Top 363 Tension Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Tension Quotes from famous people such as Amaal Mallik, Quincy Jones, Sam Palladio, Gene Luen Yang, Edmund Hillary, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Every time an artiste goes on stage, he thinks 'I hope

Every time an artiste goes on stage, he thinks ‘I hope today goes well and I hope I give my best.’ That is important – that little bit of nervousness or tension is what makes you perform better.
Amaal Mallik
Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.
Quincy Jones
I’ve always tried to stray towards characters who are way more faceted than your standard leading man role, and I’ve been fortunate to play some parts who have this awkward tension to them.
Sam Palladio
I think there is always romantic tension between Lois Lane and Clark Kent.
Gene Luen Yang
Good planning is important. I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
Edmund Hillary
There’s always been in my life that tension between living and writing. For me, because I’m so physically exuberant, it was extra hard to sit still at the desk and put in the hours that you need to put in to write.
Peter Heller
In California, there is a strong tension between north and south.
Thomas Mars
A lot of shows peak after a series and never get it back, but ‘Breaking Bad’ keeps the tension up all the time.
Miranda Raison
Doing nothing means unplugging from the compulsion to always keep ourselves busy, the habit of shielding ourselves from certain feelings, the tension of trying to manipulate our experience before we even fully acknowledge what that experience is.
Sharon Salzberg
When I would walk down the runway back in the late 90s, I could feel the tension from others who knew I was transgender. I could see the joy on the faces of people from my community, elated to see someone represent them.
Dominique Jackson
There’s a constant tension in climbing, and really all exploration, between pushing yourself into the unknown but trying not to push too far. The best any of us can do is to tread that line carefully.
Alex Honnold
I did not like ‘The Hurt Locker.’ It’s a lazy way to make a movie, frankly. I could put you on the edge of your seat quite easily, and have you feel the tension for 2 hours, if every other scene practically is, ‘Should we cut the red wire or the green wire?’
Michael Moore
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.
John Updike
If you are inflexible in the body, look at what you are holding onto unnecessarily in your life. Release tension, and life will open up.
Tara Stiles
Ethnic divisions can definitely be exacerbated by a lack of natural resources, but those tensions become violent when people manipulate them for their own political gain.
Dinaw Mengestu
There is always tension in women’s gymnastics between athleticism, grace, performance, and eros.
Meghan O’Rourke
When I was very young, my background as a Sikh-American made me aware of the tensions that underlie choice.
Sheena Iyengar
So what does a good teacher do? Create tension – but just the right amount.
Donald Norman
I like connecting the abstract to the concrete. There’s a tension in that. I believe the reader or listener should be able to enter the poem as a participant. So I try to get past resolving poems.
Yusef Komunyakaa
Donald Trump tests the limits of campaign speech. He makes false statements and refuses to correct them. He attacks other religions and ethnic groups, inflaming domestic tension and foreign terrorist rage.
David Ignatius
From the beginning, Christianity has struggled to sustain the creative tension between the personal appropriation of the gospel and the gospel’s universal reach.
Stanley Hauerwas
War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
Benito Mussolini
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
H. L. Mencken
There’s a constant tension between the excitement of new people and security with one person. If you go with excitement, you create chaos; you hurt people. There’s jealousy, and it gets very messy. If you have security, it can be boring, and you die inside because of all the opportunities missed.
Alain de Botton
Japan is opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea.
Yoshihide Suga
I’m looking for an intensity of focus. It’s a bit like tuning a guitar string. You tighten and tighten, and nothing really changes until you hit that tension, and suddenly it’s there: you’ve got a note.
Lenny Abrahamson
I don’t find any kind of tension very productive, I find it destructive, actually.
Shirley Manson
Economists love to talk about incentives, but the bottom line is that people hate being controlled or manipulated, even when done through voluntary institutions. This is one of the most important tensions in capitalism.
Tyler Cowen
I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There’s an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter.
Twyla Tharp
I believe our emotional tension can manifest itself physically.
Tom Shadyac
Temperament and tightness often go together. But if you

Temperament and tightness often go together. But if you’re tight, you can’t sing. So I have to have that tension in my body but not in my voice.
Sondra Radvanovsky
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best, but when it takes over the joy in the moment, and the joy in the journey, then that’s where there’s an internal tension. And I have to surrender that.
Lauren Daigle
Louise Bonnet is a Los Angeles-based painter of round, fleshy, almost obscene shapes and people. But hers is a very clean, friendly cartoon world, so there’s this tension between harmlessness and perversion that is totally unsettling.
Miranda July
If I feel there’s any weird tension or not a very nice vibe going on, I just remove myself from the situation.
Megan McKenna
Our Cuba policy was a major obstacle to getting things done in the hemisphere and a source of tension around the world.
Ben Rhodes
Our problem as a country is that most of us do not want to join the euro, and we wish to stay aloof from the common frontiers of the free-travel Schengen area. This makes our relationship with the E.U. fraught with tension and trouble.
John Redwood
Tension can be useful, exciting, flirtatious, strength-building, or destructive. Put yourself in charge of how you direct it.
Tara Stiles
If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.
George Burns
‘Game of Thrones’ isn’t all about magic – it’s way more about political scheming and family tensions – but to be a part of this exclusive magic club is actually really cool.
Isaac Hempstead Wright
There’s always very high tension with dance auditions! You’re in a group, watching the people in the front of the room, hoping you’ll get something, anything that will relieve a bit of the stress.
Sarah Hay
The media role in highlighting racial incidents only serves to exacerbate tension. We rarely write about racial harmony.
Bob Beckel
The average session takes about one to two hours. It’s totally amazing because when a person breathes, they go through one stage of relaxation after another, and every stage releases tension.
Leonard Orr
There’s a tension in Washington that was undeniable. I could write my name in the air there.
Barry Trotz
I know from my experience in theater that the crowd is different every night; the reactions, the tension. But it’s true for film as well, going from country to country and culture to culture. The difference between California and New York responses, for example. It’s really fascinating.
Christoph Waltz
I associate a family as the safest place in the world. So when it comes to things that scare me, introducing instability and tension into where you’re supposed to be the safest really strikes a chord with me.
Mike Flanagan
I believe some of the tensions the U.S. has had with Russia and that the Europeans have had with Russia… China is taking advantage of some of those dealings.
Henry Paulson
For ‘Boxers and Saints’, the tension between Eastern and Western ways of thinking was very personal for me, and I needed to control every aspect.
