Top 150 Defines Quotes

In this post, you will find great Defines Quotes from famous people, such as James Tenney, Walter Cronkite, Nora Ephron, Martin Brodeur, Todd Akin. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

I've come up with another formulation about style: that

I’ve come up with another formulation about style: that it’s essentially a manifestation of a certain habitual set of limitations. It’s what a composer does NOT do that defines a style.
James Tenney
A liberal to me is one who – and it suits some of the dictionary definitions – is unbeholden to any specific belief or party or group or person, but makes up his or her mind on the basis of the facts and the presentation of those facts at the time. That defines what I am.
I have now been married to my third husband for more than 20 years. But when you‘ve had children with someone you’re divorced from, divorce defines everything; it’s the lurking fact, a slice of anger in the pie of your brain.
You learn from your mistakes and you learn from your failures. It’s how you get up that defines you to a certain extent.
Now an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but in fact the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person. All you add is food and climate control, and some time, and the embryo becomes you or me.
Todd Akin
It’s a little difficult when something goes from being an utter obsession – a thing where your skill defines you as a person – to it just being a thing you occasionally do.
Napoleon might have understood Dwight D. Eisenhower, who fought not even a hundred and fifty years after Waterloo. But I don’t think Eisenhower could even begin to wrap his mind around drone warfare, spy satellites, or any of the technology that now defines the security of our world.
Claudia Gray
What we now call the browser is whatever defines the web. What fits in the browser is the World Wide Web and a number of trivial standards to handle that so that the content comes.
Ted Nelson
A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end.
It’s not the physical location of birth that defines citizenship, but whether your parents are citizens, and the express or implied consent to jurisdiction of the sovereign.
When the U.S. claims the right to invade any country unilaterally and then defines a country like Iran or North Korea as ‘evil,’ then it is a rational response for these countries to develop nuclear weapons as the only military deterrent to invasion. We create what we most fear.
Success is different for everyone; everybody defines it in their own way, and that’s part of what we do in ‘Close Up’, finding what it was each person wanted to achieve and what their willingness to sacrifice for that was.
I’m grateful for my family: that’s what defines me; that’s what makes me whole.
Jane Clayson
These zealots for disarming individual Americans choose not to recognize the basic notion that defines American freedom: the difference between a good guy with a gun and a bad guy with a gun.
Clearly what differentiates the U.S. from other countries is the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution, we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.
I’m not really sure what defines ‘success in the real worldto be honest! It’s so objective once you graduate, some people work, some people start families, some go looking for themselves up mountains in Peru.
You come up against challenges in life, and it’s how you deal with them that defines you.
I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player‘s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.
Look at a guy like Ian McKellen, who is eighty or whatever, and he’s just loving his work, and you can see that in the work. That defines what type of actor you are. And what kind of people want to work with you. And whether you can do this job for a long, long time.
As members of a social species endowed with large brains, we are natural-born marketers. Capitalism, the economic system that has elevated innumerable people out of abject poverty and misery, is founded on marketing. Everything that defines your daily existence has the indelible marks of marketing on it.
Software increasingly defines the world around us.
Art is what defines us, what makes us human.
Jan Vogler
Being extremely honest is quite funny. But there’s no recipe or concept that I can bring up that fully defines what we find humorous. It’s instinctive.
I’m a Christian, I’m a servant of God first. Not a fighter anymore, first. I also have a family so that comes before fighting. Fighting, it’s my sport that I’m passionate about, it’s a career, it’s how I provide for my family. But it’s not what defines who I am.
Congress suffers a great deal of criticism for its partisan acrimony. But while we may disagree politically, and air our opposition in this chamber, it is the conversation behind the scenes that cements and defines our relationships.
The fact is, there’s no single magic number that defines profitability for a game.
It is hard to think of practical applications of the black hole. Because practical applications are so remote, many people assume we should not be interested. But this quest to understand the world is what defines us as human beings.
