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I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw
All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
Why, I ask, isn't it possible that advertising as a whole is a fantastic fraud, presenting an image of America taken seriously by no one, least of all by the advertising men who create it?
Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
A. P. Herbert
The hardest task in a girl's life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end.
All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
In most communities it is illegal to cry 'fire' in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
My feelings are those of a schoolboy getting in sight of the holidays. Or more seriously, my feelings are perhaps those of a matador who has decided not to enter the bull ring.
Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.
Mark Van Doren
The risk of racial prejudice infecting a capital sentencing proceeding is especially serious in light of the complete finality of the death sentence.
Serious illness doesn't bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.
We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.
Robert M. Hutchins
Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
Sandra Day O'Connor
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