Gene Luen Yang
I think there is this cliche of Indian men who want a forward-thinking girlfriend but a traditional wife. I think that creates tension in a marriage.
Elizabeth Flock
When a horse is feeling good, you can sense that, a lot like the tension a fisherman feels on his line when he hooks something.
Bob Baffert
I wrote Steve Carell’s last episode. I think it was a really good episode, but there’s always a tension between what’s good for the series and what’s good for an episode, because the more closure you put on an episode, the more significant feeling it is.
Greg Daniels
There’s something really interesting about having those close friends that you’ve had incredible times with but growing up and away from them. The underlying tensions, the shifting in the group dynamic, the little lies you tell to big yourself up: it’s something that happens to us all.
John Simm
Tensions exist in any free society. But the freedom we enjoy rests on a foundation of individual liberty and shared moral values.
Tipper Gore
Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.
Adora Svitak
Good stories are driven by conflict, tension, and high stakes.
William Landay
Kennedy was president for only 1,037 days, but during his short tenure, he achieved much. At the Cold War’s most dangerous hour, he preserved the peace. He improved relations with the Soviet Union and replaced tension over Berlin with a limited test ban treaty.
Gretchen Rubin
The job of a journalist is to find out stuff. The job of the government – sometimes – is to keep stuff secret. There’s a natural tension there.
Alex Gibney
The European girls, like the Russians, tend to stick together, but there’s never any rivalry. Sometimes there’s a little bit of tension with the older girls because they might feel a little threatened by the younger models, but it’s not between personalities.
Abbey Lee Kershaw
On the field, you have to be aggressive; you’re thinking how to get the better of a situation. It’s not that I don’t laugh on the field. In fact, I think it’s very important to laugh, especially when you are angry and aggressive, to just take the tension away, make the moment go away.
Yuvraj Singh
I’m not the voice of reason; I’m more the guy using these offensive topics as fodder to raise tension in a joke.
Anthony Jeselnik
It annoys me when contemporary films and television shows create artificial tensions that could easily be resolved by a quick email or the use of a search engine. ‘La La Land’ was guilty of this several times, as well as a more generalised aesthetic nostalgia.
Sally Rooney
A theme I’m obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it.
Douglas Brunt
I think we will be able to work with Prime Minister Ben

I think we will be able to work with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to reduce tension and concentrate efforts in both the countries on real problems of the people – poverty, social injustice, and development.
Rajiv Gandhi
Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
Joshua L. Liebman
If you’re writing a thriller, mystery, Western or adventure-driven book, you’d better keep things moving rapidly for the reader. Quick pacing is vital in certain genres. It hooks readers, creates tension, deepens the drama, and speeds things along.
Nancy Kress
There’s a fundamental tension that is hard to overcome, that what’s wholesome is not convenient and vice versa.
Daniel Lubetzky
In a democracy there will always be a tension between security and privacy.
Keir Starmer
While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.
Barack Obama
You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.
Murray Walker
A person comes home with all the tension of his life, he or she is totally drained due to all the stress they had faced in a days time. So what I think is whenever viewers watch me they should not be more burdened with tension but they should be relaxed.
Rakhi Sawant
Cezanne produced precarious little worlds that almost, almost, almost lose their balance but somehow hold themselves together, creating tension, beauty and danger all at once.
Robert Krulwich
Nabokov can be almost too delicate at times, but in ‘Lolita,’ he puts his aristocratic sensitivity to use in such a dark tale that it creates this great tension between the story being told and the style that it’s written in. And it’s just amazing that one of the best novels in English was written by a Russian.
Hallgrimur Helgason
‘River’ is all about tension and release. It’s about intimacy and solace. It’s about staring someone in the face and not backing down.
Bishop Briggs
But I think the real tension lies in the relationship between what you might call the pursuer and his quarry, whether it’s the writer or the spy.
John le Carre
I’m happy to have a physical part in ‘High Tension,’ in ‘Hereafter,’ and in a lot of French movies and Belgian movies. But its not by chance directors choose me for physical parts. I like to do that. I like to tell a story also with the body. It’s important, because you can tell a lot of things.
Cecile de France
When I began writing novels, I read Aristotle to learn how to perfect structure, Pearl Cleage to sustain tension, and Nora Roberts for characterization.
Stacey Abrams
There’s always that tension between policy and personality in politics, and as voters, we have that, too: we all vote on issues, but we also vote on whether we like the people who are put forward.
Laura Kuenssberg
Jazz music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. Especially jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama out of it.
David Sanborn
I don’t look for a fight or look for animosity or tension where it’s not needed.
Johanna Konta
You don’t get a chance to take a breath but when you do, you have some really good comedy moments that ease up on the tension that the movie is centered around which is Kim being kidnapped and her son and husband being kidnapped and the jeopardy that they’re in.
David R. Ellis
I often will write a scene from three different points of view to find out which has the most tension and which way I’m able to conceal the information I’m trying to conceal. And that is, at the end of the day, what writing suspense is all about.
Dan Brown
Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you’re listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
Brian Eno
For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.
Mahmoud Darwish
I don’t show tension and nervousness, but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.
Hima Das
Any time you go into the playoff game everyone’s adrenaline is high and tensions are going, stuff like that.
J. D. Martinez
In the World Cup, much depends for every team on how it develops during the tournament. There are always rising tensions. They come from within, and they come from the media.
Franz Beckenbauer
One of the interesting things about comedy is it’s tension release, and nothing creates tension faster than anger.
Lewis Black
In life, we like tranquility; in books, we love tension.
Ben Dolnick
McQueen is an astonishing film maker. He uses really unusual shots and builds incredible dramatic tension.
Kevin Whately
I began getting these terrible headaches and I thought ‘Oh great, death.’ But it was just tension and tiredness.
Roger Allam
Human beings are made up of many different values, and sometimes those values are in tension with each other.
John Mackey
I’m very heavily involved in the editorial post-production process, and the camera – it’s just such a big part of my storytelling language. I like creating the tension; I like creating the emotion through the movement of my camera, or the lack of movement through my camera, depending on what fits the scene best.
James Wan
The tension between public and private science is powerful.
Wil S. Hylton
Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each othe

Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it’s all at, it’s what lights the fire.
Bruce Springsteen
Every time an artiste goes on stage, he thinks ‘I hope today goes well and I hope I give my best.’ That is important – that little bit of nervousness or tension is what makes you perform better.
