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Obvious Truths Quotes


"Maxims are sharp-edged half-truths." - Mason Cooley

"He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all... Our forefathers opened the Bible to all." - Samuel Adams

"The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths." - William James

"The obvious is always least understood." - Klemens von Metternich

"In art, the obvious is a sin." - Edward Dmytryk

"I'm allergic to doing the obvious thing." - Neneh Cherry

"To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted." - Voltaire

"Reason not with him, that will deny the principal truths!" - Pythagoras

"Simple truths are a relief from grand speculations." - Luc De Clapiers

"Truths kindle light for truths." - Lucretius

"I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious - because the obvious is what people need to be told." - Dale Carnegie

"There exists an obvious fact that seems utterly moral: namely, that a man is always a prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. One has to pay something." - Albert Camus

"Everyone knows that a lot of memoirs have made-up scenes; it's obvious. And everyone knows that half the time at least fictions contain literal autobiographical truths. So how do we decide what's what, and does it even matter?" - Lauren Slater

"All obvious moves look dubious in analysis after the game." - Viktor Korchnoi

"It'll become obvious that we've really been working against ourselves." - Neale Donald Walsch

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Britain's got talent, enormous talent; that's very obvious." - Simon Cowell

"Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe." - R Buckminster Fuller

"I try not to go the obvious route all the time, but sometimes the most obvious is actually the best." - Al Yankovic

"There are no whole truths: All truths are half-truths." - Alfred North Whitehead

"All truths are bloody truths to me." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men." - Augustus Hare

"Who has a daring eye tell downright truths and downright lies." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"The most useful truths are always universal, and unconnected with accidents and customs." - Samuel Johnson

"the truth is seldom found in extremes. Central truths can be revolutionary if put to work." - Georgia Harkness

"...when truths disappear, they leave behind blank spaces, and that is also dangerous." - Kristin Cashore

"The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths." - Anton Chekhov

"Save me from trendy religion that makes cheap cliches out of timeless truths." - Rich Mullins

"Errors are more numerous than truths, but fortunately too divided among themselves to take power." - Mason Cooley

"Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in." - Emil Cioran

"Genius, the Pythian of the beautiful, leaves its large truths a riddle to the dull." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"The greatest truths are the simplest: and so are the greatest men." - A.W. Hare

"Sermons are not like curious inquiries after new nothings, but pursuance of old truths." - Jeremy Taylor

"Great men's errors are to be venerated as more fruitful than little men's truths." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Falsehoods border on truths." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The sacred truth of science is that there are no sacred truths." - Carl Sagan

"There are no secrets in life; just hidden truths that lie beneath the surface." - Michael C Hall

"BOREDOM with established truths is a great enemy of free men." - Bernard Crick

"Accept certain inalienable truths." - Baz Luhrmann

"The army of Truth is the real Invincible Armada. Truths are always destined to be victorious." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths." - Aleksandr Pushkin

"The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have given his life." - Ernest Renan

"Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths." - Edgar A. Shoaff

"Music tells no truths." - Philip James Bailey

"In politics, not all lies are all lies. And not all truths are complete." - Mark Mckinnon

"With Facebook and Twitter, everyone wants to publicize their innermost truths." - Chris Pine

"To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future." - Daisaku Ikeda

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." - Thomas Jefferson

"A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths." - Marina Tsvetaeva

"There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself." - Anais Nin

"Nothing is so obvious that it's obvious." - Errol Morris

"The rules may seem obvious but when you think about them they're not. For somebody who has my job they're not as obvious as one would think." - Neal Brennan

"There exists an obvious fact that seems utterly moral: namely, that a man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them. One has to pay something. A man who has become conscious of the absurd is forever bound to it." - Albert Camus

"The mere absorption of facts and truths is so exclusively an individual affair that it tends very naturally to pass into selfishness. There is no obvious social motive for the acquirement of mere learning, there is no clear social gain in success thereat." - John Dewey

"So now we're after a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a guy-and-gal thing. To the founders, this would have been like an amendment requiring the sun to rise in the east; it would fall under the category of obvious truths that the Constitution need not address." - James Lileks

