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1. "Female knowledge of objectification usually stops at a necessary but superficial understanding: beauty is rewarded and lack of beauty is punished. The punishments are understood as personal misfortune; they are not seem as systematic, institutional, or historical. Women do not understand that they are also punished through sexual use for being beautiful; and women do not understand the lengths to which men go to protect themselves and their society from contamination by ugly women who do not induce a lustful desire to punish, violate, or destroy, though men manage to punish, violate, or destroy these women anyway."
Author: Andrea Dworkin
2. "Since we live in a society that promotes faddism and temporary superficial adaptation of different values, we are easily convinced that changes have occurred in arenas where there has been little or no change."
Author: Bell Hooks
3. "La cortesia non e' superficiale, come altrove; ma non e' neppure una passionale offerta di sé, come qualcuno di voi vuol credere. Diciamo che e' una combinazione di intuizione (questo vuole el cliente), professionaita', (questo pare io debba fare), umanita' (vizia al prossimo tuo come te stesso)..."
Author: Beppe Severgnini
4. "At the surface, many people's goals are to lose weight, tone up, feel better, etc. But superficial goals get superficial results that usually fade. Dig a little deeper, and the 'why' is usually unveiled: to be more confident, to be more happy, to feel sexy again."
Author: Brett Hoebel
5. "Helpfiles are traditionally outnumbered by no-help files, which superficially resemble a helpfile in form but not in content because they don't actually tell you anything you don't already know, or they answer every question except the one you're asking, or you open them and a giant animated paper clip leaps out and cheerfully asks where you want to go today. And wikis are worse."
Author: Charles Stross Cory Doctorow
6. "El hace que mi corazón deje de latir, me hace respirar superficialmente, hace que me den ganas de cantar.Lo sé. Super cursi ¿Cierto?. Pero, Agh, es verdad."
Author: Chelsea Fine
7. "Peter to Austin: "Here are the facts, Austin. You've been engaged four times.You've cheated on every single one of them. You're cruelsometimes and superficial and spoiled and really fucked upemotionally. You talk about my being inscrutable, but you treatnothing as if it matters to you. Something terrible happens? Youmake a joke and shrug it off. You feel too much? You get angryand lash out at me. So no, I'm not in love with you. I'm fightingit every fucking step! I just wish I could stop it."
Author: Dani Alexander
8. "There is a breeze blowing. I see it in the deep discontent that is being voiced with the threadbare state of the evangelical world, with its empty worship, its market-driven superficiality, and its trivial thought. It is a breeze blowing toward better, deeper, more honest things. I suspect that it is the Holy Spirit who is blowing, that this is his breeze, and that these leaves that are shaking are the signs of better things to come within an evangelical faith that is thus being reformed. Let us all pray that it is so!"
Author: David F. Wells
9. "Our modern world, though infinitely more complex than that of ancient Greece, is also far more superficial. Where the Greeks offered simple psychological training, we live in an age of style and spin in which perceptions of good and evil slither and shift with the political view of the moment."
Author: David Gemmell
10. "Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized."
Author: Dean Inge
11. "‘I'm fairly bursting tae ken how ye guessed I spoke Scots?' Lymond looked up. Superficial pain, withstood or ignored for quite a long time, had made his eyes heavy, but they were brimming with laughter. ‘Well, God,' he said. ‘In the water, you were roaring your head off at a bloody bull elephant called Hughie."
Author: Dorothy Dunnett
12. "What a study in importunity, in earnestness, in persistence, promoted and propelled under conditions which would have disheartened any but a heroic, constant soul. [Jesus] teaches that an answer to prayer is conditional upon the amount of faith that goes to the petition. To test this, He delays the answer. the superficial pray-er subsides into silence, when thteanswer is delayed. But eh man of prayer hangs on, and on. The Lord recognizes and honors his faith, and gives him a rich and abundant answer to His faith evidencing, importunate prayer."
Author: E.M. Bounds
13. "Usually, the future is a replica of the past. Superficial changes are possible, but real transformation is rare and depends upon whether you can become present enough to dissolve the past by accessing the power of the Now."
Author: Eckhart Tolle
14. "Superficially so like them all, and so eager to outdo them in detachment and adaptability, ridiculing the prejudices he had shaken off, and the people to whom he belonged, he still kept, under his easy pliancy, the skeleton of old faiths and old fashions. "He talks every language as well as the rest of us," Susy had once said of him, "but at least he talks one language better than the others."
Author: Edith Wharton
15. "Patrunzînd în infernul literar, îi vei cunoaste minciuna si veninul; rupt de realitate, caricatura a propriei tale fiinte, nu vei putea trai decît experiente formale, indirecte; vei fi înghitit de cuvînt. In afara de carti, niciun alt subiect de discutie. Cît despre oamenii de litere, ei nu-ti vor fi de niciun folos. De asta însa ai sa devii constient prea tîrziu, dupa ce anii tai cei mai buni se vor fi irosit într-o lume superficiala, lipsita de substanta. Distins e numai insul sterp, cel care piere cu secretul lui, pentru ca nu se înjoseste sa-l scoata pe tejghea: sentimentele dezvaluite, sînt o umilire a ironiei, o palma la adresa umorului..."
