quotations The Best Quotes About Obscurity  

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A list of the best obscurity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous obscurity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic obscurity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational obscurity quotes from that same writer.

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Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living. Mark Twain

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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

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Obscurity brings safety. Aesop

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The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. George Eliot

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The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell. Adrienne Rich

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The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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More significant than the fact that poets write abstrusely, painters paint abstractly, and composers compose unintelligible music is that people should admire what they cannot understand; indeed, admire that which has no meaning or principle. Eric Hoffer

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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

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Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. Lionel Trilling

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Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity. Thomas Hardy

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Obscurity is the realm of error. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

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Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval. Marshall McLuhan

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It is better to be looked over than overlooked. Mae West