Amaal Mallik
Why should I be feeling tension? It’s The Daily Show.
Rob Corddry
So it helped me to just let go of all my tensions and feelings about that world and say ‘OK, this is for my fans in Japan. They’ll be nice and get into it and have fun.’ And it was the first record I made at my home studio.
Matthew Sweet
No matter how hard we strive for objectivity, writers are biased toward tension – those moments in which character is forged and revealed.
Brad Stone
If you can have a great story that people can follow the mystery and get the suspense, and then you have those moments of tension and a splash of visual fun, then you kind of get everything. You get your money’s worth.
Jason Statham
Tension is the great integrity.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music is about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away.
Peter Tork
I think when you’re dealing with very tenuous scenes and difficult and heavy subject matter, it’s important to be close intimately with your cast as friends, and be able to diffuse a lot of that tension and trust each other with the work.
Jack Falahee
I want tension in my business. Tension creates change. Change is necessary to evolve and prosper. I am never satisfied.
Kenneth C. Griffin
I was never a big fan of horror. I got into it making these films, but I don’t ever see myself doing slasher movies. The kind of horror film I like is ‘The Shining.’ I don’t really like slashers, but I love thrillers with tension.
Caity Lotz
I think, primarily, we love spy thrillers, and I think, instinctively, we love the tension that those thrillers can bring.
Alistair Petrie
The tension in pro ball comes from the realization that any game could be your last, that an injury could end your career. And in TV, you never know if or when your series will be canceled.
John Matuszak
I like to play the grey areas in life – that’s the most uncomfortable place to be. Nobody likes to be in that in-between state where there don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s a lot of tension in that, and a lot of stuff to play with – where it’s uncomfortable and awkward and sad and scary.
Melanie Lynskey
A person who suffers from severe locomotor anxiety finds himself in an almost permanent state of mental tension. He wakes in the morning with the anxious expectation of having to go out somewhere in the course of the day.
Karl Abraham
There’s always been a little bit of tension between the writers of science fiction literature and then science-fiction televised shows or movies, partly because they have a different dynamic.
John Scalzi
In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
Ellen Goodman
There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
Gregory Bateson
There is a huge tension in trying to write with small children because they demand your attention and your time with a fierceness that can be matched by nothing else, but if you are successful in writing while you have small children, I actually think that your writing is likely to be deeper than it was before.
Alexi Zentner
Having to stake out your identity and have people question whether or not you’re being yourself was a tension that I could relate to.
Dee Rees
Diplomacy is essential if we are to find peaceful resolutions in times of tension.
Ed Davey
The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Though blessed with many able administrators, the British found India just too large and diverse to handle. Many of their decisions stoked Hindu-Muslim tensions, imposing sharp new religious-political identities on Indians.
Pankaj Mishra
I used to build up to sensation, accumulating tension until it released a perceptual experience.
Bridget Riley
There’s a great deal of tension between so many kind of distinctive and restrictive female archetypes and images in the world. When you play with the archetypes, you get free.
Roisin Murphy
Stress happens. In different ways, we all hold unnecessary tension in our bodies all day long. Shoulders, neck, wrists, hips, hamstrings, back, oh my!
Tara Stiles
The resistance to praying is like the resistance of tightly clenched fists. This image shows a tension, a desire to cling tightly to yourself, a greediness which betrays fear.
Henri Nouwen
Creative tension is constructive. Its purpose is to bring out the very best in management so that senior executives can generate the greatest value for shareholders, stakeholders, and society at large.
Punit Renjen
There is tension between the values of modern society and the principles of Islam.
Pim Fortuyn
Some of my friends said I wouldn’t have a future in football, as did some of my family, but I still believed in the potential I had. My mum would tell me I needed to get a proper job, but for me, I didn’t want to be anything other than a footballer. That led to some tension and frustration between us.
Richarlison
Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.
Ada Louise Huxtable
Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible.

Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.
Sri Chinmoy
People are learning to feel more comfortable hearing one another’s dreams. It used to be that if you told a dream in public, someone had to make a joke to relieve the tension introduced by that alternative reality.
Henry Reed
In the theater there is often a tension, almost a contradiction, between the way real people would think and behave, and a kind of imposed dramaticness.
Tom Stoppard
I am miserable when everything is in order and quiet. Seriously, it’s hard for me when I can go home quietly, go to sleep, and get up in the morning without fear and tension.
Yitzhak Shamir
As our relationship with China grows and matures, tensions will naturally emerge.
Henry Paulson
Maybe by nature and because of my past I protect myself. The minute I feel any tension I take myself away.
Georgia Toffolo
I don’t like to watch a movie where it’s just kind of like all one note, dee-dee-dee-dee. I want spikes of adrenaline and highs and lows and exciting tension release.
Catherine Hardwicke
It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they’re just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax.
Glenn Frey
Sedition involves sloganeering with incitement. It may be anti-national, but not a crime, unless you incite violence or communal tension.
Kapil Sibal
War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
Benito Mussolini
What made al Qaeda retrieve the doctrine of militant jihad, and Breivik the ideas of crusade and reconquest, is a sense of siege. So, we should help both Westerners and Muslims get rid of that sense by easing their political tensions and by fostering dialogue between them.
Mustafa Akyol
It’s tough to be a 15- or 16-year-old athlete competing around the country. There’s tension, there’s media. I had no idea what I was getting into.
Lance Armstrong
Honestly, I’d love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I’m doing my part to lessen some racial tension I feel good about what I’m doing.
Eminem
I have nothing but the best memories of growing up in New Jersey. Of course, I grew up in a nice town, a suburb. But Tenafly was right next to Englewood, which had a tremendous amount of racial tension in the ’60s. So I was aware of the real world.
Lesley Gore
I have problems with the trigeminal nerves, which may be triggered by stress and tension.
Fala Chen
When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist.
Andrea Mitchell
Wherever there are communities fighting for freedom and liberation, there are serious tensions.
Patrisse Cullors
It was clear that the special interest groups in California really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country, because that was where the racial tension was the greatest.
Iris Chang
I find comedy to be really scary, because it can go so wrong so easily, and the margin for error is so huge – and I guess that’s what makes it funny, that tension.
Tatiana Maslany
There’s an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
Leon Kass
Meditation helps you to learn about character and mind. It relieves you of the tension you have gone through.
Bob Christo
A freewheeling mind can conceive a virtually infinite number of sequences, but just how that mind picks out and stores those that may perhaps be used later to deal with a given tension, a given situation, is far beyond my understanding.
