Serious Quotes

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Alexis de Tocqueville
“Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

Terry Goodkind
“That is the curse of lying, Sister. Once you place that crown of the liar upon your head, you can take it off again, but it leaves a stain for all time.”
Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire

Werner Heisenberg
“There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them.”
Werner Heisenberg

Criss Jami
“Love may be harder to find in some people, but when they do love you know it must be something marvelous.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Veronica Roth
“What did you do?” This time the question tears from my throat like a growl. I throw myself toward him… “What did you do?” I scream.

“You die, I die too…I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.”
Veronica Roth, Insurgent

Koushun Takami
“You all have your own distinct personal backgrounds. Of course some of you come from rich families, some from poor families. But circumstances beyond your control like that shouldn’t determine who you are. You must all realize what you’re worth on your own.”
Koushun Takami, Battle Royale

J.K. Rowling
“Severus, please fetch me the strongest truth potion you posess, then go down to the kitchen and bring up the house elf called Winky. Minerva, kindly go down to Hagrids house where you will find a large black dog sitting in the pumpkin patch. Take the dog up to my office, tell him I will be with him shortly, then come back here.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

John  Adams
“The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.”
John Adams

“Just because you know it [my past]... doesn't mean that my wounds are a weight you have to carry.

“I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long …arousing and persuading and reproaching…You will not easily find another like me.”
Plato, Apology

Thomas Jefferson
“Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.”
Thomas Jefferson

Marcus Porcius Cato
“Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.”
Cato the Elder

Mario Puzo
“Actions defined a man; words were a fart in the wind.”
Mario Puzo, The Last Don

Charles Bukowski
“I like to prowl ordinary places.
I feel sorry for us all or glad for us
caught alive together
and awkward in that way.

there's nothing better than the joke
of us
the seriousness of us
the dullness of us”
Charles Bukowski, Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

Kamand Kojouri
“I am so tired.
I have grown old from being serious.
I have grown ill from being serious.
I want to laugh at myself.
I want to forget myself.
I am so tired.”
Kamand Kojouri

Daniel Webster
“I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benign Providence; it almost appears a "Divine interposition in our behalf... the hand that destroys our Constitution rends our Union asunder forever.”
Daniel Webster

Ernest Hemingway
“If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. A writer who appreciates the seriousness of writing so little that he is anxious to make people see he is formally educated, cultured or well-bred is merely a popinjay. And this too remember; a serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.”
Ernest Hemingway

Roman Payne
“I’ve only been to jail a few times, but in several different countries, at that. No, I've only been to jail a few times. But I still claim the ability to write a "serious" novel.”
Roman Payne

Dejan Stojanovic
“Serious affairs and history are carefully laid snares for the uninformed.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Julio Cortázar
“Nothing is more comical than seriousness understood as a virtue that has to precede all important literature”
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

Charles Dickens
“There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.”
Charles Dickens

Jodi Picoult
“At home I was raped by a guy i thought I loved' Trixie said, because thats what it was to her and always would be.”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle

“People who don't smile are not serious”
Dhillon Lee MW

Kamand Kojouri
“I only wrote prose before I met you.
My musings were superfluous and serious as well.
But now the words dance with me.
I sing with them
and we create poetry.”
Kamand Kojouri

Daniel Webster
“We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people”
Daniel Webster

Oscar Wilde
“I suppose one must be serious sometimes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Yuna Kagesaki
“I want to be bullied.
But in again and you'll pay."

"She... wants to be bullied...?”
Yuna Kagesaki, AiON Volume 1

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When the situation is serious, don’t be funny; and when the situation is funny, don’t be serious!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Steven Magee
“If the government was a human, it would have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) diagnosis.”
Steven Magee

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