49 Quotes About Being Superficial

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The image you carry of yourself and hold of others doesn’t always equate to what reality is. Focusing to much on the external can leave you feeling empty inside and acting superficial. Here are some great quotes about being superficial that show the dangers and power of perception.

“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger.”

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

“A man’s character never changes radically from youth to old age. What happens is that circumstances bring out characteristics which have not been obvious to the superficial observer.”

“Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world.”

“Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects.”

“As we get past our superficial material wants and instant gratification we connect to a deeper part of ourselves, as well as to others, and the universe.”

“By health I mean the power to live a full, adult, living, breathing life in close contact with… the earth and the wonders thereof – the sea – the sun.”

“Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”

“Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge.”

“How good it is for us when the Lord unsettles our lukewarm and superficial lives.”

“I am all right when I work. I am not superficial and I am not ungrateful.”

“I want, by understanding myself, to understand others.”

“I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental, superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me.”

“If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we’ll have them tomorrow.”

“I’m almost reluctant to say it because it sounds superficial, but when you lose your hair, it just affects the way that you look at yourself in the mirror.”

“In analysing history do not be too profound, for often the causes are quite superficial.”

“It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.”

“It is not hard work that is dreary; it is superficial work.”

“It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.”

“My everyday job is about superficial beauty, but when I’m not working I prefer to work on my inner beauty – I read a lot, I try to learn.”

“Photography concentrates one’s eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can’t catch that even with the sharpest lens.”

“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.”

“Superficial goals lead to superficial results.”

“Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities.”

“That which you or I think is most unique about ourselves we hide. In ordinary discourse, in the normal state, we share our common self, our superficial self.”

“The adornment of the body is a human need. I don’t see anything superficial about it unless your life becomes very materialistic.”

“The art world is now a slave of mass culture. We have a sound-bite culture and so we have sound-bite art. You look at it, you get it – it’s as immediate and as superficial as that.”

“The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engages in gestures of superficial equality.”

“The difference between people and ideas is… only superficial.”

“The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one.”

“The great danger of the new media is that it seems to relish the superficial.”

“The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.”

“The more you know about Christ, the less you will be satisfied with superficial views of Him.”

“The process of change does not occur on superficial levels, through mere ‘positive thinking.’ It involves exploring, discovering, and changing our deepest, most basic attitudes toward life.”

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”

“The Spirit of God is jealous over us; He doesn’t want superficial fellowship, but genuine intimacy.”

“The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.”

“The trouble with paternalists is that they want to make impossibly profound changes, and they choose impossibly superficial means for doing so.”

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

“This is a very superficial job. I sit in a chair for two hours and get hair and makeup done and talk about myself in interviews. That’s a very vain thing to do. And I do get caught up in it sometimes.”

“To be interested solely in technique would be a very superficial thing to me.”

“To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders…It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.”

“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun.”

“Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.”

“We forget that despite the superficial differences between us, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness.”

“We pamper the present like a spoiled child, obeying its superficial demands but ignoring its real needs.”

“What it felt to me was like the dissolution of my idea of myself. I felt like separateness evaporated.”

“When you come right down to it, opinions are the most superficial things about anyone.”

“Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.”

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