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George Saunders Quotes and Sayings

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Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.
- George Saunders

Character is that sum total of moments we can't explain.
- George Saunders

There might be a different model for a literary community that's quicker,
more real-time, and involves more spontaneity.
- George Saunders

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

 

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just
about anything a human does.
- Bill Nye

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
- Anatole Broyard

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

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Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
- Charles Baudelaire

The accident was a horrible thing - but that horrible thing made Chris,
at the end of his life, Superman.
It's a happy irony if there is such a thing.
I'm proud to have known him.
- Morgan Freeman

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard -
that's the weird irony of it.
- Steven Soderbergh

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
- Jack Nicholson

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
- Karl Kraus

Irony is the form of paradox.
Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes.
- Steve Carlton

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility,
of the infinitely abundant chaos.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I love the irony.
I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have
the clinical condition of an old man.
- Michael J. Fox

My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers
of irony and paradox all the way through it.
- Mark Haddon

Yes, of course that's true but you know,
the irony of all that is that before the accident,
I'd pretty much lost interest in playing drums.
- Rick Allen

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject
of probably my best poetry.
- Philip Levine

It could draw from a greater reservoir of freedom.
The irony could develop an even greater ease.
- Elfriede Jelinek

Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality.
- Jean Stafford

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies.
I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my
energies and drove me in new directions.
- E. O. Wilson

You know the great irony is that people think you have
to have money to enjoy fine food,
which is a shame.
- Ted Allen

But the irony is that because the band isn't the focus any more,
it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more.
- Rick Allen

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
- Anatole France

The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked,
and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses
are revealed and diagnosed,
"then" what do we do?
- David Foster Wallace

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon.
Candide can do little more than generate irony.
- Lionel Trilling

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy...
It's a tightrope to stay true to the character,
true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen.
- Ben Kingsley

Irony differentiates.
Cynicism never does.
- Paul Horgan

The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart,
gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.
- David Foster Wallace

If a nation values anything more than freedom,
it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that
if it is comfort or money that it values more,
it will lose that too.
- W. Somerset Maugham

We should try to understand our innermost needs.
We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
- Manuel Puig

Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.
- Barbara Kruger

The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation
was not brought to an end,
nor redneck violence dramatically reduced,
by violence.
- Stanley Crouch

The irony of our social group is that so often everyone feels this,
but there's no company whatsoever in that feeling.
Think of Pound's great emphasis, the way out is via the door.
- Robert Creeley

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor,
but I do not use irony in any way.
- John Zorn

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

At a time like this, scorching irony,
not convincing argument, is needed.
- Frederick Douglass

I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize
the primacy of the idea in making art.
- Sol LeWitt

Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of
human beings have a sense of irony,
which means that eighty percent of the world takes
everything at face value.
- Doug Coupland

There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
- Carter Burwell

It's no small irony that the government inevitably
and invariably ends up promoting precisely that which
they would most like to repress.
- Jock Sturges

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily
blessed with a vein of it.
- Charles Lamb

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve
success or financial independence after the chief reason
for which we sought it has passed away.
- Ellen Glasgow

The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases
last week and of the outright hostility that the Court
has displayed against religion in recent years is that
above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments.
- Cliff Stearns

The irony here is this administration is spending more
money on climate change research and development than
any administration in all the rest of the industrialized world combined.
- Christine Todd Whitman

Which is a wonderful irony, I have property there.
I go back every chance I get.
One of the main reasons I actually wrote the book,
agreed to write it having never wanted to do that in my life,
very intimidating by the way to write a book.
- Sela Ward

That is where the irony of the film comes off,
in terms of the language it employs -
where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,'
to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.
- Atom Egoyan

The Academy Awards ceremony is designed to be without irony,
but Chris Rock supplied it anyway with filmed movie-theater
interviews with black men and women who had never heard
of the movies nominated for Best Picture.
- Suzanne Fields

This commitment to truth is something one senses more
and more Americans yearning for,
just as they are becoming more and more sophisticated
at knowing when the truth is being obscured -
an irony that seems to elude most of today's elected officials.
- Michael Musto

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good
deal of irony in the world...
I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising,
there's obviously a lot of deception.
- Kenneth Koch

The irony of that is, what makes it kind of ironic,
is when you do become successful as a professional athlete in particular,
a lot of the young children who are emulating these
stars do have a different perspective.
- Frank Shorter

I love Sell Out, I think it's great.
I love the jingles.
The whole thing as an album is a wonderful piece of work.
The cover.
Everything about it.
It's got humor, great songs, irony.
- Roger Daltrey

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

May you taste, smell, and touch
your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The challenge before us is to savor the unknown
and delight in the taste of possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Trust yourself. Only you can live your life.
Only you can taste your victories.
Only you can suffer the sting of your defeats.
Make your own choices, and accept your own consequences -
for better or worse.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness.
When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being.
- Osho

When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being,
and remain conscious - and you are meditating.
And then meditation is not separate from life.
- Osho

Intelligence is really a kind of taste:
taste in ideas.
- Susan Sontag

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos
taste a hell of a lot better.
- Robert Redford

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
- Mel Brooks

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste,
and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly,
wherever he travels.
- Henry B. Adams

Here's a toast to your new bride who has everything a girl
could want in her life, except for good taste in men.
- Anonymous

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter
quite like unrequited love.
- Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic


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