consequences Quotes

98 of the best book quotes about consequences
“We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.”
“‘Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?’ said the King. ‘That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.‘”
“JUROR #8: This is somebody’s life. We can’t decide in five minutes.”
“I didn’t do anything wrong. All I know is I saw two people struggling to get inside these walls and they couldn’t make it. To ignore that because of some stupid rule seemed selfish, cowardly, and...well, stupid. If you want to throw me in jail for trying to save someone’s life, then go ahead. Next time I promise I’ll point at them and laugh, then go eat some of Frypan’s dinner.”
“Too many, Thomas thought. Too many by far. His joy dribbled away, turned into a deep mourning for the twenty people who’d lost their lives. Despite the alternative, despite knowing that if they hadn’t tried to escape, all of them might’ve died, it still hurt, even though he hadn’t known them very well. Such a display of death—how could it be considered a victory?”
“The world is one great web, and a man dare not touch a single strand lest all the others tremble.”
″‘Aguántate tantito y la fruta caerá en tu mano,’ he said. ‘Wait a little while and the fruit will fall into your hand. You must be patient, Esperanza.‘”
“No there’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it, to keep on top of it, and to make it seem—well, like, you. Like you did something, all right, and now you’re suffering for it.”
“A State may survive the influence of a host of bad laws, and the mischief they cause is frequently exaggerated; but a law which encourages the growth of the canker within must prove fatal in the end, although its bad consequences may not be immediately perceived.”
“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”
″‘One day’ - I gestured with my chin toward the plate glass - ‘all that will be gone, and so will all that so-called loyalty. And when that day comes, I don’t want you to have any knowledge of some of the things that went on here. That’s why I’m evasive with you sometimes. It’s not that I don’t trust you or that I don’t respect you - or that I don’t value your opinion. It’s the opposite, Dad. I keep things from you because I love you, and because I admire you, and because I want to protect you from the fallout when all this starts to unwind.‘”
“Give yourself no choice but to succeed. Let the consequences of failure become so dire and so unthinkable that you’ll have no choice but to do whatever it takes to succeed.”
“In retrospect, I remember feeling somewhat relieved - that the chaos and insanity would finally be behind me.”
“The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”
“In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber’s actions can affect the welfare of the entire team. The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.”
“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
“None of them imagined that a horrible ordeal was drawing nigh. Nobody suspected that by the end of that long day, every minute would matter.”
″While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Consequences are governed by natural law….We can decide to step in front of a fast-moving train, but we cannot decide what will happen when the train hits us.″
“Humanity had been strong, energetic, and intelligent, and had used all its abundant vitality to alter the conditions under which it lived. And now came the reaction of the altered conditions.”
“I understood what innocent intent had brought me to, and ... waded out beyond my depth.”
″‘Everything I do is wrong. You think I don’t know that? I’ve screwed up my entire existence, and everyone who’s close to me gets screwed right along with me.‘”
“‘Life might take you down different roads. But each of you gets to decide which one to take.’”
“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate.
“Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases . . . They should know what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns. As the old saying goes: You are what you eat.”
“The First Great Cause and Mover of all above When first He made that fairest chain of love, Great was the consequence and high the intent.”
“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.”
“Whatever one of us asked the other to do - it was assumed the asker would weigh all the consequences - the other would do.”
“If I take away the consequences of people’s choices, I destroy the possibility of love. Love that is forced is no love at all.”
“Does one deserve to have evil done to her by consequence of putting herself where evil can reach her?”
“The fact that every meal we eat carries its load of chlorinated hydrocarbons is the inevitable consequence of the almost universal spraying or dusting of agricultural crops with these poisons.”
“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
“It’s the price of rootlessness. Motion sickness. The only cure: to keep moving.”
“He had done this. He had brought all this about. In all of his life these two murders were the most meaningful things that had ever happened to him.”
“This was one of the consequences of the civil war. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related or spoke to you.”
