Top 454 Defined Quotes

In this post, you will find great Defined Quotes from famous people, such as Jason Moran, Daniel Barenboim, Mark V. Hurd, Garrett Hardin, Susanna Fogel. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

I don't want to be defined solely by what I do as a jaz

I don’t want to be defined solely by what I do as a jazz musician at a club or a festival. That’s not all of me. It’s not even close.
Beethoven‘s importance in music has been principally defined by the revolutionary nature of his compositions. He freed music from hitherto prevailing conventions of harmony and structure.
When you‘re a leader at any level of any scale, leaders are defined at times of crisis.
A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality.
My writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, and I love studying girl friendships in particular because they seem defined by a combination of codependent intimacy and subtle, constant passive-aggressiveness.
Marriage and the creation of families has been an integral part of our society since its creation; it should not be defined without the kind of involvement by the people which a constitutional process would require.
Robert Foster Bennett
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
The album that defined my childhood was probably Ella Fitzgerald‘s ‘Greatest Hits,’ whereas my half-sister, who didn’t have the same conservative upbringing, was listening to Cash Money and crunk.
I’m a fashion designer. I don’t want to be defined as someone‘s girlfriend.
I’d like to think that, when I explain it, that Mr. Trump will understand marriage is defined by two people who love each other, commit to each other, and will care for each other through thick and thin.
I love David‘s attitude in the Bible. He wasn’t afraid to go against the trends. He wasn’t going to be defined by the opinions of others.
Under the Clean Water Act, the federal government has jurisdiction over navigable waters – defined as the ‘waters of the United States.’ Federal regulators and the courts have broadened this definition over time, moving from waters a vessel can navigate to ponds and wetlands as well.
At the end of the day, we’re defined by our predicament, not by the sides of town.
People in life take on certain stories and say, ‘I’m going to be defined by this story and I’m going to live up to every inch of this story.’ Sometimes you realize the story isn’t fulfilling you and in fact you’re not living the life that you’re given.
I think for business reasons, fiscal reasons, I think these cable networks can take greater risks and I think with a risk comes better programming. And I think USA has got an amazing identity to it now that is clearly defined with its ‘Characters welcometag.
I’m defined by the character I have.
Recognition of this kinship with the rest of the universe is necessary for understanding him, but his essential nature is defined by qualities found nowhere else, not by those he has in common with apes, fishes, trees, fire, or anything other than himself.
George Gaylord Simpson
Love is not just defined by making love or kisses or gifts. It is beyond that.
Mormons… are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command.
You don’t want to be defined by one thing. But at the same point… When you are the first in something, that’s gonna kinda be the title that sticks. And after Sochi, I was, like, the dog guy. Now I’m the gay guy, and it’s fine by me.
Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already defined his own limitations.
Cavett Robert
Let us not let the world be defined by the destruction wrought by one virus, but illuminated by billions of hearts and minds working in unity.
Modernism is typically defined as the condition that begins when people realize God is truly dead, and we are therefore on our own.
Dramatically, the moment in ‘Gravity‘ that was hardest to nail down is when Ryan is in the Soyuz capsule and she realizes that she’s out of fuel. That’s when the character’s arc gets defined.
It’s not easy being number two. As a marketer, you have limited choices – you can pretend you’re not defined by the market leader, or, you can embrace your position and go directly after your nemesis.
Serenity is the balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasn’t death of things, then there wouldn’t be any life to celebrate.
We tend to think of human trafficking as a foreign issue, not something that could happen here in our own back yards. But it’s a fast-growing problem in the United States, in every area, with no real defined demographic.
Modernity is a shifting entity, not easily defined. Exactly the same is true of empire.
Elvis Presley was the big bang. He was the most influential single figure in the history of American pop culture. He changed the way we looked, thought, dressed, held a guitar. He didn’t invent rock & roll, but he defined it in a way that everyone who followed him owes him a debt.
I don’t think my mother and father ever had any doubts about what I was to be punished for or not. My parents come from a very strictly defined culture.
Nerds… the ‘nerd’ has never been precisely defined, thanks to the psychological complexity of the creature. The word has connotations of some level of intelligence. The typical nerd is a male with intelligence but no sense of giving it a manly face.
Whether art is defined as a representation of or respon

Whether art is defined as a representation of or response to reality, it demands an intense engagement with things we haven‘t managed to understand fully.
Donald Trump has defined himself very well, not only in the primary election where he was absolutely disrespectful to his colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle and for Fiorina, who he basically said, ‘Who would vote for you? Look at her face.’
I feel like reading really defined me as a writer because I lived my life outside of my own body for so much of my life and I loved it. I’ve always been a reader. I think living all those stories served me to naturally take that next step to creating.
The 20th century is a period defined by cultural and artistic movements. However, the 21st century creative-scape that we occupy now doesn’t really have movements in the same way. Instead it’s made up of diverse individuals working across various platforms simultaneously; art, architecture, film, music and literature.
As long as Rupert Murdoch has owned it, the ‘New York Post’ has been defined by its shamelessness and total lack of interest in taking responsibility for its worst errors and poor judgment.
There are stories I wanted to tell, and they are not defined by what I look like.
Texas was defined by its larger-than-life characters, particularly politicians.
Xenophobia is defined as the uncontrollable fear of foreigners. That fear should not dictate the immigration dialogue any longer.
In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.
We are determined to build a society defined by decency and integrity that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people.
Marginalized Americans should not be defined by the verbal and physical violence that looms over our heads. We have a right to exist, to live as we choose and to be free to pursue our happiness without the fear of others demonizing us or harming us just because of who we are.
I think what’s at risk is kids losing touch with being a kid. Being a kid is being defined differently than it was when you didn’t have all this stuff you could put in front of your face.
A society is defined as much by how it comes to terms with its past as by its attitude toward the future: its memories are no less revealing than its aims.
Ronald Reagan‘s era can be defined, number one in most people’s minds, by the Cold War and by the end of it – and by the strong principles he stood for.
If my cuisine were to be defined by just one taste, it would be that of subtle, aromatic, extra-virgin olive oil.
This is what Steve Jobs understood: Brands are defined not by the best thing on the product but by the worst thing.
Being able to live without having to be defined by your skin color is the hallmark of privilege.
I have a theory: I believe that with the advent of the United States and the lawful definition of marriage, it was defined as between one man and one woman. It was anti-polygamy, in effect saying no man can hoard his women.
Imagine how many women could excel in science if not for the pernicious myth that science and math are a man’s game. Likewise, fitness isn’t defined by the Arnold Schwarzeneggers of the world.
I can discern that certain things have an effect on certain other things, but I don’t view those effects as good or bad. If a context and a goal is defined, I could say if it’s good or bad. But overall, I don’t view things as good or bad.
Tao Lin
I don’t necessarily want to be defined as an action star. I love movies, and my movie culture, luckily because of my parents and my family, is quite obscure and independent.
As an astronaut, you have a very defined set of tasks to do. Those tasks may require you to work 60, 70 or 80 hours a week.
I’ve had women tell me that when their daughters see them taking care of themselves, and being defined from within, and thinking for themselves instead of thinking about that silly culture out there, it’s powerful modeling.
Naomi Judd
A constitution, in the American sense of the word, is a written instrument by which the fundamental powers of the government are established, limited, and defined, and by which these powers are distributed among several departments, for their more safe and useful exercise, for the benefit of the body politic.
‘Nimona’ is about identity and if who you are is defined by what you look like. It’s not a book about body image at all, but I would be lying if I said that wasn’t in there even at the conception of it.
One of the things that defined me is that I spoke in my songs very loudly, the negative messages, and I already managed to dominate commercial music.
I admire actors such as Laura Linney, Cate Blanchett and Andrea Riseborough, who take risks and fight to not be defined by their gender.
Dramatically, I like darkness, I like conflict – but I don’t see the world as defined by them.
I’m very open to being defined.
When we go through being rejected and abandoned like I did as a kid, you have a lot of fear and anxiety issues that you didn’t even know that’s what it was defined as. You live your life a lot of times living with the ghost of fear.
For the first ten years of my career, I felt suffocated. People constantly stood over me while I tried to create. And in 2009, I hit rock bottom. I couldn’t find myself because I was looking to be defined by the music industry or by being number one on the Billboard charts.
We are a nation of innovators and problem-solvers who s

