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Bad Attention Quotes


"I've always had a bad attention span." - Charlie Brooker

"In the opening stage of most careers any attention is what you want, any attention is good attention, even if it's bad attention." - Robert Greene

"We say that children are bad at paying attention, but we really mean that they're bad at not paying attention - they easily get distracted by anything interesting." - Alison Gopnik

"They're not so bad. They just need some attention. ...Like pets. Or my brother." - Rick Riordan

"But some people want attention so bad they want you to see them angry at you." - Godfrey

"For instance, The Sixth Sense had mediocre to bad reviews. Slowly, the audience pushed it and it received critical attention." - M Night Shyamalan

"Scores only matter if they're very good, no one pays much attention to the bad or mediocre ones." - Suzanne Collins

"A little love and attention can go a long way...too bad more people don't realize that." - Frank Peretti

"Scores only matter if they"re very good, no one pays much attention to the bad or mediocre ones." - Suzanne Collins

"You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to." - Robin Williams

"I think, first of all, you know, Washington has a bad habit of a very short attention span." - Claire Mccaskill

"If I start paying attention to the mechanics of a film while watching it, then it's generally a bad film." - Terry Zwigoff

"Good and bad karma are just ways of evaluating causal experience. What you do affects your attention field." - Frederick Lenz

"For instance, 'The Sixth Sense' had mediocre to bad reviews. Slowly, the audience pushed it and it received critical attention." - M Night Shyamalan

"Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride. It's a bad time to be right." - Joni Mitchell

"The legitimate aim of criticism is to direct attention to the excellent. The bad will dig its own grave." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"When politicians and politically minded people pay too much attention to literature, it is a bad sign - a bad sign mostly for literature. But it is also a bad sign when they don't want to hear the word mentioned." - Italo Calvino

"To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad." - George Washington

"Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it, hotheadedness isn't." - Harper Lee

"Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it." - Harper Lee

"It's very difficult to consistently hit good iron shots if you get off to a bad start. That's why I'm always paying attention to my setup and takeaway." - Keegan Bradley

"If it's a real bad score, then it can ruin a movie for me, or, at least, it will draw a lot of my attention to the score." - Marco Beltrami

"I don't pay much attention to the press. My films always get good reviews and bad reviews. I just try to make the best film I can." - Paul Haggis

"I don't pay no attention to what critics say about me, the good or the bad. The toughest critic I got is myself...and I'm too vain to play anything I think is bad." - Miles Davis

"I try to read, but my attention span is so bad, and ever since Netflix was invented, that's all I do in my spare time, which is really bad, but it's like a chore to read for me." - Eliot Paulina Sumner

"I always had a weight thing and felt bad about it, but in New Jersey, I felt like I got attention, and even when I felt bad or chubby, I didn't feel like I a freak." - Diane Ruggiero

"You want attention, you want to grab some of that airspace that exists out there in a world that's very difficult to get it because it's so competitive and to get it for more than a few seconds. Any attention is good and that can be what we would normally consider as bad attention so I wanted to make you aware of that dynamic." - Robert Greene

"The problem is that it has become politically awkward to draw attention to absolutes of bad and good. In place of manners, we now have doctrines of political correctness, against which one offends at one's peril: by means of a considerable circular logic, such offences mark you as reactionary and therefore a bad person. Therefore if you say people are bad, you are bad." - Lynne Truss

"When sex desire arises, one simply pays total attention to it, not judging, not saying this is good or bad not saying this is evil, not saying that this is a provocation from the devil. No - no evaluation at all because all valuation belongs to the mind and witnessing is not of the mind. Good, bad - distinctions all belong to the mind, and the witnessing is undivided, one. It is neither good nor bad, it simply is. One pays attention to hunger or to the sex desire, total attention - and total attention is such an energy, it is fire-the hunger simply is burned, the sex desire is simply burned." - Rajneesh

"Attention! Attention! Attention! Thou art aware of the situation!" - Zack Ryder

"Your feelings are cosmic communication! The good feelings mean, GOOD FOR YOU. The bad feelings are to get your attention so that you will change what you are focusing on." - Rhonda Byrne

"Greatness of spirit is to bear finely both good fourtune and bad, honor and disgrace, and not to think highly of luxury or attention or power or victories in contests, and to possess a certain depth and magnitude of spirit." - Aristotle

