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"Obscurity is just obscurity. There's no romance in obscurity." - Daryl Hall

"Obscurity often brings safety." - Aesop

"Obscurity brings safety." - Aesop

"Purity Is obscurity." - Ogden Nash

"Obscurity is never a virtue." - Roald Dahl

"I have gone from local obscurity to national obscurity to international obscurity. Once I learn how to monetize obscurity, I will be rich." - Ernie J Zelinski

"Piracy is not the problem, obscurity is." - Seth Godin

"The big problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity." - Cory Doctorow

"Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time." - Carrie Fisher

"Obscurity is a bigger problem than money." - Grant Cardone

"The big problem is' piracy, it's obscurity." - Cory Doctorow

"Enjoy your obscurity while it lasts." - Austin Kleon

"Obscurity is the kingdom of error." - Luc De Clapiers

"Obscurity is the realm of error." - Luc De Clapiers

"Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence." - Robert A Heinlein

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Obscurity is a good thing. You can fail in obscurity. It removes the fear of failure." - Jason Fried

"The enemy of a writer is not controversy but obscurity." - William P Young

"The problem for most artists isn't piracy, it's obscurity." - Tim O'Reilly

"Obscurity is a bigger problem for authors than piracy." - Tim O'Reilly

"Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity." - Ovid

"How often we see the greatest genius buried in obscurity!" - Plautus

"One of the most pernicious effects of haste is obscurity." - Samuel Johnson

"Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity." - Joseph Addison

"How often the highest talent lurks in obscurity." - Plautus

"The line between greatness and obscurity is very, very small." - Peabo Bryson

"Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye; but to bring light from obscurity, by whatever labour, must needsbe delightful and rejoicing." - David Hume

"There is no defense against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness." - Joseph Addison

"Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness." - Socrates

"Fame is fickle, but Obscurity is usually faithful to the end." - Mason Cooley

"Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy." - Tim O'Reilly

"I was by birth a gentleman, living neither in any considerable height nor yet in obscurity." - Oliver Cromwell

"Notoriety wasn't as good as fame, but was heaps better than obscurity." - Neil Gaiman

"The theory of interest was wrapped in utter obscurity, until Hume and Smith dispelled the vapor." - Jean-Baptiste Say

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

"I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity." - Alexander The Great

"Many things prevent knowledge, including the obscurity of the subject and the brevity of human life" - Protagoras

"People newly emerged from obscurity generally launch out into indiscriminate display." - Jean Ingelow

"I wanted to drag Shakespeare from obscurity. I've been a fan my whole life." - Joss Whedon

"Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls" - Taylor Caldwell

"Maybe some people are better off in obscurity than trying to keep on expanding." - Erika M. Anderson

"It may be hard to monetize fame, but it is impossible to monetize obscurity." - Cory Doctorow

"I seem to have emerged from the relative obscurity of TV." - Peter Webber

"For a typical author, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy." - Tim O'Reilly

"First you're an unknown, then you write one book and you move up to obscurity." - Martin Myers

"There is no defence against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness." - Joseph Addison

"Obscurity and a competence - that is a life that is best worth living." - Mark Twain

"Obscurity and a competence-that is the life that is best worth living." - Mark Twain

"It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness." - Taylor Caldwell

"Nothing helps an artist's career more than a little death and obscurity." - Dan Simmons

"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A government official is a man who has risen from obscurity to something worse." - Pat Robertson

"The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who can perform great feats before friendly crowds." - George Allen Sr

"One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff." - William Mcfee

"Men seek fame and high places only to learn that they were happier in obscurity" - Vance Havner

"The obscurity of a writer is generally in proportion to his incapacity." - Quintilian

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

"Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls." - Taylor Caldwell

"I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery." - Aldous Huxley

"Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse." - James Fenton

"The obscurity is more often in the passions and prejudices of the reasoner than in the subject." - Alexander Hamilton

"Artists are the best theologians. They feel things that are true before theologians can jargonize them into obscurity." - Tony Campolo

"There's nothing more horrifying than the possibility or the idea that you will just fade away into obscurity." - Marc Maron

"Fame is a devil; obscurity is an Angel! Stay away from me, Devil; Come near to me, Angel!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Permit us to labor on in obscurity, and at the end of twenty years you may hear from us again." - Adoniram Judson

"The glory of ancestors sheds a light around posterity; it allows neither good nor bad qualities to remain in obscurity." - Sallust

"As the past has ceased to throw its light upon the future, the mind of man wanders in obscurity." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office." - Ambrose Bierce