We are a nation of innovators and problem-solvers who sparked revolutions in democratic government, civil rights, communications, flight, rural electrification and technology. We are a country defined by ideals now in need of rescue.
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
Our nation is defined by an unshakable belief that we, the people, have the ability to control our destiny. A belief that anyone can reach out and grab opportunity and create a more prosperous future for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.
Tim Walz
In New Hampshire, we know that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the engines of economic growth in the 21st-century economy, and our state has long been defined by the entrepreneurial spirit of our people.
I wanted to explore cancer not just biologically, but metaphorically. The idea that tuberculosis in the 19th century possessed the same kind of frightening and decaying quality was very interesting to me, and it seemed that one could explore the idea that every age defined its own illness.
There are more than 30 states, who either by statute or constitutional amendment, have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
Cavett Robert
I just made a decision a long time ago: I’m not going to be defined by a scoreboard.
The limits of sensory evolution in fish are defined very largely by their habitat. Water is physically supportive, carries some kinds of odour well, and is kind to soundletting it travel several times faster than air will allow, but it inhibits other more personal kinds of communication.
Lyall Watson
My workspace is defined by books, ephemera, quiet and light. I don’t have a computer, telephone or a fax machine there.
I have always been a singer, a writer, and a musician, not as a prodigy or as in a trade handed to me by my parents, but because of an inner voice or maybe a command from beyond reality as it is usually defined.
I have defined values and I’m honest about those leanings. But I have no allegiance to any particular political team. I only have an allegiance to those values and the truth. And I’m open to hearing how I’m wrong and I’m open to being the butt of the joke.
I think it is totally wrong and terribly harmful if education is defined as acquiring knowledge.
And one cannot discharge the duty of loyalty without the patient and an open minded study of the institution that marked the country and defined its character.
Bainbridge Colby
When you’re on the court, there is certain things that you would do that you wouldn’t do off the court. When you get off, you obviously have to be gracious and a humble person. When you are on the floor, be a team player. Championships are what you are defined by – legacy. Go about things the right way.
Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication.
Old definitions of segments are going to get blurred. Once you defined cars by horsepower, engines. That has changed.
Divergent,’ directed by Neil Burger, displayed an admirable seriousness and some grim verve in laying out the boundaries of novelist Veronica Roth’s dystopia – six segregated but ostensibly harmonious regions defined by their inhabitantsskills.
I believe marriages should be legally defined as between one man and one woman.
You don’t need to be defined by your job.
The practical core of democracy, defined functionally, is the peaceful exchange of power between different groups of powerful political players arranged in parties.
I think ‘punk‘ should really be defined as paving your own way creatively and by defying any sort of orthodoxy or commercial pressure.
I guess the Reagan era is defined as the ‘I want it all for me, and screw everybody else‘ era.
I think women have long been defined by their roles as procreators and wives, and we’re expected to serve, take care of, say ‘Yes,’ and not ruffle any feathers. Women, in particular, are sometimes not allowed to consider who they are outside of the roles that they play.
No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
Joseph Epstein
The corporate woman has been defined as the ‘liberated woman’ and I see that as the exact opposite. I think she now is more enslaved, maybe even more than the housewife was; because she’s so out of her power, and imitating male power is not female power.
I think it’s an area that one writes from that is curious because it is not a clearly defined partisan one.
Breyten Breytenbach
When you’re wanting to delve into something, it’s the one thing that cable television lets you achieve, in a way where you can have long form. There are no defined chapters. There are scenes, but everything‘s not bookended by a Chevy commercial.
No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.
Paul Gallico
Art is often defined as a famous masterpiece in a gallery, and we are meant to visit the work and view it to appreciate it. But that is not all there is.
I think we are defined as human beings through our fami

I think we are defined as human beings through our families, no matter what kind of family – through our relationships with parents, brothers and sisters.
Where Cezanne captured and intensified shards of the eternal (every pear far more sharply defined than it could be in life), Monet portrayed the changeability and flux of every moment. ‘The Water Lilies’ give you a jittery, amorphous sense of a world seen at the speed of light.
I think people have learned that Herbie Hancock can be defined as someone that you won’t be able to figure out what he’s going to do next. The sky is the limit as far as I’m concerned.
In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict, because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words we are continually changing the score.
Ralph Richardson
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
Sometimes you realize that life isn’t defined by the good times.
Americans are defined by a history of immigration in pursuit of freedom and opportunity. We are more individualistic, enterprising, and protective of liberties that most Europeans do not expect, such as owning guns, working 70-hour weeks, or appreciating nature as it goes by at 60 mph on a snowmobile.
But even physics cannot be defined from an atomic topography.
Michael Polanyi
The difference in being a good soldier and actor is that in the Air Force, you see results, and our worth is defined by numbers. As an actor, your results are based on other people’s opinions.
Spencer Stone
The freedom of expression cannot be defined selectively.
I love tennis. But even if I become the greatest of all time, I still don’t only want to be defined by tennis. I’m my own person. And I want to be remembered as I really am.
I think you’re defined as a company by what you choose to do and what you choose not to do.
Spiritually, we’re all on a path. I haven’t declared of defined myself because as soon as you declare yourself you’re identifying with a certain dogma.
I’ve owned a lot of dogs in my life – Marcela, Rusty, Petey Pup, Precious, Rosy and Ava. Each were in love with life’s simple pleasures, but being people in dog suits, as they seem to be, they each had a defined personality!
Bob Peterson
I know that in spite of my varied career accomplishments, the one that will always excite and intrigue is the KKK investigation. It has defined me in ways unimaginable and has always fascinated those who hear its tale.
Jewish status is defined by the divine election of Israel and his descendants. One does not become a Jew by one’s own volition.
The Internet free marketplace is defined by fierce competition. And that competition has transformed the world with innovation, investment, and what we need most of all right now: jobs.
Dave Cockrum’s work at Marvel and DC defined my childhood and inspired me to be a comic book creator. Without Dave, there is no New ‘X-Men’ resurgence, there is no Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, Lilandra, Star Jammers, or the Imperial Guard. His influence on generations of fans cannot be measured.
One of the most beautiful sights is when the rim of the Earth is bright on one side, and you see this defined line of the atmosphere. You see how close and thin it is. We’ve got to be careful. We’ve got to take care of this planet.
I like stories in specific time periods. ‘The Revenant’s’ era of American history was fascinating because it was this lawless no-man’s land. It defined the idea of the American frontiersman as man conquering nature. In a way, the story of Hugh Glass is about man dominating nature.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
The ancient Greek view of happiness was really defined by leading a productive life: It’s not about how much you have, it’s about what you do with it.
Before taking up dressage, I’d distanced myself from the Paralympics because I hadn’t wanted to be defined by my disability. Then when I grew up and got an office job, things started to change. I’m actually allergic to horses, but I’m even more allergic to paperwork!
What I want is to have people’s notion of adulthood no longer be so defined by being a parent. There is some kind of conventional wisdom that you’re not really a mature person until you become a parent.
A more holistic view encompassing mental, emotional, financial, social and spiritual wellness is as important as physical health, is now defined, understood, and aspirational.
There are several areas where the border is not completely defined and demarcated.
As a film composer I deal with short bursts of musical ideas that are defined to a large extent by what’s happening on the screen, by not only narrative and action, but staying out of the way of dialogue, sound effects.
I know the world of opera so intimately: historical sweep, sharply defined characters, not too rational an explanation of what’s going on. It’s a feast.
We are a resilient people defined by our hospitality.
If you do something very successful, you will then be defined by it.
People always tell me I’m nothing like my character. Well, hopefully not! He’s a character who’s very defined. He was purposefully written by Jo Rowling as very one-dimensional in the first few books, because you’re supposed to hate him.
When I drink a little, I sometimes recall my old days.