"Few intellectual tyrannies can be more recalcitrant than the truths that everybody knows and nearly no one can defend with any decent data (for who needs proof of anything so obvious). And few intellectual activities can be more salutary than attempts to find out whether these rocks of ages might crumble at the slightest tap of an informational hammer." - Stephen Jay Gould

"I dress sexily - but not in an obvious way. Sexy in a virginal way" - Victoria Beckham

"Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious." - Al Mcguire

"Things that are obvious don't need to be talked about. Things that are missing, do." - Ron Kaufman

"Far from all of the obvious moves that go without saying are correct." - David Bronstein

"The hardest lessons to learn are those that are the most obvious." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Make subtlety obvious." - Billy Wilder

"Why does it so often take a genius to see the obvious?" - Ashleigh Brilliant

"Obvious things like The Deer Hunter. After that happened, the scripts got better. Opportunities happened." - Christopher Walken

"If something doesn't work, it becomes obvious immediately. This just isn't going to work." - Jerry Garcia

"Nothing lasts in New York. Everything's always changing in really obvious ways." - Richard Hell

"It's pretty simple, pretty obvious: that people's first impressions of people are really a big mistake." - Vincent Donofrio

"I believe that public space should be intentional: it should be obvious that you belong." - Janet Echelman

"People are predominant in my paintings. Although they are not obvious, you can feel their presence." - Ralph Allen

"Self-love, it is obvious, remains always positive and active in our natures." - Gordon W Allport

"If I do something, it's always 90% obvious and 10% unknown." - Felix Baumgartner

"It soon became obvious that we were but on the threshold of the discovery." - Howard Carter

"It's like our relationship is always about the other side that isn't the obvious side." - Rosario Dawson

"The obvious choice isn't always the best choice, but sometimes, by golly, it is. I don't stop looking as soon I find an obvious answer, but if I go on looking, and the obvious-seeming answer still seems obvious, I don't feel guilty about keeping it." - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"I think my books come out very visual, which is an obvious consequence." - Lee Child

"An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible." - Alfred A Knopf

"The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards." - Arthur Koestler

"It's obvious that the rest of the world loves high African culture - African culture, period." - Hugh Masekela

"It's obvious that my brain isn't what it used to be." - Terry Bradshaw

"It's pretty simple, pretty obvious: that people's first impressions of people are really a big mistake." - Vincent D'Onofrio

"I'm a little bit perverse, and I just hate doing the thing that's the most obvious." - Daniel Day-Lewis

"If I get angry, it's obvious. I don't have to say much." - Stephen A Schwarzman

"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious." - John Sculley

"With fear of stating the obvious: Freedom belongs to 'We the People,' not 'They the Politicians.'" - John Ridley

"It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight." - Kate Smith

"What's becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art." - Lupita Nyongo

"I feel it is obvious when someone has thought too much about what they're wearing." - Elizabeth Olsen

"Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky." - Fran Lebowitz

"I'm a little bit perverse, and I just hate doing the thing that's the most obvious." - Daniel Daylewis

"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." - George Orwell

"Truths physical have an origin as divine as truths religious." - David Brewster

"Joy begins with our convictions about spiritual truths we're willing to bet our lives on, and truths that are lodged so deeply within us that they produce a settled assurance about God." - Kay Warren

"Some truths are truths, no matter who says them." - Patricia Briggs

"Facts, according to my ideas, are merely the elements of truths, and not the truths themselves; of all matters there are none so utterly useless by themselves as your mere matters of fact." - Henry Mayhew

"Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Paradoxes are the only truths." - George Bernard Shaw

"Don't write slogans, write truths." - Joe Strummer

"Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is a tonic. Tribulation is a test tube." - Anonymous

"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning." - Voltaire

"There is no man so friendless but what he can find a friend sincere enough to tell him disagreeable truths." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie: he has to, to make the lie good for anything." - Henry Ward Beecher

