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Carl Van Vechten Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Carl Van Vechten.

An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old.
- Carl Van Vechten

A cat is never vulgar.
- Carl Van Vechten

There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that
man could not emulate to his advantage.
- Carl Van Vechten

As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the
cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty,
motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
- Carl Van Vechten

 

The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend
of man because it pleases him to do so and not because he must.
- Carl Van Vechten

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

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The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

Jesus was all right,
but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- John Lennon

Reality doesn't impress me.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy,
and when ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.
No more walls.
- Anais Nin

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself,
I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
- Michel de Montaigne

I wouldn't have thought that a wrong theory should
lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field
theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes.
- Edward Witten

I look for something that is highly unusual,
involving ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations.
- Walter Lord

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms.
It is immediately and directly united to God alone.
- Nicolas Malebranche

The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things,
but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
- Dean Stanley

I am just an ordinary Catholic.
- Maggie Gallagher

At the very least, my tastes are out of the ordinary.
- Sherilyn Fenn

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word,
if there is such a thing.
- J. L. Austin

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are
of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
- Thomas More

I think if you touch ordinary people,
they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been.
They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should.
- Leonard Baskin

I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer
lends so much more credence and attaches so much more
importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams...
Man...
is above all the plaything of his memory.
- Andre Breton

There is no doubt that this film is autobiographical,
but at the same time it also tries to portray an ordinary
couple in a language that everyone can understand.
- Sophie Marceau

I wanted to look at them because I feel,
internally, that I am an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life.
- Sidney Poitier

War - the ordinary man's most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary.
- Philip Caputo

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards
set so much above his ordinary self as to make him
feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
- Irving Babbitt

It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations
and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.
- Mike Huckabee

The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain,
is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into
the minds of ordinary men.
- Jacob Bronowski

Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and
ordinary people millionaires.
- Bo Bennett

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things;
to suggest,
not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
- Balthus

Ordinary professionalism and 20 years' experience can accomplish a lot,
but it can't access the hidden places.
- Jeanette Winterson

If you are not willing to risk the unusual,
you will have to settle for the ordinary.
- Jim Rohn

We didn't have a drill so he would burn the holes through
the wood with a metal rod that he heated up in a fire.
Can you imagine an ordinary crew doing that?
- Marc Singer

Ordinary language carries with it conditions of meaning
which it is easy to recognize by classifying the contexts
in which the expression is employed in a meaningful manner.
- Paul Ricoeur

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary
man is to have an extraordinary father.
- Austin O'Malley

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the
fair-haired and the blue-eyed,
the bright children of life, the happy,
the charming and the ordinary.
- Thomas Mann

To be old is to be part of a huge and ordinary multitude...
the reason why old age was venerated in the past was
because it was extraordinary.
- Ronald Blythe

For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would
save the ordinary from oblivion.
- Philip Levine

I am an ordinary person.
- Frances McDormand

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant
men in charge of affairs.
They expect too much of ordinary men.
- Thucydides

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds
strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

I would have preferred to be successful here with a
piece that cost me a huge amount of money and effort...
rather than sending to Bohemia some ordinary works.
- Camille Claudel

The most ordinary word, when put into place,
suddenly acquires brilliance.
That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
- Robert Bresson

They say the death of a parent puts you in time because
that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death:
you're next.
I don't buy it.
- Bruce Jackson

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
- Boris Pasternak

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men.
Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
- Blaise Pascal

The genius of the American system is that through freedom
we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.
- Phil Gramm

Rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk.
- Billy Idol

I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.
- Martin Scorsese

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection
of the human being on the page.
I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder

There are certain things that ordinary people have
that celebrities don't have.
- Norman Spinrad

Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support,
but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work
for which they are fitted.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate
person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
- Aleister Crowley

If I ever do anything, it actually might be some fantasy
elf thing or even some cute,
funny thing.
Just to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.
I've done my superhero gig.
- Todd McFarlane


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