Best Quotes About Ambiguous

Journalists do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous. -Melvin Maddocks

May we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best – out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters. -May Sarton

Despite elections and the experience of post-Soviet personal freedoms by the Russian people, the fate of democracy in Russia is perhaps more ambiguous now than at any time since the collapse of the Communist system. -Richard Lugar

I was perceiving myself as good as a man or equal to a man and as powerful and I wanted to look ambiguous because I thought that was a very interesting statement to make through the media. And it certainly did cause quite a few ripples and interest and shock waves. -Annie Lennox

I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is. -Bernardo Bertolucci

But I would make it unambiguously clear that we are going to withdraw, and if Iraq falls into civil war and if all these unhappy things occur, we're just going to have to accept them. -William Odom

I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers. -James Ellroy

However, the models also predict unambiguously that the atmosphere is warming faster than the surface of the earth; but all the available observational data unambiguously shows the opposite! -David Douglass

We've made some mistakes in this country in times past – the Korean conflict proceeding that, some say proceeding the Persian Gulf War, where we were ambiguous as to what we would do. -Fred Thompson

There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves. -John M. Ford

People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words. -Felix Mendelssohn

These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words. -Felix Mendelssohn

The question is: Where would it get you if something that's a little bit ambiguous in the movie is made clear? It doesn't get you anywhere. -Joel Coen

Those 12 years, they were ambiguous at best. -Lindsey Buckingham

Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous. -Pier Paolo Pasolini

I think great art is always ambiguous and can't be pinned down. -Stephen Rea

The ambiguous orientation of Japan drove the country into the position of an invader in Asia. -Kenzaburo Oe

The search for the symbolic value of phonemes, each taken as a whole, runs the risk of giving rise to ambiguous and trivial interpretations because phonemes are complex entities, bundles of different distinctive features. -Roman Jakobson

In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous. -Isabelle Huppert

Unfortunately it makes the unambiguous determination of triplets by these methods much more difficult than would be the case if there were only one triplet for each amino acid. -Francis Crick

The meaning of this observation is unclear, but it raises the unfortunate possibility of ambiguous triplets; that is, triplets which may code more than one amino acid. However one would certainly expect such triplets to be in a minority. -Francis Crick

I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous. -Keith Richards

Stuff that's hidden and murky and ambiguous is scary because you don't know what it does. -Jerry Garcia

As always, there's a couple of things in the pipeline – but that pipeline is a strange and ambiguous place. -Hugh Dancy

It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical. -Clive Barker

I'm pleased the administration is endorsing the need for legislation dealing with the chemical sector. In the past, the administration's position has been ambiguous. -Susan Collins

Today further EU targeted sanctions on Syria come into force. The message is clear and unambiguous: those responsible for the repression will be singled out and held accountable. -William Hague

America's downgrade may serve as a wakeup call for its policymakers. It is an unambiguous and loud signal of the country's eroding economic strength and global standing. It renders urgent the need to regain the initiative through better economic policymaking and more coherent governance. -Mohamed El-Erian

The performances I enjoy are the ones that are hard to read or ambiguous or left-of-centre because it makes you look closer and that's what humans are like – quite mysterious creatures, hard to pinpoint. -Emily Blunt

Advances in the technology of telecommunications have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere. -Rupert Murdoch

I feel really ambiguous about the psychology of people trying to do good in the world. -Alexei Sayle

I always end up taking people that are morally ambiguous. -Billy Crudup

In the middle of the night, when you're ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you're brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the cops and robbers, because nobody's quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions. -Sherman Alexie

The rules of engagement have become so rigid that governments often straightjacket themselves in the face of unambiguous aggression. -Benjamin Netanyahu

Do I get up every morning and ask: am I doing the things that I believe in and am I doing them for the best possible motives? Yes. Unambiguously yes. -Nick Clegg

And the narrative for the Taliban that they can wait us out is a flawed narrative. I think that the unambiguous international support for Afghanistan has been a very powerful message. You know, that was the message that came out of the NATO summit. We will not abandon Afghanistan. -John R. Allen

My commitment to the Republican movement was pure and simply patriotism, a love of Australia… a desire or passion that all of our national symbols should be unequivocally and unambiguously Australian. -Malcolm Turnbull

Political reporters and political professionals rushed to judgment against Romney because we crave clear, unambiguous story lines. -Ron Fournier

Anime is intended to have ambiguous features. That's part of the art form. -M. Night Shyamalan

I'm confident President Obama will continue his unambiguous commitment to the Jewish state in his second term. -Ed Koch

I wish everybody was just ethnically ambiguous. It would make life a lot easier. -Alexander Siddig

