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Vague Quotes


"Vague goals produce vague results" - Jack Canfield

"The vague torment of ... ambition." - Emile Zola

"A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend" - Joss Whedon

"Passion is born of vague hopes." - Charles Handy

"I am amiable. Vague. Puzzled. Messy-haired." - Neil Gaiman

"Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Leia follows me like a vague smell." - Carrie Fisher

"You can't love by desiring an extremely vague desire of a very vague moon." - Leonard Woolf

"I preferred that my bad dreams be vague." - Walter Kirn

"That sometimes clear ... and sometimes vague stuff ... which is ... mathematics." - Imre Lakatos

"Most of the songs that I appreciate are lyrically vague." - Andrew Bird

"It is better to be wrong than to be vague." - Freeman Dyson

"Vague memories hang about the mind like cobwebs." - George Eliot

"Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"One must confront vague ideas with clear images," - Jean-Luc Godard

"I have vague memories, like impressions on glass plates ..." - Patti Smith

"I was just stock in the middle, vague and undefined." - Sarah Dessen

"CLIXBY (adj.) Politely rude. Briskly vague. Firmly uninformative." - Douglas Adams

"That vague kind of penitence which holidays awaken next morning." - Charles Dickens

"If you can't be kind, at least be vague." - Judith Martin

"For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver." - George Ade

"I like to keep my private stuff pretty vague." - Thomas Haden Church

"Recipes can be incredibly vague where chillies are concerned." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"The current state of knowledge remains vague when history is not considered, just as history remains vague without substantive knowledge about the current state." - Ludwik Fleck

"Love is hurt with jar and fret; Love is made a vague regret." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining." - Annie Besant

"As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities." - Charles Darwin

"Nature's never quite Sure she hasn't erred In her vague design...." - Robert Frost

"Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar." - Johnny Depp

"Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one." - C S Lewis

"Conformity-the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority." - Mark Twain

"I dream of vague shapes that hint of my heart's desire." - Mason Cooley

"Consensus is usually made possible by vague language and shallow commitments." - Mason Cooley

"Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end." - Khalil Gibran

"Another thing I must point out is that you cannot prove a vague theory wrong." - Richard P Feynman

"Nobody will ever hurt her. She'll just smile her faint vague wonderful smile and walk away." - Neil Gaiman

"Why do you say vague things if you don't want to be asked about them?" - Veronica Roth

"The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing." - Aleister Crowley

"Love is hurt with jar and fret; Love is made a vague regret." - Alfred Tennyson

"Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere." - Harper Lee

"A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It is useless to read Greek in translation; translators can but offer us a vague equivalent." - Virginia Woolf

"A doctor is not a religious man. You should never give people vague hope or possibility." - Kim Du-han

"It is... easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague." - Charles Sanders Peirce

"Elusive dreams and vague desires fanned to fiery needs by deadly deeds of falling empires." - Joni Mitchell

"Vague a l'ame - melancholy yearning for the end of the world." - Emile M Cioran

"If you can't say anything nice, at least have the decency to be vague." - Susan Andersen

"How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean." - Theodore Dreiser

"Maybe a vague president and an incompetent and somewhat corrupt administration is what the nation needs." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The actor is merely a crude empiricist, a practitioner guided by vague instinct." - Antonin Artaud

"How can those terrified vague fingers push The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?" - William Butler Yeats

"Ever since, I have fought a vague kind of battle for some kind of fairness." - Peter Blake

"Vague a l'ame - melancholy yearning for the end of the world." - Emil Cioran

"And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme..." - Bob Dylan

"Dreams are vague and far away. Goals are tangible and achievable." - Robin Roberts

"Death is not soft-mouthed, vague-footed, nearby. It is in the hall." - Harold Brodkey

"If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague." - Jerry Seinfeld

"Okay, this might sound vague, but do you know this one girl with hair like this?" - Bryan Lee O'Malley

"Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague." - J L Austin

"The way I understand the rules on trading on inside information, it's very vague." - Steven A Cohen

"The first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise... and cultivate the delightfully vague." - John C Crosby

"The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing." - Aleister Crowley

"The only guaranteed way to make something not very funny is to make it vague." - Thomas Lennon

