Pretentiousness Quotes

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Criss Jami
“I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Anthon St. Maarten
“Like a Columbus of the heart, mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth, in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me, in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Tiffany Madison
“Never trust someone that claims they care nothing of what society thinks of them. Instead of conquering obstacles, they simply pretend they don't exist.”
Tiffany Madison

Haruki Murakami
“Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband's. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn't have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people's standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question "How do I look?”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Criss Jami
“A sign of a lover of wisdom is his delight in not running his mouth about things he doesn't know.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Criss Jami
“To better understand God we must first shatter our own idea of God - maybe even day after day. Maybe he's too great to stay compressed in the human mind. Maybe he splits it wide open; this is why pretentious intellectualism so often fails to comprehend the concept of God: it is only accepting of what it can explain while in the process finding higher sources offensive. What we may confidently assert is that faith is the opening that allows God, this unpredictable, unseen power, to travel in and out of the mind without all the pains of confusion.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is the pretense of intelligent ignorance. The former is teachable; the latter is not.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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

Stephen Fry
“lectures broke into one's day and were clearly a terrible waste of time, necessary no doubt if you were reading law or medicine or some other vocational subject, but in the case of English, the natural thing to do was talk a lot, listen to music, drink coffee and wine, read books, and go to plays, perhaps be in plays…”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

Michael Crichton
“Only assholes put a nickname on their business card.”
Michael Crichton, Next

Criss Jami
“There have been times I've felt so much art in my soul I grew sick of artists.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Marcus Porcius Cato
“The words of the Greeks are born on their lips, but those of the Romans in their hearts.”

Ahmed Mostafa
“You shattered the remainder of my heart, yet you expect me to be okay with it day after day.”
Ahmed Mostafa

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

Quentin S. Crisp
“There can be no such thing as “philosophical horror”, at least as a premeditated genre. Why? Because philosophy implies enquiry, reflection and an open mind, whereas the genre of horror demands certain conclusions in advance.”
Quentin S. Crisp

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Oh, he was a pretentious fool, making careers out of cocktails and meanwhile regretting, weakly and secretly, the collapse of an insufficient and wretched idealism. He had garnished his soul in the subtlest taste and now he longed for the old rubbish. He was empty, it seemed, empty as an old bottle —”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Jasper Fforde
“She was named Jocaminca fforkes, with two small 'f's - as if having two 'f's wasn't pretentious enough”
Jasper Fforde, The Constant Rabbit

Criss Jami
“The hope is indeed that some will experience and believe: The purpose of a number of spiritual gurus is to demonstrate to God-fearing men faux spirituality.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Agatha Christie
“One should never go by what people say.”
Agatha Christie, Murder at the Vicarage

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

Keith Haring
“July 7, 1986: Montreux
It is only now that I realize the importance of a biography. I mean I always have realized that I enjoy to read (and have learned many things from) the biographies of artists whom I admire. It is probably my main source of education. In the beginning of my “career” (what an awful word) I was misled by a teacher who thought the things I was writing to be pretentious and self important. Years later, when I read those things I wrote in 1978, it didn’t seem so pretentious for almost everything I wrote about “wanting to do,” I actually did in the four or five years that followed.”
Keith Haring, Keith Haring Journals

“Art should be pretentious. The place to be genuine is in one's relationships.”
Marty Rubin

John Lewis-Stempel
“Such are the inconsistences of humans in uniform, that the same endothermic vertebrates, which were believed a blessing, an aid to nostalgia, a sign from God, could also be shot for food (see p281-88) and employed as tools.”
John Lewis-Stempel

“His arrogance is going to bury whatever parts of him which survived the death of his pretentiousness.”
Niedria Dionne Kenny, Love, Lust and Regrets: While the lights were off

David Graeber
“Lilian testifies eloquently to the misery that can ensue when the only challenge you can overcome in your own work is the challenge of coming to terms with the fact that you are not, in fact, presented with any challenges; when the only way you can
exercise your powers is in coming up with creative ways to cover up the fact that you
cannot exercise your powers; of managing the fact that you have, completely against
your choosing, been turned into a parasite and fraud.”
David Graeber , Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

C. Wright Mills
“My conception stands opposed to social science as a set of bureaucratic techniques which inhibit social inquiry by ‘methodolocigal’ pretentions, which congest such work by obscurantist conceptions, or which trivialize it by concern with minor problems unconnected with publicly relevant issues.”
C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination

Andrew Sean Greer
“When I was young, all I wanted to read were pretentious little books. Camus and Tournier and Calvino. If it had a plot, I hated it.”
Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Rose Tremain
“For it did seem to be the case, she reflected, that the owners of art galleries were very frequently men who were unable to use ordinary language with any precision and who walked about in a horrible blizzard of peculiar superlatives and meaningless coinages from which they tried to shelter themselves by a wild flailing of their hands.”
Rose Tremain, Islands of Mercy

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
“It’s better than anything either Laxness or Thórberger Thordarson write. We might be talking about a new Nobel Prize winner, Hekla.”
“Has he had anything published?”
“Not yet.”
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Miss Iceland

Criss Jami
“The audience was highly pretentious and somewhat vain at gazing deeply into what was fundamentally shallow; so in this vein with thoughts flowing, and past that vane with minds blowing, it completely missed the point.”
Criss Jami

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