Patrick O’Brian
Plays are wonderfully different than short stories, first because it’s a story that’s on a stage, but there’s a different sort of tension that appears on stage – you get to see your characters in a different way – like with lights.
Amy Bloom
I’m not sure that Liberation Theology has ever satisfactorily resolved the tensions between Marxism’s ‘social naturalism’ (the claim that all beliefs have their origins in social practice) and religion’s supernaturalism (the claims that its beliefs are underwritten by divine will).
Mark Fisher
The tension between the Capulets and the Montagues is like a gang rivalry, and that has everything to do with Compton.
Corey Hawkins
Between major countries, there certainly always are some common ground and points of tension.
Vladimir Putin
You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that’s healthy and indeed even creative. But it’s where – it’s really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky.
Tony Blair
Do you agree that when there’s tension and an obsession to want to hit the ball is when you hit it worst? You have to be loose.
Enrique Pena Nieto
If the main character’s not in jeopardy – physical, psychological, emotional, whatever – then you don’t have any tension, and you don’t have a story.
Stephen Graham Jones
It took so much of the tension out of me that my friends and family won’t see me on this show.
Jonathan Frid
Each project you do demands a different diet in a way. Because there’s so much tension in ‘Betrayal,’ so much holding of breath and emotion, I can’t get too happy in my food choices or I can’t get alert enough.
Zawe Ashton
Certainly when, you know, you put a lot of creative peo

Certainly when, you know, you put a lot of creative people together, there’s ego and tension and all that stuff comes into play. But on the flip side, there’s a lot of camaraderie and closeness.
Darren Star
The breakthrough innovations come when the tension is greatest and the resources are most limited. That’s when people are actually a lot more open to rethinking the fundamental way they do business.
Clayton M. Christensen
I think the whole tension about romanticism is the way it builds and builds, and the moment it’s consummated, the tension’s over.
Jane Campion
A lot of weekend players struggle with putting because they have too much tension in their hands and arms, both at address and during the stroke. Tension can turn a technically perfect motion into a herky-jerky mess, especially on those knee-knockers.
Jordan Spieth
I go to the gym every day. That tends to taper off when I’m at a tournament. During tournaments, I’m not trying to build fitness. I’m simply trying to keep away any kind of tension. I go for long walks to clear my head.
Viswanathan Anand
The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
Henry David Thoreau
The United States must not allow North Korea to exacerbate tensions between our key strategic allies in Asia. As the leader of the free world, the United States needs to support our regional allies who are standing up to a Stalinist regime that is intent on developing nuclear weapons.
Evan Bayh
America used to be proud of abstraction, and we have fallen away from it. The future depends on people trying to promote that abstract thinking. Not just in relation to music and jazz and the arts, but the economy, social strife, tension between people.
Jason Moran
This tension between ambition and parenthood, that’s not a reckoning that many men face. There are plenty of men who say, ‘Oh, I need to be there for my kids, and I can’t do x or y professionally,’ but for the most part, that’s a struggle that belongs to women in society.
Rumaan Alam
Tension is the great integrity.
R. Buckminster Fuller
To get along with me, don’t increase my tension.
Ty Cobb
Right now, there’s the illusion of order and civilization, but there’s a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
Kathryn Bigelow
It is time for Iran and other stakeholders to begin to address the causes of tension in the wider Persian Gulf region. We need a sober assessment of the complex and intertwined realities here and consistent policies to deal with them. The fight against terror is a case in point.
Mohammad Javad Zarif
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
Whatever tension is on set can end up on your face.
Lauren Hutton
At the heart of every great movie is conflict. It’s the same with a meeting. There should be conflict and tension.
Patrick Lencioni
For me it’s about creating and sustaining tension for as long as possible, and I’m not generally interested in allowing that tension to be deflated, especially by a jump scare.
Mike Flanagan
Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it’s all at, it’s what lights the fire.
Bruce Springsteen
Throughout America’s young history there has been a necessary tension between the individual and the group.
Harold Evans
I count on chiropractic sessions to keep my body aligned. Standing for hours can impact my posture, and that can throw the rest of my body out of whack. Acupuncture helps me relax and release stress. I’m also very into massage to help release tension in my back, neck, and shoulders.
Giada De Laurentiis
Audiences like to be made to feel that there is a world where things go right: where big emotions can happen and yet feel safe. This is why there is a constant tension in Hollywood between studios who want happy endings and writers who want to explore the human condition. There is a time and a place for both!
Alison Owen
There’s always a slight tension when you sell a book to Hollywood, especially a nonfiction book. The author wants his story told intact; the nonfiction author wants it told accurately.
Bryan Burrough
Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.
Adora Svitak
In some ways. I always feel between worlds, between cultures, and I think that’s not necessarily a bad place for a writer to be. Writers are kind of on the fringe anyway, observing, writing things down. I’m still mostly American, but it’s a nice tension.
Patrick Ness
You can do really slow movements with it, like zooming in for a minute and a half. The audience isn’t aware that the camera has moved, but there’s subconscious tension there.
Mike Figgis
The tension between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, between ‘I can’ and ‘I cannot’, makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one’s self.
Anatole Broyard
I think for any artist, your voice is always evolving. For me, the constant is finding a tension or balance between drama and comedy.
Lisa Cholodenko
But due to the present regulations the other drivers have better chances again. This brings back the tension.
Jacky Ickx
You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.
Murray Walker
What you have in the Middle East is tension not between Jews and Arabs, not between Israelis and Palestinians, but between the radical wing and the moderate people.
Avigdor Lieberman
There’s always a tension between those who would like to garner wealth, and they contribute a lot to society. There’s also those who say, ‘I believe in the common good. I want that to be enlarged.’ They contribute a lot to society. The tension, the debate, between these two views is extremely important to our progress.
John Sulston
When there is tension, arguments and money problems, it

When there is tension, arguments and money problems, it’s tough to do your work. Some people thrive on that. I don’t.
Richard Jenkins
Being Muslim has become synonymous with pointed questions, with tension and mistrust, even with conflict. It has become a global phenomenon with profound consequences for inter-communal relations, political rhetoric and policies at the local, regional, national and international level.
Tariq Ramadan
When you’re making music or playing a song, I find the moments when there are no instruments being played even stronger than when they are being played. Because they add tension. It’s also an ego-less thing – a place where you have no ego – when you’re with a bunch of musicians who stop and listen instead.
