65 Unstable Quotes On Success In Life

These unstable quotes will inspire you. Unstable, not stable: not firm or fixed: not constant or prone to change, fail, or give way; not stable.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging unstable quotes, unstable sayings, and unstable proverbs.

Best Unstable Quotes

  1. “If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.” ~ Herodotus
  2. “As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke
  3. “All stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.” ~ John von Neumann
  4. “Right now too much American time and resources are spent dealing with situations caused by our dependence on oil that we import from unstable countries.” ~ Dan Lipinski
  5. “I don’t know anybody that’s not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic.” ~ Lauryn Hill

  6. “I’m very unstable; there’s no stability in a musician’s life at all. You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and you don’t know where your money’s coming from.” ~ James Taylor
  7. “When I think about the world I would like to leave to my daughter and the grandchildren I hope to have, it is a world that moves away from unequal, unstable, unsustainable interdependence to integrated communities – locally, nationally and globally – that share the characteristics of all successful communities.” ~ William J. Clinton
  8. “Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising.” ~ Plautus
  9. “The high prices also highlight the fact that the U.S. is too heavily dependent on fossil fuels that we import from unstable parts of the world. To protect our national security, we must become more energy secure.” ~ Dan Lipinski
  10. “I got so used to being unstable that I started to only be comfortable being unstable.” ~ Josh Lucas

  11. “Chavez made a compete fool of himself in front of the entire world while giving the U.N. a black eye. But the real losers are the Venezuelan people who have to put up with this unstable character every day.” ~ J. D. Hayworth
  12. “In addition, each barrel of oil we save through conservation further decreases our dangerous reliance on unstable Middle East oil.” ~ Paul Gillmor
  13. “The transition state of manners and language cannot be too often insisted upon: for this affected the process at both ends, giving the artist in fictitious life an uncertain model to copy and unstable materials to work in.” ~ George Saintsbury
  14. “There is much meaning in the word endure. For example, when dealing with unstable human feelings and uneven pathways in life, without endurance to hold you up, you may fall into a pit in the brush.” ~ Zicheng Hong
  15. “Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton

  16. “Look, I think the worst case scenario is obvious. I think first of all it doesn’t work for very long. It’s an unstable government that raises taxes and destroys the image we’re building for Canada as a strong place to invest.” ~ Stephen Harper
  17. “As a father now, I wouldn’t do what my dad did, because it left me feeling emotionally unstable as a kid. But he didn’t do the things he did out of selfishness or malice.” ~ Anthony Kiedis
  18. “I am apparently gentle, unstable, and full of pretenses.  I will die a poet killed by the nonpoets, will renounce no dream, resign myself to no ugliness, accept nothing of the world but the one I made myself.  I wrote, lived, loved like Don Quixote, and on the day of my death I will say: ‘Excuse me, it was all a dream,’ and by that time I may have found one who will say: ‘Not at all, it was true, absolutely true.’” ~ Anais Nin
  19. “I used to think I was unstable, because I had this thirst for something. I could never figure out what it was. I couldn’t sleep at night, and I always wanted to be somewhere else. I have a window tattooed, this little box, and it’s because wherever I was, I wanted to be somewhere else. And, I always saw myself, wherever I was in life, staring out the window.” ~ Angelina Jolie
  20. “For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.” ~ John Drinkwater

  21. “But there are times when the little cloud spreads, until it obscures the sky. And those times I look around at my fellow men and I am reminded of some likeness of the beast-people, and I feel as though the animal is surging up in them. And I know they are neither wholly animal nor holy man, but an unstable combination of both.” ~ H. G. Wells
  22. “In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.” ~ Will Durant
  23. “People with high but unstable self-esteem exhibit the greatest hostility.” ~ Roy Baumeister
  24. “Building a business is like building a home. If the foundation rests on an unstable setting or is constructed with subpar materials, it doesn’t matter if the rest of the home is perfect. It will never be a joy to its owner” ~ Thomas J. Stanley
  25. “I can choose to be unstable.” ~ Elizabeth Swados

