Quotation Explorer - 'Serious'

Those who, while they disapprove of the character and measures of a government, yield to it their allegiance and support are undoubtedly its most conscientious supporters, and so frequently the most serious obstacles to reform. - Henry David Thoreau
My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never. - Jack Benny
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. - Mary Pickford
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious - Peter Ustinov
In a democratic society freedom of expression and information are protected and government lack of concern in protecting them is a serious issue. - Arzak Khan
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. - Aristotle
The imagination is a healthy thing, and a great many scientific discoveries could not have been made without it, but it need to be harnessed to some serious object if it is to come to anything. - Diane Setterfield
Crazy moment!! When you suddenly laughed because you remember something funny and then realised that strangers were lookin at you weirdly (why the hell he's laughin) and immediately you changed your expression to serious. - Khaled Besrour
I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. - Susan Sontag
The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse. - Frank Zappa
Food is not to enjoy. That's not the reason why you're eating it. That's why the Glutton eats. But someone who's serious about maintaining their health - they eat for health. We're literally digging our graves with our teeth. - Hamza Yusuf
Every sorrow and every pain is a good reminding to us to be serious because we are living in a dangerous universe! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious. - P. G. Wodehouse
Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again. - Mike Myers
Spontaneous insanity is the real bliss! It's sad that we are honored for playing sane, serious, safe, miserable and controlling in this poor world. - Saurabh Sharma
Throughout history, only a small number of people have done the serious thinking for everybody. - John Brockman
Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be. - Eckhart Tolle
It is almost as important to know what is not serious as to know what is. - John Kenneth Galbraith
Accept criticism. If you do not offer your work for criticism and accept that criticism, meaning give it serious thought and attention, then you will never improve. - Theodora Goss
I didn't pretend to know Eli at all, but even so, I'd noticed that his manner was slightly hard to read. It was something in the way he talked that made it difficult to tell whether he was kidding or serious or what. This bothered me. Or intrigued me. Or both. - Sarah Dessen
Life sure gives us serious lessons, but I refuse to sit down and take notes. I can pretty well do that walking! - Marie Abanga
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. - Oscar Wilde
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. - Herodotus
I love libraries. Everybody there is serious and focused even if they are not absorbing or learning anything better - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? - Dwight D. Eisenhower
However, the serious seeker of detachment will have to embrace the Holy Trinity of Ss - Solitude, Stillness and Silence - and reject the new religion of Commotionism, which believes that the meaning of life is constant company, movement and noise. - Michael Foley
Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. - Edward Chapin
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. - Thorstein Veblen
History is too serious to be left to historians. - Ian Macleod
Great use they have, when in the hands Of one like me, who understands, Who understands the time and place, The person, manner, and the grace, Which fools neglect; so that we find, If all the requisites are join'd, From whence a perfect joke must spring, A joke's a very serious thing. - Charles Churchill
The fact is I'm in a serious jam. - Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix, The White Glove War
Ethan: "Abstaining definitely doesn't work."Beth: "what do you suggest?"Ethan: "We're obviously going to have to make love often, but keep the encounters from getting too intense." He sounded perfectly serious, like he really believed what he was saying. - Lucy Monroe
Life never be serious with you it always make fun of you so learn to have fun. - Siddhant R. Shinde
When you write by hand, you don't have the excessive freedom of a computer. When I write down something, I have to be serious about it. I have to ask myself, "Is this necessary at this point in the book? - Pat Conroy
Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times. - Steve Goodier
Those who commit suicide, pensive, lonely, philosophers, are awake in life, which is a serious crime. In life everybody must be asleep. - Bangambiki Habyarimana
Mistakes are as serious as the results they cause. - House M.D.
