Superficiality Quotes

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Douglas Pagels
“I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.”
Douglas Pagels

“Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the “real world”. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family and freedom. Above all, stay gold.”
Dominic Owen Mallary

Bertrand Russell
“The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.”
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

Charles Bukowski
“I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

Anthon St. Maarten
“Constantly exposing yourself to popular culture and the mass media will ultimately shape your reality tunnel in ways that are not necessarily conducive to achieving your Soul Purpose and Life Calling. Modern society has generally ‘lost the plot’. Slavishly following its false gods and idols makes no sense in a spiritually aware life.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Bob Dylan
“songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality. Some different republic, some liberated republic... whatever the case, it wasn't that I was anti-popular culture or anything and I had no ambition to stir things up. I just thought of mainstream culture as lame as hell and a big trick. It was like the unbroken sea of frost that lay outside the window and you had to have awkward footgear to walk with.”
Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume One

Antonio Porchia
“When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.”
Antonio Porchia, Voices

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century.”
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Harper Lee
“Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

[Open Letter, O Magazine, July 2006]”
Harper Lee

Graham Greene
“So much in writing depends on the superficiality of one's days. One may be preoccupied with shopping and income tax returns and chance conversations, but the stream of the unconscious continues to flow undisturbed, solving problems, planning ahead: one sits down sterile and dispirited at the desk, and suddenly the words come as though from the air: the situations that seemed blocked in a hopeless impasse move forward: the work has been done while one slept or shopped or talked with friends.”
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

“Anya looked upon Nin admirably. Having him as a partner-in-crime—if only on this one occasion, which she hoped would only be the start of something more—was more revitalizing than the cheap thrills of a cookie-cutter shallow, superficial romance, where the top priority was how beautiful a person was on the outside.”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

John Green
“Lacey shrugged bashfully. “Do you think I’m superficial?”
“Well, yeah.” I thought of myself standing outside Becca’s bedroom, hoping she’d take her shirt off. “But so am I,” I added. “So is everyone.”
John Green, Paper Towns

Gene Edward Veith Jr.
“There is a great superficiality in today's evangelical world. Many Bible-believing Christians share the contemporary case for self-gratification, emotionalism, and anti-intellectualism. Many people who believe in the Bible have never read it.”
Gene Edward Veith Jr., Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in a Postmodern World

Criss Jami
“Christ delves far beyond the means of superficiality, not simply because of his immaculate love, but also because he considers the distinct cases of each individual rather than withholding a broadened perception by use of stereotypes.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Richard Wright
“Their constant outward-looking, their mania for radios, cars, and a thousand other trinkets made them dream and fix their eyes upon the trash of life, made it impossible for them to learn a language which could have taught them to speak of what was in their or others' hearts. The words of their souls were the syllables of popular songs.”
Richard Wright, Black Boy

Umberto Eco
“Once upon a time there were mass media, and they were wicked, of course, and there was a guilty party. Then there were the virtuous voices that accused the criminals. And Art (ah, what luck!) offered alternatives, for those who were not prisoners to the mass media.

Well, it's all over. We have to start again from the beginning, asking one another what's going on.”
Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

“True beauty is measured by the number of pearls within you, not those around your neck.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel
“ليس الانطباع الأول عميقاً أبداً إلى درجة تسمح لنا بأن نحكم على ما سينتهي إليه الأمر في نهاية المطاف.”
جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel, صراع الأقنعة

“It's easy to judge only on the superficial. It takes a lot more time and work to truly understand.”
Mickey Zucker Reichert, To Protect

Mark Manson
“Pleasure is a false god. Research shows that people who focus their energy on superficial pleasures end up more anxious, more emotionally unstable, and more depressed. Pleasure is the most superficial form of life satisfaction and therefore the easiest to obtain and the easiest to lose. But pleasure, while necessary in life (in certain doses), isn't, by itself, sufficient. Pleasure is not the cause of happiness; rather, it is the effect.”
Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

“Irony is only skin deep.”
Marty Rubin

Mark Manson
“Many people measure their self-worth based on how much money they make... once one is able to provide for basic physical needs (food shelter, and so on), the correlation between happiness and worldly success quickly approaches zero.”
Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Anna Comnena
“For they do not look through to the soul, nor have a keen eye for virtue, but they stop at the outward excellencies of the body, and admire daring, and strength, speed in running, and size, and consider these as fit qualifications for the purple robe and diadem.”
Anna Comnena, The Alexiad

Ulla-Lena Lundberg
“[...] människan lever på ytan, och det som hon inte har för ögonen lär hon sig så småningom leva utan.”
Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Stora världen

“Inner beauty lasts longer than the more obvious seductions, so throw away the miniskirt and thigh-length boots.”
Ulysses Brave, The Wit and Wisdom of Cats and Kittens

Mark Manson
“Many people measure their self-worth based on how much money they make... once one is able to provide for basic physical needs (food shelter, and so on), the correlation between happiness and worldly success quickly approaches zero. ...The other issue with overvaluing material success is the danger of prioritizing it over other values, such as honesty, nonviolence, and compassion.”
Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Bret Easton Ellis
“The better you look, the more you see”
Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama

Eduardo Galeano
“We live in a world where the funeral matters more than the dead, the wedding more than love and the physical rather than the intellect. We live in the container culture, which despises the content.”
Eduardo Galeano

“Brand names are so important to me nowadays, they help me distinguish reality from fantasy, humility from superficiality... the order of people priorities.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“The secret of Vegas is that money is boring.
Hence all the bluster.”
Jace Clayton, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

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