"He never pays attention, he always knows the answer, and he can never tell you how he knows. We can't keep thrashing him. He is a bad example to the other pupils. There's no educating a smart boy." - Terry Pratchett

"I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics." - Barack Obama

"Films to the degree that they glorify mindlessness and short attention span they are bad, to the degree that they encourage empathy with people not like ourselves and encourage us to think about life, they are good." - Roger Ebert

"If you pay attention to good critics, you have to listen to the bad. So you have to ignore them all really. You can't just cherry pick the glowing ones." - Ricky Gervais

"Humor requires perspective. Perspective requires focus. Focus requires balance. Balance requires attention to the present moment. In the 'now' one is freed from labels. Success and failure, good luck and bad-they're all constructs of your mind." - Tom Bergeron

"As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself...all of which I've earned a living doing." - Audrey Hepburn

"There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself." - W Somerset Maugham

"Yes, I'm an extremist. The Black race here in North America is in extremely bad condition. You show me a Black man who isn't an extremist and I'll show you one who needs psychiatric attention." - Malcolm X

"But when we look at the facts which the term denotes instead of confining our attention to its intrinsic connotation, we find not unity, but a plurality of societies, good and bad." - John Dewey

"As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself... All of which I've earned a living doing." - Audrey Hepburn

"I think if you're fame-hungry, go out to a nightclub and get drunk... why do that? I don't understand how some people would want fame so bad that they'd go out and get negative attention to earn it." - Zac Efron

"Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world." - Al Franken

"Obviously, a skirt does present certain problems that I had to be aware of. But when it came to the shoot and we were rolling, I didn't really pay it any attention. It wasn't too bad." - Chiaki Kuriyama

"I hate these platforms that are all over the place today; they are all about grabbing attention. They are suburban! I never do a platform. Well, I did, in the 1970s, but that was a bad experience." - Manolo Blahnik

"I've learned through experience that life is never that bad. The secret is just paying attention to how you feel and not letting anyone else dictate what in your heart you know is right." - Dana Plato

"So far I haven't really been prominent enough to get critical attention focused on me. So, of course, I fully expect bad reviews, but I will be wracked with misery as a result." - Emily Mortimer

"I went to Spago once, eight years ago. I had just closed a deal. I thought it would be fun to go to Spago and it wasn't. I got a bad table and nobody paid any attention to me." - Michael Tolkin

"I'm trying to take all the media attention with a grain of salt. It is nice, but you are never as great as people say you are. And you're never as bad as others say you are." - Kelly Olynyk

"Dogs seek attention from you. But by paying them that attention when they want it, you're reinforcing the bad or hyperactive or anxious behavior that you're trying to avoid. Practice - no touch, no talk, no eye contact - and see how you fare. You might be surprised at how quickly the dog settles down and looks to you as his pack leader for direction." - Cesar Millan

"I love getting attention, just like a child loves it, and it's never worn off. So when people say, oh the book signings go on, why would I shoo away someone who's giving me attention? What part of standing in line for 10 hours to say how much they love you is bad to you?" - David Sedaris

"You create attention to attract attention." - Kurt Cobain

"I need attention. I like the attention." - Bill Foley

"Bad beginnings, bad endings." - Livy

"Sometimes bad is bad." - Huey Lewis

"Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don't act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end." - Bill Gates

"Luck or tragedy, some people get runs. Then of course there are those who divide it even, good and bad, but we never hear of them. Such a life doesn't demand attention. Only the people who get the good or bad runs." - John Steinbeck

"I believe the election and reelection of Obama were among the most conspicuous acts of denial in recent years. Voters just stopped paying attention. They accepted consistently bad behavior and rewarded it. Then they wonder why they get more bad behavior." - Allen West

"When you're five years old, and you're running a business that people did not think there was room for, getting attention is not a bad thing. Letting it be known by whatever colorful language is necessary is not a bad thing." - Brit Hume