When I drink a little, I sometimes recall my old days. Then I ask myself, ‘What does Roh Moo-hyun mean in my life?’ He really defined my life. My life would have changed a lot if I didn’t meet him. So he is my destiny.
I’ve been extremely lucky in that I’ve been able to play roles that are not defined by their ethnicity. But that’s not a common thing for people of ethnic minorities.
There had always been black people in and out of our house, and from the outset I had been taught that for them life was defined by struggle and filled with injustice.
Carl Bernstein
There are just certain nuances of the game that cannot be defined by stats and that’s why you can’t rely on them. That’s why Popeye Jones was Charles Barkley’s biggest headache, not Kevin McHale. That’s why Big Country Reeves is the guy who ate Shaquille O’Neal alive.
The market didn’t define the music; the music defined the market.
The thought came to me that all one loves in art becomes beautiful. Beauty is nothing but the expression of the fact that something is being loved. Only thus could she be defined.
Robert Musil
Typically, I would say that I’m not defined by one loss and I’m not defined by one win. But I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t harp on the loss at Madison Square Garden.
Cheap wine is defined by its price, and it depends on personal spending limits. So for me, any wine under $10 is cheap.
Reunion‘s ace card is its interior, its natural parks. Its volcanic origins have defined an extraordinary landscape, characterised by high peaks, deep canyons, lush ravines and vast plains, which are ideal for trekking, cycling and water rafting.
Phil is my father. He’s a part of who I am. But I don’t want to be defined by that.
Nets are generally defined as devices for capturing something. In a more narrow but more important sense, we might define a net as anything that entices or prevents us from following the call of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
The fierce battles between New Democrat centrists and old-style liberals that defined the Democratic Party in the 1990s are long gone, with the party unified behind Barack Obama‘s economic agenda of universal health care, expensive federal programs and more regulation of the financial markets.
The part of my life where my character was defined was at work because of the decisions I make and the things I do, and I guess that’s what I feel qualifies me and attracts me to write the characters I do.
The experience of the human, male or female, cannot be completely defined by one startling, surprising, or gigantic life experience.
I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.
We, as individuals, are defined by the choices we make. Some of our decisions can have very significant consequences and totally change the courses of our lives.
In my day, MI6 – which I called the Circus in the books – stank of wartime nostalgia. People were defined by secret cachet: one man did something absolutely extraordinary in Norway; another was the darling of the French Resistance. We didn’t even show passes to go in and out of the building.
Overcoming the myth that there is such a thing as an objectively defined ‘free market‘ is the first step towards understanding capitalism.
You don’t have to fit into a mold that someone else has defined.
I was an aspiring astrophysicist, and that’s how I defined myself, not by my skin color. People didn’t treat me as someone with science ambitions. They treated me as someone they thought was going to mug them, or who was a shoplifter.
To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area.
If you want to understand Jesus, you have to study the whole Bible. Christian duty is not defined solely by the words in red.
I came from the Groundlings Theatre in L.A., and there, you’re guaranteed to at least try something out in front of an audience. At ‘SNL,’ only the best stuff gets picked, and it’s taught me a very defined language of comedy. You learn the structure of a joke, which is not something I was very good at beforehand.
Taran Killam
I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.
I will say, nothing in my time in the Senate has more surprised me than senators and House members want to weigh in on everything under the sun, but they do not want to weigh in on a clearly defined constitutional duty to declare war. It just stuns me.
The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.
I’m not defined by where I came from.
Cruyff defined a philosophy and a style of how we had to play: positional play, type of players, the profile of the coaches, even.
Former President Bill Clinton, who is widely regarded as a political mastermind, may have sounded like a traditional liberal at the beginning of his term in office. But what ultimately defined his presidency was his amazing pliability on matters of principle.
Don’t be scared to try new things, but remember to hold on to the vision of your company and the initial successes that defined your brand.
You see, as Americans we’re not defined by class, and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone, from any background, can climb the highest of heights.
Legacies are defined not by what happened to you or how

