Pretentious Quotes

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Rainer Maria Rilke
“If no one else, the dying must notice how unreal, how full of pretense, is all that we accomplish here, where nothing is allowed to be itself.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Marianne Moore
“I am hard to disgust, but a pretentious poet can do it”
Marianne Moore, Complete Poems

Don Roff
“I don't use big words to show off because it's ostentatious.”
Don Roff

Rebecca McNutt
“You’re not exactly up for the Humanitarian of the Year award, so save your altruism for someone who can't see through you like cellophane.”
Rebecca McNutt, Mandy and Alecto: The Collected Smog City Book Series

Charles Bukowski
“don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.”
Charles Bukowski, Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way

Nathanael West
“Being with her was like being backstage during an amateurish, ridiculous play.”
Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust

John Cowper Powys
“There occurred within a causal radius of Brandon Station one of those infinitesimal ripples in the creative silence of the First Cause. In the soul of the great blazing sun there were complicated superhuman vibrations [connected] ... with the feelings of a few intellectual sages who had enough imagination to recognise the conscious personality of this fiery orb as it flung far and wide its life-giving magnetic forces. Roaring, cresting, heaving, gathering, mounting, advancing, receding, the enormous fire-thoughts of this huge luminary surged relentlessly to and fro, evoking a turbulent aura of psychic activity.”
John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance

Criss Jami
“The height of cleverness is in one's ability to be very clever without seeming clever at all.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“He told me things about himself that should have made him sound urbane but did the opposite. He told me, for example, that he liked Steve Reich's music, modern-art museums, and Beat poetry. These words flew out of his mouth and went boomeranging back as if they knew they weren't meant to take the conversation anywhere but back to him. He also explained that he really liked interacting with different kinds of people. When I didn't immediately respond to this, he repeated it, and so I assured him I believed it.”
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Annie Dillard
“If you ask a twenty-one-year-old poet whose poetry he likes, he might say, unblushing, "Nobody's," In his youth, he has not yet understood that poets like poetry, and novelists like novels; he himself likes only the role, the thought of himself in a hat.”
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

John Kennedy Toole
“Oh, my God!" Ignatius bellowed from the front of the house. "What an egregious insult to good taste.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Cormac McCarthy
“He walked to the top of a rise and crouched and watched the day accrue. The chary dawn, the cold illucid world.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Patrick Rothfuss
“My fear is, what is the larger effect of my book on the world and on the minds of the people who take the time to consume it? Am I contributing in a positive way to the overall kind of collective consciousness of people in the world? I worry about that.”
Patrick Rothfuss

Ruta Sepetys
“What if this is a horrible mistake?" I croaked.
"Oh, it'll be horrible fine, just a bunch of pretentious rich people with shelves of books they've never read.”
Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

Ljupka Cvetanova
“I am not a titleholder; I don't steal; I don't lie...”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Ljupka Cvetanova
“I will take all my rights! Can you deliver them to my house?”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

“Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.
- Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.”
Roedy Green

Catherine Lacey
“Ed began explaining this Yo La Tengo thing, how he was listening to a record of theirs, on vinyl he emphasized, and he'd been thinking about a genre of music called shoegaze something about the body language of the shoegazer, the perpetual crumpling or downward slope of the gazer's neck, and then he changed the subject, abruptly, to nettle root—had I ever taken nettle root? I was in a subdued, semi-meditative state, but he repeated himself, louder—Mary, have you ever taken nettle root?—and I said, Um, no, to which he immediately began chanting.”
Catherine Lacey, The Answers

T.J. Kirk
“I'm tired of 'pretentious' just being used as an excuse to dismiss anything that fucking expects you to have a brain.”
T.J. Kirk

Jason Medina
“She chuckled and thought he was a pretentious buffoon. Manhattan had been lost for days. If he had not been hiding out on Long Island with his head up his ass, he’d know that.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

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