Candace Cameron Bure

I don't want anyone to think I took this role in 'Downsizing' because it was the only role available to me. I'm not a passive participant in it. -Hong Chau

What's so useful about the British culture of politeness is the level of passive aggression is really fun to write. -Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Cinema ceases to be passive and becomes active: you, the audience, are now, in some senses, in charge of the filmmaking process. You have all got mobile phones, you have all got cam recorders, and you've all got laptops, so you're all filmmakers. -Peter Greenaway

One of the magical things about kindness is that it's what we nerds call a 'happiness aggregator.' People confuse kindness with being nice. And they're very different. You can be nice and be passive. But kindness requires action. -Daniel Lubetzky

I never knew how passive-aggressive people could be until I became a parent. Or even aggressive-aggressive. It actually began before I had a child. A relative asked me out to lunch and told me I was too old for motherhood. -Laura Lippman

I used to work for a succession of software editing companies that would have contracts with state and federal agencies. And I would be the documenter of meetings, sometimes doing limited business analysis. I began to become quite cynical about how the world works. It works on ineptitude and inefficiency and a kind of passiveness. -Jeff Vandermeer

Prayer is not passive. It takes a big man to pray – and to admit that he prays. -Thundercat

Over the years, I've found that dealing with white people faux pas can be tricky. If I get upset, I could quickly be labeled the 'angry black girl.' But if I don't say anything or react too passively, I risk giving friends and acquaintances permission to continue crossing the line. -Franchesca Ramsey

It is our lack of will that lies behind the continued denial of justice to Jean McConville. Yet there is something that we can do now for her and for ourselves before our silence turns us from spectators into passive accomplices. We can remember her. -Amanda Foreman

If you're truly depicting human behavior in an honest way, it is a lot of miscommunication, non-communication, paranoia, passive aggressiveness. People don't finish sentences. They don't say what they mean. They lie to each other. They take credit for things that are actually other people's ideas. -Terence Winter

'Lose My Cool' is the second track on my EP dedicated to a stage in the grieving process. This track represents anger. I really bottled a lot up after my mother passed, and one day, I couldn't handle it anymore and just exploded on all of my friends and family. It was a very passive way of dealing with things, not very healthy. -Amber Mark

I have no doubt that the digital immersion of our children will provide a rich life of entertainment and information and knowledge. My concern is that they will not learn, with their passive immersion, the joy and the effort of the third life, of thinking one's own thoughts and going beyond what is given. -Maryanne Wolf

You become a senator not by being passive but by being active, and all of a sudden, we've got a whole group just deciding to sit on their palms. -Bill Cassidy

My writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, and I love studying girl friendships in particular because they seem defined by a combination of codependent intimacy and subtle, constant passive-aggressiveness. -Susanna Fogel

There's not as many passive wrestling fans as people would think. There are a lot of fans who just can't get enough, and they're almost more interested in what's going on behind the scenes and the business of wrestling then they are, necessarily, of what's going on inside of the ring. -Eric Bischoff

My parents were/are straight-edge hippies. Mom roamed around gardening so we would have fresh food, and Dad was on wood-chopping duty to heat our passive solar home that they figured out how to design and build together. I was the kid with green peppers in my lunch, and I liked them! -Tara Stiles

I see no reason why there still are large lectures in universities throughout the world. When people gather, they should be interactive, problem-solving, and experimenting; not passively listening. -Sal Khan

My dad always told me that, as far as he's concerned, I can do whatever I choose in life as long as I'm happy and can handle the consequences of bad decisions. He only ever said that when he thought I was doing the wrong thing. I would employ similar passive aggression. -Greg Davies

I'm no longer bossy in the honest sense; I've mastered (mistressed) the art of passive-aggression. -Victoria Coren Mitchell

My dad was a very unconventional Asian American man. He was very much not quiet, not shy, not passive. If he had to fart, he'd do it in the library. He did not care. He was like, 'I don't know these people. I'm uncomfortable, and I need to let it go.' -Ali Wong

We always talk about how, obviously, there is still very in-your-face aggressive racism. But there's a lot of passive racism that, in the moment, you don't even realize is racist. You chalk it up as a strange interaction you had, and then you look at the context of it later on and realize the root of it was racism. -Hiro Murai

There are certain times when I was younger, I was occasionally more passive. -Jimmer Fredette

If you look at the difference games between the bigger and smaller teams, the difference in concentration, and being passive is big; that is my opinion. -Georginio Wijnaldum

It's absolutely fine to be a bit more reactive and not chase after the ball at times. But you cannot be passive. -Jerome Boateng

To be sure, playing it safe isn't a flashy style of poker. Some even claim that it's too weak and passive. That being said, playing safe poker is still a proven recipe for success in the world's biggest poker tournaments. -Daniel Negreanu

In a movie, you're just passive; you're just watching a story that is told to you. But in games, I saw that you could be the main protagonist: you could be in the shoes of the hero and make the decisions. -David Cage

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