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Ordinary Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Ordinary

Please enjoy these Ordinary Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

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A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

 

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

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The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

Reality doesn't impress me.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy,
and when ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.
No more walls.
- Anais Nin

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the attainment of peace is the ultimate objective of all statesmen,
it is, at the same time, something very ordinary,
closely tied to the daily life of each individual.
- Eisaku Sato

I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary
mundane obligations of life.
- Martha Reeves

There are no ordinary moments.
- Dan Millman

A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket
is in touch with his deepest emotions.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability,
by a desire to appear better than we really are.
- E. Stanley Jones

I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris,
for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused,
so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
- Harry Houdini

Basically, I'm a really bad interviewer.
I love meeting celebrities, but then I get a bit bored.
Once you meet them you thing, 'really,
what an ordinary person'.
- Graham Norton

The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -
not the fiend or the sadist.
- Erich Fromm

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself,
I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
- Michel de Montaigne

They say the death of a parent puts you in time because
that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death:
you're next.
I don't buy it.
- Bruce Jackson

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist,
and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind.
- Henry Ossawa Tanner

I have a contract but it's not a commitment in the ordinary sense.
It's our ongoing conversation.
- Diane Sawyer

Jesus was all right,
but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- John Lennon

I'd love to be approached to do ordinary things more.
- Marc Newson

As a matter of fact, an ordinary desert supports a
much greater variety of plants than does either a forest or a prairie.
- Ellsworth Huntington

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
- Charles Richter

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards
set so much above his ordinary self as to make him
feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
- Irving Babbitt

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
- Boris Pasternak

I don't work at being ordinary.
- Paul McCartney

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people;
they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the
consequences of this resistance.
- Philip K. Dick

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA -
ordinary citizens don't need guns,
as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
- Heinrich Himmler

No statement about God is simply, literally true.
God is far more than can be measured,
described, defined in ordinary language,
or pinned down to any particular happening.
- David Edward Jenkins

The ordinary man is involved in action,
the hero acts.
An immense difference.
- Henry Miller

The target audience goes back to conception.
That means pre-natal care, safe delivery,
post-natal screening, and the ordinary stuff you do in pediatrics.
- C. Everett Koop

I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife.
- Elizabeth Taylor

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase.
I can with ease become an ordinary fool.
I may be one now.
But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.
- Dylan Thomas

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms.
It is immediately and directly united to God alone.
- Nicolas Malebranche

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men.
Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
- Denis Diderot

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play
better than ordinary players at all.
- Al Alvarez

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand
books and thenceforward have at least one place in
the world in which it is possible to be happy.
- Augustine Birrell

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
- Bennett Cerf

One of the difficulties about interviewing people in
Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with
ordinary life and some people just don't want to get involved in this.
- Tony Greig

There are certain things that ordinary people have
that celebrities don't have.
- Norman Spinrad

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things;
to suggest,
not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
- Balthus

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions;
and the plant is,
to a landscape artist, not only a plant -
rare,
unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance -
but it is also a color,
a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.
- Roberto Burle Marx

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it
does not mean loving some people more than others.
- George Orwell

If I ever do anything, it actually might be some fantasy
elf thing or even some cute,
funny thing.
Just to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.
I've done my superhero gig.
- Todd McFarlane

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us;
ordinary men gain much.
- Walter Savage Landor

I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.
- Bernie Mac

Miss Austen had shown the infinite possibilities of
ordinary and present things for the novelist.
- George Saintsbury

What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they
try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live;
their visions and their powers are limited.
- C. Wright Mills

An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old.
- Carl Van Vechten

You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved
extraordinary things in life.
- Dave Winfield

I look for something that is highly unusual,
involving ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations.
- Walter Lord

There's another way of making music,
by touching the lives and feelings of ordinary people.
- Gavin Bryars

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing,
civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary,
ignorant people.
- Kenneth Clark

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word,
if there is such a thing.
- J. L. Austin

Neither Aristotelian nor Russellian rules give the
exact logic of any expression of ordinary language;
for ordinary language has no exact logic.
- Peter Frederick Strawson

The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain,
is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into
the minds of ordinary men.
- Jacob Bronowski


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