31 Total Quotes

Stephen Vizinczey Quotes

The good conscience of the wicked rest on all the villainies they refrain form committing.
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#Conscience

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
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#French Actor

Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.
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#Consistency

As both capitalist and communist states -- not to mention the technological world --have evolved under the illusion that men purposefully built them, ideological optimism seeps into every niche of our lives. It is made worse by mass culture which feeds our
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#Illusion #Optimism

Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
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#Books And Reading #Writers And Writing

There are millions of people who think that having heard about something is the same as knowing it, and their notion of culture is a mixture of elegant lifestyle and big names.
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#People

When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
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#French Actor #Eyes

We live under the tyranny of various professional groups, and all the 'influence' we could bring to bear on the running of schools, trains or power stations isn't sufficient to move a feather.
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#Influence

Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.
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#Imagination #Safety

I submit that anyone who is trying to explain one thing in terms of something else has nothing important to say.
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#Trying

Oh God,' he groaned. 'I'd almost forgotten! What a relief it was when I stopped worrying about being good!
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#God

Modesty is an excuse for sloppiness, laziness, self-indulgence; small ambitions evoke small efforts
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#Laziness

When too many things are taken for granted, it isnext to impossible to perceive the truth.
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#Truth

The dream of a crook is a man with a dream.
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#Man

People will either like you for your money or they'll resent you for having it.. So you're stuck with a small group who are as rich as you are, and that doesn't give you much choice.
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#Money

We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them.
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#Culture #French Actor

One must start early to become a great man.
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#Man

Women cannot always flow, and even when they do, they well up slowly, while men are quick as torrents - they are primed by nature to burst forth at different times... the twenty-minute gap, the abyss between the sexes.
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#Men

Another person's ego is the most exquisite of delicacies, king's caviar - those who taste it can never resist it.
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#Ego

To be jealous of a woman one doesn't love is the most ridiculous form of vanity, but Hardwick, surrounded by people whose livelihood depended on him, had no idea that he could be ridiculous.
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#Love

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
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#Character #French Actor

Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents birth
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#Power

Like all wage-slaves,he had two crosses to bear: the people he worked for and the people he worked with.
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#People

The truth is that our race survived ignorance; it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
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#French Actor