My style is ambiguous and lucid. I wish to be signified but not summed up. I don't want to have to go over the top each time. -CeeLo Green

I think every good song tells a story, as ambiguous and vague as it may be. And if you know what a song is talking about, it can only help your performance. -David Cook

We need an unambiguous rule – a law – that nobody will step between the publisher and the consumer, full stop. -Barry Diller

The United States being in Asia is unambiguously a good thing for the region. -Paul Keating

The complicated, ambiguous milieu of human contact is being replaced with simple, scalable equations. We maintain thousands more friends than any human being in history, but at the cost of complexity and depth. Every minute spent online is a minute of face-to-face time lost. -Daniel H. Wilson

Governments have always been wary of the arts because they're wayward and ambiguous and because they deal with feelings rather than facts. -Richard Eyre

It's easy in a novel to be completely unambiguous about the relationship between animal and daemon simply by stating it outright; whereas you get very few opportunities to do this in an elegant way in a film. -Chris Weitz

I think that, at the end of the day, I'm drawn to a certain level of ambiguous storytelling that requires hard thought and work in the same way that the 'New York Times' crossword puzzle does: Sometimes you just want to put it down or throw it out the window, but there's a real rewarding sense if you feel like you've cracked it. -Damon Lindelof

We live in times that are in many ways ambiguous. Maybe that's why kids want precision in what they read – they don't like that moral ambiguity. -Lois Lowry

It's interesting that so many books now are published as the first in a series. It never occurred to me. Although 'The Giver' does have an ambiguous ending. I've heard about that from readers over the years. -Lois Lowry

Real politics is messy and morally ambiguous and doesn't make for a compelling thriller. -James Surowiecki

I only like luxury fashion. You have to decide where you stand. I like well-made, authentic clothes, well-crafted tailoring. I also like the dream and fantasy of luxury, the exception and rarity of it. I have no interest at all in fast retail. It is ambiguous. -Hedi Slimane

As an ambiguously non-white actor, I've been able to play light-skinned African American guys, Latinos, and I don't think that I've ever had to play some kind of ethnic stereotype or something that was typed specifically for a person of color. -Daniel Sunjata

The value of a scientific publication goes beyond this simple benefit, of all relevant information appearing, unambiguously, in one place. It's also a way to communicate your ideas to your scientific peers, and invite them to express an informed view. -Ben Goldacre

What happens when an art form becomes ambiguous, I think, is that the standards are lowered. You can say anything is jazz. So I think it's important to reflect on what made jazz so special. -Stefon Harris

I do sometimes play characters that are a bit ambiguous. You've got to be brave about that sort of stuff. I like the sense of people not feeling too secure, not immediately knowing what they have in front of them. -Andrew Scott

The virtue of binary is that it's the simplest possible way of representing numbers. Anything else is more complicated. You can catch errors with it, it's unambiguous in its reading, there are lots of good things about binary. So it is very, very simple once you learn how to read it. -George M. Whitesides

I enjoy having the ability to play a variety of ethnicities. Being ethnically ambiguous allows me to explore many roles, and I enjoy being free to be whoever I want to be. -Kelsey Chow

The Bible is plain that God requires moral perfection. It tells us unambiguously that God is holy and therefore cannot tolerate any hint of unholiness. -Tullian Tchividjian

When people first meet me, they're always like, 'What are you?' as far as ethnicity. And I've been pegged as 'ethnically ambiguous.' -Malese Jow

The best characters are the ones that somehow manage to be both attractive and repulsive at the same time. If you do that, you're at the center of the universe – if you can find characters who are more ambiguous and can raise more questions than answers. -Nicolas Cage

In the modern world, those who are weak will get unambiguous advice from foreign visitors which way to go and what policy course to pursue. -Vladimir Putin

To be an actor is to be ambiguous in every form, which is a very hard way to live. You represent desire: the desire of the director and the desire of the audience, even if it's a subconscious desire. If a director is to work with you for two months, he must be in love with you in some way or another. -Lou Doillon

I think it is fair to say that during World War II there was a high sense of purpose. The country had a very clear vision of its own standing, of its own morality. It was not an ambiguous time. Today, we live in a world that is highly ambiguous, very fractured, with many of the historical, traditional values in a state of collapse, really. -Friedrich St. Florian

I was at the University of Miami, and I still had, like, a semester or so left. And through the film school, I found out that Al Gore was launching a new TV network; they were looking for passionate young storytellers to transform television, which was, like, ambiguous but magnificent-sounding. -Jason Silva

