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Ordinary Quote of the Day

Welcome to these Ordinary Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer
lends so much more credence and attaches so much more
importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams...
Man...
is above all the plaything of his memory.
- Andre Breton

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

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

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird:
it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to
fly while remaining an egg.
We are like eggs at present.
And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary,
decent egg.
We must be hatched or go bad.
- C. S. Lewis

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

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear.
That there is no alternative way, so far discovered,
of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can
hold a candle to the productive activities that are
unleashed by a free enterprise system.
- Milton Friedman

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

The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job.
- Dylan Moran

Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder,
grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
- George Henry Lewes

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

Ordinary language carries with it conditions of meaning
which it is easy to recognize by classifying the contexts
in which the expression is employed in a meaningful manner.
- Paul Ricoeur

Rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk.
- Billy Idol

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

On sand, you can never be sure of anything.
An ordinary shot can take a wicked deflection at the last moment.
- Eric Cantona

Lynch is an ordinary, smalltown guy and he just sees
strange things in people.
- Jack Nance

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

It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations
and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.
- Mike Huckabee

We're all pretty ordinary on paper.
- Michael Bergin

You would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows.
- Matt Drudge

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

Perhaps people like us cannot love.
Ordinary people can - that is their secret.
- Hermann Hesse

War - the ordinary man's most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary.
- Philip Caputo

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand.
The man of genius casts light.
- George Steiner

Because I'm just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things.
- Donna Summer

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

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

In the past, it was only in science fiction novels
that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space...
But you laid the foundation for space tourism.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction.
Most reforms, most problems are complicated.
But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
- Alice Paul

Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and
ordinary people millionaires.
- Bo Bennett

I'm saying look, here they come, pay attention.
Let your eyes transform what appears ordinary,
commonplace, into what it is, a moment in time,
an observed fragment of eternity.
- Philip Levine

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 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

If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle,
be elevating or be gone.
- George Will

There are two things in ordinary conversation which
ordinary people dislike -
information and wit.
- Stephen Leacock

Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet,
but they will.
Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down.
- Michael Crichton

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

This Constitution does not reflect the thoughts,
hopes and aspirations of ordinary people.
It does nothing for jobs or economic growth and widens
further still the democratic deficit.
- Nigel Farage

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary
man is to have an extraordinary father.
- Austin O'Malley

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

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

I never have known a man of ordinary common-sense who
did not urge upon his sons,
from earliest childhood, doctrines of economy and the
practice of accumulation.
- William Graham Sumner

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- Jim Rohn

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

There are no ordinary moments.
- Dan Millman

The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things,
but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
- Dean Stanley

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set
out without preconceived notions.
- Ben Stein

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are
extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more,
I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime,
that I had even taken over someone else's life.
- Margaret Mahy

I adopt a very simple approach.
I observe and reflect real life and ordinary people
and sooner or later that raises a laugh.
- Alberto Sordi

To be old is to be part of a huge and ordinary multitude...
the reason why old age was venerated in the past was
because it was extraordinary.
- Ronald Blythe

The government I led gave ordinary people peace,
security, dignity, and opportunity to progress.
- Benazir Bhutto

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

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


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