“Life is just a series of dumb decisions and indecisions and coincidences that we ascribe meaning to.”
“Thousands of men, it is true, will have to pay for my happiness with their lives; but what is that to me, provided I see you again! All this is perhaps folly--perhaps insanity; but tell me what woman has a lover more truly in love; what queen a servant more ardent.”
“There was every reason to believe I was heading for trouble, that I’d pushed my luck a bit far.”
“Death holds up an all-seeing mirror, ‘the mirror of past actions’, to our eyes, in which the consequences of all our negative and positive actions are clearly seen and there is a weighing of our past actions in the light of their consequences, the balance of which will determine the kind of existence or mental state we are being driven to enter.”
“Joy is not a requirement of Christian discipleship, it is a consequence. It is not what we have to acquire to experience life in Christ; it is what comes to us when we are walking in the way of faith and obedience.”
“The bean, who had prudently stayed behind on the shore, could not but laugh at the event, was unable to stop, and laughed so heartily that she burst.”
“Unlucky wretch that I am!”
“In America—even if the consequences are tragic—you are not responsible for someone else’s safety. You aren’t obligated to help anyone in distress. Not if you’re the one who started the fire, not if you’re a passerby to car wreck, not if you’re a perfectly matched donor.”
“You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel.”
“What it said was something like this—at least this is the sense of it though the poetry, when you read it there, was better: Make your choice, adventurous Stranger; Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had. ‘No fear!’ said Polly. ‘We don’t want any danger.’ ‘Oh but don’t you see it’s no good!’ said Digory. ‘We can’t get out of it now. We shall always be wondering what else would have happened if we had struck the bell. I’m not going home to be driven mad by always thinking of that. No fear!‘”
“But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.”
″‘It was I who wounded you,’ said Aslan. ‘I am the only lion you met in all your journeyings. Do you know why I tore you?’ ‘No, sir.’ ‘The scratches on your back, tear for tear, throb for throb, blood for blood, were equal to the stripes laid on the back of your stepmother’s slave because of the drugged sleep you cast upon her. You needed to know what it felt like.’
“Your life depends on their actions. I have never busted a cap on a woman or anybody much under sixteen years but I will do what I have to do.”
“The evil-doer mourns in this world, and he mourns in the next; he mourns in both. He mourns and suffers when he sees the evil of his own work.”
“And how can you say a man had a good mind when he couldn’t even bother to do anything when the best-hearted, most beautiful woman in the world, his own wife, was dying for lack of love and understanding…”
“We are living in an interdependent world where what our children hear, see, feel, and learn will affect how they grow up and who they turn out to be.”
“For better or for worse, we ate the fruit of knowledge long, long ago.”
“Once he had his hands inside the Munford player’s shoulder pads, he lifted him off the ground. It was a perfectly legal block, with unusual consequences. He drove the Munford player straight down the field for 15 yards, then took a hard left, toward the Munford sidelines.”
“Making the decision to have a child—it’s wondrous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
“I never learn. I wake with a crushing sensation of wrongness, of shame, and I know immediately that I’ve done something stupid.”
“Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.”
“Drunk Rachel sees no consequences, she is either excessively expansive and optimistic or wrapped up in hate. She has no past, no future. She exists purely in the moment.”
“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself, or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
″‘Haven’t you ever wondered,’ he attempted, ‘what good it is for them to be healed, those people that Jesus cures? They’re happy at first. But what happens to them after that? What does the blind man think, when he has wanted for years to see, and then looks at his wife in rags and his children covered in sores?”
“Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and as such should be seen as valuable; without them we have no originality).”
“I fooled myself. I had to. Everybody has to. If the good had been twice as good and the bad only half as bad, I still ought to have seen it, all through as I did in the beginning, because I am, as you say, sensitive. But I didn’t want to see it, because I would have then had to think about the consequences of seeing it, what followed from seeing it, what I must do to be decent. I wanted my home and family, my job, my career, a place in the community.”
“You make your choices, and then your choices make you.”
