quote by A.A. Attanasio

Silence is a text easy to misread.

— A.A. Attanasio

Exciting Misread quotations

Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature.

And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.

When your mind is simply trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.

There was a danger that skeptics and opponents would misread those likelihood ratio tests as rejections of an entire class of models, which of course they were not.

Success requires a persistent misreading of the odds.


Signs must be read with caution. The history of Christendom is replete with instances of people who misread the signs.

I think the Greek New Testament is the strongest and most successful misreading of a great prior text in the entire history of influence.

Whenever I've been bitten, it's because I made a mistake.

I either misread the dog's body language or let my guard down at the wrong time.

We misread the Fifth Amendment [of Constitution] and have been misreading it for the past three decades.

Our efforts cannot and should not substitute for just public policies and effective programs to meet the needs of the hungry...Money, food, and time donated to Catholic charities should not be misread as a sign for success for volunteerism, but rather a desperate attempt to feed the hungry people when others have abandoned their responsibility.


He felt that he was still groping in the dark;

he had chosen his path but kept looking back, wondering whether he had misread the signs, whether he should not have taken the other way.

Misreading is really the chance for complication and opportunity.

We're not gonna misread our mandate.

Adam Smith is misread as being amoral precisely because people don't read his first book, because they don't read 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments.'

My colleagues across the aisle in Brooklyn and team Clinton are very smart people. I respect them very much. But they misread America. They, they did not have her in red states. They, they were pretending that they were going to turn red blue.


Language and emotions are too easily misread.

For example, laughing can mean many things: laughing with you or at you. Does that laugh reflect joy, anger, or that s/he's about to fire you? Too many jobs require complex feelings, pattern recognition, common sense, and the human touch.

Every aspect of the novel is - or should be - an arrow pointed towards its ultimate meaning, or a multiplicity of possible meanings. But I also value the readers' autonomy, their right to both read and misread.

There's nothing comparative to Damien [the current Robin] or any of the other characters. I love those characters. And this isn't, "This is better than that." I think a couple of people misread what we had said in the first issue about that stuff.

Kant argued that, where nature could be considered beautiful in her acts of destruction, human violence appeared instead as monstrous. However, a misreading of Kant in Romantic philosophy led to the idealization of the murderer as a sublime genius that has colored constructions of that criminal figure ever since.

I think writers can gain a lot of vitality from being misread.


Even though I think writers can sometimes thrive from being misread.

It can give them something to push off of.

That being said, some of my favorite poets are extremely funny.

The aforementioned Matt Rohrer, for instance. Mary Ruefle. James Tate might be the best example of someone who is systematically misread because he can be hilarious. In his poems, as in all great funny poems, the humor is one very appealing version of the surprise and associative movement that is at the heart of all poetry.

I think it's a misreading of Dostoevsky to think of him as a programmatic theist. He's actually much closer to someone like William James. He's actually a pragmatist.

For me her image, the triptych, became a study of the weight the black male figure carries, given the fact that they are targeted by the police, and are constantly in danger of being misread in public spaces.

Muhammad says, 'Love of one's country is a part of the faith.

' But don't take that literally! Your real 'country' is where you're heading, not where you are. Don't misread that hadith.


Los Angeles had no culture of its own, just a large collection of misreadings of the artistic histories of other, proper cities.

Experts must read the patterns and judge their usefulness as evidence.

Under any of numerous pressures, an expert may wish to misread a pattern or even to alter it. Americans had a touching trust in "experts".

Studios felt like Blu-ray was going to be the next panacea, and so they dumped the prices (of traditional DVDs) and devalued the product. That's a misreading of consumer behavior as well as a misreading of the economic environment.

I was anticipating that some readers might misread [the book] ROOM itself as a hymn to homeschooling.

The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions, are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history-the wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen


Misreading is a big part of reading, the way in which the level of attention you're paying can lead to some interesting residue.

There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally.

Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, of course, lays out the delegated, enumerated, and therefore limited powers of Congress. Only through a deliberate misreading of the general welfare and commerce clauses of the Constitution has the federal government been allowed to overreach its authority and extend its tendrils into every corner of civil society.

Is any novelist going to recognize the moment when he or she has nothing more to say? It is a brave thing to admit. And since as a professional writer you are full of anxiety anyway, you could easily misread the signs.

Don’t see the mind for more than it is, but don’t misread it for all that it can be.