"I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically." - Anais Nin

"I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing." - Michael K Powell

"I have a lot of fond memories of St. Patrick's Day in Chicago. Vague, but fond." - Joel Murray

"All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite." - Charles Sanders Peirce

"If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder." - A R Ammons

"People watch movies - and it's vague ideas, it's vague notions, but people pick up on these things, that they are supposed to think certain ways or that they're not supposed to think, basically, and they don't" - Crispin Glover

"If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'" - A R Ammons

"People watch movies - and it's vague ideas, it's vague notions, but people pick up on these things, that they are supposed to think certain ways or that they're not supposed to think, basically, and they don't." - Crispin Glover

"The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague." - Bill Cosby

"Finer than any sand are dusts of gold that gleam, Vague starpoints, in the mystic iris of their eyes." - Charles Baudelaire

"These are not vague inferences . . . but they are solid conclusions drawn from the natural and necessary progress of human affairs." - Alexander Hamilton

"For as long as he could remember, he'd suffered from a vague nagging feeling of being not all there." - Douglas Adams

"interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which every one has some vague right at the end" - F Scott Fitzgerald

"The hypothesis of the supernatural and/or a supreme being is vague, unfounded, and inapplicable in any practical fashion" - PZ Myers

"Despite its maddeningly vague, inarticulate form, anxiety is almost always trying to tell you something useful and apposite." - Alain De Botton

"You'll lose your reader if you are vague, not clear, and not present. We love details, personal connections, stories." - Natalie Goldberg

"In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!" - Anton Chekhov

"For as long as he could remember, he"d suffered from a vague nagging feeling of being not all there." - Douglas Adams

"The fish is swift, small-needing, vague yet clear, A cold, sweet, silver life, wrapped in round waves..." - Leigh Hunt

"The human language, as precise as it is with its thousands of words, can still be so wonderfully vague." - Garth Stein

"Today in my heart a vague trembling of stars and all roses are as white as my pain." - Federico Garcia Lorca

"In spite of its romantic frisson, the position of muse is very vague and largely thankless for the muse herself." - Katie Roiphe

"Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity." - Maya Angelou

"You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires." - Wallace D. Wattles

"It was my first meeting with a philosophy that confirmed my vague speculations and seemed at once logical and boundless." - William Butler Yeats

"Problems are often stated in vague terms... because it is quite uncertain what the problems really are." - John Von Neumann

"A vague uneasiness: the police. It's like when you suddenly understand you have to undress in front of the doctor." - Ugo Betti

"And this vague little smile is my all purpose expression the meaning of which I will leave to your discretion." - Ani Difranco

"I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism." - David Thorne

"He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything." - Kate Morton

"A lot of people don't know what they want, you know, or they're just kind of vague about it." - David Sedaris

"Ger-mans love the ambiguous word, verbal assonances as ends in themselves,vague concepts. Anglosaxons are more clear.." - Erich Fromm

"consider the big fists breaking your little bones, or consider the vague bureaucrats stumbling, fumbling through Paper." - Gwendolyn Brooks

"I have forgotten all about my school days. I have a vague impression that they were detestable." - Oscar Wilde

"Nobody will ever hurt her. She"ll just smile her faint vague wonderful smile and walk away." - Neil Gaiman

"All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories." - Neil Gaiman

"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise." - Bertrand Russell

"Vague expression permits the hearer to imagine whatever suits him and what he already thinks in any case." - Theodor Adorno

"You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea." - Pablo Picasso

"When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat." - Lynn Abbey

"Valuation is vague and arbitrary, when there is no assurance that it will be generally acquiesced in by others." - Jean-Baptiste Say

"It's one of the biggest problems with the system now. Vague regulations leave the system open to abuse." - Chris Asplen

"The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague." - Stuart Chase

"I'm a vague, conjunctured personality, more made up of opinions and academic prepossessions than of human traits and red corpuscles." - Woodrow Wilson

"Life is also a mixture of unsolved problems, ambiguous victories and vague defeats-with very few moments of clear peace." - Hugh Prather

"I believe that natural history has lost much by the vague general treatment that is so common." - Ernest Thompson Seton

"For the novels I wrote before selling anything, I didn't outline much. I had a vague idea of the story." - George Stephen