“The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”
“Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.”
“Every natural action is graceful.”
“For all my obsessing over the consequences of that night, I had misunderstood the vital truth: that its not affecting me, that was its effect.”
“Every action we take has consequences, Vin,” Kelsier said. “I’ve found that in both Allomancy and life, the person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful.”
“Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
“Our happiness or unhappiness depends to an important degree upon the habit of mind we cultivate.”
“Listen, Sam, if it was nature, nobody wouldn’t have tuh look out for babies touchin’ stoves, would they? ’Cause dey just naturally wouldn’t touch it. But dey sho will. So it’s caution.” “Naw it ain’t, it’s nature, cause nature makes caution. It’s de strongest thing dat God ever made, now. Fact is it’s de onliest thing God every made. He made nature and nature made everything else.”
“His father, a happy-go-lucky and reckless buck, had thought nothing of living close to human beings except that he would be able to forage in their garden in the early morning. He had paid dearly for his rashness.”
“Act is the blossom of thought; and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and biter fruitage of his own husbandry”
“That the Jew is tasteful and epicurean, more so than the German, is the mere consequence of his geographical origin and his cultural age.
“Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure Like doth quit like, and Measure still for Measure.”
“This little girl is giving me an opportunity to illustrate the consequences of rule breaking. Even the prince’s cousins are punished when they choose to misbehave, though I think I’ll employ slightly different methods for you.”
“I said that I was no good. That is true, but still I was not exactly a comic opera villain. I had led an easy-going reckless life, taking what invited me of pleasure, deploring and sometimes bitterly regretting consequences.”
“The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win—you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life.”
“When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard.”
“To get along with God, consider the consequences of your behavior”
“Well, you may get off on being a beautiful stereotype, regardless of the social consequences, but my conscience won’t allow it.”
“Foreordain it? No. The man’s circumstances and environment order it. His first act determines the second and all that follow after.”
″ Men of his type so dread all deliberation that they glory in the practice of the instantaneous decision. They think they are saving themselves from irresolution; in reality they are sparing themselves the contemplation of all the consequences of their acts.”
“The mind of Caesar. It is the reverse of most men’s. It rejoices in committing itself. To us arrive each day a score of challenges; we must say yes or no to decisions that will set off chains of consequences. ”
“Caesar embraces decision. It is as though he felt his mind to be operating only when it is interlocking itself with significant consequences. Caesar shrinks from no responsibility. He heaps more and more upon his shoulders.”
“The central movement of the mind is the desire for unrestricted liberty and (...) this movement is invariably accompanied by its opposite, a dread of the consequences of liberty.”
“You may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. Mcgregor.”
“Mama’s plan had a list of all the rude things she wanted to stop. Besides each one was a penalty- a job or chore that went with it.
“Trying not to believe things when in your heart you are almost sure they are true, is as bad for the temper as anything I know.”
The illustrations are vibrant and Jamela’s Dress is a lovely story of a young African girl who loves dressing in her mother’s expensive fabrics, she takes it to parade around town but when the fabric is ruined, Jamela has to face the consequences.
“For you it was just one day, then business as usual. For us it was one day, and every single day that came after.”
″...oftentimes these ministers of darkness tell us truths in little things, to betray us into deeds of greatest consequence.”
“He wished he could go back in time to the turning point, the moment inside the treasury when he was smitten with envy of the King’s wealth. If history could be unwound and he were there again, he would consider the consequences and he wouldn’t steal.”
“Where does it ever say, anywhere, that only bad can come from bad actions? Maybe sometimes— the wrong way is the right way? You can take the wrong path and it still comes out where you want to be?”
“You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard’s power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power.”
“You have great power inborn in you, and you used that power wrongly, to work a spell over which you had no control, not knowing how that spell affects the balance of light and dark, life and death, good and evil. And you were moved to do this by pride and by hate. Is it any wonder the result was ruin?”
The first thing he gives to the wind is the brooch which comes back as the snow spider and suddenly magic is in his life, real and with consequences and responsibilities.
