Ambiguity Quotes

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Gilda Radner
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.”
Gilda Radner

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Ursula K. Le Guin
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Brodi Ashton
“Heroes don't exist. And if they did, I wouldn't be one of them.”
Brodi Ashton, Everneath

Milan Kundera
“The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.”
Milan Kundera

Joyce Carol Oates
“The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to "overcome" doubt.”
Joyce Carol Oates, The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982

Simone de Beauvoir
“As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

Glen Cook
“There are no self-proclaimed villains, only regiments of self-proclaimed saints. Victorious historians rule where good or evil lies.”
Glen Cook, Chronicles of the Black Company

“We might not be able to know what reality is about, but we can’t but be aware of the explicitness of facts. To get a better grip on the intricate nature of the truth and its ambiguity, we have got to scrutinize facts and find out about their codes. But, yet, we can’t ignore that reality is a very intriguing place, since facts may be construed, receive variant contexts and create alternate outcomes, which, in turn, might spark new realities, over again. ("Imbroglio" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Pawan Mishra
“Isn’t life a collection of weird quizzes with no answers to half the questions?”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Rebecca McKinsey
“Stories start in all sorts of places. Where they begin often tells the reader of what to expect as they progress. Castles often lead to dragons, country estates to deeds of deepest love (or of hate), and ambiguously presented settings usually lead to equally as ambiguous characters and plot, leaving a reader with an ambiguous feeling of disappointment. That's one of the worst kinds.”
Rebecca McKinsey, Sydney West

Daniel Quinn
“The sign stopped me-- or rather, this text stopped me. Words are my profession; I seized these and demanded that they explain themselves, that they cease to be ambiguous.”
Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Lionel Shriver
“He prizes ambiguity; he loves to keep you guessing.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Christopher Hitchens
“There's a certain amount of ambiguity in my background, what with intermarriages and conversions, but under various readings of three codes which I don’t much respect (Mosaic Law, the Nuremberg Laws, and the Israeli Law of Return) I do qualify as a member of the tribe, and any denial of that in my family has ceased with me. But I would not remove myself to Israel if it meant the continuing expropriation of another people, and if anti-Jewish fascism comes again to the Christian world—or more probably comes at us via the Muslim world—I already consider it an obligation to resist it wherever I live. I would detest myself if I fled from it in any direction. Leo Strauss was right. The Jews will not be 'saved' or 'redeemed.' (Cheer up: neither will anyone else.) They/we will always be in exile whether they are in the greater Jerusalem area or not, and this in some ways is as it should be. They are, or we are, as a friend of Victor Klemperer's once put it to him in a very dark time, condemned and privileged to be 'a seismic people.' A critical register of the general health of civilization is the status of 'the Jewish question.' No insurance policy has ever been devised that can or will cover this risk.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Jonathan Wells
“The many meanings of 'evolution' are frequently exploited by Darwinists to distract their critics. Eugenie Scott recommends: 'Define evolution as an issue of the history of the planet: as the way we try to understand change through time. The present is different from the past. Evolution happened, there is no debate within science as to whether it happened, and so on... I have used this approach at the college level.'
Of course, no college student—indeed, no grade-school dropout— doubts that 'the present is different from the past.' Once Scott gets them nodding in agreement, she gradually introduces them to 'The Big Idea' that all species—including monkeys and humans—are related through descent from a common ancestor... This tactic is called 'equivocation'—changing the meaning of a term in the middle of an argument.”
Jonathan Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

Leo Tolstoy
“The doctor arrived towards dinnertime and said, of course, that although recurring phenomena might well elicit apprehension, nonetheless there was, strictly speaking, no positive indication, yet since neither was there any contraindication, it might, on the one hand, be supposed, but on the other hand it might also be supposed. And it was therefore necessary to stay in bed, and although I don't like prescribing, nevertheless take this and stay in bed.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Devil

