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Serge Gainsbourg Quotes and Sayings

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Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts.
- Serge Gainsbourg

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity,
but in being uninteresting.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

 

Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.
- Douglas Horton

Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness.
- Daniel Goleman

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in
embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering
devices to oblige them to be ugly.
Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
- H. G. Wells

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It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left
in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
- Thornton Wilder

From our ugliness will grow the soul of the world.
- Andrei Platonov

Time takes the ugliness and horror out of death and turns it into beauty.
- Dodie Smith

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
- Ouida

I hate ugliness.
You know I'm allergic to ugliness.
- Imelda Marcos

Everything that's realistic has some sort of ugliness in it.
Even a flower is ugly when it wilts,
a bird when it seeks its prey,
the ocean when it becomes violent.
- Sharon Tate

The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being,
all other activities of the human spirit could be left
to take care of themselves.
- Herbert Read

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.
- Salvador Dali

I'm not that obsessed with making representations of ugliness.
Everything I've seen is beautiful.
- Otto Dix

Stanley didn't shy away from true humanity or from
the ugliness that all people are capable of.
- Matthew Modine

What I like about cities is that everything is king size,
the beauty and the ugliness.
- Joseph Brodsky

Why do we go around acting as though everything was
friendship and reliability when basically everything
everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?
- Anna Freud

I love it when ugliness is beautiful.
I love character flaws.
- Marcia Gay Harden

In matters large and small, many people seemed concerned about churlishness,
an ugliness in our relationships that appears to be
increasing rather than decreasing.
- Nick Clooney

In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence
of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

America is supposed to be given over to ugliness.
There are a good many ugly things there and the ugliest
are the most pretentious.
- Goldwin Smith

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults,
in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards,
and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
- George Orwell

I have no right to beauty.
I had been condemned to masculine ugliness.
- Renee Vivien

It's taken me a long time to become the person I am,
for all the ugliness to fall away.
The rotten flesh is gone, and the seed is there.
I can touch that now.
- Lynn Johnston

I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant
and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China.
The contrast between the beauty of the past and the
ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China.
- Jung Chang

That was' one time when my technique absolutely deserted me,
I must admit.
There was a wax face that he had created himself to cover his own ugliness.
I was in his clutches and I had to hit him in the face.
- Fay Wray

There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder,
and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order,
achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order
that is struggling to exist and to be served.
- Jane Jacobs

I was amazed and upset by the looks I got just walking around the studio...
It illuminates the ugliness and the beauty that exists within each of us,
and that's what this story represents to me.
- Gerard Butler

They call me corrupt, frivolous.
I am not at all privileged.
Maybe the only privileged thing is my face.
And corrupt? God!
I would not look like this if I am corrupt.
Some ugliness would settle down on my system.
- Imelda Marcos

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives.
It's supposed to help us communicate,
but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.
- Tracy Chapman

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

I know quite a few farmers all over the United States
who have tried this and have said the opposite,
that they have to use more herbicides,
not less.
The same holds true with BT.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The truth is balance.
However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance,
may not be a lie.
- Susan Sontag

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief,
of holding on.
- Alan Watts

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story,
that I didn't want to do another romantic comedy.
I wanted to do the opposite.
- Bill Pullman

And, of course, they've always condemned dancing.
You know, you might touch a member of the opposite sex.
And you might get excited and you might do something natural.
- Frank McCourt

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -
it's apathy.
It's not giving a damn.
- Leo Buscaglia

The wise have always said the same things,
and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity,
while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
- Paul Gauguin

What is wanted is not the will to believe,
but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

The opposite of talking isn't listening.
The opposite of talking is waiting.
- Fran Lebowitz

The internet is a total inversion of television.
It's the opposite.
- Joel Hodgson

You read a book from beginning to end.
You run a business the opposite way.
You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.
- Jessamyn West

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction
in the opposite direction.
- Plato

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
- Thomas Mann

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,
and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic
lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest
in any movie he starred in.
- Morgan Freeman

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis
will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed.
It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
- Paul Schrader


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