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Commonplace Quotes

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There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival.
It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
- Christopher Hampton

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary;
great minds in the commonplace.
- Elbert Hubbard

 

Space is going to be commonplace.
- Christa McAuliffe

There is never vulgarity in a whole truth,
however commonplace.
It may be unimportant or painful.
It cannot be vulgar.
Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth,
or in affectation.
- John Ruskin

We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it,
controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering
it to the free play of our subjectivity.
- Raoul Vaneigem

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Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the
essential process by which that intellect is cultivated
beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
- Charles Scribner, Jr.

Standing ovations have become far too commonplace.
What we need are ovations where the audience members
all punch and kick one another.
- George Carlin

Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity:
ideas themselves should spread ever faster,
and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace.
- Vernor Vinge

To the average mind popular music would mean compositions
vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment.
That is absolutely false.
- John Philip Sousa

Most remarks that are worth making are commonplace remarks.
The things that makes them worth saying is that we really mean them.
- Robert Lynd

It is a commonplace that the League of Nations is not
yet-what its most enthusiastic protagonists intended it to be.
- Hjalmar Branting

At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or
a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.
- Jessica Lange

Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that's creativity.
- Charles Mingus

I'm saying look, here they come, pay attention.
Let your eyes transform what appears ordinary,
commonplace, into what it is, a moment in time,
an observed fragment of eternity.
- Philip Levine

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.
- Goldwin Smith

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high
in office at a critical moment influences the course
of events for a hundred years.
- Thomas Hardy

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the
spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far
lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality.
- Christian Lous Lange

Anything that excites me for any reason,
I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter,
but making the commonplace unusual.
- Edward Weston

Let us dig our furrow in the fields of the commonplace.
- Jean Henri Fabre

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
- Samuel Butler

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- Gertrude Stein

I don't know what people find or like in me,
I'm hopelessly commonplace!
Current appreciation of my work is a bit highbrow,
I've always considered myself a popular artist.
- Maxfield Parrish

If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight,
fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and
reality the chance to be exotic.
- Richard Eyre

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace;
to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
- William Arthur Ward

Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare
not suffer and cannot exult.
- John Masefield

In my plays I want to look at life -
at the commonplace of existence-as if we had just turned
a corner and run into it for the first time.
- Christopher Fry

But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true:
every character is the hero of his own story.
Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him.
It's fun to give these people voices.
- Thomas Perry

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
- Cecil Beaton

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it,
light it so that it produces the same effect of youth
and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally,
and you have done a poet's job.
The rest is literature.
- Jean Cocteau

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is
the less mysterious it proves to be.
It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling,
just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime
for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace
remark that shows us another side,
another man, really; a man uncertain,
and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.
- Willa Cather

I always find it kind of embarrassing,
kind of funny, and kind of exciting.
In New York I'm recognized a lot, although nobody says anything.
You know, they stare at you just a second too long.
But in Paris it's not as commonplace to be recognized.
- Marc Jacobs

Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery.
Though shared by each of us and known to all,
seldom rates a second thought.
That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about,
is time.
- Michael Ende

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind,
knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance
to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

The concern is over what will happen as strong encryption
becomes commonplace with all digital communications and stored data.
Right now the use of encryption isn't all that widespread,
but that state of affairs is expected to change rapidly.
- Dorothy Denning

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man,
all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death;
what is divine,
terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I want to look at life - at the commonplaces of existence -
as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time.
- Christopher Fry

My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion,
and many things that seem wonderful to most men are
the every-day commonplaces of my business.
- Harry Houdini

Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces,
but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
- Eric Hoffer

The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution
is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat
after one another till they pass into commonplaces,
but which all experience refutes.
- John Stuart Mill

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

Not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your right hand always be
stretched out in friendship, never in want.
- Irish Blessing

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith


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