“Failure to act always brings consequences. But sometimes, those consequences can be turned to one’s advantage.”
“Last week, there were 400 people in the Senior Class. Today there are 399. One student became a statistic when he lost his life in an accident involving drinking and driving. Usually, statistics don’t mean much, but this statistic had a name, a face, a basketball jersey, and friends.”

Recommended quote pages

choicesteenagersfaithexpectationsAslandreadKing Tirianlifedecisionscouragerulesright and wrongThomasdeathregretworldwe are all the samepatienceresultsEsperanza OrtegaPapa (Sixto Ortega)painsufferingpositivitylife pathSonnylawinfluenceSherlock Holmesloveadmirationprotectingparent-child relationshipMax Belfortsuccessfailuresucceeding over the long termwork hardthe pastreliefchaosinsanitytrustcautionteamworkactionshabitsself-improvementinnocencetimefreedomchangeshumanityliving conditionsThe Time TravellerunderstandingintentAdrian VeidtGillian OwensindividualityMia HallKat Hallbeliefslongingfast foodshigh caloriesconsumersfairnessTheseusEmilyPalamonmarriagerelationshipsmarital lifeElousiaevilright vs. wrongJasnah Kholinpoisonmealenvironmental movementchemicalsthe mindsowingsubconsciouscuresmoving forwardmurdermeaningfulBigger ThomasenemiesIshmaelcivil waruntrustworthymistakesmeaninglifetimeNatasha KingsleyhappinessinfatuationQueen AnneGeorge VillierstroubleextremesRaoul Dukeexistencechristianobediencejoygospelprudencelaughinghardship and misfortunesexclamationThe CarterresponsibilitysafetyobligationThe Foxcounselnot listeningcuriositywarningsDigory KirkePolly PlummermiseryteachingjusticeAravisamerican westmournworthunhappy marriageslovelesschildrengrowing upimplicationsinterdependencySatou Tatsuhirofor better or for worsethe beginnings of timestrengthfootballliftingshoulder padslegalblockingyardssidelineshaving a babychild rearingwrongshameRachel Watsonthoughtsrealityoptimismhatedrunkliving in the presentdedicationhealingpovertyJesusDaniel bar Jaminoriginalitytrying new thingsinevitabilityvaluablesbelongingcommunityfoolishnessdesensitizationopportunitiesaccepting who you areDumbledorefuturenaturetruthmisunderstandingsKelsierhumilityElrondhuman natureLige MossSam Watsonfamilyrashnesscause and effectGermanyjewsepicureanpaying a pricepunishmentmisbehaviorbreaking the rulesOlana Mansdaughterpleasureregretsbad peopleJack ScottrecklessweaknessesdisciplineaccountabilitystandardsperformancebehaviorLauren OlaminaconsciencebeautystereotypesLeigh-Cheri Furstenburg-BarcalonaBernard Mickey WranglecircumstancesSatanenvironmentsthinkingglorysparing lifepracticedeliberationschallengeschainscommitteddecisivenessmindsetdecisive momentsCeasardesireslibertymovementsdirectionsmothersMrs. RabbitPeter RabbitMr. McGregormannerschoresbeing politefamily ruleslife lessonsOliviaget caughtmadnesshypocrisydenialtemperpositive thinkingillustrationsJamelalovely storyyoung African girllove dressingchildhood playingto parade around townfabric ruinedafterwardone dayOliver MarksJoseph Colbornebusiness as usualtrickerybetrayalfalse truthsBanquowealthenvyturning pointsgoing backnot stealingDerek (The Real Thief)Boris Pavlikovskychangepowerdangerousbalancegood vs evilequilibriumThe Master Handspellsabuse of powerinnate skillGed (Duny, Sparrowhawk)Archmage Genshermagicalreal lifecome backyouth novela snow spideradvantagesstatisticsa nameRobbie Washingtona real persondrinking and driving
View All Quotes