Everybody's serious but me. - Allen Ginsberg
For young adults,the growth from silly to serious can be very fast, indeed. - Dean Cumings
While we have very serious problems with the universe, it is most illogical and most stupid to make wars among ourselves! Let there be peace on earth so that we can fight with the real enemy: The ever-changing unreliable universe! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large. - Aberjhani
Destroying a book is not the same as destroying a human lif. It is much more serious. For when you end the life of a book you destroy the ideas of countless thinkers who inspired it, and condemn future generations to darkness and ignorance. - Photozeiger
I'm a kindhearted but highly competitive pragmatist. When I seek to win something, I always make certain it's never at the expense of anything more serious than the inadequate efforts of others. - Jonathan Kieran
No one's serious at seventeen,When lindens line the promenades - Arthur Rimbaud
Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. - George Bernard Shaw
Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form. - Toni Morrison
If we are serious about climbing to higher ground, we will be found in church every Sunday—attending all of our meetings, partaking of the sacrament, participating in Sunday School, and contributing to the spirit found in Relief Society, Primary, and priesthood meetings. - Robert L. Millet
A passionate look, touch or a hug on a plant is enough to open your inner eyes than going for a serious yoga and other therapies - Karthikeyan V
Humor is also a way of saying something serious. - T.S. Eliot
Anyone can post messages to the net. Practically everyone does. The resulting cacophony drowns out serious discussion. - Clifford Stoll
The most serious will miss heaven, the unserious rebel will repent in the last hour. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Life is serious, motherhood should be fun. - H.L. Balcomb
Playfulness, dear friends, is what manifests love. Love is not manifested through serious survivability, seriousness, stabilility. Love, the essence of love, manifests itself through playfulness. - Réné Gaudette
Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get. - Bob Proctor
A very serious mental disorder is associated with creativity, a disorder that afflicts only the great souls, and its cure is not known, even to the great souls. - Michael Bassey Johnson
War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. - Georges Clemenceau
You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty. - Sacha Guitry
Though often scoffed at by serious writers, science fiction worms its way into our cultural psyche in interesting ways, and not just as predictors of technology. Many of these writers translate the –isms of our times into imagined futures populated with characters coping with the consequences. - Frank Daniels III
Fiction is just that–fiction. Yes, it is serious business, but it should also be taken for face value. It’s entertainment. It’s escapism. It’s 365 pages of relaxation. - Rachael Wade
A joke's a very serious thing. - Charles Churchill
Wisdom is the understanding that God exist, and that he is the creator of all life and things in the universe and upon Earth. This is truth. When we realize mistakes we have made, we should make serious efforts to correct them. This also, is truth. - Ellen J. Barrier
Life is serious but art is fun! - John Irving
I just thought: Oh goodness, you can wear nice clothes and get your hair done and still be a feminist and a serious intellectual. - Jacqueline Rose
Politicians are like little cats: They are never serious; they always mess up the things; they are fainthearted and spoilt. And when they look at the mirror, they see a tiger there, till the hammer of reality break that mirror very harshly! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Be you wise and never sad,You will get your lovely lad.Never serious be, nor true,And your wish will come to you--And if that makes you happy, kid,You'll be the first it ever did. - Dorothy Parker
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. - Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Cream Does NOT Always Rise To The Top! There is a serious misconception, misconnection and mistake in this idea of thinking. - Loren Weisman
This is new territory; a bridge between the conservative and conventional lit mag tradition and those colourful speculation-driven pamphlets that you find in stacks by the coffee-shop door, full of zombies and vampires and crashing space ships. This is a serious journal with a wide aesthetic. - The Review Review
Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis. - Martha Beck
The serious people have gone, I build my team again and again I just the un-sirious people if this is sirious let's see a bus which can be handled in the air by the weakest person on the Earth. - Deyth Banger
This isn't a game," he repeats. It's real. What you do here determines your survival. He pauses. "And the survival of every other person on this planet.I laugh.He doesn't. And that tells me he's either serious or seriously crazy. Please let him be crazy. - Eve Silver
He looked at me with serious eyes, but not the kind that made me wonder what I’d done wrong. The kind that made me wonder what I’d done right. - Denise Jaden
Serious literature does not exist to make life easy but to complicate it. - Witold Gombrowicz
Serious problems are those we don't know we already have. - Samer Chidiac
You cannot be a good writer of serious fiction if you are not depressed. - Kurt Vonnegut
A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life. - Oscar Wilde
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that. - Bill Shankly
I'm giving serious thought into eating yor wife - Hannibal Lecter - Thomas Harris
If life is a joyful serious journey, then peace should be the train and happiness should be the destination. - Debasish Mridha
Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious. - Will Rogers
There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
To be a princess is to play at life. To be a queen is to be a serious player...The purpose of life as a woman is to ascend to the throne and rule with heart. - Marianne Williamson
On the road to success, even little stones may cause you fall down! If you are not serious and careful, forget about reaching your target! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Some people think football [soccer] is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that. - Bill Shankly
In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. - Mother Teresa
Serious spiritual practice is more than serene walks in the woods, lit candles and incense. You have to be committed. You have to be willing to enter into your own darkness and transcend it. - Maria Erving
The only time anyone has ever gotten into serious trouble was when he decided he could do nothing about something. - L. Ron Hubbard
The trick. . .is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary. - Wendy Wasserstein
There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk. - Charles Dickens
How do you know whether you're serious about your values? You fight for them when they're violated even if it costs you title, favor, friendship, and profit. - Assegid Habtewold
Damnnnnn. No need to be serious all the time, for we are only dust and to dust we shall return. Just enjoy life to the fullest. Take responsibility for your actions whether good or bad. Just keep moving forward, take a break if necessary but don't ever damn stop, you fool. - I am Night Owl