Legacies are defined not by what happened to you or how it happened. It’s how you pick yourself back up and you continue to fight each and every day.
Trickle-down economics does not work, and tax reform should not be defined as partisan tax cuts for the wealthy and huge corporations.
I always felt sorry for the sidekick as a kid. They never got their due and it left a very bad taste in the mouth – they are defined by a subordinate relationship to someone else. I always felt like a bit of sidekick when I was a kid and it didn’t feel fair.
Initially what defined me as a ‘man repeller’ was my conscious effort to wear clothing that was attractive in my opinion but not necessarily in a man’s opinion.
I believe Britishness is defined not on ethnic and exclusive grounds but through shared values; our history of tolerance, openness and internationalism; and our commitment to democracy and liberty, to civic duty and the public space.
That’s what has always been good about track. The goal is very clearly defined: Try to win. Get the gold medal. And I’m able to put my energy toward that.
I was not a fan. Moreover, I reveled in not being a fan, as though not being able to tolerate Robin Williams was one of the things by which I defined myself.
My whole life is not defined by what Hollywood does.
I remember immediately – immediately – feeling like, ‘I don’t want to play ‘We Are Young’ when I’m 35. I don’t want to be defined by this.’
It’s a very simple answer, how to get my abs so defined. I have a very healthy diet of a lot of laughter. If you laugh all the time, you’re consistently flexing your abdominals all the time.
To be a prisoner means to be defined as a member of a group for whom the rules of what can be done to you, of what is seen as abuse of you, are reduced as part of the definition of your status.
Catharine MacKinnon
You were saying that once when visiting Yale, you were struck that unlike Pound, Williams’s thinking was volatile, I mean, did not stay locked into a pattern of concepts that then defined his subsequent necessary behavior, whereas Pound did.
Robert Creeley
It’s a blessing and a curse when your first big public album does so well. ‘Twentysomething’ sold four million copies – I think we were hoping to sell 80,000. And it’s still selling. In some ways, you’ll always be defined by that.
Women don’t have to be defined by others. We have the power to define ourselves: by telling our own stories, in our own words, with our own voices.
Sarah Kay
When I see muscles that are more defined that I hadn’t seen before, it’s exciting. I love a muscular figure. It feels like an accomplishment, and it makes me feel strong, and I love having a strong body.
Human rights will be a powerful force for the transformation of reality when they are not simply understood as externally defined norms of behavior but are lived as the spontaneous manifestation of internalized values.
Prior to civil rights, the Democratic Party had been defined by an increasingly untenable alliance of ideological opposites – integrationist Northern liberals like Hubert Humphrey and Herbert Lehman teamed with Southern segregationists like Richard Russell and John Stennis.
We’ve defined decency down now that we look at the entertainment value of it, whether the acting is good, the writing is good, the story is good, no matter the depravity, we’ll watch it.
In very big companies, you find less entrepreneurialism than you really want to see. Success is defined as ‘don’t make a mistake.’ And you get to be the C.E.O. by outlasting everybody else, then you’re there for five or six years, and you want to get your bonus on the way out.
Bernard L. Schwartz
A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties.
Chemists have always been in the business of taking atoms and putting them together with other atoms with precisely defined connections.
George M. Whitesides
I’ve been taught through life experience that, like, I’d better open my mouth and quickly define myself in a new space and with new people because, if I don’t, I will be defined.
Though music transcends language, culture and time, and though notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and melodies are defined.
Our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief. We want to medicate such sorrow away.
My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts.
The middle class is a group defined by more than just money: it also leans on credentials, education, aspirations, assets, and, of course, household income.
Some people make records that are defined by their sexuality, but mine really are not.
Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!
Jane Taylor
I believe in something that maybe can be defined as the God in one’s heart, in the heart of every human being, but not in a God who sits on high looking down on us and taking care of us and whom we bother with things trivial and weighty so that he will be good to us and arrange things for us here.
Yossi Sarid
Near Marseilles in the south of France, bouillabaisse is a cult food. In Toulouse and Carcassonne, the bean-based stew cassoulet is a cult food. Spain has paella and a number of others. Italy has so many, its cuisine is practically defined by them.
When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are

When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel – and we, ironically, become more disobedient.
Woodstock didn’t define a generation because everyone showed up or those who did were a perfectly representative sample. It defined a generation because, for a few days, it bottled its peculiar zeitgeist.
Every description of natural processes must be based on ideas which have been introduced and defined by the classical theory.
Niels Bohr
Unlike the heart or kidney, which have a small, defined set of cell types, we still do not have a taxonomy of neurons, and neuroscientists still argue whether specific types of neurons are unique to humans. But there is no disputing that neurons are only about 10 percent of the cells in the human brain.
People are starting to refer to ‘The Giver‘ as a classic, but I don’t know how that is defined. But if it means that 10, 20, 50 years from now kids will still be reading it, that is kind of awe-inspiring.
I specifically did not read other First Ladies‘ books, because I didn’t want to be influenced by how they defined the role. I knew that I would have to find this role – very uniquely and specifically to me and who I was.
You’re defined by how you play the game, not by the game itself.
Chuck Pagano
For sure, one moment really defined the path that I was to take in the future, and that was when I won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York in April of 1995. I had just turned 25 two days before the finals concert, and when I won, I had no idea how my life would change because of it.
Selling a lifestyle – whether it’s a brand or an Instagram post – which teaches not just girls but people that your value is defined by what you look like is the most appalling thing that I could think of, especially as a woman.
I’m not defined by baseball. I’d love for the Hall of Fame to happen, but if it doesn’t, my life won’t change. I’ll still be coaching my boy‘s games.
Tom Glavine
I think that Ronald Reagan had it right, being against abortion except in certain limited, defined circumstances.
However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.
Young kids don’t have their identity, so everything is so important. Now I’m mature. I know who I am and I know what my thing is and I know what I’m bringing. It’s very clear and defined.
My childhood was defined by my father’s absence. His presence looms so large. Up until the age of 18, he was a superstar for me.
I’ve never been a fan of pretense or procrastination. After all, our state is defined by its independent, outspoken spirit.
Today, television is the most powerful medium in the world. Tomorrow it will also be the most personal. There is no one future for television. It will be defined differently for everyone.
The only thing I want to be defined by is my music and personality.
As athletes, we’re defined by what we’ve accomplished. Those are what most people remember and what you get paid for. But I learned more from my failures than from all of my successes put together – failures as an athlete and as a person.
Growing up in London, with a hippie mom, I don’t know that I’m most people’s definition of what a black person is. I’m mixed, yes, but in the world I’m defined as black before I’m defined white. I’ve never been called white.
Carmen Ejogo
I do not believe that the Social Security system is in crisis. The Social Security Administration itself recently reported that the system is able to pay full benefits as they are defined today until at least 2042.
James T. Walsh
There are strengths in Islamic tradition. Islam actually, as a monotheistic religion, which defined man as a responsible agent by itself, created the idea of the individual in the Middle East and saved it from the communitarianism, the collectivism of the tribe.
Mustafa Akyol
However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized, while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by, and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law.
I grew up with SpongeBob – it came out in 1999, right before I turned 7. So it’s been a part of my life and all my friends‘ lives and defined our humor, in a way.
For us, conservation work isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. It’s really defined us that this is what we’ve dedicated our lives to.
We are used to women’s narratives being defined through the male perspective. I challenge that as a concept.
When I arrived at Roma, someone defined me as Giotto, ‘The Painter,’ but the nickname I prefer is the one I got from Captain Francesco Totti, ‘The Little Prince.’
Miralem Pjanic
God is an immensity, while this disease, this death, which is in me, this small, tightly defined pedestrian event, is merely and perfectly real, without miracle – or instruction.
People aren’t defined by their relationship. The whole point is being true to yourself and not losing yourself in relationships, whether romances or friendships.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
The U.S. tries to provide immigrants who grow up here with a world-class education and imbue them with the can-do attitude that has long defined American innovation.
It is certainly true that writers take a stance at some variance from organized religion. This has not always been true. But since the romantic movement – and I’m referring now exclusively to poetry – the emphasis has been on the individual imagination defined against, rather than in terms of, any orthodoxy.
Hosting a TV show is a full-time job in which success i

