Quotes with mean
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Space ... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
We were Grace Kelly's bridesmaids. I can`t tell you what goes on even today when people hear that. I mean, we're going to be these doddering old ladies on some porch out at the seashore in New Jersey with shawls and canes, and people will be walking by saying, 'There are the bridesmaids,'
Interview with Chicago Tribute, June 15, 1989
With the song 'This Christmas' I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they'll be like 'OK, he did his thing with that record.' It's like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.
Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn`t mean the circus has left town.
When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.
Charles Dickens (1906)
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
The Art of Loving (1956)
All my friends say I should leave him because he's mean, angry, and abusive. I need to get some new friends.
There are hand shakes of great variety. Some are warm and mean that you are cared for.
The Art Spirit (1984)
The wars of the future will be fought by computer technicians and by lawyers and high-altitude specialists, and that may mean war will be increasingly abstract, hard to think about and hard to control.
The record companies really do conspire against the artists. They steal. They cheat. They do whatever they can, especially the black artists.… Sony's Tommy Mottola is the president of the record division. He is mean. He is a racist, and he's very, very, very devilish.
If we couldn't dream, our lives wouldn't mean anything anymore.
The Raft of the Medusa
By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony.
Gift from the Sea (1955)
People don't want to be understood -- I mean not completely. It's too destructive. Then they haven't anything left.
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Many a man has dwarfed his manhood, cramped his intellect, crushed his aspiration, blunted his finer sensibilities, in some mean, narrow occupation just because there was money in it.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Time is money. We should not be stingy or mean with it, but we should not throw away an hour any more than we would throw away a dollar-bill. Waste of time means waste of energy, waste of vitality, waste of character in dissipation. It means the waste of opportunities which will never come back. Beware how you kill time, for all your future lives in it.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
It may be curious but it's also strangely refreshing. I mean, to begin with, it was like being invited to play with a rich guy's train set.
About his time on the early sets of the Return of the Jedi. Interview with The Guardian, published November 7, 2005.
I was the only "good" thing in it. I don't mean that facetiously. Everything and everyone else in it was evil or bad. That was one of my proudest achievements in acting.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
There is no such thing as an ex-wife. If you had a relationship, just because you don't live with them anymore doesn't mean that they're a non-human being, and if they want to say hello, then there should be a hello.
This is a letter of hate. It is for you my countrymen, I mean those men of my country who have defiled it. The men with manic fingers leading the sightless, feeble, betrayed body of my country to its death.
A Letter To My Fellow Countrymen, Tribune, August 18, 1961.
I had long known that it was impossible for a journalist to convey 100 percent of the truth, but I didn't realize to what extent the truth is distorted, both by the intentions of the journalist and by neglect. I don't mean just the interpretations of what happened; I also mean the facts. The reporting about Sharon and the murders was virtually criminal. Reading the papers, I could not believe my eyes. I could not believe my eyes! They blamed the victims for their own murders. I really despise the press. I didn't always. The press made me despise it.
Playboy interview, 1971
Political activism has been a part of my life and part of the films I try to make. But we don't focus on any one theme or another. We don't take any ideological stance. I'm anti-ideology. Our work tries to transcend politics. Whatever side you're on, we try to show stories from every part of the country, and so 'red state, blue state' doesn't mean a whole lot to us.
About the Sundance Film Festival
On the court, me and Michael are pretty calm and we can handle conversation. But as far as our lives go, I think he is moving in one direction and I'm going in the other. I mean, he's goin' north, I'm goin' south. And then you've got Scottie Pippen right in the middle. He's sort of the equator.
If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.
Letter to his son Kermit, quoted in Theodore Roosevelt by Joseph Bucklin Bishop, 1915
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
New Hopes for a Changing World (1951)
There are interactions with characters within the game which I think are pretty neatly done considering the limitations that you have to work with. I mean, a computer can't really generate a character that talks back and forth with you successfully.
Talking about the game of Myst in an interview that originally was published in Spring 1997 issue of Talebones Magazine, downloaded from berserkerfan.org.
There are allowable limits for radiation going - I mean there's radiation all around us. There's radiation from your television set. There's radiation from your computer. There's radiation actually occurring in the ground.
Interview aired in the documentary "Meltdown at the Three Mile Island" for The American Experience, PBS.
I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean - what's that? What's it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day.
"I shall die," you say; you mean to say "I shall cease to run the risk of sickness; I shall cease to run the risk of imprisonment; I shall cease to run the risk of death."
Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, On Despising Death
Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love, all that love I gave didn't mean nothing when it came to fear.
One ought not to hoard culture. It should be adapted and infused into society as a leaven. Liberality of culture does not mean illiberality of its benefits.
Journal entry (June 20, 1899)
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)
Oh, this human life, this earthy life, this weary life! It is so groveling, and so mean; its ambitions are so paltry, its prides so trivial, its vanities so childish; and the glories that it values and applauds -- lord, how empty!
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
At its very best and longest the act is brief beyond imagination--the imagination of an immortal, I mean. In the matter of repetition the man is limited--oh, quite beyond immortal conception.
Letters from the Earth
I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.
Interview in The Daily Beast (August 27, 2012)
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest.
Interview with Rolling Stone, 6/18/2013
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
Whores can like the sex. Doesn't mean they're not whores.
House, TB or Not TB. By Dr. Gregory House.
DNR means Do Not Resuscitate. It does not mean Do Not Treat!
House, DNR. By Dr. Gregory House.
If I’m mean to you, you’ll be mean to me. Mutually assured destruction.
House, Acceptance. By Dr. Gregory House.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Bible, Proverbs 22:29