Author: Emil Cioran
16. "Si percibo en otra persona nada más que lo superficial, percibo principalmente las diferencias, lo que nos separa. Si penetro hasta el núcleo, percibo nuestra identidad, el hecho de nuestra hermandad."
Author: Erich Fromm
17. "Now we would wander around like strangers in those landscapes of our youth. We have been consumed in the fires of reality, we perceive differences only in the way tradesmen do, and we see necessities like butchers. We are free of care no longer – we are terrifying indifferent. We might be present in that world, but would we be alive in it? We are like children who have been abandoned and we are as experienced as old men, we are coarse, unhappy and superficial – I think that we are lost"
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
18. "Leer es soñar de la mano del otro. Leer mal y por encima es tanto como librarnos de la mano que nos guía. La superficialidad en la erudición es el mejor modo de leer bien y ser profundo."
Author: Fernando Pessoa
19. "Man is more himself, more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing and grief superficial."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
20. "I must begin by saying something about the old Germany. That Germany, too, suffered from superficial judgment, because appearances and reality were not always kept apart in people's minds."
Author: Gustav Stresemann
21. "What was sad in the world he did not superficially gainsay; what was glad in it he did not cynically slur; and all which was to him personally enjoyable, he gratefully took to his heart."
Author: Herman Melville
22. "We must go down to the very fundamentals of life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had ever been made."
Author: I Ching
23. "The Creator has – I say it in all reverence - drawn a myriad red herrings across the track, but the true scientist refuses to be baffled by superficial appearances in detecting the secrets of Nature. The vulgar herd catches at the gross apparent fact, but the man of insight knows what lies on the surfaces does lie."
Author: Israel Zangwill
24. "I nodded in approval, turned around and opened the door, and stepped into the hall. I walked past the receptionist, smiling at her shocked face when she told me in a superficial voice to have a nice day, and I gave her a parting gift—my middle finger."
Author: J.A. Saare
25. "I wouldn't say I'm superficial, just averagely ficial."
Author: Jarod Kintz
26. "La plecare m-a cunondus Dinu [Noica] (...) ?i, cu toate ca îi recunosc lui D. o anumita inteligen?a ?i înca alte câteva calita?i, este totu?i un om pe care-l consider (...) strain de mine. De fapt, ceea ce mi-l face antipatic nu este faptul ca judeca strâmb, nici faptul ca are înclinare spre ?i credin?a în lucruri pe care eu le consider cu totul superficiale. Cunosc atâ?ia oameni care au creierul construit alandala, atâ?ia cu credin?e primitive, dar care, indiferent de asta, îmi sunt foarte dragi. Îmi este antipatic pentru ca simt în el o ipocrizie cum rar am mai întâlnit la o creatura umana, la acest nivel. N-are niciun graunte de sinceritate, nici macar fa?a de el însu?i. Ma gândesc uneori ca poate sa fie patologic... dar asta sa fie oare o scuza? Poate cel mult o explica?ie."
Author: Jeni Acterian
27. "...you must never partly love or stop half way - because then, you become superficial and cannot be deeply hurt or loved..."
Author: John Geddes
28. "- Eso es muy superficial.- No se puede ser profundo sin superficie."
Author: Jonathan Lethem
29. "The American writer and dilettante Logan Pearsall Smith once said: 'Some people think that life is the thing; but I prefer reading.' When I first came across this, I thought it witty; now I find it—as I do many aphorisms—a slick untruth. Life and reading are not separate activities. The distinction is false (as it is when Yeats imagines a choice between 'perfection of the life, or of the work'). When you read a great book, you don't escape from life, you plunge deeper into it. There may be a superficial escape—into different countries, mores, speech patterns—but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life's subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains and truths. Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic. And for this serious task of imaginative discovery and self-discovery, there is and remains one perfect symbol: the printed book."
Author: Julian Barnes
30. "The Church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic than prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural."
Author: Leonard Ravenhill
31. "And the second [thing about the CBS EVENING NEWS that stands out in the mind of Michael J. Fox] was something Katie did later in the interview, as the drugs kicked in and the tremors segued into the jerkiness of dyskinesias. Somewhere in the contortions of making a point, my left arm detached the microphone clip from my jacket lapel. With no fuss and hardly a break in conversation or eye contact, she calmly leaned over and refastened it. Neither of us commented on it, but it was such an empathetic gesture, so far from anything patronizing or pitying, a simple kindness that allowed me the dignity to carry on making a point more important than the superficiality of my physical circumstance......One thing was abundantly clear though, whether or not she was able to forget how much she liked me: with that single act of consideration, she made it abundantly clear how much she loved her father."
