The only thing more painful than being an active forgetter is to be an inert rememberer.
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.
Construed as turf, home just seems a provisional claim, a designation you make upon a place, not one it makes on you. A certain set of buildings, a glimpsed, smudged window-view across a schoolyard, a musty aroma sniffed behind a garage when you were a child, all of which come crowding in upon your latter-day senses those are pungent things and vivid, even consoling. But to me they are also inert and nostalgic and unlikely to connect you to the real, to that essence art can sometimes achieve, which is permanence.
Are bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people Is the human will as inert as the past two world-wide wars would indicate.
Activities that seem to represent choices are often inert reproductions of accepted practice.
Running a credit-card portfolio is a banking business. Retailers make lousy bankers ... so receivables tend to be inert in their hands.
This is a paranoid regime. Even if the development of the Caucasus airfields even if it weren't about them, they would assume it was about them. So that in and of itself will likely provoke a response. The Iranians are not inert targets If they started to think we were moving in the direction of a military move against them, they would start fighting us right away.
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time... its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.
Education with inert ideas is not only useless it is above all things harmful.
The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active the governor must be more energetic than the governed.