“Perhaps we can conceive of the ironist as the fetishist's apprentice, reaching out for all readers, ensnaring them in a tangle of ambiguity, uncertainty and indecision from which there is no escape. Irony, quite possibly, makes fetishists of us all.”
Janet Beizer

Toba Beta
“Apriority creates ambiguities among ideas.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“Sometimes a woman is afraid to be without security or without certainty, for even a short time. She has more excuses than dogs have hairs. She must just simply dive in and stand not knowing what will happen next.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Rhian J. Martin
“It was all very isolating to think about, what people use to define themselves and their actions. And at the end of the day, did it make people feel better? Maybe it did. Maybe it gave them something to grasp at in the ambiguous vein of life on Earth.”
Rhian J. Martin, A Different Familiar

Margaret Atwood
“In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn't puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated. Fiction writers are particularly suspect because they write about human beings, and people are morally ambiguous. The aim of ideology is to eliminate ambiguity.”
Margaret Atwood

George Herbert
“I will complain, yet praise;
I will bewail, approve:
And all my sowre-sweet dayes
I will lament, and love.”
George Herbert, The Temple: The Poetry of George Herbert

Syed Mujtaba Ali
“শস্ত্রে সব পাওয়া যায় - কোন কিচ্ছুর অনটন নেই। সম্পত্তি বিলিয়ে দিতে চান, না বিলিয়ে দিতে চান; পূজো করতে চান, না করতে চান - একখানা কিংবা বিশখানা; পূজো-পাজা করতে চান, কিংবা ব্যোম ভোলানাথ বলে বুঁদ হয়ে থাকতে চান, এমন কি মরার পর পরশুরামী স্বর্গে গিয়ে অপ্সরাদের সঙ্গে দুদণ্ড রসালাপ করতে চান কিংবা রবি ঠাকুরী 'কোণের প্রদীপ মিলায় যথা জ্যোতিঃ সমুদ্রেই' হয়ে গিয়ে নির্গুণ নিরবাণানন্দ লাভ করতে চান, তাবৎ মালই পাবেন।
...শুধু হিন্দুশাস্ত্র না; ইহুদি, খ্রিস্টান, মুসলিম সব শাস্ত্রেরই ঐ গতি। শুধু হিন্দুশাস্ত্র এঁদের তুলনায় অনেক বেশি বনেদী বলে এঁর বাড়িতে দালানকোঠার গোলকধাঁধা ওঁদের তুলনায় অনেক বেশি, পথ হারিয়ে ফেলার সম্ভাবনা পদে পদে। তাতে অবশ্য বিচলিত হওয়ার মত কিছুই নেই, কারণ স্বয়ং যীশুখ্রীষ্ট নাকি বলেছেন, যেহোভার আপন বাড়িতে দালান-কোঠা বিস্তর।
তাই শাস্ত্রের উপর আমার অগাধ শ্রদ্ধা। আর তাতে ফয়দাও এন্তার।”
Syed Mujtaba Ali, রচনাবলী – ১

Amiri Baraka
“We take unholy risks to prove we are what we cannot be. For instance, I am not even crazy.”
Amiri Baraka, Transbluesency: Selected Poems, 1961-1995

Simone de Beauvoir
“Love is then renunciation of all possession, of all confusion. One renounces being in order that there may be that being which one is not.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

“If you accept life in all its fullness and ambiguity, it's not complicated; it's only complicated, if you don't accept it.”
Marty Rubin

“How it hurts to dream, to promise, to think when you have absolutely nothing in hand. When the future is looming only by its ambiguity leaving you distressed, afraid of your destiny.. Where to go and how to know.. That suspense is serving its mystery. Let it be not my misery, I already have that anxiety void of any tranquility.”
Noha Alaa El-Din, Norina Luciano

“Unbidden, the lines from the Book of Job came to him: “Going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it”. He also remembered who it was that had said them.”
Tom Deitz, Stoneskin's Revenge

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