Doug Coupland - I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known.
[ Although Any Couple Duke Ellington Few Hardly Known Most Obscure Other Part Standards Tunes Usually Very Well]
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Edgar Degas - Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
[ Action Becomes Concrete Obscure Thought Unconscious]
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Peter Fenn - There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
[ Between Difference Facts Obscure Truth World]
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Margaret Mead - Never be so brief as to become obscure.
[ Become Brief Never Obscure]
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Tracey Ullman - The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.
[ Comes Darkest Discern Even Eye Glimpse Long May Obscure See Some Subject Truth Use]
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- I'm a bit of a nerd, I wouldn't mind working in a shop selling records, or having a radio show where I could play obscure singles.
[ Bit Could Having Mind Nerd Obscure Play Radio Records Selling Shop Show Singles Where Working]
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- What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
[ Care Explicit Grand Idiot Made Men Necessarily Obscure Weak Which Worth]
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- A Constitution should be short and obscure.
[ Constitution Obscure Short Should]
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- The world is now aware that the most unavoidable and most dangerous weapon that exists is the blind decisiveness of a man ready to sacrifice his life for an obscure cause.
[ Aware Blind Cause Dangerous Decisiveness Exists His Life Man Most Now Obscure Ready Sacrifice Unavoidable Weapon World]
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- Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them.
[ Closest Formulas God Joy Look Mystery Obscure Offer Pure Sculptures See Seen Them Those Until Work]
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- PENTHOUSE didn't seem to concentrate as much on the girls' faces, and I really wanted to see the girls' faces. It seems like through the 1980's, they almost went out of their way to obscure the girls' faces.
[ Almost Concentrate Faces Girls Much Obscure Out Really See Seem Seems Their Through Wanted Way Went]
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- I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.
[ End Even Fight Forgotten Give God Nook Obscure Privacy Up Want]
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- If you want to study one of these strange organisms, you had better have a good justification. It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure insect that no one's ever heard about.
[ Better Ever Gene Good Had Heard Insect Justification Obscure Organisation Organisms Some Strange Study These Want]
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- A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
[ Being Campaign Cannot Debate Defense Issues Little Midst Obscure Part Presidential Record Side Talk Tough Wrong Years]
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- The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.
[ Behind Fatal Growth Idea Inside Leaving Means Metaphor Obscured Progress Real Things Us Utterly Which]
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- Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
[ Ancestors Around Arrogant Classes Dead Democracy Giving Happen Means Merely Most Obscure Oligarchy Our Refuses Submit Tradition Votes Walking]
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- Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
[ Deceptive Electoral Human Intentions More Nothing Obscure Populace System Than Unreliable Whole]
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- Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
[ Around Away Because Change Dream Duties Erase Need Nothing Obscure Real Responsibilities Take Will Within World Your]
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- Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place.
[ Am Clearer Made May Now Obscure Place Proper Saying Their Things Those Which Will Yet]
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- On the other hand, the artist has much to do in the realm of color construction, which is so little explored and so obscure, and hardly dates back any farther than to the beginning of Impressionism.
[ Any Artist Back Beginning Color Construction Dates Explored Farther Hand Hardly Impressionism Little Much Obscure Other Realm Than Which]
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- Hardship makes the world obscure.
[ Hardship Makes Obscure World]
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- I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs.
[ Always Being Belong Belongs Feel Liked Obscure Relatively Where Work]
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- The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
[ Anything Ask Creating Each Equity Finance Happens How Inalienable Issue Just Matter Obscure Person Problem Right Separate Should Society State Thinks Welfare Where World]
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- If you want music that speaks to you, that LISTENS to you, you have to go out of your way, which I enjoy actually. I'm constantly on a private-eye kick to find the totally obscure.
[ Actually Constantly Enjoy Find Go Kick Listens Music Obscure Out Speaks Totally Want Way Which Your]
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- The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.
[ Against Any Common Condition Dynamics Each Found Genius Inconceivable Isolate Make Obscure Oppressor Other Reality Rebellion Slave Slaves System United Which]
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- I am not afraid of death, but would not want to die in some obscure or pointless way.
[ Afraid Am Death Die Obscure Pointless Some Want Way Would]
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- Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
[ Affairs Clearly Human Known Nothing Obscure Various]
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- Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
[ Arise Before Blow Come Date Derived Distant Forces Instincts Know List Men Obscure Origin Philosophy Society Speculations Whence Whither Winds]
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- The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles.
[ Books Detail Doubtful Far Great Lay Masses Modern Much Neglect Obscure Present Principles Questionable Relatively Scientific Stress Such Teaching Tendency Too Truth Unimportant Upon Way Weight Work]
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- Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
[ Beauty Must Obscure Pardoned Talent]
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- Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
[ Appeal Covering Face Greatness Mask Obscures Poverty Tribulation Veil]
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- Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
[ Obscures Sin Soul Whatever]
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- I mean, most of it is probably more obscure and just more noisy than either of those two bands, but Thurston has stuff all the time that he's involved with that is fairly obscure and experimental.
[ Bands Either Experimental Fairly Involved Just Mean More Most Noisy Obscure Probably Stuff Than Those Time Two]
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- I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
[ Become Brief Obscure Strive]
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- The notion of the single man began in the 1950's. The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure.
[ Bachelor Began Idea Life Man New Notion Obscure Separate Single]
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- It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
[ Education Investigation More Need Obscure Obvious Seems Than Time]
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- I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
[ Become Brief Obscure Strive]
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- In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
[ Become Concise Labouring Obscure]
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- It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
[ Become Brief Obscure Struggle]
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- Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.