"Friendship demands attention." - Thomas More

"Flirtation: attention without intention." - Max O'Rell

"Love is effortless attention." - Guy Finley

"Compassion begins with attention." - Daniel Goleman

"All attention is introspection." - Thomas Metzinger

"Geniuses never pay attention." - Michael Crichton

"Terrorism gets people's attention." - Lowell Bergman

"I love attention." - Marc Jacobs

"Discrimination is a bad bad bad thing." - Emily Saliers

"Bad laws make bad customs." - Jane Aiken Hodge

"Bad beliefs make bad behavior." - Warren Akin Candler

"It's bad. It's damned bad." - Abraham Lincoln

"Pay no attention to haters, attention is what they crave." - Cher Lloyd

"I tried to pay attention, but attention paid me." - Lil Wayne

"Pay attention to what you're paying attention to." - Howard Rheingold

"There's a big difference between grabbing attention and rewarding attention." - Walter Darby Bannard

"I want the attention, I love the attention." - Alessandra Ambrosio

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

"Art is born in attention." - Julia Cameron

"The living deserve attention, too" - Alice Sebold

"Art is about paying attention." - Laurie Anderson

"Energy flows where attention goes." - Michael Beckwith

"Attention is a precious commodity." - Brian Solis

"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer." - Simone Weil

"There's positive attention and there's negative attention - negative attention is easy, positive attention requires actual hard work." - Zachary Cole Smith

"Whatever is popular deserves attention." - James Mackintosh

"I crave attention and adventure." - Eddie Cibrian

"Well, all cricket invites attention." - Nita Ambani

"Attention. That's all girls want." - Diplo

"I can generate attention quickly." - Scott Ritter

"I'm not particularly attention-seeking." - Annie Lennox

"Your own attention is important, not the attention of others or your attention on others." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention." - Howard Rheingold

"People should pay more attention. Everyone wants attention, but no one wants to give attention." - A.M. Homes

"I've heard some pretty bad things in my life. I'm just one of those people I've gotten to a point where I don't want to be rude, but if it's uninvited attention from people it's like, "Thank you, but no." I'm going to shut you down right away." - Sophia Bush

"It's a real misconception that water is a problem in Africa only. It's also an issue in Nepal, in Honduras, and in the United States of America. If we don't start paying attention now and curb our use and stop taking it for granted, we're going to be in a bad place, like everyone else." - Kenna

"I'm not for pretending that bad stuff doesn't exist, and a passion for justice and truth is a libertarian trait. But the idea of liberty should also reveal new forms of beauty in the world, astonishing evidence of order without dictate, lovely examples of innovation without planning, and other magical things. Surely these deserve some attention too." - Jeffrey Tucker

"The journals want the papers that make the sexiest claims. And scientists believe that the way you succeed is having splashy papers in Science or Nature - it's not bad for them if a paper turns out to be wrong, if it's gotten a lot of attention." - Michael Eisen

"I cannot pay attention to what people say about my work. For me, personally, I am just this shards-and-ashes human being, who really gets upset when someone says something bad about me. If it's true, I cop to it. If I have any good qualities, it's that." - Harlan Ellison

"Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter." - Sheryl Sandberg

"As people buy less and less records, it's become more and more important for me to spend more and more on them - to lavish that much more attention on them. The Bad Seeds were always quite protective and old school, but Grinderman has opened us up to do anything and be shameless. We're not so precious about it." - Nick Cave

"It remains a mystery to me why some of that [pulp] fiction should be judged inferior to the rafts and rafts of bad social [literary] fiction which continues to be treated by literary editors as if it were somehow superior, or at least worthier of our attention. The careerist literary imperialism of the Bloomsbury years did a lot to produce fiction's present unseemly polarities." - Michael Moorcock

"We're not going to waste our valuable space or your precious energy by giving equal time to stories of tragedy, failure, and tumult. They get far more that their fair share of attention everywhere else. Future historians might even conclude that our age suffered from a collective obsessive-compulsive disorder: the pathological need to repetitively seek out reasons for how bad life is." - Rob Brezsny

"The legitimate aim of criticism is to direct attention to the excellent. The bad will dig its own grave, and the imperfect may safely be left to that final neglect from which no amount of present undeserved popularity can rescue it." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Frightening media messages...pervade the news business, which really ought to be called "the bad news business" for its preoccupation with disaster and destruction. In broadcast journalism, killing is almost always covered, while kindness is almost always ignored. The more alarming a news item is, the more attention it receives." - Michael Medved

"He [Chris Martin] can't have background music on. It has to be 100?percent of his attention. But if he isn't at home, I turn on the hip-hop. I'm like a bad mutha rapping along to every word as I cook." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"The education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. [I]t is much easier to introduce and establish an effectual system ... than to correct by penal statutes the ill effects of a bad system. ... The education of youth ... lays the foundations on which both law and gospel rest for success." - Noah Webster