Hosting a TV show is a full-time job in which success is defined by it never ending.
Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.
I do think moms should be given a break, all across the board. And I think that the most important thing is that you’re healthy. After I had my little girl, I wanted to be healthy for her and have a healthy body image so that she hopefully grows up to see that her self worth isn’t defined by how thin she is.
A computer is a general-purpose machine with which we engage to do some of our deepest thinking and analyzing. This tool brings with it assumptions about structuredness, about defined interfaces being better. Computers abhor error.
I don’t think anybody deserves to be defined totally by his enemies.
Steve Kroft
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Contemporary defenders of the Enlightenment shouldn’t overgeneralize: the Enlightenment, however it is defined, is not an unalloyed good.
You have a specific, defined audience-at MTV, they assume the audience to the news is 15 to 30 years old and they do a lot of research about the things they’re interested in.
Tabitha Soren
Media is a powerful thing, and you see it with so many actors, where one role that brings them a lot of attention is sort of how they get defined.
The show that defined ‘M*A*S*H’ was the original interview episode with Clete Roberts. That was a way to look into these peoples’ lives and investigate their situation, their feelings being away from home on an intimate level.
I think so many women allow themselves to be defined by somebody else’s narrative.
Can life be defined? Well, how would you go about it? Well, of course, you’d go to Encyclopedia Britannica and open at L. No, of course you don’t do that; you put it somewhere in Google. And then you might get something.
Chris Adami
Every revolution, bloody or not, has two phases. The first phase is defined by the struggle for freedom, the second by the struggle for power and revenge on the votaries of the ancien regime.
Until I carried my wife off to New Hampshire, she defined wilderness as the Bronx.
We’ve invented a new marketplace. There was no easy way to rent a person’s bedroom over the Internet or book a vacation rental over the Internet. There was no guidebook for us to turn to as we defined this new marketplace.
Science is defined in various ways, but today it is generally restricted to something which is experimental, which is repeatable, which can be predicted, and which is falsifiable.
Andy Warhol defined Pop Art.
Jeffrey Deitch
The quality of your public education shouldn’t be defined by your zip code.
I remember listening to ‘Low End Theory’: I had been kicked out of high school. I was in GED school in the LES, and all I could do was listen to ‘Low End Theory.’ I was in a strange time in my life, and ‘Low End Theory’ kind of defined that time.
You should not be defined by one bad performance.
You are defined by your ingredients, by the way you touch them, by the flavors you draw from them.
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
I am not defined as a black writer in the Caribbean, but as soon as I go to America or the U.K., my place becomes black theatre. It’s a little ridiculous.
It was Public Art, defined as art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money.
I’ve never felt particularly comfortable in any defined boundaries, ever.
My music, I think, takes elements from a lot of different genres, progressive, electro but is still quite clearly defined as my sound.
My life will not be defined by a single political campaign. Those will come and go. But what has driven me to run for elected office in the past still drives me today: the knowledge that heroes do walk among us with tremendous strength and power.
Mitt Romney has won the 2012 presidential nomination by promising Republicans that he would end a so-called ‘culture of dependency‘ on welfare – welfare defined as ‘free stuff‘ and food stamps for poor folks, not tax breaks for Big Oil or tax shelters for Bain executives.
When you face unexpected events, you have to try to overcome those problems, but at the same time, you have to continue working according to the plan that you defined since the beginning. So that’s what we have tried to do – not to avoid the urgent responses but to continue the route that we had defined.
Laura Chinchilla
The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.
Each moment is defined by a multitude of histories, the past constantly converging upon us, perpetually decaying and reforming itself on the steady pulse of now, now, now, now.
Every country can be defined through their food, their

Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That’s the soul of a country.
This medium of stop-motion, it can be much more than it’s been kind of defined as – it’s not just a creaky and anachronistic way of making films, it actually is a very vital art form that can do wonderful things if put in the right hands.
As we continue to apply AI to new fields, ethical dilemmas will arise and the answers will not be clearly defined.
We will never be defined by tragedy but, instead, by how we respond to it.
A film is a film, and shouldn’t be defined by language.
The idea that standup is a thing with defined boundaries is kind of ludicrous.
Never underestimate how profoundly marked biceps and defined traps can improve your personal style, particularly if you spend as much time in a sleeveless shirt as Nate Thurmond.
I think I’ve realized that when you are aiming to create a real body of work, you are as much defined by the things you don’t do as by the things you do.
Capitol Records were very keen for me to write and see how I got on; I think that is what defined my sound. The first session I had was with two young up-and-coming writers, Nick Atkinson and Tom Wilding, and I went into a session a bit nervous because I hadn’t written that many songs before.
I don’t think every relationship needs to be defined.
Specifically, the reservation of sovereignty to the people of the states in matters not governed by federal law is constitutionally defined and permanently enshrined in the 10th Amendment.
We should not fight wars without a clearly defined end state… when you go to war, it can’t be a half-step.
I’m over the moon to play an iconic character like Ted Hastings and for my career to be defined by this role – that’s a place very few actors get to.
I’ve blogged since 2001 and was first attracted to the medium by its wild-west aesthetic, if simply telling the truth that corporate media wasn’t telling could be so rebellious as to be defined as ‘wild west.’
I’m attracted to strong female roles: females that aren’t necessarily defined by their relationships with men.
Shari Sebbens
The industrial revolution that defined the first half of the 20 century marked the start of modern business, typified by high-volume, large-scale organizations. Mechanization created a culture of business derived from the capabilities and needs of the time.
People always say to me, ‘You have such a clearly defined sense of style,’ and when I hear it, I get crazed, because what I hear – and I know they mean it as a compliment – is that I have such a narrow vision that I can’t get out of it.
Stanley Donen
My career has been defined, in a good way, on the option route. And a lot of times, it’s a bang-bang play. It’s a great play because it can convert first downs. But at the same time, you don’t get a lot of those opportunities in the open field.
Without any direction from Congress, our judicial branch has unilaterally created and defined qualified immunity.
Extroverts never understand introverts, and it was like that in school days. I read recently that all of us can be defined in adult life by the way others perceived us in high school.
Every successful organization has to make the transition from a world defined primarily by repetition to one primarily defined by change. This is the biggest transformation in the structure of how humans work together since the Agricultural Revolution.
Bill Drayton
Men and women have defined roles, and it’s the responsibility of a parent to make sure they know which way to go; otherwise, a child would feed themselves with their feet without the correct guidance.
Most often, qualifications are defined by the credentials of the person who last held the job. If that is to continue to be the litmus test, white males will continue to be the top choice on any list, if the interviewer is also a white male.
Childhood, all me influences were, say, between the time that I can remember, which would have been about three years old to the time that I was about five or six years old, all the music that I ever heard was jazz and it was American jazz, and it was big-band jazz, to be more defined.
I’ve always been someone with a small circle of friends. Each stretch of my life has been defined by one person who was just my person. We became inseparable for a certain number of years, and that time was our season, just the two of us making our way through life.
A society – any society – is defined as a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions: public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on.
I don’t see myself as someone who’s ever going to be defined by one moment. It’s on to the next.
Every bad thing that’s happened to me has defined me, has shaped, has moulded me.
I can’t disappear. I come from a family of beautiful women, strong women – and ‘strong’ defined by being themselves.
I don’t think that trauma is an illusion; there is no question in my mind that circumstances beyond our control can shape and define us. But ultimately, we make choices about letting ourselves be defined by our pasts.
Growing up and being bullied, it’s not a sad story for me. It’s defined me and what made me so strong.
I do believe that it's something that we don't talk abo

