„Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.“

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Richard Baxter
1615 - 1691

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„Our passions are most like to floods and streams;
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.“

— Walter Raleigh English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer 1554 - 1618
Sir Walter Raleigh to the Queen (published 1655); alternately reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919) as: "Passions are likened best to floods and streams: The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb" and titled The Silent Lover. Compare: "Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labi", (translated: "The deepest rivers flow with the least sound"), Q. Curtius, vii. 4. 13. "Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep", William Shakespeare, 2 Henry VI. act iii. sc. i.

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„Silence is deep as Eternity, speech is shallow as Time.“

— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

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„Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.“

— Barbara Walters American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality 1929
How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything (1970).

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„Mystical explanations are considered deep; the truth is, they are not even shallow.“

— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Sec. 126; variant translation: Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.

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„Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep.“

— Edie Brickell singer from the United States 1966
"What I Am"; the earliest references to this clearly indicate "choke" is the word used in the song; since then "chuck me" and "shove me" have sometimes appeared in internet renditions of the lyrics.

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„Courteous reader, 'tis said of scripture that it is deep enough for an elephant to swim in, and yet shallow enough for a lamb to wade through.“

— Ralph Venning English minister 1621 - 1673
From the late 1640s, in Ian Green, Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England (2002), p. 101.

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„It is hard to see how one could begin to develop a quantum-theoretical description of brain action when one might well have to regard the brain as "observing itself" all the time!“

— Roger Penrose English mathematical physicist, recreational mathematician and philosopher 1931
Ch. 10, Where Lies the Physics of the Mind?, p. 447.

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