65 Superficial Quotes On Success In Life

These superficial quotes will inspire you. Superficial concerned only with the obvious or apparent or existing or occurring at or on the surface.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging superficial quotes, superficial sayings, and superficial proverbs.

Best Superficial Quotes

  1. “Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.” ~ Cornel West
  2. “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. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.” ~ Nelson Mandela
  3. “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.” ~ Judith Wright
  4. “We pamper the present like a spoiled child, obeying its superficial demands but ignoring its real needs.” ~ Robert Grudin
  5. “I am a deeply superficial person.” ~ Andy Warhol

  6. “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.” ~ Kathy Ireland
  7. “To be interested solely in technique would be a very superficial thing to me.” ~ Andrew Wyeth
  8. “The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one.” ~ Augustus William Hare
  9. “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.” ~ Aristotle
  10. “In analyzing history do not be too profound, for often the causes are quite superficial.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  11. “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. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done – that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  12. “Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities.” ~ Carl E. Olson
  13. “Superficial religion consists of merely believing certain truths and doing certain things….such superficial religion is rampant in the world today.” ~ David Platt
  14. “Santa Barbara is a paradise; Disneyland is a paradise; the U.S. is a paradise. Paradise is just paradise. Mournful, monotonous, and superficial though it may be, it is paradise. There is no other.” ~ Jean Baudrillard
  15. “It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  16. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  17. “The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one’s soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive – you are leaking.” ~ Fran Lebowitz
  18. “Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative.” ~ William S. Burroughs
  19. “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. Yet what is most unique about us is what has the greatest potential for bonding us. When we share our uniqueness, we discover the commonality in greatness that defines everyone on the planet.” ~ Robert E. Quinn
  20. “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” ~ Thomas Paine

  21. “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “To be content with life or to live merrily, rather all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.” ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg
  23. “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.” ~ Franz Kafka

  24. “Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  25. “The great danger of the new media is that it seems to relish the superficial. There has been an ethos within the Church for many years to pursue an accommodationist strategy in regards to the culture, and this has resulted in a public presentation of the Faith that is often nebulous or “dumbed down.”” ~ Robert Barron
  26. “I don’t have time for superficial friends. I suppose if you’re really lonely you can call a superficial friend, but otherwise, what’s the point?” ~ Courteney Cox

  27. “The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.” ~ Will Durant , Superficial quotes love
  28. “I want, by understanding myself, to understand others.” ~ Katherine Mansfield
  29. “Deep down, I’m pretty superficial.” ~ Ava Gardner
  30. “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  31. “I am all right when I work. I am not superficial and I am not ungrateful.” ~ Brigitte Bardot

  32. “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.” ~ Selena Gomez
  33. “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.” ~ Bar Refaeli
  34. “Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.” ~ Stanislav Grof
  35. “The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” ~ Ansel Adams

  36. “I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term – meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching – there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” ~ Ansel Adams
  37. “The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engages in gestures of superficial equality.” ~ William Rehnquist
  38. “Photography does deal with ‘truth’ or a kind of superficial reality better than any of the other arts, but it never questions the nature of reality – it simply reproduces reality. And what good is that when the things of real value in life are invisible?” ~ Duane Michals , Superficial quotes life
  39. “The adornment of the body is a human need. I don’t see anything superficial about it unless your life becomes very materialistic.” ~ David LaChapelle
  40. “The difference between people and ideas is… only superficial.” ~ Richard Rorty

  41. “How we look – though it is superficial and immutable – has a huge impact on our lives.” ~ Cameron Russell
  42. “Peace or harmony between the sexes and individuals does not necessarily depend on a superficial equalization of human beings; nor does it call for the elimination of individual traits and peculiarities. The problem that confronts us today, and which the nearest future is to solve, is how to be one’s self and yet in oneness with others, to feel deeply with all human beings and still retain one’s own characteristic qualities.” ~ Emma Goldman
  43. “Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects.” ~ Hans Hofmann
  44. “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.” ~ Hesketh Pearson
  45. “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  46. “When you come right down to it, opinions are the most superficial things about anyone” ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  47. “To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders…It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  48. “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.” ~ Katherine Mansfield
  49. “Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world.” ~ Jeanne Moreau , Superficial quotes world
  50. “Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.” ~ Ross Perot

  51. “I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental, superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me.” ~ Conrad Veidt
  52. “There is no sphere of human thought in which it is easier to show superficial cleverness and the appearance of superior wisdom than in discussing questions of currency and exchange” ~ Winston Churchill
  53. “I have no memory for things I have learned, nor things I have read, nor things experienced or heard, neither for people nor events; I feel that I have experienced nothing, learned nothing, that I actually know less than the average schoolboy, and that what I do know is superficial, and that every second question is beyond me. I am incapable of thinking deliberately; my thoughts run into a wall. I can grasp the essence of things in isolation, but I am quite incapable of coherent, unbroken thinking. I can’t even tell a story properly; in fact, I can scarcely talk.” ~ Franz Kafka
  54. “The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  55. “Hollywood is the most superficial thing you could possibly be a part of and if I weren’t attractive, I wouldn’t be working at all.” ~ Megan Fox

  56. “Hundreds of stupid flies gather
    On a piece of rotten meat,
    Enjoying, they think, a delicious feast.
    This image fits with the song
    Of the myriads of foolish living beings
    Who seek happiness in superficial pleasures;
    In countless ways they try,
    Yet I have never seen them satisfied.” ~ 7th Dalai Lama
  57. “If we have no zeal for the glory of God our mercy must be superficial, man-centred human improvement with no eternal significance. And if our zeal for the glory of God is not a revelling in his mercy, than our so-called zeal, in spite of all its protests, is our of touch with God and hypocritical.” ~ John Piper
  58. “There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.” ~ Marshall McLuhan
  59. “The so-called culture nowadays is only a fake one with a superficial front. It is an empty lie.” ~ Ai Weiwei

  60. “Happiness arises as a result of different causes and conditions. If you harm someone out of anger, you may feel some superficial satisfaction, but deep down you know it was wrong. Your confidence will be undermined. However, if you have an altruistic attitude, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in the presence of others.” ~ Dalai Lama
  61. “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.” ~ H. P. Lovecraft
  62. “Architecture is about aging well, about precision and authenticity. There is much more to the success of a building than what you can see. Im not suggesting that gestural architecture is always superficial, but solid reasoning has its place.” ~ Annabelle Selldorf
  63. “I don’t want to sound superficial, but when I go see a movie myself, I’d rather look at Tom Cruise than some shmo with a beer belly” ~ Natalie Portman

  64. “Among the innumerable mortifications which waylay human arrogance on every side may well be reckoned our ignorance of the most common objects and effects, a defect of which we become more sensible by every attempt to supply it. Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things when they are shown their form or told their use; but the speculatist, who is not content with superficial views, harasses himself with fruitless curiosity, and still, as he inquires more, perceives only that he knows less.” ~ Samuel Johnson
  65. “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.” ~ Lord Chesterfield

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