Sarah McLachlan
I feel no terror when I’m acting. There’s no tension. It’s just a part.
Sydney Pollack
We need some creative tension; people crying out for the things they want.
John Lewis
To be human and to be adult means constantly to be in the grip of opposing emotions, to have daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite too.
Stephen Fry
There has always been a tension in my life between the romantic and the practical. I can’t hole myself up in a cabin and write down ideas for the rest of my life. I also need to be able to clean out a dog bite.
Ethan Canin
Diplomacy is essential if we are to find peaceful resolutions in times of tension.
Ed Davey
Thanks to the football, every time I go out and play, it releases the tension, and you forget about the problems.
David Silva
When I get ready for a high-profile event, it’s really about sleep and making sure I’m eating something healthy, and then it’s always important to stretch to stay limber. No matter what, you want to feel as loose as possible, because it’s easy to get full of excitement or tension with all that’s going on.
Darby Stanchfield
Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you’re listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
Brian Eno
Abedi appears to be one of the many thousands of Western Muslims who have embraced militant Islam, often as a way of trying to resolve the tension between their split identities.
Peter Bergen
With access to enough Facebook data, it would finally be possible to take the first stab at simulating society ‘in silico.’ The implications were astonishing: You could, in theory simulate a future society to create problems like ethnic tension or wealth disparity and watch how they play out.
Christopher Wylie
Unfortunately, the Hindi film industry is a sitting duck; it is easy to hurl malevolent accusations. It is a systematic campaign to divert attention from real issues, failing economy, China border tensions, spiraling Covid cases, and farmers’ agitation by putting the spotlight on the supposed ills of the film industry.
Shabana Azmi
I’ve always been interested in the tension between knowledge and mystery, between science and religion, and the various ways we cope with the unknown. Some of those are productive; some can be attempts to pin down things that are by nature impossible to know.
Chloe Benjamin
I’ve trained myself to find time to exercise relaxation of the body. I have these programs – I just listen to the instructions, and they’re simple. Sometimes you just hold your hand tight and keep your breath – you hold it, hold it, feel all the tension, and then relax.
May-Britt Moser
It’s important that I stay positive in my messages during matches because the rest of the team is following the tone and tension in my voice. Nothing in my voice should let them down.
P. R. Sreejesh
In film producing, there is an inherent tension between the director, the money and the producer, and that’s what keeps it flowing and honest and accountable.
Christine Vachon
As cross-strait tensions between China and Taiwan worsen, the United States must deter Chinese aggression by providing Taiwan with the appropriate support and defense capabilities.
Ronny Jackson
The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
It’s a fine line between commenting on social events and exploiting them in a commercial endeavor. This is the tension with which the fashion industry struggles – unfairly.
Robin Givhan
There are other ways to create tension and drama than to have somebody stabbed through the back with a sword.
Mark Waid
The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversation.
Tim Daly
Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.
Ada Louise Huxtable
I’ve always been somebody who was just bouncing off the walls and high tension, hyperactive, you know what I’m saying?
Rich Swann
Morning or night, I love putting mint or spearmint oil on my temples and the back of my neck. There’s this aromatherapy quality of both easing tension and waking you up.
Lily Collins
Over the years I’ve grown more comfortable with making people uncomfortable because that is when growth can happen. You need a little conflict. You need a little tension. And that is part of my calling. A little tough love goes a long way!
Mark Batterson
To be human and to be adult means constantly to be in the grip of opposing emotions, to have daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite too.
Stephen Fry
Building and sustaining tension is always my priority, so home entertainment provides challenges to that.
Mike Flanagan
A soccer game is a Wagner opera. The narrative sets up, the tension builds, the music ebbs and flows, the strings, the horns, more tension, and suddenly a moment of pure bliss, trumpet-tongued Gabriel sings, and gods descend from Olympus to dance – this peak of ecstasy.
Rabih Alameddine
The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Once I see my mother's smiling face, I forget all the s

Once I see my mother’s smiling face, I forget all the shooting pressures and tensions. I am the happiest person at that moment.
Prabhas
Our communities are being destroyed by racial tension – and we’re too polite to talk about it.
Randall L. Stephenson
I’m a physical actor in that I start with a physical sketch of the character. I find it easier to find inspiration from the outside in. If I find the character’s tensions and the way he carries himself or looks, that’s going to affect how I talk. So that’s how I start to create that person.
Joel Kinnaman
I’m as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next. All I know is that in the second half of the season, he’s going to have more sexual tension developing. And it’s a great cast – they’re all Broadway actors except for me. I aspire to that.
Sean Patrick Thomas
I think the Founding Fathers probably knew what they were doing in setting up the government to have a healthy tension between the executive branch and the legislative branch.
Gina Raimondo
I like people a lot, but I am not comfortable in literary New York situations. There is deep anxiety and tension around success here. I don’t share problems I’m having about my work, and I think conversations around publishing are boring.
Elizabeth Strout
On the field, you have to be aggressive; you’re thinking how to get the better of a situation. It’s not that I don’t laugh on the field. In fact, I think it’s very important to laugh, especially when you are angry and aggressive, to just take the tension away, make the moment go away.
Yuvraj Singh
There’s a basic kind of tension here. It’s between those who say, I’d like to clear cut this forest and reduce it to saw timber because that’s an economically productive thing for me to do.
Bruce Babbitt
As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.
Naguib Mahfouz
It’s interesting that people bring different things to oppressive and difficult situations, when they’re reduced to the barest terms of survival. That’s what provides tension in a lot of films.
Sharon Salzberg
Less tension in the Middle East is always a positive, and any drop in gas prices will essentially act as a tax break for consumers going into the holiday shopping season.
Jeff Duncan
From the start of his administration, President Barack Obama had tried to lower tensions with Russia and refocus American attention on a rising China; he had made clear he wanted no part in the problems of the post-Soviet periphery.
Keith Gessen
Laughter can help relieve tension in even the heaviest of matters.
Allen Klein
Any band that you have, any relationship in your life, is gonna come with moments of tension.
Robert Trujillo
‘Fargo’ is a tragedy with a happy ending. So you need to have that tragic underpinning, that all of this could be avoidable, and that’s what makes it tragic. It’s about the use of violence, and the fact that the tension in anticipation of violence and the tension in anticipation of a laugh are sort of the same.