I do believe that it’s something that we don’t talk about, but when there are clearly defined gender roles, it is much simpler. Because you don’t have to think, which people apparently don’t like to do.
My father always defined my gender to my brothers. He’d say, ‘This is your sister; you must take care of her.’
What an extraordinary thing it can be, love, how it will not defined by gender, by sexuality, by race, by religion, by anything. It’s something else. It’s something other.
I don’t want to be easily defined.
But though cognition is not an element of mental action, nor even in any real sense of the word an aspect of it, the distinction of cognition and conation has if properly defined a definite value.
It sounds really over the top to say you’re responsible for the city of New York, but I do feel responsibility to the city of New York, to this country, to people everywhere. So many people were affected by the events of September 11, and I feel this is one of the ways that that event will be understood and defined.
To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.
We are, each one of us, not just defined by the arrangement of protein molecules in our cells, but also by the things we call our own.
A game is defined by the players’ strategy domains and payoff functions.
Leonid Hurwicz
As a black member of parliament and minister for nearly a decade, I was determined not to be defined by my race. I didn’t want to be ‘the black politician’, when being black is just a part of who I am.
Clemens and Maddux have defined our era, I believe. And Randy Johnson is right behind them and still going.
You are defined by who you are, by your choices in life, in all regards, not just in doing movies.
It is unfair to constantly allege that Manmohan Singh’s only unfulfilled desire is to visit his birthplace in Pakistan and that his Pakistan policy is defined by this obsession.
My life and career is defined by the constant pursuit of new forms of culture and self-expression.
Our media provides a continuing message that for men, heroism is defined through association with control, independence, and the ability to commit violence, from superheroes to crime dramas.
Our constitutional system is defined by a balance between the public’s need for transparency and the government’s need to have a zone of secrecy around decision making. Both are important, yet they are mutually exclusive.
The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP.
Simon Kuznets
Makeup is a very delicate thing for me – I’ve got sort of defined features, so I don’t like to do too much contour, as it can be a bit severe.
We’re not defined by our circumstances, and we can always find a way to rise above it.
The social issues outside of football are not as defined as they were earlier, when integration took place and certain rights were legislated. The Civil Rights movement is over. Individuals can buy homes wherever they want, travel first class wherever they want, eat wherever they want.
The San Diego region in many ways is defined by our relationship with the ocean. It’s our front yard and a beautiful playground for families and visitors. It should be clean, safe, and inviting.
Scott Peters
The teaching fellow establishes the atmosphere of a class in the first few meetings. I have found that students appreciate having the ground rules clearly defined from the start.
Catherine Asaro
I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament and that sacrament should extend… to that legal entity of a union between what traditionally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman.
A journalist gathers information for a media outlet that disseminates the information through a broadly defined ‘medium’ – including newspaper, nonfiction book, wire service, magazine, news Web site, television, radio or motion picture – for public use. This broad definition covers every form of legitimate journalism.
Right action tends to be defined in terms of general individual rights and standards that have been critically examined and agreed upon by the whole society.
The way woman is defined by marketable modeling and commercial standards… It makes me feel alien to myself.
VR is going to be defined by the content that is designed explicitly for virtual reality.
I hope to have a long career, and I don’t want to be defined by things that aren’t the music.
Credit-default swaps remedied the problem of open-ended risk for me. If I bought a credit-default swap, my downside was defined and certain, and the upside was many multiples of it.
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
We decided in the mid-1960s that all poor people are the same: they are all poor. We know they’re poor because we have defined a poverty line, and they’re all underneath it.
Some people are defined by what they do.

Some people are defined by what they do.
Religion is defined by the relationship between God and man. And Islam is the submission and the acknowledgment of the human being to the creator.
We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes.
Constantin Stanislavski
In a world that is defined by what separates us, sharing a meal with someone from a different country, showing what we have in common with the people, it’s very powerful and important.
Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past.
Oddly, the meanings of books are defined for me much more by their beginnings and middles than they are by their endings.
Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.
I know I’m black. Everyone knows I’m black. But I don’t want to be defined as a black hockey player.
The resistance will be exclusively conducted by only one group. This new group will be defined soon by me.
I don’t define drag. Drag is defined by me.
The co-existence of religious values in the lives of individuals and secular rules in the governance of the state should be clearly defined.
My whole life, I’ve been called ‘Just a pretty face,’ or, ‘You’ll never amount to anything, you don’t really have anything to offer, but your looks.’ It’s never defined who I am, I mean, I’ve heard it my whole life, it’s nothing new.
If development is defined in social and economic terms while Hindutva is defined in cultural terms, it should be possible for the BJP to construct a political platform that is reassuring to a large majority of Indians and is respectful to the letter and spirit of the Constitution.
The Miz is someone who people are usually like, ‘I can’t believe how well he’s doing. I can’t believe this. I can’t believe that.’ But to me, he’s someone who really always defined what it takes to becomes a successful public persona and in-ring entertainer, and to me, that’s being authentic.
I’m a father, a son, and a grandson, and if anyone messed with my wife, mom, or grandmother, and if the law didn’t care about it, what would I do? Would I be defined by that action?
What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
I never met Peter O’Toole, but he one was of those rare actors whose success was defined by a single role. His incandescent performance in David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia‘ is one that nobody who saw it will ever forget.
Benito Mussolini created the word ‘fascism.’ He defined it as ‘the merging of the state and the corporation.’ He also said a more accurate word would be ‘corporatism.’ This was the definition in Webster’s up until 1987 when a corporation bought Webster’s and changed it to exclude any mention of corporations.
People think that whatever happens on the football field should define me way one or the other. A lot of people say, ‘I can’t believe you don’t think more highly of yourself, two-time MVP, Super Bowl MVP,’ but it’s like, whatever. It just happens to be what I do. I want to be defined by what I believe in, by who I am.
We’re kind of defined by our mistakes.
The term ‘alt-left’ sprang up long after the term ‘alt-right,’ which was coined in 2010 by white supremacist Richard Spencer, and defined by the Associated Press just after the 2016 election as a movement based on a mix of white nationalism and hard-edged populism.
I went through a few phases of finding myself: I dabbled in musical theater, chess club, dance troupe, splatter-painting, school mascot (go Wildcats), babysitter, photojournalist, drill team girl, emo kid – and not one of them defined me, but every single one will always play a part in who I am.
Love is a feeling that can’t be defined; you feel it in your heart. It is a special bond.
Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
When we were small, the idea of VMware wasn’t well defined, and convincing people to join was difficult. Each person we hired at that time was a big deal.
After a post-Bill Berry softening with albums like ‘Up’ and ‘Reveal,’ R.E.M. seems to be toughening up again; on the strength of the first single, ‘Discoverer,’ the band’s new record looks to continue with the same muscular rock and roll that defined its last album, ‘Accelerate.’
If ever there was a character that was never defined by gender, it’s the Doctor. The Doctor is gender fluid in that sense.
In ‘The Travelers,’ everyone is defined by his or her relationship to work. I put each character on a different rung of the ladder: from the lowliest assistant to a powerful man in the world of media.
Papa had some amazing qualities. He was a very spiritual person. He was very passionate about his work. He was a completely self-made man. At the same time, his generosity and kindness were two aspects of him that really defined his personality.
You just don’t see Muslims being matter-of-fact Muslim. They’re always defined by their Muslim-ness. We’re either terrorists, or we’re fighting terrorists. I remember seeing ‘True Lies’ and going, ‘Why are we always the bad guys?’
When I do an action thing, it speaks louder than the things that I’ve done that are dramatic and comedy. Actually, if you look at my resume, I have just as much comedic things as dramas, and I have far less action things than all of the other things, but I’m kind of defined as an action person.
Democrats believe that government should reflect the se