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously. - Nicholas Butler
My work is a game, a very serious game. - M. C. Escher
There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. - C.S. Lewis
I've noticed that when people are joking they're usually dead serious, and when they're serious, they're usually pretty funny. - Jim Morrison
Kisses are like cardiograms. They reveal how serious the illness is. - Rom Amor
Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow. - John Steinbeck
Writing is hard work, not magic. It begins with deciding why you are writing and whom you are writing for. What is your intent? What do you want the reader to get out of it? What do you want to get out of it. It's also about making a serious time commitment and getting the project done. - Suze Orman
Running a business is a serious thing. - Auliq Ice
To base the unexplainabilty and the immense wonder of nature onto an other miracle (God) is unnecessary and not acceptable for any serious thinker.[Diary entry, 1971] - Fritz Zwicky
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. - George Bernard Shaw
One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. - Andrew Carnegie
I guess a bit part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves. - David Foster Wallace
I keep warning and warning, and nobody seems willing to listen. One of these days someone is going to wake up to the fact that I'm serious when I say never to attack my sister without looking over your shoulder for me. (Rhoan) - Keri Arthur
Sometime I ride like demon and sometime my bike act like monster...Sometime I ride it for passion and sometime because I am happy and sometime because I am in another world and thinking about something serious. - Grim Reaper
Dance like you're stamping on a human face forever, love like you've been in a serious car crash that minced the front of your brain, stab like no one can arrest you, and live like there's no such thing as God. - Warren Ellis
There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them. - Werner Heisenberg
How can one be so serious with the world when the world itself is so ridiculous? - Kakuzō Okakura
You never feel good when you lie. It doesn't matter how much you want something, if you lie to somebody you love, and they actually, sincerely believe you, you feel like a cockroach that needs some serious Raid action. - Randa Abdel-Fattah
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. - Brendan Gill
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. - Unknown
Man is born to live, not to prepare for life. Life itself, the phenomenon of life, the gift of life, is so breath-takingly serious! - Boris Pasternak
Entangled cobwebs of my mind keep me awake at night! Need to get back to sm serious writing again! - Deeba Salim Irfan
Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive - Karl Lagerfeld
A joke is a very serious thing. - Winston S. Churchill
What is the world’s problem? The world is still believing the old childish stories! That is the problem! Grow up, world, grow up! Be a bit serious! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The greatest wisdom is to make the enjoyment of the present the supreme object of life because that is the only reality; all else being the play of thought. But it might as well be our greatest folly because that which exists only a moment and vanishes as a dream can never be worth a serious effort. - Irvin D. Yalom
The third level of prayer, which is much more serious is knocking - Sunday Adelaja
Sometimes When You Are Serious, People Thought You Were Joking, But Sometimes When You Are Joking, People Thought You Were Serious - Harry Toh Jun Shen
and a charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed. - C.S. Lewis
And those, who come together in the night and are twined in quivering pleasure, are performing a serious work and are heaping up sweetness, depth and force for the song of some coming poet, who will arise to express inexpressible ecstasies - Rainer Maria Rilke
Twitter is a serious writing distraction. As are grapefruits. The two have nothing else in common. - Richelle E. Goodrich
If you can look at one of these waves and you don't believe that there's something greater than we are, then you've got some serious analyzing to do and you should go sit under a tree for a very long time. - Laird Hamilton
Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistical structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies. - Alfred Korzybski
If you want to make people weep, you must weep yourself. If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious. - Giovanni Jacopo Casanova
If you have money but not love you will somehow manage, but if you don't have both then you are in serious trouble. - Amit Kalantri
People will say,"there's heaven and hell", and they take it so serious that they look so sorrowful with penitence. I would rather ask them to show me the route that leads to heaven or hell. - Michael Bassey Johnson
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. - Charles de Gaulle
Why so Serious?! - Joker The Dark Knight.
No human thing is of serious importance. - Plato
It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself. - Salvador Dali
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. - Henry David Thoreau
Anyone who is considered funny will tell you, sometimes without even your asking, that deep inside they are very serious, neurotic, introspective people. - Wendy Wasserstein
And we mustn't lose our sense of humor," Mrs. Which said. "The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly. - Madeleine L'Engle
Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. - Philip K. Dick
Someone has to be stoic, for the sake of, in spite of, and in the face of all those who are, not. Someone, has to be serious. Someone has to choose to forgo choice, so that there is an option left for others to consider. Everyone can't be, someone. - Justin K. McFarlane Beau
The very word, sin, which seems to have disappeared, was once a proud word. It was once a strong word, an ominous and serious word. But the word went away. It has almost disappeared the word, along with the notion. Why? Doesn’t anyone sin anymore? Doesn’t anyone believe in sin? - Karl Menninger
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong. - Cicero
It took me twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public. - George Bernard Shaw
If you're too serious to make life a laughing matter, then you seriously need to make laughter matter to you today and every day! - Jeannine M. Luby
Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious. - George Bernard Shaw
When something serious happens in your life, something bad comes out of it but also something good. You get to see who is real. Who your true friends are, and who truly loves you.  - Angie karan
What are humans? They are unserious creatures in this serious universe! And because they are unserious, they appear and disappear quickly! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The pursuit of knowledge and the skills that come with it must be done strategically. We must put the society we live in into serious consideration before we embark on this journey.We can't isolate our skills from the need of the society we live in - Emi Iyalla
Any serious social, political, and economic change must include veganism. - Gary L. Francione
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious. - Lester Bangs
Maturity is for serious people. Let us be immature and have endless fun. - Ksenia Anske
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