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1. "Dal mio punto di vista, uccidere in guerra non è affatto meglio che commettere un banale assassinio"
Author: Albert Einstein
2. "In another Nabokov novel, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Sebastian's brother discovers two seemingly incongruous pictures in his dead brother's library: a pretty, curly-haired child playing with a dog and a Chinese man in the act of being beheaded. The two pictures remind us of the close relation between banality and brutality."
Author: Azar Nafisi
3. "It is rare to encounter an optimism that refreshes: that does not beg the question, overlay an existential crisis with guilt, and make a banality of hope."
Author: Bauvard
4. "He was a natural, and in the Russian way, tragically above these banalities."
Author: Boris Pasternak
5. "The more helpful our phones get, the harder it is to be ourselves. For everyone out there fighting to write idiosyncratic, high-entropy, unpredictable, unruly text, swimming upstream of spell-check and predictive auto-completion: Don't let them banalize you. Keep fighting."
Author: Brian Christian
6. "Il mondo non verrà distrutto da una bomba atomica, come dicono i giornali, ma da una risata, da un'eccesso di banalità che trasformerà la realtà in una barzelletta di pessimo gusto."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
7. "To use the term 'clerk' as an insult is simply a banal vulgarity; Pessoa and Svevo, however would have welcomed it as a just attribute of the poet. The latter does not resemble Achilles or Diomedes, ranting on their war-chariots, but is more like Ulysses, who knows that he is no one. He manifests himself in this revelation of impersonality that conceals him in the prolixity of things, as travelling erases the traveller in the confused murmur of the street."
Author: Claudio Magris
8. "Understanding a people's culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity...It renders them accessible: setting them in the frame of their own banalities, it dissolves their opacity."
Author: Clifford Geertz
9. "Think of the old cliché about the mind being 'an excellent servant but a terrible master'. This, like many clichés, so lame & banal on the surface, actually expresses a great & terrible truth."
Author: David Foster Wallace
10. "Independence is the luxury of all those people who are too confident, and busy, and popular, and attractive to be just plain old lonely. And make no mistake, lonely is absolutely the worst thing to be. Tell someone that you've got a drink problem, or an eating disorder, or your dad died when you were a kid even, and you can almost see their eyes light up with the sheer fascinating drama and pathos of it all, because you've got an issue, something for them to get involved in, to talk about and analyse and discuss and maybe even cure. But tell someone you're lonely and of course they'll seem sympathetic, but look very carefully and you'll see one hand snaking behind their back, groping for the door handle, ready to make a run for it, as if loneliness itself were contagious. Because being lonely is just so banal, so shaming, so plain and dull and ugly."
Author: David Nicholls
11. "The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity."
Author: Deepak Chopra
12. "After my daughter was born, I'd considered buying a shotgun to ward off potential suitors fourteen or so years up the road. Now, as I listened to these girls babble and imagined Gabby one day talking with the same banality and ignorance of the English language, I thought of buying the same shotgun to blow my own fucking head off."
Author: Dennis Lehane
13. "In so far as I listen with interest to a record, it's usually to figure out how it was arrived at. The musical end product is where interest starts to flag. It's a bit like jigsaw puzzles. Emptied out of the box, there's a heap of pieces, all shapes, sizes and colours, in themselves attractive and could add up to anything--intriguing. Figuring out how to put them together can be interesting, but what you finish up with as often as not is a picture of unsurpassed banality. Music's like that."From "Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation" by Ben Watson, Verso, London, 2004, p. 440."
Author: Derek Bailey
14. "All lives are extraordinary. All lives are simultaneously banal and obvious."
Author: Douglas Kennedy
15. "Lo superfluo no es eterno. Lo banal tiene un final. Lo material no tiene fundamento y no todo lo que parece verdad es real."
Author: Dulce María
16. "Come Simone Weil ha espresso così meravigliosamente: "Le stesse parole (ad esempio, un uomo dice alla moglie "ti amo") possono essere banali e straordinarie, secondo come sono dette.E il modo di pende dalla profondità di un essere umano, dalla quale scaturiscono senza che la volontà sia in grado di fare nulla. E' con un accordo meraviglioso esse raggiungono in lui forma ed espressione. Così colui che sente può discernere, se ha potere di discernimento, ciò che è il valore del mondo"."
Author: Erich Fromm
17. "American religion is conspicuous for its messianically pretentious energy, its embarassingly banal prose, and its impatiently hustling ambition."
Author: Eugene H. Peterson
18. "First, he realized that the sea was blue and that there was an enormousquantity of it, and that it roared and roared-really all the banalitiesabout the ocean that one could realize, but if any one had told him thenthat these things were banalities, he would have gaped in wonder."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. "É preciso que todos os que lidam comigo se convençam de que sou assim, e que exigir-me os sentimentos, aliás muito dignos, de um homem vulgar e banal, é como exigir-me que tenha olhos azuis e cabelo louro."