Performers like to perform, and there’s certainly no disgrace in entertaining people, in giving pleasure, you hope, through your singing. My work defines who I am.
Kiki Dee
Nearly everything that defines much of our daily experiences is consummatory in nature. Yes, we consume products and services. But we also consume life experiences, religious narratives, art, literature, and ideas.
The Hermes scarf is a coveted, much-collected symbol of success that defines the Paris-based luxury company. But it has no single designer. Rather, the scarves are designed by a far-flung array of freelance artists.
Christina Binkley
It’s how many times you get back up that defines you.
Our past absolutely defines everything we do in the pre

Our past absolutely defines everything we do in the present. We can’t help it. We’re made by the events of our past, so there’s no escaping it.
Halas used to tell his players that football is what you make of it. It should not be what defines you, but football should be a stepping stone for what you achieve in the rest of your life.
There are some people, who place enormous value on their home and feel that it defines them, that a stain on the carpet is a personal defilement. There are others, and I think I am one of them, who are entirely indifferent to where they live.
What defines ‘success’ – answering that question – is so important when you’re growing up as an athlete. Success for one kid is different than for another kid.
The fundamental idea which defines a human being as a Muslim is the declaration of faith: that there is a creator, whom we call God – or Allah, in Arabic – and that the creator is one and single. And we declare this faith by the declaration of faith, where we… bear witness that there is no God but God.
Someone once asked me if I was gay. I said, ‘Do you think a three-letter word defines the complexity of my humanity?’ I avoid the trap of easy definition.
Cecil Taylor
Where you are defines what you’re interested in.
Even as Instagram defines our visual moment, we use the app‘s filters to travel backwards in time, to make our images resemble the Polaroids of yore by casting them literally in a different, more nostalgic light.
My primary passion is film-making. That’s the aspect of my life that defines me, completes me, and completely grounds me. Everything else – from judging a reality TV show to hosting a talk show – is just a result of me being a film-maker. I am the happiest, satisfied and at peace when I am behind the camera.
I was born at Rotten Row in Glasgow and brought up in Loch Lomond near a small place called Gartocharn. And it’s a bit like anyone: where you’re brought up, you have an irresistible attraction to that place; it defines who you are.
Learning to see waste and systematically eliminate it has allowed lean companies such as Toyota to dominate entire industries. Lean thinking defines value as ‘providing benefit to the customer‘; anything else is waste.
I’ve always had a philosophy that position doesn’t define power. Impact defines power. What impact are you making on people? What impact are you making on business?
They talk about the American Dream. I still believe in that. I still believe that this is a great country, where great things can happen, where anybody can become president of the United States. Just that simple statement there defines so much about the whole business of liberty and freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
We Americans can be rightly proud of the fact that the right to the free and unfettered exercise of religion is a primary principle in the vision and founding of our country. It defines us as a people, and has uniquely contributed to making this nation great.
Salvatore J. Cordileone
Everyone has something that defines them, whether they’re wildly intelligent or whether they have really big feet.
You don’t realize how much a dog‘s presence defines the contours of your home until, in its absence, the walls seem to relocate themselves.
Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.
Renata Adler
You’re going to fail. It’s how you respond to that failure that kind of defines you as a person, as an athlete.
Vernon Wells
With clear definitions and a taxonomy that illustrates their relationships, the Inventure Cycle defines the pathway from inspiration to implementation. This framework captures the skills, attitudes, and actions that are necessary to foster innovation and to bring breakthrough ideas to the world.
Proud 2 Pay – that’s something that distinguishes me, that’s something that defines me, and we’re going to keep that going.
The character of our language defines us, and dictionaries say as much about us as about the way we speak.
Life experience is what defines our character, even if it means getting your heart broken or being lied to. You know, you need the downs to appreciate the ups. Going on the adventure or taking that risk is important.
Nev Schulman
Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.
I’ve had some movies that have been ridiculed, but that’s OK with me. I don’t feel that really defines me. Should I change who I am to be popular?
