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Commonplace Quotes

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There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare
not suffer and cannot exult.
- John Masefield

We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it,
controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering
it to the free play of our subjectivity.
- Raoul Vaneigem

 

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There is never vulgarity in a whole truth,
however commonplace.
It may be unimportant or painful.
It cannot be vulgar.
Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth,
or in affectation.
- John Ruskin

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace;
to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
- William Arthur Ward

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Space is going to be commonplace.
- Christa McAuliffe

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the
essential process by which that intellect is cultivated
beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
- Charles Scribner, Jr.

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
- Samuel Butler

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- Gertrude Stein

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.
- Goldwin Smith

It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the
spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far
lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality.
- Christian Lous Lange

To the average mind popular music would mean compositions
vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment.
That is absolutely false.
- John Philip Sousa

Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that's creativity.
- Charles Mingus

In my plays I want to look at life -
at the commonplace of existence-as if we had just turned
a corner and run into it for the first time.
- Christopher Fry

If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight,
fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and
reality the chance to be exotic.
- Richard Eyre

Standing ovations have become far too commonplace.
What we need are ovations where the audience members
all punch and kick one another.
- George Carlin

Anything that excites me for any reason,
I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter,
but making the commonplace unusual.
- Edward Weston

Let us dig our furrow in the fields of the commonplace.
- Jean Henri Fabre

It is a commonplace that the League of Nations is not
yet-what its most enthusiastic protagonists intended it to be.
- Hjalmar Branting

At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or
a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.
- Jessica Lange

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high
in office at a critical moment influences the course
of events for a hundred years.
- Thomas Hardy

I don't know what people find or like in me,
I'm hopelessly commonplace!
Current appreciation of my work is a bit highbrow,
I've always considered myself a popular artist.
- Maxfield Parrish

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary;
great minds in the commonplace.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

Most remarks that are worth making are commonplace remarks.
The things that makes them worth saying is that we really mean them.
- Robert Lynd

Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity:
ideas themselves should spread ever faster,
and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace.
- Vernor Vinge

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival.
It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
- Christopher Hampton

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is
the less mysterious it proves to be.
It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling,
just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it,
light it so that it produces the same effect of youth
and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally,
and you have done a poet's job.
The rest is literature.
- Jean Cocteau

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind,
knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance
to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true:
every character is the hero of his own story.
Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him.
It's fun to give these people voices.
- Thomas Perry

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man,
all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death;
what is divine,
terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
- Cecil Beaton

Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery.
Though shared by each of us and known to all,
seldom rates a second thought.
That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about,
is time.
- Michael Ende

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime
for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace
remark that shows us another side,
another man, really; a man uncertain,
and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.
- Willa Cather

I always find it kind of embarrassing,
kind of funny, and kind of exciting.
In New York I'm recognized a lot, although nobody says anything.
You know, they stare at you just a second too long.
But in Paris it's not as commonplace to be recognized.
- Marc Jacobs

The concern is over what will happen as strong encryption
becomes commonplace with all digital communications and stored data.
Right now the use of encryption isn't all that widespread,
but that state of affairs is expected to change rapidly.
- Dorothy Denning

Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces,
but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
- Eric Hoffer

My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion,
and many things that seem wonderful to most men are
the every-day commonplaces of my business.
- Harry Houdini

I want to look at life - at the commonplaces of existence -
as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time.
- Christopher Fry

The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution
is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat
after one another till they pass into commonplaces,
but which all experience refutes.
- John Stuart Mill

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where There is Love,
Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Find a place inside where there's joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain.
- Joseph Campbell

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can
go as we are and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

Where there is love there is no question.
- Albert Einstein

Where there's life, there's hope.
- Terence

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
- Joseph Campbell

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You may be always victorious if
you will never enter into any contest
where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
- Epictetus

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul.
- John Muir

Where there is love there is life.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis


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