Seriousness Quotes

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Oscar Wilde
“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Leigh Bardugo
“Do you take anything seriously?”
“Not if I can help it. Makes life so tedious.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“You can’t be serious,” I said.
“Not on a regular basis, no.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Thomas Szasz
“When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him..”
Thomas Stephen Szasz

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“Can't you ever be serious?' I said, mortified.
'It's difficult,' he said. 'There's so little in life that's worth it.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

Alexandra Katehakis
“To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.”
Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

Ray Bradbury
“I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously."

[Writer’s Digest Interview (Robert Jacobs, Writer’s Digest, February 1976)]”
Ray Bradbury

Graham Greene
“She couldn't avoid being serious about things she cared for, and happiness made her grave at the thought of all the things which might destroy it.”
Graham Greene, A Gun for Sale

Oscar Wilde
“One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life.”
Oscar Wilde, John Cooper, The Importance of Being Earnest

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

G.K. Chesterton
“It is easy to be solemn, it is so hard to be frivolous.”
G K Chesterton

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

Margery Allingham
“Albert Campion: 'I’m serious!'
Lugg: 'That’s unhealthy in itself.”
Margery Allingham, Mystery Mile

Nicholas Murray Butler
“The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.”
Nicholas Butler

Jeff Lindsay
“What, in all very seriousness, the hell was going on?”
Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

G.K. Chesterton
“The men who made the joke saw something deep which they could not express except by something silly and emphatic.”
G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered

P.J. O'Rourke
“Earnestness is stupidity sent to college.”
P.J. O'Rourke, Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

Kai Meyer
“This showed once again that everyone had something different to lose in this battle. Some were concerned for their lives, and some for those they cared most about: rays, sea horses, even the chickens that ran free in the streets of the city because they couldn't all be caught in time.”
Kai Meyer, Pirate Wars

John Logan
“But a generation that does not aspire to seriousness, to meaning, is unworthy to walk in the shadow of those who have gone before, I mean those who have struggled and surmounted, I mean those who have aspired, I mean Rembrandt, I mean Turner, I mean Michelangelo and Matisse … I mean obviously Rothko.”
John Logan, Red

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“It is the tendency of deep feeling to subdue the manner rather than to render it too energetic.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

“Those who are weak, never suck the blood of the enemy, as it is to be done with strength.”
Auliq Ice

Cameron Stracher
“I touched my scalp where Sula had wrapped the cloth. It still burned, but it made me feel important. I'd been wounded in combat. Anyone could break a leg or dislocate a sholder, but how many people get shot? I could tell by the way Will was looking at me that he was impressed too and not a little bit jealous. I would have quickly traded the head wound, however, for a glass of clean water.”
Cameron Stracher, The Water Wars

“Children become serious when they play. To regain that beautiful seriousness, you have to live in the present and take life as a play.”

Sijin BT
“You can combine your silence and seriousness to hide your inherent ignorance.”
Sijin Bt

“Those who take life, or themselves, too seriously are missing the point.”
Omar Cherif

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Against war one might say that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished malicious.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Emily St. John Mandel
“Vincent was lovely but not, Olivia had decided, a serious person. Since her late teens she had been mentally dividing people into categories: either you're a serious person, she'd long ago decided, or you're not. A difficulty of her current life was that she was no longer sure which category she fell into.”
Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The worst thing about our cultures, education systems, and religions is that they make us take life seriously.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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