  26. “His conviction of having no purpose in life other than to act as a distillation of poison was part of the ego of an eighteen-year-old. He had resolved that his beautiful white hands would never be soiled or calloused. He wanted to be like a pennant, dependent on each gusting wind. The only thing that seemed valid to him was to live for the emotions–gratuitous and unstable, dying only to quicken again, dwindling and flaring without direction or purpose.” ~ Yukio Mishima
  27. “All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings.” ~ David Bowie
  28. “Man (in good earnest) is a marvellous vain, fickle, and unstable subject, and on whom it is very hard to form any certain and uniform judgment.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
  29. “The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.” ~ Ram Dass
  30. “For me, my voice and music was always an outlet. Growing up in an unstable environment and whatnot, music was my only real escape.” ~ Christina Aguilera

  31. “The difference between a stable society and an unstable one is that the restraints in an unstable one are external. In a stable society government ultimately becomes unnecessary; the restraints on people’s actions are internal, they’re self-disciplined.” ~ Carroll Quigley
  32. “In the US the overwhelming majority of those executed are psychotic, alcoholic, drug addicted or mentally unstable. They frequently are raised in an impoverished and abusive environment. Seldom are people with money or prestige convicted of capital offenses, even more seldom are they executed.” ~ George Ryan
  33. “In economics, when you put together a highly elastic thing and a highly inelastic thing, you create extraordinary potential for turbulence, volatility, and for unstable prices.” ~ Adair Turner, Baron Turner of Ecchinswell
  34. “We know the power of the U.S.. We do not fool ourselves about this power. We say that the U.S. government wants us to pay a very high price for this unstable peace we enjoy today. And the price we are in a position to pay is only – comes only to the frontiers of dignity, not beyond.” ~ Che Guevara
  35. “Whatsoever has exceeded its proper limit is in an unstable position.” ~ Seneca the Younger

  36. “All the world over it is true that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways, like a wave on the streamlet, tossed hither and thither with every eddy of its tide. A determinate purpose in life and a steady adhesion to it through all disadvantages, are indispensable conditions of success.” ~ William Morley Punshon
  37. “… the friendship of worthless people has a bad effect (because they take part, unstable as they are, in worthless pursuits, and actually become bad through each other’s influence). But the friendship of the good is good, and increases in goodness because of their association. They seem even to become better men by exercising their friendship and improving each other; for the traits that they admire in each other get transferred to themselves.” ~ Aristotle
  38. “The mind will ever be unstable that has only prejudices to rest on, and the current will run with destructive fury when there are no barriers to break its force.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft
  39. “I think especially in such an unstable economic environment, what people criticized him [Mitt Romney] for in 2008 his consistency, the fact that he was so strong, and I think people will find that appealing going into the 2012. That’s one of the things that I like about him — because he’s been consistent since he changed his mind.” ~ Christine O’Donnell
  40. “Among other things, autoimmune disorders are an induction into a world of unstable information and no reliable expertise.” ~ Ben Marcus

  41. “The world is a dysfunctional place in so many ways. It is unstable. So even though that chaos can be reflected in our own homes, I suppose we have to fight that by creating our own versions of safety, which can also turn into ignoring the state of the world.” ~ Jennifer Gilmore
  42. “If you can adapt to and balance in a world that is always moving and unstable, you learn how to become tolerant to the permanence of change and difference.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  43. “The ocean, whose tides respond, like women’s menses, to the pull of the moon, the ocean which corresponds to the amniotic fluid in which human life begins, the ocean on whose surface vessels (personified as female) can ride but in whose depth sailors meet their death and monsters conceal themselves… it is unstable and threatening as the earth is not; it spawns new life daily, yet swallows up lives; it is changeable like the moon, unregulated, yet indestructible and eternal.” ~ Adrienne Rich
  44. “Leaders of institutions everywhere have lost trust. The global economy is stalled and the world is deeply divided, too unequal, unstable and unsustainable.” ~ Don Tapscott
  45. “….nothing is so unhealthy or unstable as the reputation for power that is not based on one’s own power.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