[ Aid Glass Obscure Vision Words]
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- I see a lot of movies. I love films as a spectator, and that's never obscured by the part of me that does the work myself. I just love going to the movies.
[ Does Films Going Just Lot Love Movies Myself Never Obscured Part See Spectator Work]
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- Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficult, elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
[ Difficult Elephants Find Judgment Many Obscure Passing Poodles Poses Something Things Wary]
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- Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
[ Abstract Believe Delight Demonstrates Having Leads Most Obscure System Truth Understood Very]
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- Maybe if you and ten of your friends could pool your savings and borrow some money and actually buy some obscure station in Sonoma, and then take some chances and have some fun.
[ Actually Borrow Buy Chances Could Friends Fun Maybe Money Obscure Pool Savings Some Station Take Ten Then Your]
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- The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
[ Author Communication Except Few Good Great Himself Important Inevitably Initiated Into Must Mysteries Necessary Obscure Only Perpetuation Reader Secondary Then Those Very Which Work]
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- The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
[ Completely Eventually Longer Obscure Obvious See Seems Takes]
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- This commitment to truth is something one senses more and more Americans yearning for, just as they are becoming more and more sophisticated at knowing when the truth is being obscured - an irony that seems to elude most of today's elected officials.
[ Americans Becoming Being Commitment Elected Elude Irony Just Knowing More Most Obscured Officials Seems Senses Something Sophisticated Today Truth Yearning]
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- Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
[ Existence Footnotes Masterpiece Obscure Series Unfinished Vast]
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- Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates, important political questions.
[ Group Illuminates Important Obscures Personification Political Questions Rather Than]
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- Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
[ Cannot Established Falsehood Know Love Obscure These Times Truth Unless]
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- In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.
[ Because Case Discussed Excessively Hundred Ninety-Nine Obscure Out Point Remaining]
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- Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science, but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language; because it is necessary to use many Greek words to which there are none corresponding in Latin.
[ Acquainted Because Corresponding Difficult Greek Harmony Language Latin Many Most Musical Necessary None Obscure Science Those Use Which Words]
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- Crabbed and obscure definitions are of no use beyond a narrow circle of students, of whom probably every one has a pet one of his own.
[ Beyond Circle Definitions Every His Narrow Obscure Own Pet Probably Students Use Whom]
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- To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there.
[ Love Much Obscure See Too]
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- Those quotations were really quite obscure. Anyone can see that he is a very well read man.
[ Anyone Man Obscure Quite Quotations Read Really See Those Very Well Were]
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- I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.
[ Able Any Being Clubs Death Die Drinking Funky Get Great Jazz Musicians Obscure Really Seen Small Themselves Work Working]
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- Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake, politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.
[ Ago Down Go Lot Made Make Maybe Mistake Movies Obscure Off Places Politically Realized See Six Stuff Turned Went Would Years]
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- One can spend too much of one's life locked in stuffy rooms seeking out obscure truths, searching, researching, until one is too old to enjoy life.
[ Enjoy Life Locked Much Obscure Old Out Researching Rooms Searching Seeking Spend Stuffy Too Truths Until]
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- Intellectual comradeship requires that you think your thoughts through to the place where you can make the complex seem simple, the obscure quite clear.
[ Clear Complex Comradeship Intellectual Make Obscure Place Quite Requires Seem Simple Think Thoughts Through Where Your]
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- Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes.
[ Get Jokes Obscure Passionate Sometimes]
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- More people are troubled by what is plain in Scripture than by what is obscure.
[ More Obscure Plain Scripture Than Troubled]
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- A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
[ Courage Day Deal Effort Every First Graves Great Little Lost Making Men Obscure Prevented Sends Talent Their Them Timidity Want Whose World]
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- Speakers are not supposed to waste time on platitudes, but the capacity of this generation for ignoring the obvious and concentrating on the negative and the obscure is immense.
[ Capacity Concentrating Generation Ignoring Immense Negative Obscure Obvious Platitudes Speakers Supposed Time Waste]
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- No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental illness' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.
[ Awaits Biological Concept Condition Elucidated Evidence Further Illness Mental Name Nature Needed Obscure Obvious Purpose Show Whose]
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- There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
[ Glare Glow Illuminates Kinds Light Obscures Two]
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- The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.
[ Ancient Culture Games Investigate Just Many Meaning Most Necessary Obscure Olympians Really Relatively Roots Society Transformed Understand Years]
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- Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
[ Feeling Intense Obscures Often Too Truth]
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- The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
[ Clarity Fog Ideas Impenetrable Inhibit Intimidating Little Obscure Practice Pure Purpose Reasoning Weak Writing]
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- Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
[ Fiction Obscures Reality Reveals Truths]
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- Be obscure clearly.
[ Clearly Obscure]
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- A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.
[ Analysis Fifty Good Obscure Years]
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- It flourished with the Saracens, and suffered in the obscure and fanatical days of the Middle Ages.
[ Ages Days Fanatical Flourished Middle Obscure Suffered]
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- Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.
[ Dark Infinity Nature Obscure Permanent Shares Suffering]
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- I worked with such concentration and focus and I had hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head. I was just real exceptional in that way.
[ Concentration Engineering Exceptional Focus Had Head Hundreds Just Obscure Programming Real Such Things Way Worked]
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- Being horrible in a big film is a quicker nosedive than doing an obscure film and making no money.
[ Being Big Doing Film Horrible Making Money Obscure Quicker Than]
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