Quotations on Obvious

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It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Thought, Fact, Mind, Misleading, Obvious, Popular)

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Morality, Authority, Fact, Obvious, Religious)

When we come to images or memories or thoughts, speculation, while always closely related to practice, is more explicit, and it is in fact not immediately obvious that such processes can be described in any sense as practical.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Thoughts, Fact, Memories, Obvious, Practice, Sense)

At the end of the day, they're happy if you do the obvious songs towards the end of the set and you've got to try and make yourself happy by doing certain songs at the front end of the set.
- Rick Allen
(Keywords: Day, End, Obvious, Songs)

These kids understood what is not immediately obvious; that they were going to pay the bills for tax cuts that had been passed today or in the last 4 years, and for the war in Iraq, because essentially we are borrowing money to do those things.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Money, War, Borrowing, Tax, Iraq, Kids, Obvious, Tax cuts, Today, Years)

Sometimes I read a script and it's obvious from early on that it's one where the suspension of disbelief has to develop strongly from page one. Some are more reality-based.
- Gillian Anderson
(Keywords: Obvious, Reality)

I wrote the first book, Harvest of Stars, and as I was writing it, I saw that certain implications had barely been touched on... It's perfectly obvious that two completely revolutionary things are going on, with cybernetics, and biological science.
- Poul Anderson
(Keywords: Science, First, Harvest, Obvious, Stars, Writing)

But my answer to that question would have to be, aside from the obvious, which is the people and the relationships that you garner over a long period of time but the catering. The catering. They're the best. So it's the food.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Food, Time, People, Obvious, Question, Relationships)

I would never play any role in anything that involves the United Nations for obvious reasons.
- Kojo Annan
(Keywords: Nations, Obvious, Play, United)

I hope to read a Harry Potter novel soon, to see what it's all about. I admit to being annoyed that many good light fantasy writers have had trouble getting published, in England and elsewhere, when it is obvious the readers were waiting for us all along.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Hope, Being, EnglFantasy, Light, Obvious, Trouble, Waiting, Writers)

Now that I can edit the whole thing on AVID and edit the whole thing on tape, maybe I will do the next digitally, because maybe the quality will become less obvious between tape and film.
- Michael Apted
(Keywords: Quality, Film, Now, Obvious, Will)

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Obvious, Reputation)

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Wife, Opportunity, Act, Adultery, Evil, Living, Man, Obvious, Passion, Reason)

That the state of knowledge in any country will exert a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it, is a principle too obvious to require investigation.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Knowledge, Country, Influence, Investigation, Obvious, State, Will)

Even such an obvious idea as to observe an animal with vertigo or to rotate an animal did not occur to him, in spite of the fact that he conducted numerous vertigo experiments with human subjects and made frequent use of animal experiments.
- Robert Barany
(Keywords: Idea, Fact, Obvious, Vertigo)

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)

I hate to say it but I think it has become very obvious that our system for devising trade agreements, so very important to this country's functioning around the world, has not only broken, but it has broken completely.
- Xavier Becerra
(Keywords: Country, Hate, Obvious, Trade, World)

It is obvious that taking the country from a state of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Keywords: War, Being, Country, Obvious, State)

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.
- Luciano Berio
(Keywords: Music, Consciousness, Intellect, Obvious, Spiritual)

Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.
- Georges Bernanos
(Keywords: Faith, Knowledge, Obvious, Punishment, Purity, Supernatural)

Here at home, when Americans were standing in long lines to give blood after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we squandered an obvious opportunity to make service a noble cause again, and rekindle an American spirit of community.
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Home, Opportunity, American, Americans, Blood, Cause, Community, Obvious, Service, Spirit, Trade, World)

Republicans are not going to play I-told-you-so, but it is pretty obvious that the tax reductions passed in 2003 helped Americans dig out of a recession and get back to work.
- Marsha Blackburn
(Keywords: Work, Americans, Tax, Obvious, Play, Pretty, Republicans)

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: Action, May, Obvious, Right)

