Quotes and Sayings about Pretension



"Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth."
- E. T. Bell
(Related: Science, Truth, Pretension)

"If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Work, Spirit)

"Pornography is a satire on human pretensions."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Pornography, Satire)

"If you try to go beyond your interests just for the sake of pretensions or wealth, your art becomes less legitimate."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Art, Wealth)

"Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Superiority)

"In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many."
- Adam Ferguson
(Related: Rights, Pretension, State)

"Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike."
- Margot Fonteyn
(Related: Art, Life, Mediocrity, Pretension)

"Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike."
- Margot Fonteyn
(Related: Art, Life, People, Artists, Mediocrity, Pretension)

"In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Faith, Hope, Deep, Desire, Economics, Pretension, Respectability)

"To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Virtue, Being, Mankind, Race)

"What encouragement the apostle holds out to us. O my friends, that we might leave all our pretensions, and come to the truth in our own hearts."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Truth, Encouragement, Friends)

"We are in a position of financial and social power, and we could be agents of change in our society. Without pretension, I believe we could be a nice little gardener who takes care of the garden, and hopefully our neighbor will do the same. Then, maybe we'll achieve a better world."
- Guy Laliberte
(Related: Change, Power, Society, Financial, Care, Garden, Pretension, Will, World)

"The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour."
- Frederic Raphael
(Related: Television)

"Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation."
- J. M. Roberts
(Related: Authority, Respect, Taxation)

"The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant."
- Friedrich Schleiermacher
(Related: Art, Mistake, Confusion, First, Possession)

"They're innocent movies, and they're fun movies and there were no pretensions about 'em."
- Alex Winter
(Related: Movies, Fun)