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It is conventional to call "monster" ...
by Alfred Jarry

It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant elements.
I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty.
- Alfred Jarry

We believe...
that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
- Alfred Jarry

Applause that comes thundering with such force you
might think the audience merely suffers the music as
an excuse for its ovations.
- Alfred Jarry

Blind and unwavering undisciplined at all times constitutes
the real strength of all free men.
- Alfred Jarry

 

God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.
- Alfred Jarry

We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything
unless we demolish the ruins as well.
But the only way I can see of doing that is to use
them to put up a lot of fine,
well-designed buildings.
- Alfred Jarry

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life,
is only for those who are virile enough to create new life:
either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know,
or as a complete new character.
- Alfred Jarry

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Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I believe that this is a different war than America
has ever fought in the past.
It is a non-conventional war.
It means that you've got to use every tool you've got available to you.
- Hugh Shelton

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

Doing the Muppet Show you forget about conventional filming.
- Peter Mayhew

Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom,
to see everything through the filter of right and left.
- Arianna Huffington

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community,
it is necessary to come up to a certain,
somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.
- Thorstein Veblen

I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional
notions of what is beautiful.
- Mark Strand

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying,
or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
- Noam Chomsky

In most conventional novels, God is not allowed to be nuts.
Nor are nuts allowed to be God.
- John Sladek

Charlie's not your conventional mathematician...
we sexed him up a little bit.
- David Krumholtz

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

Is it the factitious and the conventional that most
surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
- Paul Cezanne

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited
with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden
of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

People always blame the girl; she should have said no.
A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always
been that boys can't manage it.
- Anna Quindlen

It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not
care why we went to war in Iraq,
that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
- Adam Schiff

It will be a pity if women in the more conventional
mould are to be phased out,
for there will never be anyone to go home to.
- Anita Brookner

I've always shied away from conventional wisdom,
though I know the power of it.
- Peter Jennings

The 1960s were about releasing ourselves from conventional
society and freeing ourselves.
- Yoko Ono

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program
and we need to cut welfare.
Just the opposite!
We need more welfare and fewer jobs.
- Jerry Brown

Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated
to be the objects of satire.
- Carroll O'Connor

I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is.
The younger you are, the more risk you can take on.
- Maria Bartiromo

In our day the conventional element in literature is
elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending
that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye

Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
- Paul Farmer

Die? I should say not, dear fellow.
No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
- John Barrymore

The most important lesson of New Labour is this:
Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
- Ed Miliband

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional
people not knowing what they are dealing with.
- Golda Meir

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie;
all it requires is a great writer and great director
with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross

People who play conventional music are threatened by
electronica and don't consider it to be as valuable as what they do.
- Bill Laswell

We need not renounce the use of conventional force.
We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger
that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

Economists often like startling theorems,
results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann

Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
- Erich Fromm

The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which
have the general character of ritual or ceremonial,
all conventional acts.
- J. L. Austin

I don't think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way.
He just decided to exit when he wanted to.
- Eric Burdon

Most human beings today waste some 25 to 30 years of
their lives before they break through the actual and
conventional lies which surround them.
- Isadora Duncan

They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen.
But if they take place they'll be called "war" too.
And there will still be no conventional war.
- Bruce Sterling

I'm a sworn enemy of convention.
I despise the conventional in anything,
even the arts.
- Hedy Lamarr

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

I think Tierney is also more libertarian than he is
conservative in the conventional sense.
- Daniel Okrent

I really don't consider myself to be a conventional Hollywood star.
I've never really been marketed by the big studios
to do mass market box office films.
- Laura Dern

Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for
the alien who comes among us.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Fear is a problem with film music and films;
people want to be conventional,
and there's more commercialism today.
If you are not daring in your art, you're bankrupt.
- Alex North

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify
it with reason and experiment.
- Steve Albini

I think in conventional magazine wisdom,
you need to have a redesign every decade or so.
- Timothy White

The conventional army loses if it does not win.
The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Many people have their reputations as reporters and
analysts because they are on television,
batting around conventional wisdom.
A lot of these people have never reported a story.
- Bob Woodward

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social
Security and Medicare to provide for old age.
They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.
- Ron Chernow

The stars are the great Gothic churches:
spires,
naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses,
stained glass and grandeur, grandeur,
grandeur.
- John Corry

I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and
revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional
circumstances and return to mathematical research.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable
for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.
- Nick Clooney

The conventional notions of art have changed,
and a lot of things done today are considered works
of art that would have been rejected in the past.
- David Rockefeller

The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating
a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting
conventional political categories.
- Christopher Lasch

The conventional definition of management is getting
work done through people,
but real management is developing people through work.
- Agha Hasan Abedi

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional
where depth and originality are wasted.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery

My religion centers in different areas than what's
considered conventional religion.
- Jack Kevorkian

A conventional playwright tries to tell you more about
the characters than they know about themselves.
- Timothy West

I really identified with Jess, because my own dream was acting,
which isn't the most conventional profession.
- Parminder Nagra

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love
affair which makes a part of the plot,
is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

A conventional good read is usually a bad read,
a relaxing bath in what we know already.
A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we,
the readers, become conspirators.
- Augustine Birrell

I've been with the same person for a very long time
but I'm just non-conventional in that way.
I don't think people need to be married.
I think a lot of people need that piece of paper,
but I don't think everybody needs that to feel secure.
- Eva Mendes


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