This recognition of the earlier human background, now so obvious to us, did not come all at once, for the inclusion of history itself in university instruction is an event less than two centuries old.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: History, Now, Obvious, Old, University)

When you have a Senate that is 50 Democrats and 49 Republicans and one independent, it's quite obvious that the only way we are going to get something done is if we work together.
- John Breaux
(Keywords: Work, Democrats, Obvious, Republicans, Senate)

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown
(Keywords: Diet, American, Obvious, World)

Every once in while, a person will do something obvious and direct that is no more than it appears to be. I think they do it to throw you off.
- Steven Brust
(Keywords: Obvious, Will)

But once you allow yourself to recognize necessity, you find two things: One you find your options so restricted that the only course of action is obvious, and, two, that a great sense of freedom comes with the decision.
- Steven Brust
(Keywords: Action, Decision, Freedom, Necessity, Obvious, Options, Sense)

I don't know how anyone could vote Republican. It's so obvious that their only interest is keeping the rich rich.
- Vivian Campbell
(Keywords: Interest, Obvious, Republican, Vote)

With 3 percent of the world's resources and 25 percent of the world's demand, it is pretty obvious this country cannot drill its way to energy security.
- Lois Capps
(Keywords: Country, Energy, Obvious, Pretty, Security, World)

The general fact of surplus value, namely that the workmen does not get the full value of his labours, and that he is taken advantage of by the capitalist, is obvious.
- Edward Carpenter
(Keywords: Fact, Obvious, Value)

My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Women, Society, Decision, Military, Now, Obvious, Profession)

It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country.
- Raymond Chandler
(Keywords: Advertising, Country, Mind, Obvious, Pretty)

It was fairly obvious to anyone who studied the situation that China was dumping bedroom furniture in the U.S. to the detriment of our American workers and manufacturers to gain market access and share.
- Howard Coble
(Keywords: American, Gain, Obvious, Workers)

My main expertise is in the past, but if I have to extrapolate into the future, I would say: no good news any time soon and an obvious exit strategy is not apparent to me.
- Juan Cole
(Keywords: Time, Strategy, Expertise, Future, News, Obvious, Past)

The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds.
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Illusion, Obvious, Variety)

They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.
- Calvin Coolidge
(Keywords: Care, Obvious, Problems, states, United)

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time.
- Elvis Costello
(Keywords: Time, People, Name, Obvious, Provocative)

In art, the obvious is a sin.
- Edward Dmytryk
(Keywords: Art, Obvious, Sin)

I'm planning a different show, though for obvious reasons some of the material will be the same, and of course I will perform material from the new CD.
- George Duke
(Keywords: Obvious, Planning, Will)

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
- T. S. Eliot
(Keywords: Blind, Light, Obvious, Passion)

It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Keywords: Confidence, Obvious, Overcoming, Resolution)

I think it's pretty obvious to most people that Napster is not media specific, but I could see a system like Napster evolving into something that allows users to locate and retrieve different types of data other than just MP3s or audio files.
- Shawn Fanning
(Keywords: People, Media, Obvious, Pretty)

Well I would say that we're regular people first of all and we're normal and it's obvious by some of the things that have happened just because our name is famous we're not immune to tragedy.
- Brett Favre
(Keywords: People, Famous, First, Name, Obvious, Tragedy)

When somebody says that all statements are false, the obvious problem is that as an assertion it's self-defeating.
- Henry Flynt
(Keywords: Obvious, Self)

To balance China, the democracies will need new friends - and India with its fast-growing economy, youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
- David Frum
(Keywords: Politics, Balance, Economy, Friends, Obvious, Population, Will)

Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Keywords: Change, Women, Policy, Abortion, Choice, Laws, Obvious, Poor, states, Will, Woman)

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Keywords: Power, Freedom, Obvious, Office, Presidency, Respect)

Ummm... well, the only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing, which sounds obvious, but it's really not.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Keywords: People, Care, Obvious, Want)

It's obvious that they're going to want Ali's daughter and Frazier's daughter to fight it out.
- Robert Goulet
(Keywords: Daughter, Fight, Obvious, Want)



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