Noah Hawley
I am convinced that the public, large majority of the Greek people, realize that policies pursued in the past and the market practices have to be changed, in order to improve the prospects of the Greek economy. So there is, I think, strong public support despite the increases in social tensions.
Lucas Papademos
Good planning is important. I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
Edmund Hillary
There is tension all over the country. The party in Bengal has done substantial work. They have eliminated a few officers. The Englishmen are terrified. As a result, they have started sending their families to Britain. After some time, they will realise that they cannot exercise authority over India.
Bhagat Singh
The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions.
John W. Gardner
The tension between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, between ‘I can’ and ‘I cannot’, makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one’s self.
Anatole Broyard
With so much racial tension and issues between the police and black and minority ethnic groups, there needs to be more in-depth conversations if we’re going to fix anything.
Clare-Hope Ashitey
There are areas of tension and uncertainty the Constitution doesn’t address, and presidents of both parties have fought with Congress over their respective roles.
Maya Wiley
Once one understands that ‘racial tensions’ is a euphemism for a black animosity toward whites and a left-wing construct, one begins to understand why the election of a black president has had no impact on most blacks or on the left.
Dennis Prager
If you’ve developed an ideology that what’s good for you personally also happens to be good for everyone else, that’s quite wonderful because there’s no moral tension.
Chrystia Freeland
In editing, it’s amazing how you choose the in and out points. What you cut on is everything for creating tension. It’s amazing how expanding a shot by five seconds can just ruin the tension.
Sean Durkin
The ‘$O$’ phase, it was like, ‘Save Our Souls’: we didn’t know how we were going to get out of our situation… It was our last chance just to go all out. ‘Ten$ion’ was another phase, to maintain the tension we had, just to pretend nothing had happened and stay in that same furious, hungry zone.
Watkin Tudor Jones
I played trumpet in the school bands. I learned things I liked to play on my trumpet, but I didn’t learn why this note goes with this note and why it produces that sound. Or how to create tension in the composition.
Flea
The gigantic tension before the shooting of an arrow, and the total relaxation seconds later, is my way of connecting to the universe.
Paulo Coelho
Comedy has to do with holding and releasing tension; it’s very technical. It’s more technical than drama.
John Michael Higgins
I don’t always set stories in villages, more often in towns. But always in smallish communities because the characters’ actions are more visible there, and the dramatic tension is heightened.
Joanna Trollope
‘River’ is all about tension and release. It’s about intimacy and solace. It’s about staring someone in the face and not backing down.
Bishop Briggs
Believing that no one is better than the other. You kno

Believing that no one is better than the other. You know I grew up in the South. My senior year there was a very big racial tension.
Herschel Walker
I have no tension. I only play to give my best.
P. V. Sindhu
The tension between Jews and Arabs tears us apart.
Benny Gantz
In Afghan society, parents play a central role in the lives of their children; the parent-child relationship is fundamental to who you are and what you become and how you perceive yourself, and it is laden with contradictions, with tension, with anger, with love, with loathing, with angst.
Khaled Hosseini
It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The challenge for me is to make sure I’ve done my work. To make sure not every scene is quiet, that other scenes rise up, that there’s different tension.
Debra Granik
Of course, when people work together, there can be tension and disagreement. But policing informal behavior makes it hard for people to speak freely for fear they will say the wrong thing. Even self-aware individuals can doubt their judgement and start to rely on the diversity trainer to judge if something is offensive.
Munira Mirza
There’s a lot of tension in London, but then you realize it’s always been there, in its history, and that the best thing about London, that there’s always been this tension.
King Krule
There’s a constant tension between the excitement of new people and security with one person. If you go with excitement, you create chaos; you hurt people. There’s jealousy, and it gets very messy. If you have security, it can be boring, and you die inside because of all the opportunities missed.
Alain de Botton
The only way to really portray a character and tell a story well is to be flexible internally. And one of the ways we’re blocked as actors is being aware of where our bodies are carrying tension.
Kristin Lehman
Alfred Hitchcock had to find ways to create tension without showing it, but now with computer-generated effects you can show anything.
Giles Duley
What keeps readers turning pages is suspense, which you can create using a variety of techniques, including tension, pacing and foreshadowing.
Leigh Michaels
There’s nothing scarier than silence. A lot of horror movies lean on hits and score to try and create tension, which actually does the opposite. The best scares come from a desire to see the character overcome what they’re dealing with in the scene. If you care about the character you’ll care about the scare.
Mike Flanagan
Growing up in colonial Virginia, if you know anything about that part of the country, there was a number of tensions there. Because of that, you heard the family members talk about Dr. King and many others who were not just speaking out, but sacrificing a ton so that our world, our country could be a better place.
Monty Williams
There’s something about a supernatural universe that you would think would actually make it easier to create tension and build conflict and have big scares and big ideas and big sequences. And that’s true in a lot of ways. You can pick the best idea out of a hat.
Julie Plec
Because of the tension and difficulty, I remember trying to do the silliest things when we weren’t rolling cameras, anything to lift the spirits. But once on set, it was important to have full concentration.
Madeleine Stowe
I’m in my usual state up here in the commentary box: high tension, heart beating like a trip hammer, whatever that is.
Murray Walker
I actually want to hold on to where I came from, and also I want to be at this bar in Brooklyn, even if I’m not drinking at all. What does that tension look like? It’s less an attack on the parents and more an interrogation of personal guilt, personal responsibility. That’s my internal dialogue.
Ramy Youssef
The greatest hope most Americans – including Republicans – had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black person as the country’s president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that have plagued America for generations.
Dennis Prager
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best, but when it takes over the joy in the moment, and the joy in the journey, then that’s where there’s an internal tension. And I have to surrender that.
Lauren Daigle
I think that in order for anything to work on television, you have to have conflict. Nothing can be too happy or it’s boring. People don’t want to watch that – they want to watch things that are exciting and dangerous and sexy and have tension.
Carrie Preston
Many of the ethnic and other parochial tensions that have tended to create insecurity and outright conflict, time and time again, are largely as a result of failure to deliberately undertake nation-building efforts.
Yemi Osinbajo
Migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, and connects diverse societies. Yet it is also a source of political tensions and human tragedies.
Antonio Guterres
When time, money, and results are on the line, it’s easy for tension to build.
Jason Fried
From a young age, I was rubbing elbows with a very different kind of person and social class, and I felt a lot of tension and conflict in my identity because of that.
David Lindsay-Abaire
There certainly is a tension between the relativity of simultaneity and non-locality in quantum theory, but it’s not strong enough to add up to a falsification of either side by itself.
