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Obscure Quotes

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The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

Related topics: Wisdom

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

Be obscure clearly.
- E. B. White

If you want music that speaks to you,
that LISTENS to you, you have to go out of your way,
which I enjoy actually.
I'm constantly on a private-eye kick to find the totally obscure.
- Trevor Dunn

 

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And shares the nature of infinity.
- William Wordsworth

Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake,
politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down.
I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.
- Mickey Rourke

The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern:
and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern
some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.
- George Berkeley

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Nothing is more unreliable than the populace,
nothing more obscure than human intentions,
nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
- Baltasar Gracian

One can spend too much of one's life locked in stuffy
rooms seeking out obscure truths,
searching, researching, until one is too old to enjoy life.
- Jimmy Sangster

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
- Horace

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
- Horace

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as
part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record
of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney

I've always liked being relatively obscure.
I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs.
- Don DeLillo

A Constitution should be short and obscure.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established,
that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
- Blaise Pascal

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.
Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity
prevented them from making a first effort.
- Sydney Smith

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men.
That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
- William Blake

In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively
discussed because it is obscure;
in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because
it is excessively discussed.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should
not obscure a separate issue:
if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare,
no matter what happens to the world,
that's not equity,
it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
- Jacques Delors

The world is now aware that the most unavoidable and
most dangerous weapon that exists is the blind decisiveness
of a man ready to sacrifice his life for an obscure cause.
- Omar Bongo

Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure.
To find something obscure poses no difficult,
elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast,
obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete,
obscure, and unconscious.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

I give the fight up: let there be an end,
a privacy, an obscure nook for me.
I want to be forgotten even by God.
- Robert Browning

Maybe if you and ten of your friends could pool your
savings and borrow some money and actually buy some
obscure station in Sonoma,
and then take some chances and have some fun.
- Robert McChesney

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
- Hosea Ballou

Those things which I am saying now may be obscure,
yet they will be made clearer in their proper place.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

More people are troubled by what is plain in Scripture than by what is obscure.
- Roy L. Smith

Being horrible in a big film is a quicker nosedive
than doing an obscure film and making no money.
- Renee Zellweger

The notion of the single man began in the 1950's.
The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure.
- Hugh Hefner

Intellectual comradeship requires that you think your
thoughts through to the place where you can make the complex seem simple,
the obscure quite clear.
- David Seabury

I'm a bit of a nerd, I wouldn't mind working in a shop selling records,
or having a radio show where I could play obscure singles.
- Bjork

Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes.
- Martin Short

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had
hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head.
I was just real exceptional in that way.
- Steve Wozniak

Hardship makes the world obscure.
- Don DeLillo

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Those quotations were really quite obscure.
Anyone can see that he is a very well read man.
- Barbara Pym

Crabbed and obscure definitions are of no use beyond
a narrow circle of students,
of whom probably every one has a pet one of his own.
- Frederick Pollock

To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there.
- Dennis Potter

It flourished with the Saracens, and suffered in the
obscure and fanatical days of the Middle Ages.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work.
It is pure joy that I offer you.
Look at my sculptures until you see them.
Those closest to God have seen them.
- Constantin Brancusi

I am not afraid of death, but would not want to die
in some obscure or pointless way.
- Isabelle Eberhardt

I do very few standards.
Hardly any.
Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes,
for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington
tunes that are well known.
- Mose Allison

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas,
obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
- Bill Watterson

It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.
- Joseph Joubert

A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.
- Wendell Willkie

Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure
system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned,
must be obscure and unostentatious.
- Marguerite Gardiner

If you want to study one of these strange organisms,
you had better have a good justification.
It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure
insect that no one's ever heard about.
- Thomas R. Cech

No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental
illness' is not the name of a biological condition
whose nature awaits to be elucidated,
but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.
- Thomas Szasz

PENTHOUSE didn't seem to concentrate as much on the girls' faces,
and I really wanted to see the girls' faces.
It seems like through the 1980's, they almost went
out of their way to obscure the girls' faces.
- Chester Brown

I mean, most of it is probably more obscure and just
more noisy than either of those two bands,
but Thurston has stuff all the time that he's involved
with that is fairly obscure and experimental.
- Kim Gordon

The great work must inevitably be obscure,
except to the very few, to those who like the author
himself are initiated into the mysteries.
Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important.
For this only one good reader is necessary.
- Henry Miller

Nothing is as real as a dream.
The world can change around you, but your dream will not.
Responsibilities need not erase it.
Duties need not obscure it.
Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
- Tom Clancy

Like the winds that we come we know not whence and
blow whither soever they list,
the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin.
They arise before the date of philosophy,
from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
- Adam Ferguson

On the other hand, the artist has much to do in the
realm of color construction,
which is so little explored and so obscure,
and hardly dates back any farther than to the beginning of Impressionism.
- Robert Delaunay

The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics
which isolate slaves from each other,
obscure the reality of a common condition,
and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.
- Andrea Dworkin

The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books,
to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work,
and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and
questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles.
- Ronald Fisher

Speakers are not supposed to waste time on platitudes,
but the capacity of this generation for ignoring the
obvious and concentrating on the negative and the obscure is immense.
- Arthur H. Sulzberger

Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science,
but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language;
because it is necessary to use many Greek words to
which there are none corresponding in Latin.
- Marcus V. Pollio

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians,
but to understand just what the Games are about,
it is really necessary to investigate the roots and
the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.
- Bill Toomey

Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
- Harry S. Truman

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates,
and the glare that obscures.
- James Thurber

Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates,
important political questions.
- Tom G. Palmer

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness.
An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
- Khalil Gibran


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