Quotations list about banality, averageness and banal captions citing Eugene Ionesco, Alexis de Tocqueville and Ivan Chtcheglov sayings.
Banality is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their clich?s.
— Eugene Ionesco
Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.
— Alexis de Tocqueville banality quote
A mental disease has swept the planet: banalization presented with the alternative of love or a garbage disposal unit, young people of all countries have chosen the garbage disposal unit.
— Ivan Chtcheglov
Banality is a terribly likely consequence of the underused of a good mind. That is why in particular it is a female affliction.
— Cynthia PropperSeton
All religions have honored the beggar. For he proves that in a matter at the same time as prosaic and holy, banal and regenerative as the giving of alms, intellect and morality, consistency and principles are miserably inadequate.
— banality quotation by Walter Benjamin
Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal.
It requires ignorance -- nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city -- as one loses oneself in a forest -- that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest.
All my life I've been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
To keep a diary is to attempt a difficult literary form.
Its effectiveness is likely to derive from a special blend of honesty and appetite for life that gives the power to record everyday happenings while magically freeing them from banality and triviality.
We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.
The banalities of a great man pass for wit.
Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it.
Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.
Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.
The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it! -- that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms -- nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?
Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.
In an age of computer manipulation, surrealism has become banal, a shadow of its former self.
People wrestle sometimes making movies, and I think that conflict is a very essential thing. I think a lot of very happy productions have produced a lot of very banal movies.
We all spend so much time not saying what we want, because we know we can't have it. And because it sounds ungracious, or ungrateful, or disloyal, or childish, or banal. Or because we're so desperate to pretend that things are OK, really, that confessing to ourselves they're not looks like a bad move. Go on, say what you want. ... Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth will set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch in the nose. Surviving in whatever life you're living means lying, and lying corrodes the soul, so take a break from the lies for just one minute.
There's almost a fear that if you understood too deeply the way you arrived at choices, you could become self-conscious. In any case, many ideas which are full of personal meaning seem rather banal when you put words to them.
Even when there are banalities, they're usually kind of benign banalities.
Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning.
Dawn was written well before 9/11. People speak a lot today about the banality of evil, but not all evil is banal. Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out. That's where the real danger lies.
There arose a belief in style - and in banality.
Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.