quote by Oscar Wilde

There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.

— Oscar Wilde

Eye-opening Shallowness quotations

We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity's demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.


Shallowness quote Only the shallow know themselves.
Only the shallow know themselves.

People try to look for deep meanings in my work.

I want to say, 'They're just cartoons, folks. You laugh or you don't.' Gee, I sound shallow. But I don't react to current events or other stimuli. I don't read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly.

Shallowness quote Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.
Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.

Observe the reality as it is. As it is, not as you wish it to be. Perhaps your breath is deep. Perhaps your breath is shallow. Perhaps you breathed in through the left nostril. Perhaps you breathed in through the right nostril. It makes no difference.

Every person has the truth in his heart.

No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pieced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.

In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion.

In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle.


Shallowness quote I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow livi
I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all

Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.

Our pleasures are shallow, our sorrows are deep.

Shallowness quote I must be mermaid, I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
I must be mermaid, I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes time, hard work, persistence, patience, proper intent and self-awareness. The path to success is punctuated by failure, consolidation, and renewed effort.


Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.

I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious.

Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes.

Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me.

Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.

It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion.

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.


To live only for some future goal is shallow.

It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.

To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals.

I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.

Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other.

They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and comercials.


I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

Stop shallow water from running, it will rage; tread on a worm and it will turn.

Commercials are not the only junk food in the speech market - indeed, when compared to shallow news reporting, vacuous television shows, or political doublespeak, commercials are not even the most harmful to mental health.


Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.

Is your perception of 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' so shallow that it's violated by dancing raisins?

But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep.


It's almost embarrassing to go back into my liberal background because it was about as shallow a belief system as humanly possible.

You can’t be good to others if you’re not strict with yourself.

The more shallow you are with yourself, the harsher you are with others. The more profound you are with yourself, the more generous you are with others

...because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing?

An intelligent observation of the facts of human existence will reveal to shallow-minded folk who sneer at the use of coincidence in the arts of fiction and drama that life itself is little more than a series of coincidences.