"It is a time of change,' Sazed said. 'Perhaps it is also time to learn of other truths, other ways." - Brandon Sanderson

"Truthless times need timeless truths." - Mark Driscoll

"The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths / of exquisite interrelationships / of the awesome machinery of nature" - Carl Sagan

"There are no indisputable truths." - Ozzy Osbourne

"My truths are all foreknown, This anguish self-revealed. I'm naked to the bone, With nakedness my shield." - Theodore Roethke

"Transformation occurs when existing solutions, assumed truths and past decisions are exposed as unrealistic and self-defeating." - Peter Shepherd

"Short, successful military adventures are as effective as the Super Bowl in diverting people's attention from unpleasant truths." - John Stockwell

"One handles truths like dynamite." - Anais Nin

"What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"We make our own truths and lies....Truths are often lies and lies truths..." - Bernhard Schlink

"[Science] is not perfect. It can be misused. It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything. It has two rules. First: there are no sacred truths; all assumptions must be critically examined; arguments from authority are worthless. Second: whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised. ... The obvious is sometimes false; the unexpected is sometimes true." - Carl Sagan

"What's obvious to you is obvious to you." - John Medina

"The obvious is better than obvious avoidance of it." - Henry Watson Fowler

"What's obvious to me isn't always obvious to other people." - Mike Watt

"You know what? The obvious is obvious for a reason." - Paul Reiser

"Not all dangers are obvious." - Leah Cypess

"The only obvious advantage to being an adult is that you can eat your dessert without haying sampled the vegetables." - Lisa Alther

"That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox." - Jorge Luis Borges

"It's perfectly obvious that somebody's responsible and somebody's innocent. Otherwise it [justice] makes no sense at all." - Ugo Betti

"It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all." - Andrei Tarkovsky

"Irresponsibility breeds irresponsibility. The finances of government are so central. You'd think that would be pretty obvious." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"The further through life I drift The more obvious it becomes that I am lacking in thrift." - Ogden Nash

"For the obvious reasons, furthering my children's education and keeping my family healthy and thriving is my highest mission." - Nathan East

"Whether or not we follow any particular spiritual tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone." - Dalai Lama

"The obvious is obviously wrong." - Joseph Granville

"Listen, the obvious thing to remember is without dark, there is no light, and without light, there is no dark." - Jessica Capshaw

"Bored with obvious reality, I find my fascination in transforming it into a subjective point of view." - Ernst Haas

"No, no, it is obvious that the ECU should act as a close alliance for the benefit of chess." - Anatoly Karpov

"That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along." - Madeleine Lengle

"It is very obvious that we are not influenced by "facts" but by our interpretation of the facts." - Alfred Adler

"Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious." - Charles Baudelaire

"Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words." - Alfred Korzybski

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

"That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along." - Madeleine L'Engle

"Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning." - Henry Miller

"Perhaps not as badly applied and not as obvious, but for thousands of years, people have worn makeup on stage." - Robert Smith

"The idea that there aren't mistakes made constantly in the judicial system is too obvious even to need to mention." - James Toback

"Economic issues are a subset of social justice. Social justice is unimaginable without economic justice. Isn't that obvious?" - Rick Perlstein

"It's obvious, but perhaps worth saying, that happiness has virtually nothing to do with the state of your intellect." - Daniel Keys Moran

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

"The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious, clear, and powerful. The hazards are much less well appreciated." - Leon Kass

"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." - George Orwell

"It is well when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how much better to diffuse the truths already discovered amongst the multitudes. Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power; and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions of truths may be propagated amongst the people.... The whole land must be watered with the streams of knowledge." - Horace Mann

"Two truths cannot contradict one another." - Galileo Galilei

"The truths I shun follow me, mumbling." - Mason Cooley

"There is little hope for us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and down-right ignorance." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Truths that become old become decrepit and unreliable; sometimes they may be kept going artificially for a certain time, but there is no life in them." - P. D. Ouspensky

"It is humbling to mankind to contemplate men capable of grasping eternal truths, fencing and debating in trivialities, like gladiators fighting with flies." - Desire Nisard



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