I try to swim against the current as much as possible when it comes to the tribalism that defines the way people do politics on social media, and I try to present myself as an individual and humanistic voice. I’m interested in people, not just factions.
We must strengthen everything that defines Denmark. I look forward to working with all of you here in Parliament. We must live up to the hopes we have generated: a safer, more just and greener Denmark.
Mette Frederiksen
Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.
You can’t have integrity for breakfast, but try and keep it because it is perhaps the single most important word that defines not just writers but all human beings.
Being gay is not something that defines me. What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker, and to be kind.
One of the things that defines YA is a really strong narrative. Adults love YA because, at the end of the day, they’re good stories and page-turners. The other element is emotion. The teen years are a very emotional and intense time, and I think it’s a time we that we can all relate to and remember.
What defines a relationship is the work that's involved

What defines a relationship is the work that’s involved to maintain it, and it’s constantly changing.
I must be very clear in one thing… Being a pageant girl is not who I am or what defines me.
I’m proud of our relationship with our neighbors right next door in Mexico. I don’t talk about building walls, I talk about building bridges and increasing that communication, increasing that flow, and that’s really what defines our border region in San Diego.
I’ve had great success and I’ve had catastrophic failure. It’s really how you handle the rough stuff that defines you, I think.
I definitely don’t see what people do for a living. I feel that doesn’t define you as a human being; who you are defines you. I couldn’t care less about what you do.
Culture’ and ‘cultderive from the same word; what a culture worships defines it.
Our national purpose, not our party differences, must define the American Brand. We must change the conversation from one centered around what defines our differences to one that hangs a lantern on what binds us, supports our collective well being and makes us all stronger and more productive as a result.
Alan Siegel
You’ve read the Torah, right? So you know the Torah defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Josh Mandel
I have yet to write that one song that defines my career.
Disabilities are a very relative condition, it is something that defines a situation, but if you can’t jump over the problem then you can certainly go around it.
Politics isn’t what defines a person, and it shouldn’t define a relationship. I made the mistake of letting that intrude on my relationships.
The one thing that I would say that defines me is I love to learn. I get excited about new things. I buy more books than I read or finish.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.
Walter Anderson
The quality that defines us as Americans is the courage to respond to being hit. The courage to root out and destroy the killers. And, most importantly, the courage to hold on to our values and protect our hard-won freedoms while doing it.
I often think of it this way: The 21st century is going to be a war on the attention of humanity. Where civilization focuses its attention, I mean, that’s what defines what the civilization cares about.
Jesse Schell
I am all about health… and to me, size is not what defines your health.
I think it’s a mistake where rap music is these days. It doesn’t seem to be able to look out of the ghetto and that’s ultimately unfortunate, because it defines our limitations.
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.
I wanted to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. It defines life for me. It’s all I’ve ever imagined for myself.
Here’s the bottom line: I can’t play someone if I can’t figure out what he cares about. Everybody cares about something, even a rough character. It defines where we step in life. As soon as you find out what somebody cares about, then it all gets real.
The real leader redefines or defines the mission in a very powerful way so that people understand it; it permeates the organization.
The atmosphere defines the environment of sound.
Bill Laswell
The Mac defined ‘personal technology’, and the iPhone defines ‘intimate technology’ as a convergence of communications, content and location.
I don’t view myself as a ‘trans actor’ or a ‘trans model.’ I mean, I am – it’s part of who I am – but it’s not something that solely defines me.
I had moments of my actions and words not reflecting who it is I am – if that defines a punk, then yes, absolutely.
Nobody told David Clarke what to think, what to feel, what to say, what to believe in, who to marry, what kind of food to eat – you know that thing that the race hustlers like to say defines your blackness? But yet every time I look in the mirror in the morning, I see a black guy looking back at me.
You have to decide what it is that shapes and defines you. I’m a big sister and a co-parent with my mom before anything. That’s my root of all. It’s my foundation.
