75 Grotesque Quotes To Inspire You

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Top 10 Grotesque Quotes (BEST)

  1. Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. — U.G. Krishnamurti
  2. Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. — Flannery O'Connor
  3. I have to be careful to get out before I become the grotesque caricature of a hatchet-faced woman with big knockers. — Jamie Lee Curtis
  4. Dada Dada Dada, a roaring of tense colors, and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE. — Tristan Tzara
  5. I have one aim, the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing. — Aubrey Beardsley
  6. I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear. — Flannery O'Connor
  7. It’s a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state. — Noam Chomsky
  8. Since art is dead in the actual life of civilized nations, it has been relegated to these grotesque morgues, museums. — Walter Gropius
  9. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures. — Flannery O'Connor
  10. Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. — Oscar Wilde

The Most Famous Grotesque Quotes

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The ugly is very appealing to man. It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror. — Sonya Levien

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is no beauty without some strangeness — Edgar Allan Poe

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugliness. — Rodney Dangerfield

It is doubtful whether anyone who has travelled widely has found anywhere in the world regions more ugly than in the human face. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Talk about beauty and you get boring answers, but talk about ugliness and things get interesting. — Rem Koolhaas

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued. — Jean Rostand

Sometimes awful things have their own beauty. — Christopher Isherwood

I am very attracted by bad taste-it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things. — Helmut Newton

Short Grotesque Quotes

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  • Oh, what a vileness human beauty is; corroding, corrupting everything it touches. — Euripides
  • The ugliest man was he who came to Troy; with squinting eyes and one distorted foot. — Homer
  • At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman. — Albert Camus
  • Cruelty and fear shake hands together. — Honore de Balzac
  • Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. — Edgar Allan Poe
  • A true artist is an ugly man. — Osamu Dazai
  • Though laughter is allowable, a horse-laugh is abominable. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Sorrow makes an ugly face odious. — Samuel Richardson
  • Look deep into the hearts of men, and see what delights and disgusts the wise. — Marcus Aurelius

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More Grotesque Quotes

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An unchurched christian is a grotesque anomaly. The New Testament knows nothing of such a person. For the church lies at the very center of the eternal purpose of God. It is not a divine afterthought. It is not an accident of history. On the contrary, the church is God's new community. — John Stott

I've seen so many beautiful curvy women gain success in hollywood and then wither into bobble headed stick figures in some grotesque attempt to fit a revolting hollywood trend. I like real women, not the broomsticks that Hollywood has been selling lately. — Matthew Gray Gubler

I strenuously object to the very word "grotesque" which has become hackneyed to the point of nausea...I would prefer my music to be described as "Scherzo-ish" in quality, or else by three words describing the various degrees of the Scherzo - whimsicality, laughter, mockery. — Sergei Prokofiev

The grotesque prudishness and archness with which garlic is treated in [England] has led to the superstition that rubbing the bowl with it before putting the salad in gives sufficient flavor. It rather depends whether you are going to eat the bowl or the salad. — Elizabeth David

There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities! — Mark Twain

The way corporate media likes to portray America is as a homogenous whole that high-five's each other at the Super Bowl. But what we have is a grotesque disparity between the rich and poor that is only getting wider. — Tom Morello

The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle - a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism. — H. L. Mencken

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. — Soren Kierkegaard

I'm a cartoonist, it's what I am at heart, so cartoons take reality and deform it and make it grotesque, you make it funny, but you alter it. If it works, it's based on reality. That's what I try to do. — Terry Gilliam

I believe that there is no test of greatness in periods, nations or men more sure than the development, among them or in them, of a noble grotesque, and no test of comparative smallness or limitation, of one kind or another, more sure than the absence of grotesque invention, or incapability of understanding it. — John Ruskin

In order to win over Paris and appear, in the eyes of all Europe, an absolute innovator, the most advanced of all, I urge you to get to work with all your heart, resolute on being bolder, crazier, more advanced, surprising, eccentric, incomprehensible, and grotesque than anybody else in music. I urge you to be a madman. — Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque. — Albert Einstein

I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation. — Dustin Hoffman

Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself. — H. L. Mencken

All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men; and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be. — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Life is but a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. — Mark Twain

The moose is singularly grotesque and awkward to look at. Why should it stand so high at the shoulders? Why have so long a head? Why have no tail to speak of? — Henry David Thoreau

Its obvious nonsense, but it makes nice people feel good about themselves to do their bit for the planet. Its vanity of a grotesque kind to believe that mankind, and our carbon footprint, has more impact on the future of Earth than Nature, which bends our planet to its will, as it sees fit. — Charles Saatchi

Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought. — Mark Twain

There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation. — Kate Chopin

Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical. — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are. — Karl von Clausewitz

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer. — Victor Hugo

You see we adults have learned how to disguise our terrible characters but a child... well, it's like a grotesque drawing of us. They should be neither seen nor heard. And no one must make another one. — Gore Vidal

My heart beats more for a raw, average vulgar art, which doesn't live between sleepy fairy-tale moods and poetry but rather concedes a direct entrance to the fearful, commonplace, splendid and the average grotesque banality in life. — Max Beckmann

. . . nothing could be more grotesquely unjust than a code of morals, reinforced by laws, which relieves men from responsibility for irregular sexual acts, and for the same acts drives women to abortion, infanticide, prostitution, and self-destruction. — Suzanne La Follette

incurable lover of the grotesque — H. P. Lovecraft

...I am an anomaly in the system, living proof of how grotesque it is, and every day I mock it gently, deep within my impenetrable self. — Muriel Barbery

At six I lived in a graveyard full of dolls, avoiding myself, my body, the suspect in its grotesque house. — Anne Sexton

The noble grotesque involves the true appreciation of beauty. — John Ruskin

It is often said that the modern exhibition has ruined painting. It is an unfortunate fact that it does encourage competition, so that, to attract attention to his work, an artist is tempted to descend to sensationalism, whether it is expressed by strong colour, grotesque handling, unusual subject, or sheer size. — Walter J. Phillips

The idea of a federal betting parlor on atrocities and terrorism is ridiculous and it's grotesque. — Ron Wyden

Man has imagined a heaven, and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights...sexual intercourse!...His heaven is like himself: strange, interesting, astonishing, grotesque. I give you my word, it has not a single feature in it that he actually values. — Mark Twain

Wherever the human mind is healthy and vigorous in all its proportions, great in imagination and emotion no less than in intellect, and not overborne by an undue or hardened pre-eminence of the mere reasoning faculties, there the grotesque will exist in full energy. — John Ruskin

The true grotesque being the expression of the repose or play of a serious mind, there is a false grotesque opposed to it, which is the result of the full exertion of a frivolous one. — John Ruskin

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