Lee Smolin
Russia and China thawed their frosty relationship in the 1990s and signed a friendship treaty in 2001, but China’s rise has increased tensions in every regional relationship.
Fiona Hill
Constant tension should be applied to the last five reps of every working set, meaning, do the first 5-6 reps normal tempo, and the last few reps should be held for at least two seconds at the peak of the contraction. This allows your muscles to have more time under tension, and you work different muscle fibers.
Phil Heath
I am not trying to be one of those sadistic, Kubrickian directors who is trying to make these tensions any worse or exploit them, but… the camera sees what the camera sees.
Robert Eggers
An inherent tension between the seeming ineffectiveness of immediate and individual action and the long view the government is trying to take here may be common to every society trying to reduce emissions and to encourage participation.
Tatiana Schlossberg
I enjoy painting. It’s an incredible release of tension, and I feel very excited doing it. I squeeze out some wonderful red paint, and I get a thrill. My heart starts beating faster. It’s almost a sensual thing working with these thick acrylic paints. I almost want to put my hands in.
Stephen Hough
My childhood was marked by a tension between privilege

My childhood was marked by a tension between privilege on the one hand and emotional dysfunction on the other.
Edgar Bronfman, Sr.
I feel like for me to write songs that I would be interested in as a listener, there has to be tension, and there has to be some kind of push and pull between reality and the potential of disaster.
Jason Isbell
Thrillers rely on certain archetypes and our familiarity with them is quietly driving all of the tension. So it becomes an interesting challenge from the score perspective, to enhance that tension without being noticed, just like those archetypes.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Tension is all about, ‘Why is this taking so long?’ The interesting thing about that is that it’s also the tension of comedy. The tension of drama and comedy is similar, and that’s why usually you can get a big laugh in a really tense moment because people need that release.
Noah Hawley
The Islamic Republic has never sought tension in the region and does not want any trouble in global waterways, but it will not easily give up on its rights to export oil.
Hassan Rouhani
I never left jazz. The relationship between structure and improvisation – that constant conversation and tension – I’ve always wanted in every genre and song that I perform.
Lizz Wright
On an increasingly crowded planet, humanity faces many threats – but none is greater than climate change. It magnifies every hazard and tension of our existence.
Prince Charles
I want tension in my business. Tension creates change. Change is necessary to evolve and prosper. I am never satisfied.
Kenneth C. Griffin
I’m ashamed to say it, but I watch YouTube videos of our live shows, wondering if it actually sounded the way it sounded when I was playing it, and the consistent thing I see is that you can feel the anxiety and the tension and it’s over-aggressive a lot of the time.
Justin Chancellor
Color is a plastic means of creating intervals… color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony.
Hans Hofmann
There is a tension between parliamentary and popular sovereignty. A lively, meaningful democracy would achieve a balance between the two.
George Monbiot
The symbolic value of having an African-American president has certainly eased some racial tensions in America, but they’re not gone.
Naomi Wolf
Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there’s stress or tension, they won’t go out on a limb because they won’t want to embarrass themselves if they don’t feel completely comfortable.
Peter Farrelly
You get into comedy because you are insecure, and you communicate with the world through comedy to sort of alleviate the tension of those insecurities and to find a way to make people like you other than the way you look or how good you are at sports. I don’t think that really goes away.
Andy Samberg
In fiction, you learn about pacing and how to build tension – which is something you want in a really good nonfiction feature article as well.
Monica Hesse
Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.
Sri Chinmoy
My mom told us never to reveal that we were Shia in school. You would find out that some other kid was Shiite, and you would whisper, ‘Hey,’ or you would see someone at the mosque, and you’d be like, ‘Hey, that kid’s Shiite!’ There was a lot of tension, a lot of violence in Karachi between Shiites and Sunnis.
Kumail Nanjiani
In the province of Quebec where I come from, we speak French, and the only cosmopolitan city is Montreal. Every time we tackle the subject of immigration and racial tension, it’s an issue that concerns Montreal.
Philippe Falardeau
The secret at the heart of ‘The Memory Keeper’s Daughter’ is something everybody, except for some of the characters, knows in Chapter 1. Some of the narrative tension comes from that distance between what the readers know and what the characters know.
Kim Edwards
Brexit is the other face of the refugee crisis – tensions that lead to stasis, external risks that lead to asymmetric shocks.
Emmanuel Macron
But, in addition, there is, all through the tragedy, a constant alternation of rises and falls in this tension or in the emotional pitch of the work, a regular sequence of more exciting and less exciting sections.
Andrew Coyle Bradley
The tension I feel is the moment they say, ‘Action!’ Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment.
Annette Bening
I vividly remember the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism. I was never the same after that summer.
Sue Monk Kidd
It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.
Henry Moore
In some units it may suppress the motor discharge altogether, in some it may merely slow the motor discharge thus lessening the wave frequency of the contraction and so the tension.
Charles Scott Sherrington
Ever since Modi became prime minister, he has given a free rein to his ministers and BJP functionaries to create an environment of communal tension and violence.
Kapil Sibal
Secrecy involves a tension which, at the moment of revelation, finds its release.
Georg Simmel
When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Over the years, I’ve been offered quite a few reality shows, and a lot of times they’re about bickering and drama. I watch some of the Housewives, and that can create some real tension in your family!
Tish Cyrus
On the stage, the characters express themselves more through words than images. So the arguments of the characters and the tension between characters – words have to be used to express that, and I love that about theater.
Alan Alda
My pictures are always part of my thinking, and my emotions, tensions, dreams, desires.
Ingmar Bergman
As an actor, I always like some tension, some distance,

As an actor, I always like some tension, some distance, between me and the character I’m playing.
Holly Hunter
Our leadership principles often have tension in them. And I think that’s actually a good thing and it makes sense.
Andy Jassy
I feel like working out is something where I can be alone with my own thoughts and release all that tension.
Whitney Port
Since neither black animosity nor the Left’s falsehood of ‘racial tensions’ is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white Americans, nothing white America could do will affect either many blacks’ perceptions or the leftist libel.
Dennis Prager
Everywhere in the world there are tensions – economic, political, religious. So we need chocolate.
Alain Ducasse
Too much tension can do bad things to you.
Paolo Maldini
There is a tension in relationships between wanting to return to the womb, but also wanting to be free. Because sometimes the woman’s attentions can be overly maternal, and you want to go, ‘Ahhhh!’