"So that a famine price is vague, and the plan subject to all the inconvenience now experienced." - Joseph Hume

"The process of philosophizing, to my mind, consists mainly in passing from those obvious, vague, ambiguous things, that we feel quite sure of, to something precise, clear, definite, which by reflection and analysis we find is involved in the vague thing that we start from, and is, so to speak, the real truth of which that vague thing is a sort of shadow." - Bertrand Russell

""There is no greater gift to an insecure leader that quite matches a vague enemy who can be used to whip up fear and hatred among the population."" - Paul Rusesabagina

"I refuse to be burdened by vague worries. If something wants to worry me, it will have to make itself clear." - Robert Breault

"It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers." - Ellen Glasgow

"Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews." - John Updike

"The difference between Carter and [Ted] Kennedy: Carter has this vague religion which he believes in strongly, while Kennedy has this strong religion which he believes in vaguely." - Eugene Mccarthy

"I'm a little vague on the details but aren't doughnuts just the most marvellous thing to ever come out of organised religion?" - Catherine Webb

"She frowned at him. "That sounds vaguely like a threat." "It's not vague and it's not a threat. It's clearly blackmail." - P C Cast

"The love of God is not something vague or generic; the love of God has a name and a face: Jesus Christ." - Pope Francis

"When do these three days expire?" "That's what pisses me off. I don't know. He was annoyingly vague." "The nerve. Threatening you and not being precise about it." - Karen Marie Moning

"He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again." - William Golding

"I had come to regard him as a loner with no real past and a future so vague there was no sense talking about it." - Hunter S Thompson

"Though my plans at the moment are vague, I can assure you that I'll never run for the Senate in New York." - Laura Welch Bush

"The fictive is an emormous territory it turns out, its boundaries vague, and there is little certainty about where it begins and ends." - Siri Hustvedt

"For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown" - A R Ammons

"Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong." - Raymond Smullyan

"By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself." - George Orwell

"Self-contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves." - Eric Hoffer

"I had a vague memory of being that ridiculous at one time. Let he who hath never worn parachute pants cast the first stone." - Jim Butcher

"It frequently happens that I begin a novel with just a visual image of something, a vague sense of people in three dimensional space." - Don Delillo

"The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague, but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise." - Edsger Dijkstra

"As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back." - Lao Tzu

"...A strange art - music - the most poetic and precise of all the arts, vague as a dream and precise as algebra." - Guy De Maupassant

"O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment." - Henry David Thoreau

"Men and women make sad mistakes about their own symptoms, taking their vague uneasy longings, sometimes for genius, sometimes for religion, and oftener still for a mighty love." - George Eliot

"Meanwhile spring arrived. My old dejection passed away and gave place to the unrest which spring brings with it, full of dreams and vague hopes and desires." - Leo Tolstoy

"The Geneva Convention . . . says that there will be no outrages upon human dignity. It's very vague. What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity'?" - George W Bush

"An irresponsible person is a person who makes vague promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances and expects other people to forgive it." - Ayn Rand

"Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles?" - Pablo Neruda

"We cannot tell some people what it is believe, partly because they are too stupid to understand, partly because we are too proudly vague to explain." - Robert Frost

"As far as rapprochements go, it's awkward and vague, but the advantage of being as emotionally inarticulate as we are is that it will do the trick." - Jonathan Tropper

"Art is not vague production, transitory and isolated, but a power which must be directed to the improvement and refinement of the human soul." - Wassily Kandinsky

"She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague "she" of all the poetry books." - Gustave Flaubert

"When I started, they told me I only needed 3 chords and the truth... It turned out I could manage with 2 and some vague ideas." - Joe Strummer

"Autumn clouds, vague and obscure; The evening, lonely and chill. I felt the dampness on my garments, But saw no spot, and heard no sound of rain." - Bai Juyi

"I alone have the mind of a fool, and am all muddled and vague. The people are so smart and bright. While I am just dull and confused." - Laozi

"My wife at times will say I'm stubborn, selfish, insensitive, vague, deaf at times, blah, blah, blah... but she's never said I was boring!" - Henry Cho

"You always know when a real inspiration is behind the melody, arrangements, even lyrics. And I know that's really vague, but it's true." - Zach Condon



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