Quotes About Pretension

Quotes tagged as "pretension" (showing 1-23 of 23)
Michael Bassey Johnson
“Buy a gift for a dog, and you'll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don't have anything to offer to it, it won't even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Frank Herbert
“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

C. JoyBell C.
“People. Falling for each others’ pretensions, fakeness and whatever various faces they can put on to wear. And then they call it love. What a fantasy. What a blasphemy. Humanity bores me.”
C. JoyBell C.

Ann Marie Aguilar
“Why do you pretend, when you can make it real? We like pretending to be someone else but the truth we just want to be ourselves.”
Ann Marie Aguilar

Oscar Wilde
“The mimicry of passion is the most intolerable of all poses.”
Oscar Wilde, Reviews

Edith Wharton
“Xingu!" she scoffed. "Why, it was the fact of our knowing so much more about it than she did—unprepared though we were—that made Osric Dane so furious. I should have thought that was plain enough to everybody!”
Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome & Selected Stories

Caroline Kepnes
“In my defense, I love the book in a postmodern kind of way where I've always sensed that it contains something that I relate to. I think it's the kind of book that echoes my beliefs and my sentiments and I've always related well to people who have read the book and I've written about the book. You know, I majored in comp lit and it's possible, it's very possible to read a book without reading it in the traditional straightforward manner. You can read about a book, Joe. Do you know what I mean? Do you understand?”
Caroline Kepnes, You

“Don't you know about the praying mantis that waved its arms angrily in front of an approaching carriage, unaware that they were incapable of stopping it? Such was the high opinion it had of its talents.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Caroline Kepnes
“I pick up the list of Benji's five favorite books because we've got work to do:

"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon. He's a pretentious fuck and a liar.

"Underworld" by Don DeLillo. He's a snob.

"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. He's a spoiled passport-carrying fuck stunted in eighth grade.

"Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" by David Foster Wallace. Enough already.

"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane. He's got Mayflowers in his blood.”
Caroline Kepnes, You

Criss Jami
“Some things are so silly they have a certain brilliance to them. Other things, set as standards for brilliance and therefore exalted by many who don't know why, become tarnished because of it.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Ian Rankin
“He had perfected the art of looking interested, and could grasp in surprise at any and every predictable punchline.”
Ian Rankin

Renata Adler
“…a kind of Calvinist in reverse; that is, he was uncompromisingly bohemian”
Renata Adler, Speedboat

Geoff Dyer
“The paradox is that some of the most artistically valuable contemporary photographs are content with being photographs, are not under the same compulsion to pass themselves off - or pimp themselves out - as art. The simple truth is that the best exponents of the art of contemporary photography continue to produce work that fits broadly within the tradition of what Evans termed 'documentary style'.”
Geoff Dyer, Working the Room: Essays and Reviews: 1999-2010

Sreesha Divakaran
“Pretension, dear love, does not buy truth into lies, nor alter its course.”
Sreesha Divakaran, Wine, Fire, Satin, Dew

Christian Lander
“Just as hunters will mount the heads of the kills, white people need to let people know that they have made their way to hundreds or even thousands of books. After all, what's the point of reading a book if people don't know you've read it. It's like a tree falling in the forest.”
Christian Lander, Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

Francis Spufford
“...what goes on inside believers is mysterious. So far as it can be guessed at - if for some reason you wanted to guess at it - it appears to be a kind of anxious pretending, a kind of continual, nervous resistance to reality. It looks as if, to a believer, things can never be allowed just to be what they are. They always have to be translated, moralised - given an unnecessary and rather sentimental extra meaning. A sunset can't just be part of the mixed magnificence and cruelty and indifference of the world; it has to be a blessing. A meal has to be a present you're grateful for, even if it came from Tesco and the ingredients cost you £7.38. Sex can't be the spectrum of experiences you get used to as an adult, from occasional earthquake through to mild companionable buzz; it has to be, oh dear oh dear, a special thing that happens when mummies and daddies love each other very much...

Our fingers must be in our ears all the time - lalala, I can't hear you - just to keep out the plain sound of the real world.

The funny thing is that to me it's exactly the other way around. In my experience, it's belief that involves the most uncompromising attention to the nature of things of which you are capable. It's belief which demands that you dispense with illusion after illusion, while contemporary common sense requires continual, fluffy pretending. Pretending that might as well be systematic, it's so thoroughly incentivised by our culture.”
Francis Spufford

Samuel Beckett
“Yes, there is no good pretending, it is hard to leave everything.”
Samuel Beckett, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable

“Humanity's favorite pasttime: pretending to know what it doesn't know.”
Marty Rubin

“A fig for your precious society with its bridge parties, its inane chatter, its cheap mentality; its dances and vulgar banquets; its snobbery and cheap pretension. The humblest library can show you upon a single shelf better society and far more select company than all the drawing-rooms of Europe, America, and South Africa.”
E. Norman Torry, Round My Library Fire: A Book about Books

“She was so scared that she forgot to be a contralto.”
Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle

“If a person defraud you and you pretended as if you have not been cheated,you have put that person in a hot soup and his conscience will judge.”
S.B. Oyekunle

Donna Tartt
“Then there’s the business of standardized tests. Henry refused to take the SATs - he’d probably score off the charts if he did, but he’s got some kind of aesthetic objection to them.”
Donna Tartt

“Pretentious quotations [are] the surest road to tedium.”
Henry Watson Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

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