Author: Michael J. Fox
32. "Il crudo. Com'e' superficiale credere che consista nella brutta azione di divorare un prodotto non preparato!Tagliare il pesce crudo e' come tagliare la pietra."
Author: Muriel Barbery
33. "A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed."
Author: Nelson Mandela
34. "Most people are full of themselves and speak only the obnoxiously superficial, in other words they're annoying as hell"
Author: Novala Takemoto
35. "The Warrior Diet is the only diet today that challenges all common dietary concepts and offers a real alternative—guidelines that are not based on superficial restrictions, but rather on true principles of human nutrition."
Author: Ori Hofmekler
36. "I write the shopping column. I think I've proven my superficiality."
Author: Patricia Marx
37. "The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of."
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
38. "But now that so much is changing, isn't it time for us to change? Couldn't we try to gradually develop and slowly take upon ourselves, little by little, our part in the great task of love? We have been spared all its trouble, and that is why it has slipped in among our distractions, as a piece of real lace will sometimes fall into a child's toy-box and please him and no longer please him, and finally it lies there among the broken and dismembered toys, more wretched than any of them. We have been spoiled by superficial pleasures like dilettantes, and are looked upon as masters. But what if we despised our successes? What if we started from the very outset to learn the task of love, which has always been done for us? What if we went ahead and became beginners, now that much is changing?"
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
39. "For me, religious festivals and celebrations have become an important way to teach my children about how we can transform living with diversity from the superficial 'I eat ethnic food', to something dignified, mutually respectful and worthwhile."
Author: Randa Abdel Fattah
40. "He winced at her efforts to mollify him. Why didn't she say she was disgusted with his behaviour, with his long absence, his infrequent superficial letters? And if she dis say it - would he defend himself? Would he give reasons, try to explain how meaningless every endeavour seemed to him? No. For then she would start crying again, he would tell her to stop being silly, she would ask for details, and he would tell her to mind her own business."
Author: Rohinton Mistry
41. "I look back at the thousands of days through which I have lived, and feel awed by their inconsequentiality. My life resembles the writing in my diary (or perhaps it's the other way around): the days, like the sentences, each making a kind of superficial sense of their own, but in the context of the surrounding sentences and days, creating not a narrative or a meaning, but the very opposite: a riddle without solutions, a labyrinth without exits. A chaos."
Author: Sam Taylor Mullens
42. "We are equally glad and surprised at Winston's return to office. It shows that he was built for success that he should have declined to withdraw and sulk over a superficial failure."
Author: Shane Leslie
43. "Vanity and superficiality, placed deliberately on display, can be a burden; take this nonsense overboard."
Author: Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann
44. "Wisdom that neglects method leads to excessive introversion and an inability to effectively communicate with others. Method without wisdom can produce well-intentioned but naive and superficial acts of altruism that alleviate merely the symptoms of suffering without tackling the root cause of the problem."
Author: Stephen Batchelor
45. "Dicen que la depresión te hace ver todo de una forma negativa. Yo no estoy de acuerdo. La depresión te hace ver las cosas como son. Hace que te quites la venda de los ojos y voltees a tú alrededor para ver el mundo como en realidad es: cruel, duro e injusto. Te hace ver a las personas como son en realidad- estúpidas, superficiales y egoístas. Todo ese ridículo optimismo, todo ese ''Carpe diem'' y ''la vida es lo que tú haces de ella''. Palabras. Solo palabras vacías en un intento para darle significado a una existencia que es condenada e inútil a la vez."
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
46. "People in this world of superficial communication find themselves isolated and lonely and have difficult in talking about personal things that really matter to them."
Author: Theodore Zeldin
47. "To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us."
Author: Timothy Keller
48. "But you understand, you, my self, who always comes at a call (that would be a harrowing experience to call and for no one to come; that would make the midnight hollow, and explains the expression of old men in clubs--they have given up calling for a self who does not come) you understand that I am only superficially represented by what I was saying tonight. Underneath, and, at the moment when I am most disparate, I am also integrated. I sympathise effusively; I also sit like a toad in a hole, receiving with perfect coldness whatever comes. Very few of you who are now discussing me have the double capacity to feel, to reason."
Author: Virginia Woolf
49. "They make sense in a superficial way, and they've been tossed around so much that they are almost a received wisdom. Spouses do feel unloved, do feel bored, do think the lover understands them better or is at least more willing to act that way for the sake of getting laid. What I think I should have been told - what I think any adulterer should be told - is this: If your needs weren't being met, you ought to have communicated them. If the spark was gone and this bugs you, find it again or get out. Is sex ever really boring, really? And you know where the passion went - it went into your lover's bed, that is where you took it. And your lover really understood you better only because you were answering the front door in a thong."
Author: Wendy Plump
50. "The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife."
Author: Will Durant

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