"Years ago, you never concerned yourself with pitch counts. Now, with statistics telling you that between this number and that number bad things happen to this particular pitcher, you have to pay attention to it. The bullpen has become a huge part of what happens now." - Joe Torre

"He [Chris Martin] can't have background music on. It has to be 100&8201;percent of his attention. But if he isn't at home, I turn on the hip-hop. I'm like a bad mutha rapping along to every word as I cook." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"The Pleiadians see a huge upswing in the drama on the planet and in individual lives. The drama is not a bad thing. It's just simply getting our attention to that which we need to take care of and notice all that we're still holding onto within ourselves. It's just to act as a mirror." - Christine McCormick Day

"Wouldn't it be great if we could be a little less judgmental and a little more forgiving of each other's humanness? We're only here a short time. Let's pay more attention to the good and not the bad in one another." - Patrick Fabian

"The good guys in my movies mind their own business and they don't judge other people. And the bad guys are jealous, they judge other people without knowing the whole story, they want all the attention and they're mean spirited. So I think my films are politically correct in a weird way." - John Waters

"I don't pay attention. I don't read stuff or message boards because you definitely get affected. You can read a hundred great comments, amazing comments, and have one bad one and that is all you can focus on and it wrecks your day. It says something about negativity and how it draws us somehow." - Joan Jett

"I once jokingly told someone that every book is like a relationship. They're four or five years long - that's not so bad. They're serious. They demand a lot of attention. But I remember thinking that I wanted to have one with someone who's not so crazy and peculiar and demanding." - A.M. Homes

"I've been booed off the field, and I've been carried off the field by people cheering me. So I've seen both ends of it, and I can tell you the bad side of it gets a lot more attention than the good side does, but the good side is pretty darned good when it's on your side." - Tom Glavine

"I suppose that I was a kind of consultant for taste. Is it good taste? Or bad taste? I had an attention to detail, to what would tell best the story. Because many people get excited about the work and drift off from the story." - John Hench

"In Hollywood, for me, it's all about the movie stars and the singers. Baseball players don't draw too much attention; we're low key. I'm good with faces and sometimes bad with names, but I'll walk up to somebody if I know who they are... show them some love." - Matt Kemp

"I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention." - James Laughlin

"When I wrote 'The Giver,' it contained no so-called 'bad words.' It was set, after all, in a mythical, futuristic, and Utopian society. Not only was there no poverty, divorce, racism, sexism, pollution, or violence in the world of 'The Giver'; there was also careful attention paid to language: to its fluency, precision, and power." - Lois Lowry

"It's important with any new technology to try to pay conscious attention to what the drawbacks might be. We choose to multitask. Sometimes our choices aren't the wisest of choices, and we regret them, but they are our choices. I think it'd be wrong to think that they're automatically bad." - James Gleick

"Every man, however hopeless his pretensions may appear, has some project by which he hopes to rise to reputation; some art by which he imagines that the attention of the world will be attracted; some quality, good or bad, which discriminates him from the common herd of mortals, and by which others may be persuaded to love, or compelled to fear him." - Samuel Johnson

"Television, radio, social media. The 24/7 news cycle plows forward mercilessly on our desks, in our cars and in our pockets. Thousands and thousands of messages and voices bombard us from the moment we wake, fighting for our attention. All we see and hear, all day long, is news. And most of it is bad." - Joseph Prince

"The mistake isn't releasing something bad. The mistake is to launch it and get PR people involved. You don't want people to start amping up expectations for an early version of your product. The best entrepreneurship happens in low-stakes environments where no one is paying attention, like Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room at Harvard." - Eric Ries

"It's very exciting to be able to just work in this business, let alone on stuff you are extremely proud of. So it does make me a little nervous, because 'Breaking Bad' is so special. It's great being part of something so great because people pay attention to you, hopefully because you're doing good work." - Aaron Paul

"If one person in a group of ten is missing the tip of his little finger, I will notice it almost immediately. This extreme attention to visual detail is not a virtue, just a fact of my person. It happens seemingly involuntarily and strikes me as neither good nor bad." - Rosemary Mahoney

