Root Quotes

By | August 2, 2010
  • Boredom is the root of all evil — the despairing refusal to be oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
  • Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men. ~ Novalis
  • Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience. ~ James Freeman Clarke
  • Even thinking about sexual pleasure has its roots in greed. ~ Japanese Proverb
  • Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the interests hatreds. ~ Antoine Rivarol
  • Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
  • Happiness has its roots — sorrow has its womb. ~ Chinese Proverb
  • I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. ~ Norman Mailer
  • Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper. ~ Hannah More
  • It is well worth the efforts of a lifetime to have attained knowledge which justifies an attack on the root of all evil … which asserts that because forms of evil have always existed in society, therefore they must always exist. ~ Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. ~ George Washington
  • Love of the right use of money is the root of much good. ~ Author Unknown
  • Money is the root of all evil. ~ English Proverb
  • Money is the root of all excellence. ~ Louis E. Bejarano
  • No American worth his salt should go around looking for a root. I advance this in all modesty, as a not unreasonable opinion. ~ Wyndham Lewis
  • Pain is the root of knowledge. ~ Simone Weil
  • Philanthropy proves that though money is the root of all evil, it is also the route of much good. ~ Author Unknown
  • Poverty is not the root cause of crime. ~ Rush Limbaugh
  • Prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom’s root. ~ Robert Burns
  • Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” ~ Angela Y. Davis
  • Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers. ~ Willa Cather
  • Return to the root and you will find the meaning. ~ Author Unknown
  • Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils. ~ Nathaniel Emmons
  • Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~ Abraham J. Heschel
  • The history, the root, the strength of my father is the strength we now rest on. ~ Carolyn M. Rodgers
  • The love of evil is the root of all money. ~ American Proverb
  • The love of truth lies at the root of much humor. ~ Robertson Davies
  • The person who said money is the root of all evil just flat out didn’t have any. ~ Stuart Wilde
  • The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. ~ Ram Dass
  • The tallest tree is rooted in the ground. ~ Traditional Proverb
  • There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • There seemed to be endless obstacles — it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear. ~ Joanna Field
  • Though a tree grows ever so high, the falling leaves return to its roots. ~ Malawian Proverb
  • To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. ~ Chinese Proverb
  • To talk about doing good all day is not equal to doing one act of charity. If you do good and want people to know about it, then the good done becomes the root of evil. ~ T. C. Lai
  • True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long. ~ Marcus T. Cicero
  • We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • Whatever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves… how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. ~ Leigh Hunt
  • When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word “succeed,” you find that it simply means to follow through. ~ F. W. Nichol
  • Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. ~ Abraham J. Heschel