• WordNet 3.6
    • n passivism the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
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  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.”
  • James Humes
    James Humes
    “One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.”


In literature:

Pick out the participles, and tell whether active or passive, imperfect, perfect, or perfect definite.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
There are others who do so passively, not searching for excitement, but acquiescing.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
Verbs are of three kinds, active, passive, and neuter.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
It is Passive and Active.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
He sat mournful and passive in a basket chair, his sling making a patch of white in the gloom.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
We all have dreams, active or passive, futile or purposeful.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
I cannot discover that he did more than extend a sort of passive protection to their cause.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The result, thus far, is to an active passivity.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
He fell into a trance-like state of passivity, his body and mind exhausted.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Man is not a passive creature.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Defence is not a passive attitude, for that is the negation of war.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
The parasite has also means of passive defence comparable to the armor of the warrior in the past.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
Such a location has therefore a passive character.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
In submitting to it, undoubtedly they show their patriotism and their power of passive endurance.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
It is doubtful whether any of us, the passive public, would be here to-day as we are, were it not for his music.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
There is rest for him, as for us, in ceasing from our own wishes, and laying our wills silent and passive at His feet.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He was passive, not active.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Their ardor is their crown, before which the languid and the passive bow.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The passive character of the servant's fault greatly extends the sphere of the lesson, and increases the weight of its rebuke.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
He almost thrust it into Brian's passive fingers.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant

In poetry:

Wanton, willful & passive
Married to doubt
Clothed in great warring monuments
of glory
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Tho' while she thus extends her reign,
And rules the passive mind;
Her arrows wound us as we go,
And reason's sight is blind.
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath
The frost weaves ferns and sultry palms
Across my clouded pane;
Weaves melodies of ancient psalms
All through my passive brain.
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
When you know not where to turn,
stay still, just where you are.
There is something yet to learn.
Be careful lest you jar the threads that
fate is weaving in a patternyou can't see.
Be Passive.
"The Faith That Moves The Mountains" by Patience Strong
Build high the logs, O love, and in thine eyes
Let me believe the summer lingers late.
We shall not miss her passive pageantries,
We are not desolate,
When on the sill, across the window bars,
Kind winter flings her flowers and her stars.
"Frost Song" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
One must be passive to conceive the truth:
The bright and brutal surfaces of things
Awaited the decision of his eyes,
These pretty girls, to be embraced by fate
And mother all the objects of the earth;
The fatherhood of knowledge stood out there.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

Passive design principles give form to a sustainable, restorative environment for the children of Haiti.
Whenever I read about "anti-bullying initiatives" I grow concerned that we are rearing passive, institution-dependent children.
Solar, Wind, Hydroelectric, Geothermal and Passive Solar.
Solar, Wind, Hydroelectric , Geothermal and Passive Solar.
The components are constructed of passivated 316L stainless steel.
He was taken to an awaiting ambulance, stripped out of his wet clothes, covered in blankets and passively rewarmed with the dry blankets and heated air in the ambulance.
Jason Segel on His Passive-Aggressive Mountain Man Beard and Writing His Own Films (Video).
"Passive is passé ," Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing says about the trends he and his team have selected for the luxury department stores across the United States.
ICS-G7852 Passively -Cooled Industrial Core Switch.
Passive components can be kind of offensive sometimes.
The body of a man in his 50s was found at the scene of a fire at Passive Arts Studios, a bondage club in Lennox, in 2010.
Bethesda Home is Area's First Passive House.
This Bethesda home is the first certified Passive House in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Passive Obama Debate Performance 'a Case Study in What Not to Do'.
Just ask the onetime Philip Johnson protégé Dennis Wedlick, who's now shepherd of the Hudson Passive Project.

In science:

Here, if the graph underlies a network, the marks are not restricted to play a passive role, but may, in fact, determine the transition probabilities (as in Section 5) and provide a scenery for the random walk.
Processes on Unimodular Random Networks
Due to passivity of the field ϕ, the function βg is independent of x = {s, u, w} and the corresponding elements ∂βg /∂x of the matrix Ω vanish.
Effects of mixing and stirring on the critical behavior
The linear passive scalar case is very well understood within the RG framework (see e.g. chapter 2 in the book and references therein).
Effects of mixing and stirring on the critical behavior
It remains to note that the large-scale mixing (y = y ′ = 4) in three dimensions (ε = 1) belongs to the universality class of the linear passive scalar with the nonlocal noise correlator and therefore corresponds to the dimensions (55).
Effects of mixing and stirring on the critical behavior
We will consider one more variant of these passive models.
On Learning Thresholds of Parities and Unions of Rectangles in Random Walk Models
We have shown that these are bulge-dominated systems with stellar surface mass densities well above the value where galaxies transition from actively star forming to “passive” systems.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
We have learned that the transition from actively star-forming galaxies at low stellar surface mass densities to “passive” galaxies at high stellar surface densities does not imply that disk formation has ceased altogether, but that disks have become subdominant.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
The regimes of weak and strong coupling of the passive resonator to environment are considered.
Mode statistics in random lasers
In the absence of pumping, both realizations are characterized by short-lived strongly interacting passive modes.
Mode statistics in random lasers
The theory is based on the fact that the passive-mode widths for a weakly open resonator follow a χ2 distribution.
Mode statistics in random lasers
In Ref. the mode-number equation of Ref. was rederived for a resonator with overlapping passive modes.
Mode statistics in random lasers
The average mode number was computed from sets of passive-mode widths obtained directly from these ensembles.
Mode statistics in random lasers
We argue that a binomial distribution gets distorted by the passive-mode overlap and the active-mode competition.
Mode statistics in random lasers
Rk |Rk′ i 6= δkk′ . Ωk − iκk (κk > 0) are the complex eigenfrequencies of the passive open resonator.
Mode statistics in random lasers
However in the present under-doping case, as Mn3+ replaces some Mn4+ , the long-ranged orbital order is preserved, as only a “passive” electron/orbital is added.
Coexistence of long-ranged charge and orbital order and spin-glass state in single-layered manganites with weak quenched disorder