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Carl Van Vechten Quotes and Sayings

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An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old.
- Carl Van Vechten

A cat is never vulgar.
- Carl Van Vechten

There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that
man could not emulate to his advantage.
- Carl Van Vechten

The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend
of man because it pleases him to do so and not because he must.
- Carl Van Vechten

 

As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the
cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty,
motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
- Carl Van Vechten

The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

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Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

Jesus was all right,
but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- John Lennon

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

Reality doesn't impress me.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy,
and when ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.
No more walls.
- Anais Nin

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards
set so much above his ordinary self as to make him
feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
- Irving Babbitt

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist,
and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind.
- Henry Ossawa Tanner

There are two things in ordinary conversation which
ordinary people dislike -
information and wit.
- Stephen Leacock

It's easy to like the most popular films,
but I have a great fondness for 'A Life Less Ordinary'.
- Danny Boyle

You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved
extraordinary things in life.
- Dave Winfield

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise
general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their
achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
- Sun Tzu

The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things,
but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
- Dean Stanley

I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.
- Martin Scorsese

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things;
to suggest,
not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
- Balthus

The most ordinary word, when put into place,
suddenly acquires brilliance.
That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
- Robert Bresson

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to
the ordinary rules of morality.
- William Hazlitt

I think if you touch ordinary people,
they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been.
They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should.
- Leonard Baskin

In the vanity of self-consciousness one feels at a
long remove above the ordinary love and trustfulness
of a simple and pure heart.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

The courage of very ordinary people is all that stands between us and the dark.
- Pam Brown

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary
language in our private thoughts is one of the main
obstacles to progress in philosophy.
- Bertrand Russell

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men.
Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
- Denis Diderot

I wouldn't have thought that a wrong theory should
lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field
theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes.
- Edward Witten

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA -
ordinary citizens don't need guns,
as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
- Heinrich Himmler

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

This sounds an extraordinary statement to make,
but in fact all truth is very ordinary.
- Brian Perkins

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday
mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
- Iris Murdoch

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

I am just an ordinary Catholic.
- Maggie Gallagher

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing,
civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary,
ignorant people.
- Kenneth Clark

There's another way of making music,
by touching the lives and feelings of ordinary people.
- Gavin Bryars

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand
books and thenceforward have at least one place in
the world in which it is possible to be happy.
- Augustine Birrell

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds
strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary
circumstances and how they react to events which force
them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.
- Rob Lowe

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men.
Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
- Blaise Pascal

The genius of the American system is that through freedom
we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.
- Phil Gramm

I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young,
I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old.
- Neil Kinnock

Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet,
but they will.
Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down.
- Michael Crichton

War - the ordinary man's most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary.
- Philip Caputo

It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life,
and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away.
- Anne Tyler

The Apple II was not designed like an ordinary product.
It used crazy tricks everywhere.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Because I'm just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things.
- Donna Summer

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
- Bennett Cerf

Neither Aristotelian nor Russellian rules give the
exact logic of any expression of ordinary language;
for ordinary language has no exact logic.
- Peter Frederick Strawson

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary,
and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
- Thomas Mann

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary
man is to have an extraordinary father.
- Austin O'Malley

Ordinary photons do have spin, they have a notion of
helicity so they spin around their direction on motion.
- Roger Penrose

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are
extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick


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