"Ugliness, squalor are breeding grounds for revolution. Beauty is conducive to tranquillity, happiness. Beautifying of homes and places of worship began with the dawn of civilization. Beautifying of workplaces is only in its infancy. Yet, since men normally spend more than half of their waking hours at work, surely it is important that adequate attention be devoted to elevating their working environment, whether office or factory, foundry or machine shop, mine or warehouse. Beautiful surroundings subtly encourage beautiful living. Drab surroundings, bad air, bad light, evoke bad reactions." - B C Forbes

"I have bad days. Sometimes I have a lot of bad days. By and large, I think most people fall into a bad mood because they're able to ruminate on whatever the problem at hand is, and that makes it worse. But when you intercept the rumination process with something that requires your full attention - that's stimulating and absorbing, that places a demand on your intellectual focus - you don't get to ruminate. In a way, it's a mental health aid to be able to do that so much. My routine, what I do, it just feels like home. It's my comfort food." - Maria Popova

"Attention pays attention to a lot of things, but when attention pays attention to attention, then there is a stillness, and that stillness introduces you to your Self." - Mooji

"There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking." - Edward J. Flanagan

"He'd spent his life being a perfect gentleman. He'd never been a flirt. He'd never been a rogue. He hated being the center of attention, but by God, he wanted to be the center of her attention. He wanted to do the wrong thing, the bad thing. He wanted to pull her into his arms and carry her to her bed. He wanted to peel every last inch of her clothing from her body, and then he wanted to worship her. He wanted to show her all the things he wasn't sure he knew how to say." - Julia Quinn

"He"d spent his life being a perfect gentleman. He"d never been a flirt. He"d never been a rogue. He hated being the center of attention, but by God, he wanted to be the center of her attention. He wanted to do the wrong thing, the bad thing. He wanted to pull her into his arms and carry her to her bed. He wanted to peel every last inch of her clothing from her body, and then he wanted to worship her. He wanted to show her all the things he was' sure he knew how to say." - Julia Quinn

"It does not, however, seem impossible that by an attention to breed, a certain degree of improvement, similar to that among animals, might take place among men. Whether intellect could be communicated may be a matter of doubt: but size, strength, beauty, complexion, and perhaps even longevity are in a degree transmissible... As the human race could not be improved in this way, without condemning all the bad specimens to celibacy, it is not probable, that an attention to breed should ever become general." - Thomas Malthus

"I'm a bad Jew, a bad Russian, a bad everything." - Joseph Brodsky

"I never have a bad night, bad day, bad moment." - Nina Hagen

"Bad moments don't make bad mommas." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Bad thoughts quickly ripen into bad actions." - Beilby Porteus

"Bad times don't last, bad guys do." - Scott Hall

"Bad husbands will make bad wives." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"A bad ending follows a bad beginning." - Euripides

"A bad beginning makes a bad ending." - Euripides

"I'm bad at rationalisation - very bad." - Erin O'Connor

"I'm bad at rationalisation - very bad." - Erin Oconnor

"If you don't pay attention to the things that have your attention, you'll give them more attention than they deserve." - David Allen

"What is the difference between attention and inattention? What is attention and what is concentration? ...Attention has no centre." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"My name recognition has opened doors on the research side. I used to go into crack houses and drug markets and really bad neighborhoods by myself, routinely, and hang out. Sometimes I still do, because I don't want to attract attention. But lately, I've been riding with cops and gaining access to other types of law, like the ATF guys, just because of my name. I guess it's a smarter way to work." - George Pelecanos

"When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em. No, you had the right answer this afternoon, but the wrong reasons. Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it. Hotheadedness isn't." - Harper Lee

"I get an opportunity to communicate with the audience about the movie that I've made. I get the chance to bring attention to the film that I've made. I care a lot about the movies that I make. I want them to reach an audience, and I want them to be successful. I promote nearly everything that I do, unless I've got some bad taste in my mouth." - Harrison Ford

"Ego is neither positive nor negative. Those are simply concepts that create more boundaries. Ego is just ego, and the disaster of it all is that you, as a spiritual seeker, have been conditioned to think of the ego as bad, as an enemy, as something to be destroyed. This simply strengthens the ego. In fact, such conclusions arise from the ego itself. Pay no attention to them. Don't go to war with yourself; simply inquire into who you are." - Adyashanti

"The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"The real questions for parents should be: "Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?" If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions. Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn't exist, and I've found what makes children happy doesn't always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults." - Brene Brown



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