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  • I was never afraid of getting old. I remember being young and thinking, Wow, I can't wait until I'm older because I feel like everything is going to happen then. I don't want to sound pretentious or anything, but I'm always one of the first ones to say, "Let's try that."

  • I think good art, if I could be pretentious enough to say, I think good art deals with the micro to explain the macro.

    Art   Thinking   Enough  
  • No one wants to be pretentious about what they do or take it seriously, because that is just weird.

  • Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, 'Another romantic comedy?' You see her in something like 'Walk the Line' and think, 'God, you're so great!' And then you think, 'Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?' But of course, it's for money and status.

    Funny   Stupid   Epic  
  • I like to carry around extremely pretentious books, and I don't know if I can read them, but if I hold them near me, it imbues me with a sense of powerful intelligence.

  • Laughter tends to mock the pompous and the pretentious; all man's boastful gadding about, all his pretty pomps, his hoary customs, his wornout creeds, changing the glitter of them into the dullest hue of lead.

    Laughter   Men   Hue  
  • I have a dread of sounding pretentious and try not to talk too much about what I do.

    "From the archive: James Herbert on rats and redemption". Interview with Andrew Billen, 1993.
  • I'm not the kind of actor who runs around and insists on being called Stravinsky by everybody, and my family has to call me Igor. I'm not that kind of actor. I think that's pretentious.

  • A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

    Rick Warren (2010). “Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life: Scriptures and Reflections from the 40 Days of Purpose”, p.14, Harper Collins
  • Elton John himself never seems pretentious but Bernie Taupin's lyrics often do - sometimes pretentious in a clever sort of way, but pretentious nonetheless. There is a conflict between Elton's and Bernie's personal styles, no doubt about it.

    Clever   Doubt   Style  
  • I think that live music is really pretentious - all of it. I hate festivals and live shows, because as soon as I get on stage, I start performing for people and it becomes about sex, banter, and skill. They're looking at me and not thinking about themselves. I'm thinking about how cool I look. It's just stupid - all live music is really stupid. I wouldn't encourage going to see anybody live, ever. Not even me.

    Hate   Stupid   Thinking  
  • She's French, so she's teaching them French, and their previous nanny was Spanish, so they're fluent in Spanish.

    "The Real Gwyneth". Interview with Justine Picardie, February 1, 2012.
  • I do consider myself to be something of a pretentious wanker.

  • I eat whatever I want. I like bread and cheese and wine, and that makes my life fun and enjoyable.

    Fun   Wine   Want  
    "The Real Gwyneth" by Justine Picardie, February 1, 2012.
  • I'm not trying to influence anyone else; I'm not saying, "Do what I do." I think it's a little pretentious to say, "I'm a role model"; I would never say that, and I don't think of myself that way.

    "Exclusive! Kim Kardashian West on Baby No. 2, Her New Style, and Life in the Spotlight". Interview with Alex Morris, June 1, 2015.
  • I want to paint. That is probably going to sound so pretentious coming from someone who's been a musician.

    Musician   Sound   Want  
    "Juliana Hatfield Says Goodbye To The Stage, Hello To Art School". Middle Mojo Interview,
  • Poets, on the face of it, have either got to be easier or to write their own notes; readers have either got to take more trouble over reading or cease to regard notes as pretentious and a sign of bad poetry

    Reading   Writing   Faces  
    William Empson (2000). “The complete poems”, Lane, Allen
  • ...people today are so accustomed to pretentious nonsense that they see nothing amiss in reading without understanding, and many of them at length discover that they can without difficulty write in like manner themselves and win applause for it. And so it perpetuates itself.

    George Albert Wells (1991). “Belief and make-believe: critical reflections on the sources of credulity”, Open Court Pub Co
  • I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.

    Art   Thinking   Ego  
  • If we wanted to make it the way I imagined I knew that we would have to wake up earlier and start very early. So we prep like crazy. And the competition you have is like Avatar, you have Star Wars, you have all the big Marvel stuff. So if you want to come in the race, you know, don't be pretentious.

    Stars   Crazy   War  
  • To better understand God we must first shatter our own idea of God - maybe even day after day. Maybe he's too great to stay compressed in the human mind. Maybe he splits it wide open; this is why pretentious intellectualism so often fails to comprehend the concept of God: it is only accepting of what it can explain while in the process finding higher sources offensive. What we may confidently assert is that faith is the opening that allows God, this unpredictable, unseen power, to travel in and out of the mind without all the pains of confusion.

    Pain   Ideas   Confusion  
  • Contrary to what you may have heard from Henry Rollins or/and Ian MacKaye and/or anyone else who joined a band after working in an ice cream shop, you can't really learn much about a person based on what kind of music they happen to like. As a personality test, it doesn't work even half the time. However, there is at least one thing you can learn: The most wretched people in the word are those who tell you they like every kind of music 'except country.' People who say that are boorish and pretentious at the same time.

    Country   Ice   People  
    Chuck Klosterman (2004). “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto”, p.175, Simon and Schuster
  • Stand-up comedy and comedy in general is the ultimate form of free speech, because you get to poke holes in all the pretentious bubbles politicians and pundits and popes and pretenders try to float over our heads.

    Trying   Speech   Comedy  
    Denis Leary (2008). “Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid”, p.58, Penguin
  • You live for pretentious metaphors.

    John Green (2015). “Looking For Alaska Special 10th Anniversary Edition”, p.51, Penguin
  • There's a side that I want to do just like really retarded arty films … like parody, pretentious art films that kind of are supposed to have some deep meaning.

    Art   Want   Sides  
    "Kickin' it with Andy Milonakis". Interview with Bethonie Butler, September 18, 2007.
  • When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat.

    Heart   Garden   Zucchini  
    "Gwyneth Paltrow has been at the forefront of pop culture for 20 years - I will miss her at Goop" by Jess Cartner-Morley, August 02, 2016.
  • If you're not allowed to experiment anymore for fear of being considered self-indulgent or pretentious or what have you, then everyone's going to just stick to the rules - there's not going to be any additional ideas.

    Self   Ideas   Sticks  
  • There are some people I've met and it's stressful just speaking to them, because they're really pretentious and I don't know how to talk to them without being pretentious back.

  • Working with composers often is a really frustrating experience because you speak a different language and, oftentimes, they take two or three jobs, at the same time. They're difficult and pretentious and they're tormented artists.

    Jobs   Artist   Often Is  
  • If anyone stops us, as long as we mumble something pretentious about the glory of death, we should be fine.

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