Quotes: commonplace

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  • As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
  • Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
  • John Masefield
    John Masefield
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    Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.
  • Adam Brody
    Adam Brody
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    I have been in teen shows for years, so doing that stuff - kissing - is kind of commonplace and not a big deal. It was way more cool just because it was Meg Ryan.
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    British playwright 1946-
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    I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.
  • It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert Hubbard
    American writer and publisher 1859-1915
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    Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel Butler
    English poet 1612-1680
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    Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
  • Robert Menzies
    Robert Menzies
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    Men of genius are not to be analyzed by commonplace rules. The rest of us who have been or are leaders, more commonplace in our quality, will do well to remember two things. One is never to forget posterity when devising a policy. The other is never to think of posterity when making a speech.
  • Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein
    American author 1874-1946
    Gertrude Stein
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    Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
  • Willa Cather
    Willa Cather
    American author 1876-1947
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    Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.
  • Jean Cocteau
    Jean Cocteau
    French writer 1889-1963
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    Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    American Author 1832-1888
    Louisa May Alcott
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    Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.
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