Author: Fernando Pessoa
20. "Alles ist so vergeblich wie ein Herumstochern in Asche und so vage wie der Augenblick, bevor der Morgen graut. Und das Licht fällt so vollkommen und heiter auf die Dinge, vergoldet sie so prächtig mit traurig lächelnder Wirklichkeit! Das ganze Mysterium der Welt kommt herab zu mir, bis es vor meinen Augen Banalität und Straße wird. Wie sich doch Alltag und Geheimnis berühren in unserer unmittelbaren Nähe! Hier, an der lichten Oberfläche dieses vielschichtigen menschlichen Lebens, lächelt die Zeit ungewiss auf den Lippen des Mysteriums! Wie modern dies alles klingt! Und im Grunde so alt, so geheimnisvoll, mit einem so anderen Sinn behaftet als dem, der in all dem leuchtet!"
Author: Fernando Pessoa
21. "Pertencer - eis a banalidade. Credo, ideal, mulher ou profissão - tudo isso é a cela e as algemas. Ser é estar livre."
Author: Fernando Pessoa
22. "Según los estudiosos, cada día tenemos unos sesenta mil pensamientos. Positivos y negativos, banales y profundos. No hay que juzgarlos: son como nubes que pasan. Somos responsables de lo que hacemos, pero no de lo que pensamos. Por eso, cuando alguna idea te angustie, simplemente ponle la etiqueta «pensamiento» y déjala pasar."
Author: Francesc Miralles
23. "Lorsque, parvenu à l'apogée du rut avec son peuple quel qu'il fût et quel qu'il soit, l'intellectuel décide de retrouver le chemin de la quotidienneté, il ne ramène de son aventure que des formules terriblement infécondes. Il privilégie les coutumes, les traditions, les modes d'apparaître et sa quête forcée, douloureuse ne fait qu'évoquer une banale recherche d'exotisme. C'est la période où les intellectuels chantent les moindres déterminations du panorama indigène. Le boubou se trouve sacralisé, les chaussures parisiennes ou italiennes délaissées au profit des babouches. Le langage du dominateur écorche soudain les lèvres. Retrouver son peuple c'est quelquefois dans cette période vouloir être nègre, non un nègre pas comme les autres mais un véritable nègre, un chien de nègre, tel que le veut le Blanc. Retrouver son peuple c'est se faire bicot, se faire le plus indigène possible, le plus méconnaissable, c'est se couper les ailes qu'on avait laissé pousser."
Author: Frantz Fanon
24. "Life in the world... was nothing more than a system of atavistic contracts, banal ceremonies, preordained words, with which people entertained each other in society in order not to commit murder. The dominant sign in that paradise of provincial frivolity was fear of the unknown."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
25. "L'Oreal's slogan 'because you're worth it' has come to epitomise banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card."
Author: Geoff Mulgan
26. "The Dandy is the highest form of existence attainable by the human form. His life is exclusively dedicated to dressing exquisitely, parading about the fashionable boroughs of splendid cities and and holding forth at his club, where he dispenses witticism as readily as the vulgaroisie utters its banal platitudes. The only species of 'work' this singular Chap might engage in would consist of discussing buttonhole stitching with his tailor and performing his ablutions until the morning has been well aired enough for him to step into it."
Author: Gustav Temple And Vic Darkwood
27. "Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal."
Author: Guy Debord
28. "So it gives us everything, it gives us the end of the world; to be human we need to experience the end of the world. We need to lose the world, to lose a world, and to discover that there is more than one world and that the world isn't what we think it is. Without that, we know nothing about the mortality and immortality that we carry. We don't know that we're alive as long as we haven't encountered death: these are the banalities that have been erased. And is isan act of grace."
Author: Hélène Cixous
29. "Yes," I said. "Temudjin Oh." I'd long got used to the fact that my Mongolian-extraction surname could cause some amusement amongst English speakers determined to extract a toll of discomfiture from somebody whose name was not as banal or as ugly as theirs. However, there was something about the way she pronounced it that immediately brought a blush to my cheeks. Perhaps the sunset would cover my embarassment."
Author: Iain M. Banks
30. "Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think that things are banal are themselves banal.Interesting people can find something interesting in all things."
Author: Idries Shah
31. "Billy was fascinated by the television. At its most basic level, it occupied his time and shut out the demons of isolation. This was another irony because, for so long, he had shunned the tube for a similar purpose—to prevent it from bombarding his brain with demons of banality. However, each time he turned the machine on, he began to discover a world of assorted delights, as well as gain insight into the insidious manner in which this medium was shaping the mass psyche. If nothing else, he learned there was nothing innocuous about it."
Author: Jim Carroll
32. "He was filled with loss and an off-brand of nostalgia for events that were supposed to become part of his past but now wouldn't at all. In the mind's special processes, a ten-mile run takes far longer than the minutes reported by a grandfather clock. Such time, in fact, hardly exists in the real world; it is all out on the train somewhere, and you only go back to it when you are out there. He and Mize had been through two solid years of such regular time-warp escapes together. There was something different about that, something beyond friendship; they had a way of transferring pain back and forth, without the banality of words."
Author: John L. Parker Jr.
