Top 70 Imposing Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Imposing Quotes from famous people such as Azar Nafisi, Seth Shostak, Prince Charles, Tim O’Brien, John Sandford, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The biggest crime in Nabokov's 'Lolita' is imposing you

The biggest crime in Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ is imposing your own dream upon someone else’s reality. Humbert Humbert is blind. He doesn’t see Lolita’s reality. He doesn’t see that Lolita should leave. He only sees Lolita as an extension of his own obsession. This is what a totalitarian state does.
Azar Nafisi
Mountains aren’t eternal: even the most imposing massifs are smoothed away by weathering in a few hundred million years or less. Plate tectonics makes new ones, and without it, our future would be flat.
Seth Shostak
The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa – slightly off balance.
Prince Charles
In February 1969, 25 years ago, I arrived as a young, terrified PFC on this lonely little hill in Quang Ngai Province. Back then, the place seemed huge and imposing and permanent.
Tim O’Brien
When I was reporting crime… I never had the sense of clockwork conspiracies or some kind of imposing order of evil. What I sensed was things just sort of falling apart.
John Sandford
Nation states that are used to imposing capital controls will face a quandary: ban cryptocurrencies and live in the technology dustbin; enable them, and this virus – this religion, this protocol – will enable the free flow of money and language, along with packets, around the globe.
Naval Ravikant
You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution.
Ted Cruz
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Alfred North Whitehead
However strong, however imposing a ship may appear, it is not ‘disgraced’ because it flies before the tempest. A commander ought always to remember that a man’s life is worth more than the mere satisfaction of his own pride. In any case, to be obstinate is blameable, and to be wilful is dangerous.
Jules Verne
We do take seriously our obligation to assess whether our reforms are achieving their desired effects without imposing unnecessary burden.
Jerome Powell
Government should stand aside and let the business community prosper instead of imposing new regulations that will only stifle growth and limit access to capital.
Sam Graves
Imposing a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions has nothing to do with thoughtful tax policy. It’s simply an attack on New Jersey residents, businesses, and homeowners, and unfairly limits married couples to the same $10,000 cap as individuals.
Mikie Sherrill
Maybe the key aspect of imposing fear to the opposition is to make them understand that we have no fear.
Diego Simeone
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
Our castle is not imposing, but is well built, and surrounded by a very fine garden. I live in the bailiff’s house.
Franz Schubert
I have made my own choice, which is vegetarianism, but it’s not the choice I’m imposing on anybody else.
Jonathan Safran Foer
We are very serious about imposing weapons restrictions on the PFLP and other Palestinian groups operating from their camps in Lebanon.
Walid Jumblatt
You’re not free if you can’t marry the person you love because a county clerk is imposing his or her interpretation of religion on you.
Pete Buttigieg
I cut an imposing figure. I am large, and I’m tall, and I have tattoos. I am actually really quiet and shy, but maybe people see me, and they don’t want to step out of line, or equate disagreement with stepping out of line with a writer they like.
Roxane Gay
An imposing wall prominently divides the visions of President Obama and congressional Republicans when it comes to economic growth and creating jobs. Solyndra is on one side and the Keystone pipeline is on the other.
Fred Upton
For thousands of years, the most physically imposing buildings on earth were temples, churches, and mosques. But in the 20th century, new houses of worship came to dominate the landscape. Yankee Stadium is the most storied of these contemporary shrines.
Thomas Hauser
Listen with grace, with no judgment, without imposing the law.
Joseph Prince
The reason that ISIL was so successful, yes, it had to do with their capabilities and prowess on the battlefield, but they were dealing with a receptive constituency in northern Iraq because of the intense hatred of the Maliki government, which of course is imposing the Shia view on them.
James Clapper
Reversing the escalation of health care costs is going to need more than legislation, yet it can be done without imposing rationing, as critics of reform fear.
Mitch Kapor
I’m more concerned with getting them to find and strengthen their original voice as writers rather than imposing my own subjective tastes, judgements or sensibility on the project.
