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Obscurity brings safety.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

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 (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

More significant than the fact that poets write abstrusely, painters paint abstractly, and composers compose unintelligible music is that people should admire what they cannot understand; indeed, admire that which has no meaning or principle.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.


Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.

Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980) Canadian communications theorist and educator.

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 (1891-1980) American author.

Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Obscurity is the realm of error.

Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) French moralist, essayist, and writer.