Obscurity is the realm of error.
The line between greatness and obscurity is very, very small.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.
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Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.
Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living.
Obscurity brings safety.
The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell.
If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who can perform great feats before friendly crowds.
I did what I could to inflate the rumor I was on my way to stardom.
What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity.
Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.
I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure.
To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.
You have to demand things and believe you're worth more.
And once you do demand them, you're usually going to get them. The players who first came in were very humble because we came from obscurity. Today's players, on the other hand, have a sense of entitlement.
Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
Never try to impress people with the profundity of your thought by the obscurity of your language. Whatever has been thoroughly thought through can be stated simply.
Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them rest in obscurity and peace! Let my memory be left in oblivion, my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times and other men can do justice to my character.
To write or even speak English is not a science but an art.
There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist.
In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.
The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts;
and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
More significant than the fact that poets write abstrusely, painters paint abstractly, and composers compose unintelligible music is that people should admire what they cannot understand; indeed, admire that which has no meaning or principle.
Obscurantism is the academic theorist's revenge on society for having consigned him or her to relative obscurity -- a way of proclaiming one's superiority in the face of one's diminished influence.
The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office.
You have available to you, right now, a powerful supercomputer.
This powerful tool has been used through-out history to take people from rags to riches, from poverty and obscurity to success and fame, from unhappiness and frustration to joy and self-fulfillment, and it can do the same for you.
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin.
It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed.
For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Leave bands, go back to obscurity if I choose to, without a great sense of loss of security because it's all been based on the fact that I did it on my own or was doing, enjoying doing it on my own in the first place.
Donald had reached its further edge, and could hear the rush of the stream from the deep obscurity of the abyss below, when there rose from the opposite side a strain of the most delightful music he had ever heard.
To morrow, I believe, is to be an eclipse of the sun, and I think it perfectly meet and proper that the sun in the heavens, and the glory of the Republic should both go into obscurity and darkness together.
In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.
For ideas to prevail, many of their defenders have to die in obscurity.
Their anonymous influence makes itself felt.
Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.
You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record, otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity.
I guess I didn't feel confident enough to be searching in a big public way.
I was very content at the time to toil in obscurity on things that I thought might point me in certain directions or teach me certain things - not knowing what that would be.
Philosophical reflection could not leave the relation of mind and spirit in the obscurity which had satisfied the needs of the naive consciousness.
I entirely agree with you about the obscurity of Mrs Browning's line about the stars. It is far-fetched. She wanted to express something which she found beyond expression.