quote by Sufjan Stevens

Everyone suffers; life is pain; and death is the final punctuation at the end of that sentence, so deal with it. I really think you can manage pain and suffering by living in fullness and being true to yourself and all those seemingly vapid platitudes.

— Sufjan Stevens

Colorful Platitude quotations

Platitudes and generalities roll off the human understanding like water from a duck.

What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous.

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.

.. As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word;

and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

It is becoming clear that the old platitudes can no longer be maintained, and that if we wish to improve our morals we must first improve our knowledge.

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.

The man who discovers a new scientific truth has previously had to smash to atoms almost everything he had learnt, and arrives at the new truth with hands blood stained from the slaughter of a thousand platitudes.

Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.

The process of living seems to consist in coming to realize truths so ancient and simple that, if stated, they sound like barren platitudes.

There is a geographical element in all belief-saying what seem profound truths in India have a way of seeming enormous platitudes in England, and vice versa . Perhaps the fundamental difference is that beneath a tropical sun individuality seems less distinct and the loss of it less important.

We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievment.

Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude - but the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have life-or-death importance. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense.

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.

She plunged into a sea of platitudes, and with the powerful breast stroke of a channel swimmer made her confident way towards the white cliffs of the obvious.

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.

Speakers are not supposed to waste time on platitudes, but the capacity of this generation for ignoring the obvious and concentrating on the negative and the obscure is immense.

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.

Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.

Subtract miracles from Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, or Toaism, and you have essentially the same religion left. Subtract miracles from Christianity, and you have nothing but the cliches and platitudes most American Christians get weekly (and weakly) from their pulpits.

applause, n. The echo of a platitude.

The theatre has always been to me a place where beautiful lies are told, and playwrighting the orchestration of platitudes around a central flaw in logic or a ridiculous idea. Acting — the disguise and impersonation — is an art of deception.

PLATITUDE, n. The fundamental element and special glory of popular literature. A thought that snores in words that smoke. All that is mortal of a departed truth. A jelly-fish withering on the shore of the sea of thought. A desiccated epigram.

The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.

Base words are uttered only by the base And can for such at once be understood;

But noble platitudes - ah, there's a case Where the most careful scrutiny is needed To tell a voice that's genuinely good From one that's base but merely has succeeded.

Politics is largely governed by sententious platitudes which are devoid of truth

A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.

Being unique seems more desirable than ever.

People are exhausted by clichés, by platitudes, by mass-produced realities, by what's been done and done and done. The role of a true artist is to present their own unique vision, and so it has always made sense to me that works of art should be radical.

Platitudes are safe, because they're easy to wink at, but truth is something else again.

The tragic reality is that there have been occasions when [Mormon] Church leaders, teachers, and writers have not told the truth they knew about difficulties of the Mormon past, but have offered to the Saints instead a mixture of platitudes, half-truths, omissions, and plausible denials.

Without a rigorous, self-critical discourse, one risks lapsing into pious platitudes and unexamined generalizations.

The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.

Many will call me an adventurer - and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.

The Sixties was a perfect storm of disaffection with political leaders trying to pass off the same old platitudes to maintain the status quo and an unexpected courageousness in the masses of youth. Nothing on this scale had ever happened before in U.S. history and it hasn't happened since.