Douglas Wood
I believe that anyone who wants to stand in a national election should receive a course of psychotherapy. Completing the course should be a qualification for office. This wouldn’t change the behaviour of psychopaths, but it might prevent some people who exercise power from imposing their own deep wounds on others.
George Monbiot
Moreover, only a strong and united scientific opinion imposing the intrinsic value of scientific progress on society at large can elicit the support of scientific inquiry by the general public.
Michael Polanyi
I liked Germany; I’m not into Berlin, it’s too huge and empty and imposing, but Munich was good.
Graham Coxon
When you had thugs and bullies and killers imposing their will on their own people or other people – if you don’t respond to it, it just keeps coming because they’re encouraged by their own success.
Jack Keane
When you see Zlatan up close, he’s even more imposing than on the television. Zlatan is very, very big, very strong, and his control of the ball is incredible. It can seem like he’s not there, and then he goes and scores the decisive goal.
David de Gea
One of the reasons why Gadafy’s dictatorship has managed to remain in power for so long is not just because it has shown itself to be able to exact a great deal of violence, both psychological and physical, on its people, but because it has been very successful at imposing a narrative, a story.
Hisham Matar
When I choose child actors, I chose them for their pers

When I choose child actors, I chose them for their personalities. And then I work with their own vocabulary, so I’m not imposing text or dialogue on them: I’m just receiving.
Hirokazu Kore-eda
The mistake that straight people made was imposing the monogamous expectation on men. Men were never expected to be monogamous.
Dan Savage
Shining a light on issues like the gender pay gap and whether firms are imposing and meeting targets is how diversity gets pushed up the priority lists of boards. Greater transparency allows for more effective scrutiny.
Nicky Morgan
The stage is like a laboratory where you can run theatrical experiments, imposing interesting conditions on the cast or story and seeing how they pan out. Each new play is like creating a tiny virtual universe enclosed by the confines of the stage.
Marcus du Sautoy
There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.
Charles Horton Cooley
‘Vikings’ has been so many different challenges, and some of that is, at times, you have to be big and imposing and violent and vicious, and then you have be pulled back and withdrawn and just more layers and more time to portray those layers, too.
The fact that Western Muslims are free means that they can have enormous impact. But it would be wrong to claim that we are imposing our ways on the West. New ideas are now coming from the West. To be traditional is not so much a question of protecting ourselves as to be traditionalist in principle.
Tariq Ramadan
I don’t want to feel like people are imposing limits upon you.
Mike Lowry
By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
Franz Kafka
Banks are concerned the central bank is imposing too many regulations. If the trend continues, we’ll swing to heavy regulation. We need to have balanced regulation to encourage the economy.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Even in my hometown of Linkoping where I grew up… the church we had was very lavish – very boasty. So it ticked most of the boxes of big, imposing Christianity. And I love being there if I’m in town… because it’s just this haunting place.
Tobias Forge
I believe that the federal government should respect the freedoms that Canadians enjoy to have different beliefs and that by imposing personal values of Justin Trudeau on a wide variety of groups is not an appropriate way to go.
Andrew Scheer
But there is a corollary to freedom and that’s personal responsibility, and the real challenge is how you generate that personal responsibility without imposing it.
Esther Dyson
The Church became both more accessible and less imposing. It threw itself open to risk.
Lance Morrow
Christine Keeler was not allowed a voice. There were so many men who were imposing their views and opinions onto her and they decided who she was. Christine never had the opportunity to truly give her side of the story.
Sophie Cookson
In order to help small businesses gain access to the credit and capital they need to run their business successfully, Congress must adopt policies that support functional capital markets without imposing undue restrictions on providers of debt and equity capital.
Sam Graves
For Texas, a wise and prudent administration in the commencement of her national existence will be universally expected, imposing upon me the difficult and delicate task of setting in complete and successful operation a political body based upon principles so hazardously asserted and so gloriously maintained.
Sam Houston