Obscure Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old obscure quotes, obscure sayings, and obscure proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace.     

Virginia Woolf

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.     

Edward R. Murrow

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.     

Emily Brontë

Notoriety wasn't as good as fame, but was heaps better than obscurity.     

Neil Gaiman

The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

One of the worse states to be in, is to be ignored. Obscurity like insecurity, kills!     

Bernard Kelvin Clive

Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.     

Ovid

Obscurity and competence—that is the life that is best worth living.     

Mark Twain

Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world.     

Nicolas Chamfort

The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one.     

Quintilian

I never knew how good it is to be unknown until now. The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize the advantages of obscurity.     

Alec Guinness

We inhabit an obscure planet, in an obscure galaxy, around an obscure sun, but on the other hand, modern human society represents one of the most complex things we know.     

David Christian

Be obscure clearly.     

E.B. White

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.     

Edgar Allan Poe

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.     

Horace

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.     

Henry Miller

The first step to wisdom is to avoid the common fallacy which considers everything profound that is obscure.     

Gregory Nunn

I'm never going to accomplish anything; that's perfectly clear to me. I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do anything. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more.     

Dorothy Parker

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.     

Samuel Johnson

The idea of being forgotten is terrifying. I fear not just that I, personally, will be forgotten but that we are all doomed to being forgotten; that the sum of life is ultimately nothing; that we experience joy and disappointment and aches and delights and loss, make our little mark on the world, and then we vanish, and the mark is erased, and it is as if we never existed.     

Susan Orlean

I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.     

Aldous Huxley

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its fragrance on the desert air.     

Jane Austen

If I am ever obscure in my expressions, do not fancy that therefore I am deep. If I were really deep, all the world would understand, though they might not appreciate. The perfectly popular style is the perfectly scientific one. To me an obscurity is a reason for suspecting a fallacy.     

Charles Kingsley

One must choose between obscurity with efficiency, and fame with its inevitable collateral of bluff.     

William McFee

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.     

Taylor Caldwell

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.     

Robert Browning

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.     

Taylor Caldwell

Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.     

Thomas Hardy

The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell.     

Adrienne Rich