"Well, you can implement a Perl peek() with unpack('P',...). Once you have that, there's only security through obscurity." - Larry Wall

"Well, you can implement a Perl peek() with unpack('P',...). Once you have that, there's only security through obscurity. :-)" - Larry Wall

"Untruth being unacceptable to the mind of man, there is no other defence left for absurdity but obscurity." - John Locke

"We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style." - Tom Stoppard

"God's extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family." - Neal A Maxwell

"No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe." - William Kingdon Clifford

"You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record, otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity." - Elvis Costello

"My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language." - Edward Gibbon

"Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world." - Nicolas Chamfort

"When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results." - Emily Bronte

"Dread not events unknown, and be not downhearted, for the fountain of the water of life is involved in obscurity." - Bill Vaughan

"While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace." - Virginia Woolf

"I want to be famous so I can be humble about being famous. What good is my humility when I am stuck in this obscurity?" - David Budbill

"What is popular is not necessarily vulgar; and that which we try to rescue from fatal obscurity had in general much better remain where it is." - William Hazlitt

"Some people find clarity threatening. They like muddle, confusion, obscurity. So when somebody does no more than speak clearly it sounds threatening." - Richard Dawkins

"College wasn't like the real world. In the real world people dropped names based on their renown. In college, people dropped names based on their obscurity." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"Obscurity in writing is commonly an argument of darkness in the mind. The greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness." - John Wilkins

"One of the things I've learned about being president is that we'll work on issues for long periods of time, sometimes in obscurity." - Barack Obama

"Time in its irresistible and ceaseless flow carries along on its flood all created things and drowns them in the depths of obscurity." - Anna Comnena

"The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry." - Ernest Gellner

"Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds." - Alexandre Dumas

"...ambition without pious restraint must end in failure, often involving in its ruin that beautiful reverence which solaces common men for the obscurity and poverty of their lot." - Russell Kirk

"Time in its irresistible and ceaseless flow carries along on its flood all created things and drowns them in the depths of obscurity." - Anna Komnene

"If it took Labouchere three columns to prove that I was forgotten, then there is no difference between fame and obscurity." - Oscar Wilde

"Never try to impress people with the profundity of your thought by the obscurity of your language. Whatever has been thoroughly thought through can be stated simply." - Anonymous

"Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?" - Henry David Thoreau

"One of the only coherent philosophical positions is thus revolt. It is a constant confrontation between man and his own obscurity." - Albert Camus

"Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"It is my rather subversive opinion that a writer's feelings of anonymity-obscurity are the second most valuable property on loan to him during his working years." - J D Salinger

"This was a splendid life. Splendid in its obscurity and humility, splendid in its strength and charity, splendid in its achievements." - Robert Mortimer

"The origins of poetry are clearly rooted in obscurity, in secretiveness, in incantation, in spells that must at once invoke and protect, tell the secret and keep it." - Mary Ruefle

"As the pearl ripens in the obscurity of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all the fame that is truly precious." - Walter Savage Landor

"Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting." - Edmund Burke

"NOMINEE, n. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office." - Ambrose Bierce

"That's interesting in itself, because it shows you how adept they were at obscurity. They used their money to keep themselves out of the news." - William Gibson

"The abundance of our definitive words about God shows that we don't view him as a great mystery anymore, but as a sterile calculation without ambiguity or obscurity." - Skye Jethani

"Whatever happens to the art world, art will go on regardless. As for obscurity, it looms just over the horizon beckoning us all. Why worry." - Michael Craig-Martin

"John Major is what he is: a man from nowhere, going nowhere, heading for a well-merited obscurity as fast as his mediocre talents can carry him." - Paul Johnson

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

"The Lord chose Joseph Smith, called upon him at fourteen years of age, gave him vision, and led him along, guided and directed him in his obscurity." - Brigham Young

"Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity." - Jim Carrey

"There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition" - Blaise Pascal

"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

"When I wrote about the French Revolution, I didn't choose to write about aristocrats; I chose characters who began their lives in provincial obscurity." - Hilary Mantel

"If we were not in Vietnam, all that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly deserves." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code... obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence." - Robert A Heinlein

"I grew up in an age where women's tennis did not have similar prizes to men, and they played in complete obscurity, really, compared to the men's game." - David Stern

"Philosophical reflection could not leave the relation of mind and spirit in the obscurity which had satisfied the needs of the naive consciousness." - Wilhelm Wundt

"I think it's important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else." - Robert De Niro

"If we were in the habit of reading poets their obscurity would not matter; and, once we are out of the habit, their clarity does not help." - Randall Jarrell

"Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity and affectation are the two greatest faults of style. Obscurity of expression generally springs from confusion of ideas; and the same wish to dazzle, at any cost, which produces affectation in the manner of a writer, is likely to produce sophistry in his reasonings." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"Alexander the Great once said that 'I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity!' What a great illusion is this! Wise man is he who always chooses to live longer and he who blesses the obscurity!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Obscurity is where God sends all His favorite sons and daughters. Our society tells us that if and when we get "there"-the job or position or degree we"ve always wanted, the notoriety we"ve always dreamed of-that's when all the important stuff will start happening. Not so. All the good stuff happens in obscurity." - Jonathan Martin

"Obscurity is where God sends all His favorite sons and daughters. Our society tells us that if and when we get 'there'-the job or position or degree we've always wanted, the notoriety we've always dreamed of-that's when all the important stuff will start happening. Not so. All the good stuff happens in obscurity." - Jonathan Martin

"I guess I just always imagined that I was going to die, like, somehow on top. I was going to, like, go out in some sort of blaze of glory. I never thought about sort of fading into obscurity. And I've worked so hard at having a life, an identity, in obscurity and finding peace with that." - Steveo

"Books are influential in proportion to their obscurity, provided that the obscurity be that of inexpressible Realities. The Bible is the most obscure book in the world. He must be a great fool who thinks he understands the plainest chapter of it." - Coventry Patmore

"He that is pushing his predecessors into the gulf of obscurity, cannot but sometimes suspect, that he must himself sink in like manner, and, as he stands upon the same precipice, be swept away with the same violence." - Samuel Johnson

"There is nothing wrong with "women's studies" that studying the right women can't cure, but feminist literary scholars have a penchant for dragging the rivers of deserved obscurity for third-rate neurotics." - Florence King

"I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?" - Charlotte Bronte

"I mean, you hear the word 'globalization' over and over and over again. Globalization, globalization, globalization. Rarely has a word gone so directly from obscurity to meaninglessness without any intervening period of coherence." - Robert Reich

"Only yesterday I was full of worldly fancies, although religion had already some share in my thoughts: glory was still my daydream. Today my hopes are higher, and I covet here below nothing but obscurity and peace." - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

"I've been very fortunate, because I've been involved in things that very often lead to obscurity. I was in some pictures that were not successful whatsoever. I think people admire persistence. People notice that I'm still there." - Christopher Walken

"One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff. There is a period, well on toward middle life, when a man can say such things to himself and feel comforted." - William Mcfee

"The mystery of the universe, and the meaning of God's world, are shrouded in hopeless obscurity, until we learn to feel that all laws suppose a lawgiver, and that all working involves a Divine energy." - Alexander MacLaren

"Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves." - Carl Sagan

"All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be sceptical, or at least cautious, and not to admit of any hypothesis whatever, much less of any which is supported by no appearance of probability." - David Hume

"I never knew how good it is to be unknown until now. The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize the advantages of obscurity." - Alec Guinness

"Learn to be pleased with everything, with wealth so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied." - Plutarch

"Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied." - Plutarch

"All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability." - David Hume

"The generality of princes, if they were stripped of their purple and cast naked on the world, would immediately sink to the lowest rank of society, without a hope of emerging from their obscurity." - Edward Gibbon

"Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records." - Horace

"He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one." - Quintilian

"Obscurantism is the academic theorist's revenge on society for having consigned him or her to relative obscurity - a way of proclaiming one's superiority in the face of one's diminished influence." - David Lehman

"Speech is highly elliptical. It would scarcely be endurable otherwise. Ellipsis is indispensable to the writer or speaker who wants to be brief and pithy, but it can easily cause confusion and obscurity and must be used with skill." - Bergen Evans

"It is not a question of skimming the surface of the art, it must be probed to its depths, for to seize upon superficial things only is to degenerate into mediocrity and obscurity." - Jean-Georges Noverre

"Who is to blame for this most recent of sports disgraces in America? The culture that flings young athletes like Tyson up out of obscurity, makes millionaires of them and watches them self-destruct?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"We musicians play in Time and with Time, but sometimes it is Time that plays with us. One day, unpredictably, the evolution of culture makes real an oeuvre which has lain in obscurity." - Igor Markevitch

"The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who perform great feats before friendly crowds. Greatness in major league sports is the ability to win in a stadium filled with people who are pulling for you to lose." - George Allen

"When the artist ... intends from the beginning to be obscure and take obscurity as his objective or goal for its own sake and wishes to astonish, shock, and seem mysterious, that is a swindle." - Tawfiq al-Hakim



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