Even without football, football doesn’t define Shaquem Griffin. It’s who he can help that defines him.
A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That’s how the patent office defines it. That’s an invention.
What I like to think I’ve done is try to teach all women and my three female daughters, to teach them to rise above stuff, to find things that move you, to bring humor and laughter to everything that you do, and to realize that no other person defines you. Find what’s great about yourself, and band together as women.
I support marriage equality and oppose legislation that defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
It is not the script that defines a film. It is the exe

It is not the script that defines a film. It is the execution of the script that counts.
Varun Sandesh
A mustache really defines your face. My dad had a mustache when I was growing up, and I can still remember when he shaved it, he looked like a completely different person.
Jason Sudeikis
What defines greatness is when you hold all the records and what you mean to your fans, on and off the field, because that is who ranks you as the greatest receiver of all-time. The guy that holds all the records, the guy that has set the stage for all of us, you have to give it to Jerry Rice.
The fact is that a ghastly class prejudice defines our response to the Indian Diaspora.
Even more than ‘Swingers,’ ‘Go’, for me, defines my career.
Like I said, when you have to play against a great player every night, that defines who you are if you can compete on that same level night in and night out.
Dominique Wilkins
I have long believed this interdependence defines the new world we live in.
Science is one of a handful of things that defines us as a very special species. It is amazing how far we have been able to get and how accurate our predictions are. I think understanding how the universe was born is very important. It really gives us a perspective on many things.
A friend of mine has a house with a basketball court and a pool. The guys go over and play basketball; I lie by the pool and nap in the sun. That defines me. That’s consistent with who I am. I don’t pretend to play basketball because I wanna feel like one of the guys. I wanna lie in the sun and relax.
While a case can be made for intelligent design, I can’t figure out why some Christians are so thrilled about that possibility. First of all, it doesn’t prove there’s a God. If anything, intelligent design lends support to some form of pantheism that defines God as immanent within nature.
It’s not what the rabbis say that defines Jewishness but what we Israelis do every day – our actions and our values.
Work defines our lives and our place in the world.
Life is not linear; you have ups and downs. It’s how you deal with the troughs that defines you.
Michael Lee-Chin
Our federal Constitution embodies the idea of modern India: it defines not only India but also modernity.
I don’t think there’s anything that defines WrestleMania more than Hulk Hogan and The Rock standing across from each other and the crowd going ballistic.
The only shibboleth the West has is science. It is the premise of modernity and it defines itself as a rationality capable of, indeed requiring separation from politics, religion and really, society. Modernisation is to work towards this.
Bruno Latour
I’ve been misconstrued because I speak in a certain way. I find it obnoxious how it defines you, somehow limits your ability to understand the human condition. You can’t be allowed near emotions; you play these curling-lipped, haughty characters. This awful label – ‘the posh Toby Stephens’ – I’m not posh!
War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world’s first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
It’s our own ability to have an idea and go after the idea and make it happen. That’s what at the end of the day defines us.
I feel like regardless of whether or not I win this award or I win that award or I don’t win this award – I’m still Sam at the end of the day. And that’s what defines me.
Sam Bradford
The risk to be perceived defines the duty to be obeyed.
I look up to people not necessarily based on what they look like. For example, Edith Piaf is somebody I think is a beauty hero even though she was definitely considered to not be beautiful. It was just her charisma and stage presence, and to me, that really defines beauty.
I am a fashion graduate, and I try to make a fashion statement which defines my individuality, as clothes are not just what you wear, but they also communicate.
For me, ‘The Social Network‘ isn’t about Facebook. It certainly isn’t about how people use it. It’s about a flawed character and his pursuit of that grand idea that defines him and validates his life and how far he’ll go to get it, and the repercussions that come as a result of that – what he gives up in the process.
For missionary entrepreneurs, the dream outcome is to build an ‘Internet treasure’ – a brand that defines a generation, proves that we are better than our parents, and becomes something we couldn’t live without.
