Sophistication Quotes

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Clare Boothe Luce
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Clare Boothe Luce

Jim Henson
“The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. ”
Jim Henson

Sherwood Anderson
“There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is the moment when he crosses the line into manhood. The boy is walking through the street of his town. He is thinking of the future and of the figure he will cut in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him. Suddenly something happens; he stops under a tree and waits as for a voice calling his name. Ghosts of old things creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life. From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn open and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing, as though they marched in procession before him, the countless figures of men who before his time have come out of nothingness into the world, lived their lives and again disappeared into nothingness. The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. With a little gasp he sees himself as merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village. He knows that in spite of all the stout talk of his fellows he must live and die in uncertainty, a thing blown by the winds, a thing destined like corn to wilt in the sun.”
Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The best way to measure the loss of intellectual sophistication - this "nerdification," to put it bluntly - is in the growing disappearance of sarcasm, as mechanic minds take insults a bit too literally.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Bill Watterson
“People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.”
Bill Watterson

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“He thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well adjusted to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Isaac Asimov
“Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusing. In fact, I think I sometimes detect conspiratorial plottings among my friends to protect me against my own lack of sophistication. I don't mind. I suspect that I am never quite as unsophisticated as they think I am, but I don't mind.”
Isaac Asimov, In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

Criss Jami
“I suspect that 'Kindness and Cruelty' and 'Mercy and Justice' all have secret affairs, as though they rendezvous only within certain sophisticated souls: those who hate being offensive, but love telling the truth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“Social conditioning, accompanied by moral and mental constraints, now serve to render the mediocre mind nearly incapable of unbiased assessment.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Debasish Mridha
“Now domestication and sophistication of men by women are the norm and acceptable by society, but they are terrible for manhood.”
Debasish Mridha M.D.

Theodor W. Adorno
“Among today's adept practitioners, the lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion. The lie, once a liberal means of communication, has today become one of the techniques of insolence enabling each individual to spread around him the glacial atmosphere in whose shelter he can thrive.”
Theodor W. Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life

Bryant McGill
“Freedom is the most sophisticated form of control. The best lies use the truth.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

“Sophistication is a thing of the mind not of worldly appearance.”
Edmond Mbiaka

“My rage is derived from eyes so sharp they see through the idiocy being passed off as sophistication.

Under the cloak of universal themes and terms such as freedom, change, and acceptance, madness ensues, being readily welcomed by those whose mind's eye questions nothing.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“The Sophisticate: “The world isn’t black and white. No one does pure good or pure bad. It’s all gray. Therefore, no one is better than anyone else.”

The Zetet: “Knowing only gray, you conclude that all grays are the same shade. You mock the simplicity of the two-color view, yet you replace it with a one-color view….”
Marc Stiegler, Davids Sling

Jan Moran
“Even in her casual white shirt and cotton pants, she was clearly an independent woman in charge of her destiny. She was so… He paused, searching for words. So sophisticated, so self-assured.”
Jan Moran, Scent of Triumph

“The very essence of Australia is our lack of sophistication–our refusal to conform to pretension and superficiality. We ought to be upholding our ‘fair-dinkumness’ and all the qualities so well documented in our folklore, the non-conformity of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda whose down to earth motto would I’m sure, have been ‘I’d rather be ignorant and fair dinkum than sophisticated and false’. Of course life has been a fight against ignorance, but the danger has always been that gaining knowledge rarely occurs without an increase in sophistication or falseness.”
Tim Macartney-Snape

“All the expensive cars, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelries, and other accessories can never make one very refined and sophisticated. Refinement and sophistication can only come from a very enlightened mind.”
Edmond Mbiaka

Bryant McGill
“Western "freedom" is a sophisticated form of control.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The devil depends on a dark secret chance, but God does it now before your own eyes.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Bryant McGill
“The current social organization is a sophisticated lie and invisible prison without bars.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Bryant McGill
“America is the world's top war-master; the most sophisticated killer-culture in history.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Learning and knowing something is cool, but superb knowledge comes when you leave your books and become the inner world's friend.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
“Mme Therbouche: Ah oui, qu’avez-vous fait jusqu’à présent pour la morale ?
Diderot: (sans vergogne). Mais... j’ai offert mon exemple.”
Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Le Libertin

Pearl Zhu
“Digital sophistication implies intelligence, profundity, uniqueness, urban fit, and multidimensional understanding.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Fit: Manifest Future of Business with Multidimensional Fit

Timothy Findley
“I've never met—have you?—a truly sophisticated man. World-weary and discreet—of course. But never sophisticated.”
Timothy Findley, The Wars

“Life is not just about putting on expensive clothes and looking good. A man with true style conducts himself with a subtle sophistication. A sublime style, charm, and attitude that comes with an understanding of diverse aspects of self-care, grooming, dress, and personality. Amalgamate all of the above and you become a man you can be proud of!”
Avijeet Das