Ralph Fiennes
Almost inevitably there are tensions in the picture, tensions between the outside world and the inside world. For me, a successful picture resolves these tensions without eliminating them.
Aaron Siskind
‘Crash’ is a movie about the racial tension that still exists in America. A lot of us pretend that we don’t have preconceived notions and stereotypical ideals about each other, but we do. And we wanted to create a movie about people whose lives crash into each others’ accidentally.
Larenz Tate
The tensions between authority and the people need to be heard, especially when they are suffering and they can’t eat.
Ralph Fiennes
I tend to believe, when you’re in a relationship, if you don’t fight, it’s not a real relationship. You have to have arguments and tensions, otherwise I don’t believe it.
Richard LaGravenese
Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.
Henri Nouwen
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
John Leonard
Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
Joshua L. Liebman
The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black – a first in human history – has had no impact on what are called ‘racial tensions.’
Dennis Prager
My driver Kellie Frost and I would race these fellows home and they were always faster on the highway. We did the same with Daniel and his driver, and thus began a long series of jokes and competitions to alleviate the impossible hours and tensions this film provoked.
Madeleine Stowe
If you’re doing an interview, you need conversational tension. After you talk to them, you’re not going to have a relationship with them, they’re not going to like you, they’re not going to be your friend.
Chuck Klosterman
There’s always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If ‘Pi’ didn’t work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don’t think I would have gotten another shot at it. If ‘Requiem for a Dream’ didn’t work out, they would have called me a ‘one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump’.
Darren Aronofsky
All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough, that it removes tension and everyone feels free. If they feel free then behaviour happens, small moments happen and that’s what ultimately works the best for me.
Barry Levinson
My grandmother came with me when I moved out to New York. She stayed with me for a week. I was, you know, living in the dorm. The first year, I had a lot of anxiety, and, I remember, my teachers kept saying I had so much jaw tension.
Jessica Chastain
I love that tension between machine sounds and organic sounds, and also the contrast between abrasive sounds and soft sounds.
Jon Hopkins
As we were leaving the Huron camp, it was awkward filming. I think that the Huron watching us was there to create tension – maybe we wouldn’t get out. Nothing complicated.
Madeleine Stowe
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure – the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play – and inelegant emotion.
Patrick Marber
With scale, there always becomes this tension of, how do you keep the start-up philosophy?
Patrick Pichette
Tension happens. It will continue to happen. If we didn’t have tension, we wouldn’t be alive. How we maintenance ourselves makes all the difference in how we live our lives.
Tara Stiles
Iraq does have many, many different tensions.
David Petraeus
I didn’t like the nervous tension of being a public person.
Andrew Denton
When sudden death takes a president, opportunities for new beginnings flourish among the ambitious and the tensions among such people can be dramatic, as they were when President Kennedy was killed.
Russell Baker
The tension between the essence of spiritual teachings and the harmful fundamentalism that often arises in the name of religion is an issue that has engaged my mind practically as far back as I can remember.
Radhanath Swami
No expectations, no tension between goals and performance, no outrage, resolve or intention, no action, no results. There’s only one way to get a government – and a nation – to stop drifting to low performance. That’s to wake up and insist on higher standards.
Donella Meadows
The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested

The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem. It’s not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing. For me, it’s an interesting tension between interior and exterior.
Marilyn Hacker
I have realized that I hate going to the premieres of the movies that I’m in. Because I feel this tension after the movie is over that everyone feels obligated to say something nice to you. It’s so unnatural and uncomfortable.
Amanda Seyfried
The tension between centrality, on the one hand, and competition, on the other, is probably the oldest of all market structure issues.
Arthur Levitt
I write as if I’m someone reading the book – often people ask if I write one strand first and then go back and seed in the other, but I don’t think I could keep track of who knows what, and the tension would come out wrong, so the answer is no – I write it more or less in the order you read it.
Ruth Ware
Basically, in the fight-or-flight response, the objective is to get away from the source of threat. All of our muscles prepare for this escape by increasing their tension level, our heart rate and respiration increase, and our whole basic metabolic system is flooded with adrenaline.
Peter A. Levine
Too much tension can do bad things to you.
Paolo Maldini
When you have two very passionate, very strong personalities in one house and nobody can back down and nobody is that calming force for one another, it’s a lot of emotion and it’s a lot of tension in one house.
Andi Dorfman
In each verse, a decision awaits us, and we can’t choose to close our eyes and let instinct work on its own. Poetic instinct consists of an alert tension.
Octavio Paz
There’s a famous tension between Green Lantern and Green Arrow in the comic books. Those guys have always been friends. They started off as not on the same page, and then they quickly became best friends.
Geoff Johns
Both the BJP and the SP are trying to create communal tension but people have become aware.
Mayawati
When you’re a touring musician, you’re always turning over new rocks, and there’s always a certain level of tension in your life. The music business, and the travel that comes with it, is stressful, challenging, redundant, exhausting, exciting, and often very depressing.
Mark Kozelek
You’ve got to stay in the weight room because those type of exercises relieve stress and tension. It’s just like a stretch, when you do weight-lifting programs and regimens.
Jabari Parker
If I don’t agree with something, I let people know, and it occasionally leads to tension. But I usually iron things out.
Estelle
I’m in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world. To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.
Zack de la Rocha
Sometimes, you don’t realize that something is actually a sidetrack for the story, or it takes the tension out of a scene.
Catherine Hardwicke
Believing that no one is better than the other. You know I grew up in the South. My senior year there was a very big racial tension.
Herschel Walker
I’m concerned with China growing at double or triple the rate of the West, that there will be tensions. One needs to do something to start addressing misunderstandings and frustration.
Stephen A. Schwarzman
We moved to a town that’s predominately Caucasian, some Hispanic and one or two black families, and they do shrimping for a living. Here come hundreds of Vietnamese doing the same occupation. So there was a lot of tension because people were saying we were taking money, shrimp, fish or whatever it is.
Dat Nguyen
It might be useful to be able to predict war. But tension does not necessarily lead to war, but often to peace and to denouement.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.
John Updike
I don’t think that there are very many good writers who don’t live without a sense of tension. If they haven’t got one immediately available to them, then they usually manage to manufacture it in their private lives.
John le Carre
I think a lot of contemplation happens in bathtubs. It does for me. Nothing like a hot bath to ease the tension and think about what’s going to happen next.
Sarah McLachlan