33. "Governments produced by the most banal of electoral victories, like those produced by the crudest of coups d'état, will always feel obliged to dress themselves up linguistically in some way."
Author: John Ralston Saul
34. "London is good for two things — excellent Scotch and leaving.I miss them both, especially as I often partake of one while doing the other. I find the company stifling, the streets foul smelling and overcrowded, the houses bland and without architectural merit, and the people banal and filled with their own consequence. No matter how often I leave London, I cannot wait to leave it again. My home is in my explorations. Those always welcome me."
Author: Karen Hawkins
35. "Ah, guilt and sorrow had dogged Juan's footsteps too, for he was not a Catholic who could rise refreshed from the cold bath of confession. Yet the banality stood: that the past was irrevocably past. And conscience had been given man to regret it only in so far as that might change the future. For man, every man, Juan seemed to be telling him, even as Mexico, must ceaselessly struggle upward. What was life but a warfare and a stranger's sojourn?"
Author: Malcolm Lowry
36. "Sex is not about reproduc-tion, gender is not about males and females, courtship is not aboutpersuasion, fashion is not about beauty, and love is not about affec-tion. Below the surface of every banality and cliche there lies irony,cynicism, and profundity."
Author: Matt Ridley
37. "It is an animus, she decides, the representation of the Logos in the female, as the anima is the representation of Eros in the male. In its negative aspect it is opinionated, conventional, banal, self-righteous, argumentative . . . In its positive aspect, it conveys spirit, feistiness, the capacity for reflection and self-knowledge, the capacity to handle philosophical and religious ideas at the higher levels."
Author: Michael Gruber
38. "At a time when history made its way slowly, the few events were easily remembered and woven into a backdrop, known to everyone, before which private life unfolded the gripping show of its adventures. Nowadays, time moves forward at a rapid pace. Forgotten overnight, a historic event glistens the next day like the morning dew and thus is no longer the backdrop to a narrator's tale but rather an amazing adventure enacted against the background of the over-familiar banality of private life."
Author: Milan Kundera
39. "We all spend so much time not saying what we want, because we know we can't have it. And because it sounds ungracious, or ungrateful, or disloyal, or childish, or banal. Or because we're so desperate to pretend that things are OK, really, that confessing to ourselves they're not looks like a bad move. Go on, say what you want. ... Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth will set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch in the nose. Surviving in whatever life you're living means lying, and lying corrodes the soul, so take a break from the lies for just one minute."
Author: Nick Hornby
40. "Algumas pessoas querem o simples, o banal e o tranquilo. Isso não faz com que as pessoas que querem o complicado, o extraordinário e o emocionante sejam gananciosas ou egoístas. Querer é querer, qualquer que seja o sonho."
Author: Nora Roberts
41. "On closer examination, we are simply a banal tragedy spread over two generations."
Author: Peter Høeg
42. "The more they measure, the more they realize how much the Greeks departed from regular and banal lines in order to produce their effect."
Author: Pierre Auguste Renoir
43. "Extraordinarily excessive sensuality it may be .. but it all comes down to the same thing in the end, and one means is surely as good as another, since the end obtained is always the same. In any case the exceptional, endlessly repeated, is no different than the banal; and unceasing recapitulation can add nothing, in the end, to the sum of experience. I am weary and hopeless three times the dupe. Why have you trained me in the shame of abominable sins?"
Author: Remy De Gourmont
44. "This sort of talk always bores me: old men complaining that the world is going to the dogs. It's so banal."
Author: Robert Harris
45. "Banal or not, looks are deceiving,And all that glitters is not gold –And yet, we cannot help believingWhat meets the eye – it's uncontrolled."
Author: Tatyana K. Varenko
46. "The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm."
Author: Teju Cole
47. "She always imagined that evil played out on a large canvas- wars, concentration camps, gas chambers, the partitioning of nations. Now she realized that evil had a domestic side, and its very banality protected it from exposure."
Author: Thrity Umrigar
48. "Couples will no longer spend their nights in their houses dedicated to habitation and reception, the customary social reason for banalization. The chamber of love will be more remote from the center of the city: it will completely naturally re-create for the partners the notion of ex-centricity, in a place less open to the light, more hidden, in order to return to the atmosphere of the secret. The contrary move, the search for a center of thought, will proceed by the same technique."
Author: Tom McDonough
49. "[...] nalezala jednak do tych kobiet, które lacza w sobie zdrowa urode z histeryczna lzawliwoscia, wybuchy liryczne z bardzo praktycznym, banalnym mysleniem, podly charakter z sentymentalizmem, ospala biernosc z trzezwa umiejetnoscia wysylania bliznich na poszukiwanie wiatru w polu."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
50. "Each one of us is alone in the world. He is shut in a tower of brass, and can communicate with his fellows only by signs, and the signs have no common value, so that their sense is vague and uncertain. We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them. We are like people living in a country whose language they know so little that, with all manner of beautiful and profound things to say, they are condemned to the banalities of the conversation manual. Their brain is seething with ideas, and they can only tell you that the umbrella of the gardener's aunt is in the house."
Author: W. Somerset Maugham

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