Democrats believe that government should reflect the sense of community that Americans demonstrated after Katrina – the sense of community that has defined and united America throughout its history.
Airey Neave’s escape from Colditz, quite possibly the most remarkable thing a British politician has ever done, defined his years to come. Disregarding senior officers who frowned on such attempts, Neave was undeterred against overwhelming odds and the risk of death.
I dream of Poland becoming a modern society that is defined not by the crippling nature of history, but by our individual achievements, a sense of our own self-worth and ideas for the future.
To begin with, I want to tell a good story, a story that people will listen to and that they’ll think this is true, even if it is a story that might be defined as – as myth or legend or even fanciful.
The Single Market is no-where defined in the E.U. treaties. If you suddenly ask people to define the Single Market, the number who can do that, who are specialists in the area, is pretty small.
It is obvious that the monetary union among 17 very different European countries does not work. As an economist, I know that the Eurozone is not an optimum currency area, as defined in economic theory.
The evidence shows that religious people – defined by regular attendance at a place of worship – actually do make better neighbors.
My game isn’t defined by points, it’s more.
No statement about God is simply, literally true. God is far more than can be measured, described, defined in ordinary language, or pinned down to any particular happening.
David Edward Jenkins
Owned technologies are easy to grasp because they’re so prevalent. They’re technologies that are developed and shaped by a defined group, usually someone selling it.
How I conned the Grand Wizard, David Duke, and his coterie of followers… It has defined me in ways I never could have imagined.
It would help if human experts agreed on the meaning of such basic terms as intelligence, consciousness, or awareness. They don’t. It’s hard to build something that’s incompletely defined.
Whole areas of knowledge and information have been defined into nonexistence because the system cannot know, understand, control, or measure them.
England is so defined, the class system, your education. I think what was unique about the Canterbury scene.
Kevin Ayers
I enjoyed playing someone who is a professional, intelligent, defined by her work and not her role as a wife or mother.
I think that’s what’s so fun about fashion: that I don’t have to be defined by one particular style. It’s whatever I’m feeling that day.
Bob Marley is one of the most recognized artists. He didn’t care to be defined. People wondered, ‘Is it reggae? Is it rock?’ But at the end of the day they were still playing his music and that’s what matters.
Melanie Fiona
The Lord clearly defined the roles of providing for and rearing a righteous posterity. In the beginning, Adam, not Eve, was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow.
Here is a fear for me, I never wanted to be one of those guys that was defined by a body of work 20 years old.
If I’m not clear with the character, I can’t do anything with it. But once I get that character, the possibilities are endless. When you have such a defined character, I feel like I can actually read the phone book and make it funny.
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
In ‘Poster Boys,’ every character is well defined.
Marriage has been defined by every legislature that has ever sat in the United States from every State, now 50 States, the same way, but now we have unelected judges altering and changing that fundamental institution.
You always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called ‘scientific theory’ that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they’ve defined it, can never be disproved.
20th-century totalitarian movements were no more defined by a rejection of Judeo-Christianity than they were defined by a rejection of astrology, alchemy, Confucianism, Scientology, or any of hundreds of other belief systems.
Despite the laserlike focus it generates, ‘Tetris’ has no clear endpoint and no easily defined opponents. Unlike with most other video games, you’re playing only against yourself, without any concrete goals other than to keep on fitting blocks into other blocks.
Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.
The ADA gave more than 50 million Americans with disabilities, just like my son Cole, the chance to live the American Dream and be defined only by their potential – not their limitations.
Funny how defined we are by how we present ourselves to the world.
Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.
Horror, for me, is not defined by the thing that provokes one’s fear, but the human being who has contact with it.
Andrew Pyper
Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affir

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.
Don’t let ‘having it all’ be defined by someone else.
I am not defined to be in any mould and I can be whatever I want to be.
A man was defined, in my father’s circles, by what he could bear, the pain he could shrug off, the warmth or comfort he could deny himself.
As I became very defined in my personal politics, I turned down some films that I slightly regret now; I’m not going to say what they were.
Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me.
Jack Layton
I always defined myself in terms of my talkativeness, and being without a voice hits me in a number of ways.
John Diamond
For a long time, I felt like my identity was to fight. My identity was to be a world champion. That almost defined me.
To people who don’t know me I’m defined by a number of things that people know about me that are entirely untrue.
The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the real world. To be ‘othered’ within the industry is a reflection of where we have been cast in the outside world, existing in the margins of society for decades witnessing cisgendered, heterosexual whiteness as the clearly defined default to which we must cater.
Historically, the 19th century is defined by annexations and internal turmoil. For instance, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 gave more than half of Mexican territory to the United States.
I don’t believe we have defined health care reform very well in this country.
I know a lot of companies that have a very well defined post-acquisition process. However, many of them don’t take into consideration the dynamics and personalities of the acquiree. Instead, they assume that everyone will happily be assimilated.
In our culture, good looks are so important, and today he’d head straight for a plastic surgeon, but in Cyrano’s time, the nose was who he was, and it didn’t matter that he was a brilliant poet, a brilliant swordsman, a brilliant man. His nose defined him.
I’m not defined by where I came from. I never took part in the rules and hatred that sometimes go along with religion. But if my parents are happy with what they believe, then I’m happy to stay out of their way. We agree to disagree.
No one supposes that the government of the United States is supreme, beyond the sphere plainly defined by the constitution: Neither does any one deny that the State is supreme within its proper sphere of action.
James L. Petigru
People’s sexuality is often defined by who we’re partnered with at any given moment, which can be a frustrating limitation for me. I’ve had countless tiny ‘coming out’ moments in my life, often simply to explain to someone else that they have misjudged my sexuality based on who they saw me dating.
And I believe in having an administration that has clearly defined goals, objectives and time lines such that it and its people can be held accountable.
Erskine Bowles
It was the British who defined religion to divide and rule. That is what created the heat. That is what created the cut. Partition happened because of the rulers, fueled by a few powerful families on both sides who stood to gain. It is the politicians that keep everyone fighting.
Washington – having spent a lot of time there, I grew up there and have spent a lot of time there recently – is largely defined by detailed analytical views and policy choices that are not very good. You know, each policy choice has a winner and a loser, right? Somebody’s ox is getting gored.
As a creative person, you have to keep going. There’s no defined career path. There’s no security.
The cool thing about Kyle Killen, he writes really defined characters. I was a big fan of ‘Awake‘ and also ‘Lone Star.’ I just think that he’s a really, really special writer, and complex and deep, and a really smart dude.
Jaime Ray Newman
We are more and more defined not by our friends but our political enemies – collecting them like badges of honor.
Force-backed humanitarianism, which relies on rational influence over events in other countries, may have been a more feasible project in the bipolar era of the Cold War, with its relatively defined and stable web of alliances and proxies.
We live in a world defined by the rapid pace of technological change.
Inflation is taking up the poverty line, and poverty is not just economic but defined by way of health and education.
You’re defined by your older brothers’ or sisters’ music.
Most people would identify with the fact that we tend to be defined by the struggles we came through than by the successes. And certainly for me that’s true.
I don’t belong to anyone else but myself. I have to make my own decisions. Happiness is defined by me.
My teammates and my coaches have all allowed me to step into my individuality and not be defined by just being a gymnast.
What I have done in ‘Company’ can’t be defined.
If I'm only defined by my sport, I really have failed.

