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George Steiner Quotes and Sayings

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The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand.
The man of genius casts light.
- George Steiner

The immense majority of human biographies are a gray
transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
- George Steiner

Language can only deal meaningfully with a special,
restricted segment of reality.
The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part,
is silence.
- George Steiner

The age of the book is almost gone.
- George Steiner

 

The most important tribute any human being can pay
to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart.
Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.
- George Steiner

The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event,
every individual and social configuration;
but the honing is uniform.
- George Steiner

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated
by noise and gregariousness.
- George Steiner

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Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.
- George Steiner

To many men...
the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.
- George Steiner

We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening,
that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's
work at Auschwitz in the morning.
- George Steiner

Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity,
do not easily resume life.
- George Steiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's an ordinary day for Brian.
Like, he died every day, you know.
- Peter Townsend

Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and
ordinary people millionaires.
- Bo Bennett

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant
men in charge of affairs.
They expect too much of ordinary men.
- Thucydides

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

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied
with an ordinary success.
- Mason Cooley

The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job.
- Dylan Moran

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

If I ever do anything, it actually might be some fantasy
elf thing or even some cute,
funny thing.
Just to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.
I've done my superhero gig.
- Todd McFarlane

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection
of the human being on the page.
I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people;
they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the
consequences of this resistance.
- Philip K. Dick

The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context
of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me.
- Chris Van Allsburg

The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly
ordinary people look because they haven't had their
chin wrapped around the back of their ears.
- Ian Mckellen

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

You would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows.
- Matt Drudge

I am just an ordinary Catholic.
- Maggie Gallagher

No one is ever ordinary.
- Tanith Lee

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions,
but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry,
to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
- T. S. Eliot

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird:
it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to
fly while remaining an egg.
We are like eggs at present.
And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary,
decent egg.
We must be hatched or go bad.
- C. S. Lewis

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

When the cinematograph first made its appearance,
we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered.
- Ivor Novello

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

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

The ordinary man is involved in action,
the hero acts.
An immense difference.
- Henry Miller

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself,
I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
- Michel de Montaigne

They say the death of a parent puts you in time because
that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death:
you're next.
I don't buy it.
- Bruce Jackson

What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they
try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live;
their visions and their powers are limited.
- C. Wright Mills

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves,
to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary
citizens without the power to reform the future.
- Kenzo Tange

Then all the foreigners started coming over.
I don't mind that but a lot of teams are laying out
fortunes for ordinary players and that's no good for
our youngsters coming through.
- Paul Gascoigne

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

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

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
- Charles Richter

I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris,
for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused,
so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
- Harry Houdini

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

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

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- Jim Rohn

The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain,
is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into
the minds of ordinary men.
- Jacob Bronowski


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