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Clarity Quotes

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Banksy
“Your mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Arthur Schopenhauer
“One should use common words to say uncommon things”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Oscar Wilde
“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”
Oscar Wilde

David McCullough
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard."

(Interview with NEH chairman Bruce Cole, Humanities, July/Aug. 2002, Vol. 23/No. 4)”
David McCullough

Steve Maraboli
“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don't EVER stop!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Giovanni Boccaccio
“You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.”
Giovanni Boccaccio

Lily King
“I squat there and think about how you get trained early on as a woman to perceive how others are perceiving you, at the great expense of what you yourself are feeling about them. Sometimes you mix the two up in a terrible tangle that’s hard to unravel.”
Lily King, Writers & Lovers

George Orwell
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Steve Maraboli
“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something it must be profound. It is so timid and dislikes going into the water.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Fyodor Dostoevsky
“There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of eternal harmony, fully achieved. It is nothing earthly; not that it's heavenly, but man cannot endure it in his earthly state. One must change physically or die. The feeling is clear and indisputable. As if you suddenly sense the whole of nature and suddenly say: yes, this is true. God, when he was creating the world, said at the end of each day of creation: 'Yes, this is true, this is good.' This . . . this is not tenderheartedness, but simply joy. You don't forgive anything, because there is no longer anything to forgive. You don't really love — oh, what is here is higher than love! What's most frightening is that it's so terribly clear, and there's such joy. If it were longer than five seconds — the soul couldn't endure it and would vanish. In those five seconds I live my life through, and for them I would give my whole life, because it's worth it. To endure ten seconds one would have to change physically . . . .”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons

Robert A. Heinlein
“It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code. Most of these jokers don't even want to use language you and I know or can learn . . . they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we 'fail' to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything--obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Horace Walpole
“When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.”
Horace Walpole

Mandy Hale
“The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

William Gibson
“We see in order to move; we move in order to see.”
William Gibson

Charles Bukowski
“there's no clarity.
there was never meant to be clarity.”
Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Criss Jami
“A solid answer to everything is not necessary. Blurry concepts influence one to focus, but postulated clarity influences arrogance.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Rachel Archelaus
“The more of me I be,
The clearer I can see.”
Rachel Andrews

Lev Grossman
“...In books there's always somebody standing by ready to say hey, the world's in danger, evil's on the rise, but if you're really quick and take this ring and put it in that volcano over there everything will be fine.

"But in real life that guy never turns up. He's never there. He's busy handing out advice in the next universe over. In our world no one ever knows what to do, and everyone's just as clueless and full of crap as everyone else, and you have to figure it all out by yourself. And even after you've figured it out and done it, you'll never know whether you were right or wrong. You'll never know if you put the ring in the right volcano, or if things might have gone better if you hadn't. There's no answers in the back of the book.”
Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land

Anna Akhmatova
“I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love”
Anna Akhmatova, The Akhmatova Journals, Volume I: 1938-1941

Erik Pevernagie
“Nebulous words covering a broad spectrum of intriguing
maneuverings allow lobbyists to impersonate innocuous "strategic analysts" and masquerade as benefactors of the people. Therefore, foresight and clarity must always be our brothers-at-arms. ("Finally things had lost their weightiness")”
Erik Pevernagie

Shannon L. Alder
“Sensitive people feel so deeply they often have to retreat from the world, in order to dig beneath the layers of pain to find their faith and courage.”
Shannon L. Alder

Andrei Tarkovsky
“My objective is to create my own world and these images which we create mean nothing more than the images which they are. We have forgotten how to relate emotionally to art: we treat it like editors, searching in it for that which the artist has supposedly hidden. It is actually much simpler than that, otherwise art would have no meaning. You have to be a child—incidentally children understand my pictures very well, and I haven’t met a serious critic who could stand knee-high to those children. We think that art demands special knowledge; we demand some higher meaning from an author, but the work must act directly on our hearts or it has no meaning at all.”
Andrei Tarkovsky

Steve Maraboli
“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Steve Maraboli
“The best way to succeed is to have a specific Intent, a clear Vision, a plan of Action, and the ability to maintain Clarity. Those are the Four Pillars of Success. It never fails!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

George Saunders
“A culture's ability to understand the world and itself is critical to its survival. But today we are led into the arena of public debate by seers whose main gift is their ability to compel people to continue to watch them.”
George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone

Shannon L. Alder
“Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you.”
Shannon Alder

C.J. Heck
“A writer's goal is to weave the ordinary into fine silk and the truly extraordinary into diaphanous clarity ...”
CJ Heck

Raoul Davis Jr.
“Clarity of mission is important for acceleration. If you have a mission, but others don’t understand or your actions contradict it, then it will be less contagious.”
Raoul Davis Jr., Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life

Isaac Newton
“Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait 'til the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.”
Isaac Newton

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