  46. “We need to increase the transparency of shadow banking markets so that authorities can monitor for signs of excessive leverage and unstable maturity transformation outside regulated banks.” ~ Janet Yellen
  47. “I put forward a pretty general theory that financial markets are intrinsically unstable. That we really have a false picture when we think about markets tending towards equilibrium.” ~ George Soros
  48. “What people don’t appreciate, when they picture Terminator-style automatons striding triumphantly across a mountain of human skulls, is how hard it is to keep your footing on something as unstable as a mountain of human skulls. Most humans probably couldn’t manage it, and they’ve had a lifetime of practice at walking without falling over.” ~ Randall Munroe
  49. “Yes, 85 percent of the art you see isn’t any good. But everyone has a different opinion about which 85 percent is bad. That in turn creates fantastically unstable interplay and argument.” ~ Jerry Saltz
  50. “All our qualities, whether good or bad, are unstable and ambiguous, and almost all are at the mery of chance.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  51. “Liberals and leftists have been dismissing inconvenient facts by attacking motives for generations. In the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, Soviet spies and abettors attacked the motives of their accusers because the fact of their guilt was undeniable. In the 1960s, over a thousand psychiatrists who’d never even met Barry Goldwater signed a petition saying the GOP candidate was too mentally unstable to be president.” ~ Jonah Goldberg
  52. “Whether your focus is on preserving and strengthening family ties in a world of increasingly unstable relationships, gaining access to a decent job, growing and evolving as a person, or guiding a company through the stormy seas of a fiercely competitive global marketplace-whether your goals are material, emotional, or spiritual-the price of success is the same: thinking, learning. To be asleep at the wheel-to rely only on the known, familiar, and automatized-is to invite disaster.” ~ Nathaniel Branden
  53. “I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.” ~ Luis Suarez
  54. “In large organizations there are discrete functions. I do this; you do that. I swim in my lane; you swim in your lane. That can be very effective for certain processes and in certain stable conditions. But it doesn’t work in unstable conditions.” ~ Daniel H. Pink
  55. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Are you unstable about your relationship to Christ?” ~ Billy Graham

  56. “A fuel prices remain unstable and our nation’s highways and airports suffer ever-increasing congestion and delays, Amtrak offers an invaluable alternative upon which Americans have come to rely” ~ Jim Jeffords
  57. “It’s important to make an effort under any circumstance – stagnant, sickness, being in an unstable lifestyle, even when society is insane. You should consider such periods as an omen before you move. When you are stuck on something, it is important to hold to your purpose but not press onward against the current. When you can’t move at all, try to concentrate, continuing forward as if in a boat switching to a stronger motor. The keiko that is most important when you cannot move is kage no keiko [shadow training].” ~ Masaaki Hatsumi
  58. “You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us. I’m sure everybody will say it’s true even the girls (laughter). No? No, you don’t think? I mean, it’s just about hormones and all this stuff. We don’t have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not. That’s it.” ~ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  59. “Financial operations do not lend themselves to innovation. What is recurrently so described and celebrated is, without exception, a small variation on an established design . . . The world of finance hails the invention of the wheel over and over again, often in a slightly more unstable version.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  60. “The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united.” ~ Barack Obama

  61. “Different cats don’t like certain litter. They also don’t like an unstable floor, no animal like’s unstable floor. So if you put a thin piece of plastic down under a litter box and the cat walks on it and starts to slip, they don’t like that. Any animal doesn’t like an unstable floor.” ~ Temple Grandin
  62. “The brain appears to have been designed to solve problems related to surviving in an outdoor setting, in unstable meteorological conditions, and to do so in near constant motion.” ~ John Medina
  63. “If a birth is the fall-out from the explosion caused by the union of two unstable elements, then perhaps a half-life is all we can expect.” ~ Salman Rushdie
  64. “And an unstable childhood makes you appreciate calmness and not crave excitement. To spend a Saturday afternoon mopping your kitchen floor while listening to opera on the radio, and to go that night to an Indian restaurant with a friend and be home by nine o’clock – these are enough. They are gifts.” ~ Curtis Sittenfeld
  65. “Constitutions become the ultimate tyranny,” Paul said. “They’re organized power on such a scale as to be overwhelming. The constitution is social power mobilized and it has no conscience. It can crush the highest and the lowest, removing all dignity and individuality. It has an unstable balance point and no limitations.” ~ Frank Herbert

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