Kanye West – he’s all over the place, and I think he defines what an artist is because none of his work is the same, and he’s into what he’s into.
Monogamy is not something that’s important to me. I don’t think it defines love.
And this President wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce, ‘It could be worse.’ It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be worse? Of course not. What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better.
Neuroscience is by far the most exciting branch of science because the brain is the most fascinating object in the universe. Every human brain is different – the brain makes each human unique and defines who he or she is.
Stanley B. Prusiner
What defines loneliness is our internal comfort level.
Who defines terrorists? Today’s terrorist is tomorrow‘s friend.
America loses so much of what defines it if you subtrac

America loses so much of what defines it if you subtract the Chinese influence. I know this because I spent 12 years living in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations: San Francisco. And it would not be one of America’s top tourist destinations without Chinatown.
The danger with playing a part that defines you is that it swallows up everything else.
And across Afghanistan, every single day, Afghan soldiers, Afghan police and ISAF troops are serving shoulder-to-shoulder in some very difficult situations. And our engagement with them, our shoulder-to-shoulder relationship with them, our conduct of operations with them every single day defines the real relationship.
Lataji defines the sound of Indian music, and I always had a secret desire of recording with her at least once.
Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.
Homo Sapiens is a frontier creature. It is what we do; it defines what we are. This has been true from our very beginnings. It is the core reason our progenitors wandered forth from the first primordial valleys in search of more room, better hunting, or more fertile soil.
What I do now defines who I am as a woman and how people see me; they don’t see me as a little girl.
Now, an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but, in fact, the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person.
Todd Akin
That’s something the head scarf, in a symbolic way, is meant to do in Arabic culture: it defines your relationship to your husband and the men of your family differently than your relationship to the average guy on the street you’ve never met.
The truth is that a campaign defines how the electorate will see their president – and this all the more true when shaping the president’s image in the eyes of the largest constituency that will actually not vote for them: the international community.
The place where you’re from defines who you are. You put yourself in the wrong situation, the wrong things happen.
Vince Staples
‘V-Wars‘ is a head-on collision of real-world science, terrorism, special forces action, ethics, politics and an exploration of what defines us as human.
I’m naturally quite lazy, and I actually think I’m lax about my career. None of my work defines who I am.
My favorite film score is the one Thomas Bangalter created for ‘Irreversible.’ The soundtrack absolutely defines the daymare-into-nightmare feeling you get from the film.
Information defines your personality, your memories, your skills.
I want to question what the outside is and who defines it. I often find those that are considered to be on the outside extremely inspiring.
I don’t think that one thing defines me, but I know that by coming out the way that I did, sort of almost pioneering it in action sports – to take that stand – that it’s always going to be a label that is stuck with me, and I know that I’ll always be the ‘gay skier,’ and it actually doesn’t bother me.
Trigger warnings are an instantiation of the West’s zeitgeist of perpetual offense and victimhood that defines much of public discourse.
The nicest characters in ‘A Week in December‘ are, in fact, Muslims – and their religious devotion is one of the things that defines them.
Orthodox Islam, like orthodox interpretations of the other Abrahamic faiths, views homosexuality as sinful and usually defines marriage as only ever a heterosexual union. This isn’t to say that there is no debate on the subject.
I’m competitive – that’s what defines me – and I love it.
I never know what defines you as being posh. I went to a posh school, definitely.
A politics that defines itself by difference holds no appeal for me.
I think what defines our band is really that, you know, we’re just living our dream and making records that we love and having a good time.
The Daytona 500 is a career-winning race. It defines careers for drivers, crew members, crew chiefs and race teams. It has that power.
Jimmie Johnson
It’s very important that we keep these special, wild places. It defines the United States. Imagine our country without our national parks and our monuments. Here in California, imagine if you didn’t have in Southern Cal the Channel Islands or the great Highway 1, Big Sur up to Point Reyes up to the Redwood country.