If I’m only defined by my sport, I really have failed. Yes, I’ve opened myself up for more criticism, but I’m a professional athlete. I get criticised every week. I’m used to it. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, but you get used to it.
So much of our lives are defined by habit or what the guy next to us is doing, never wondering and knowing who and what we support with our actions, from the detergent Mom always used, to my favorite dish I make… A lot of my life is unexamined habit.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.
John Dewey
Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.
G. M. Trevelyan
The great art of the past became great because it started to go out of the perimeters that defined art and defined new territories.
Love cannot be defined, caught, cast in stone, or archived. It’s something we have no control over. Love is completely analog. Love can never be digital.
Liberals are sometimes defined as people who can’t take their own side in an argument.
Even when they are saturated in the sense of the older theory of valence, the elementary atoms still possess sufficient chemical affinity to bind other seemingly also saturated atoms and groups of atoms, under generation of clearly defined atomic bonds.
Alfred Werner
So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
Subprime mortgages, typically defined as those issued to borrowers with low credit scores, make up roughly the riskiest one-third of all mortgages.
Since taking office, President Obama has worked to restore a positive vision of American leadership in the world – leadership defined, not by the threats and dangers that we will oppose, but by the security, opportunity and dignity that America advances in partnership with people around the world.
I came to America because this is a country defined by ladders of opportunity.
New Jersey is to New York what Santo Domingo is to the United States. I always felt that those two landscapes, not only just the landscapes themselves but their relationships to what we would call ‘a center‘ or ‘the center of the universe,’ has in some ways defined my artistic and critical vision.
Careers are defined by four minutes on the ice and lives can change forever, emotionally and financially.
John Zimmerman
The philosophical question before us is, when we make an observation of our track in the past, does the result of our observation become real in the same sense that the final state would be defined if an outside observer were to make the observation?
I’m a former hippie, so clothes are important to me – your clothes defined you in that period. I guess clothes still defines people. But, I change a lot. I’m in my Brooks Brothers period now.
The term ‘new queer cinema‘ and the films of mine that were associated with that term are from a very, very different time, one almost entirely defined by the AIDS era. It was a very different social and cultural regard for the lives, the experiences, the worth of gay people.
Guess what? The world changes. eBay has defined e-commerce.
For me, fitness is a part of my everyday life. But fitness does not mean having big muscles; it means being active, quick, and flexible. It can be defined in many terms.
All history is defined by shifting modes of reality and time and how things change. That’s what I love about cinema. It changes in the moment.
I have grown up in a small city where watching TV is a ritual and Balaji has defined TV in so many ways.
The scaling theory of localization demonstrated that the disorder-induced M-I transition was a true phase transition with a well defined critical point.
Alan J. Heeger
I worked as long in a fish and chip shop as I did in Parliament. I’ve had particular experiences in politics, but they’re not my only ones, and they’re not the ones that defined me.
The idea of ‘advice,’ in terms of telling people advice or asking people for advice, has become not comprehensible to me, to a certain degree, due to feeling, like, for something to be accurately defined as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ I would want to know the context, goal, perspective for it.
Tao Lin
It starts this way: The worth of a job is not defined by what it allows you to do when you’re not working.
Partly because his life ended before the age of 50, Hamilton was defined by the other founding fathers, and he managed, with amazing consistency, to alienate most of them.
Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
Ultimately, my character is defined by the quality of my sensitivity to other people. I exist in equilibrium. I am here to the degree I am there.
Hugh Prather
Goals too clearly defined can become blinkers.
Mary Catherine Bateson
We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.
Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that.
My shyness probably defined the first 30 years of my li

My shyness probably defined the first 30 years of my life, really. It’s a crippling thing. It can be very lonely knowing that you’ve got things to say, but you daren’t say them.
When youre on telly, youre defined by what you do on telly.
Paul Sinha
Our net worth is ultimately defined not by dollars but rather by how well we serve others.
The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.
Actresses are defined more by the roles they say ‘no’ to it than the roles they say ‘yes’ to it.
Is it ‘a drag’ that passions don’t come to us all at once, as epiphanies, without the need to actively develop them? Maybe. But the reality is that our early interests are fragile, vaguely defined, and in need of energetic, years-long cultivation and refinement.
It isn’t just about winning the championship and I don’t think you should be defined by that.
We went through a long phase where we defined ourselves in opposition to other people and other countries.
At times, conservatives become defined by their volume rather than by their ideas.
Sometimes, I get afraid it has defined me, that sense of grief, loss and illness. But actually, it is about allowing myself to take hold and say: ‘This is part of who I am, but not only who I am.’
Liberalism can only be defined negatively. It is a mere critique, not a living idea.
Francis Parker Yockey
In the present epoch of struggle between two worlds the two opposing and antagonistic trends penetrating the foundations of nearly all branches of biology are particularly sharply defined.
Trofim Lysenko
Alabama is defined by its people. It’s that simple.
My career has been defined by dominating every opportunity presented to me. I am excited for my newest opportunity representing WWE 2K17 as the franchise‘s ambassador and honoured to serve as the WWE 2K17 cover Superstar.
A country’s economic growth may be defined as a long-term rise in capacity to supply increasingly diverse economic goods to its population, this growing capacity based on advancing technology and the institutional and ideological adjustments that it demands.
Simon Kuznets
Religion may be defined thus: a belief in, and homage rendered to, existences unseen and causes unknown.
Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities, but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics.
I don’t try to sanction other people’s joy in monsters. I mean, I think the fact is, humor, fantasy – you know, like fear, desire or laughter – create genres of their own: comedy, melodrama, or erotic films or horror films… The boundaries cannot be defined. It’s to each his own.
We can all be defined by food.
When you stop caring what people think, you lose your capacity for connection. When you’re defined by it, you lose our capacity for vulnerability.