As far as I can tell, the only unambiguous consequence of the claimed invasion of Earth by beings from another star system has been a nonstop torrent of TV specials. So if you're one of the many who believe the aliens are here, you really do have to admit this: They're the best houseguests ever. -Seth Shostak

I purposefully try to make films in that grey area, where things are morally ambiguous. It's like life: good people do horrible things, and bad people do good things, and there's beauty in horror and horror in beauty. -Harmony Korine

If I see something that's morally ambiguous or ambiguously beautiful or has some pull in some way, I won't censor myself; I always run towards the light. -Harmony Korine

Why e-mail a full emotional statement when, instead, you can text a totally insignificant and ambiguous half-considered phrase? -Jami Attenberg

The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaida, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan. -Barton Gellman

I think probably – I think, you know, when you're first dating somebody, if they're just not that physical with you, if they don't want to make concrete plans with you, you know, if they're sort of ambiguous about where everything is going, I think that's a pretty good sign that they're not into you. -Greg Behrendt

I don't want to be thought of as somebody who's spiritually ambiguous, but the reality is there's unknown things happening. I'm not ready to point at what they are or what the reason is, but I know they exist. -Shane Carruth

Perhaps I have written fiction because everything unambiguously expressed seems somehow crass to me; and when the subject is myself, I want to jeer and weep. -John Updike

Oakland Technical High School. Like any high-school experience, it was ambiguous. I was shy with girls; I had friends, but there were times I didn't feel I had the right friends. My grades were only so-so. -Frank Oz

Anything that can unambiguously represent two values – while resisting, just a wee bit, randomly flipping from the state you want retained into the opposite state – can encode binary data. -Edward M. Lerner

The charge of being ambiguous and indefinite may be brought against every human composition, and necessarily arises from the imperfection of language. Perhaps no two men will express the same sentiment in the same manner and by the same words; neither do they connect precisely the same ideas with the same words. -Oliver Ellsworth

Some persons never attain to the happy art of perspicuous expression, and it is equally true that some persons, thro' a mental defect of their own, will judge the most correct and certain language of others to be indefinite and ambiguous. -Oliver Ellsworth

When something happens far back in the past, people often can't recall exact details. Blame depends upon point of view. There may be a villain, but reality is frustrating because it's often ambiguous. -Hallie Ephron

If we are really serious about preventing another crisis like the 2008 meltdown, we should simply ban complex financial instruments unless they can be unambiguously shown to benefit society in the long run. -Ha-Joon Chang

I'm still ambiguously ethnic. I could be Persian – I could be anything. But I'm Italian and Jewish, so I'm a citizen of the world; that's what I prefer. -Justin Baldoni

Humor is really one of the hardest things to define, very hard. And it's very ambiguous. You have it, or you don't. You can't attain it. -Heinrich Boll

Our vision of war is probably too influenced by the biggest one of all, World War II, where the forces of evil were so unambiguous and so relentless that there was no choice but to commit to total war and to demand unconditional surrender. Seldom, though, is it quite that clear cut. -David Horsey

It's not all 'Jane Eyre' out there. In her sweet, honorable, slightly passive-aggressive way, Jane was as perfect as a protagonist can get while remaining interesting; in fact, she's one of my favorites. But most characters are more morally ambiguous. -Susan Isaacs

Any American who has spent time in Iraq or Afghanistan will tell you: the closer you get, the less certain you are of anything. If you are in Iraq, if you are in Afghanistan, everything is ambiguous. Everything is murky and gray and uncertain and possibly lethal. -Dexter Filkins

Instrumental music is nonverbal and thus radically ambiguous. It doesn't lend itself to what might be called content-oriented analysis, though plenty of intellectuals have tried to analyze it in precisely that way. -Terry Teachout

Games tell stories best when they're elliptical and ambiguous and there's a sense of roaming and freedom. -Tom Bissell

I love the ambiguous kind of endings. I think, oftentimes, that's what life really is – there's no concrete path for you to take. It's always kind of a jumble of variables. Behind this door could be a beautiful woman, and behind the same door could be a tiger, you know? You don't know. -Joe Carnahan

To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars, it will take scientists down on the surface. -Ellen Stofan

The worldview implied by literary fiction is complex and ambiguous, trying to be faithful to the complexity and ambiguity of life. -Nancy Kress

I've been a radio reporter for ten years, and if I learned anything from my time at 'This American Life,' it's how to craft a narrative so that even if the ending is ambiguous, it is somehow satisfying. -Sarah Koenig

The 2006 federal Internet gaming statute is not ambiguous. It does not prohibit gambling on fantasy sports. -Eric Schneiderman

'Fountain of youth' is actually kind of ambiguous – does it mean a way to make everyone healthy and let them live indefinitely? Or are we talking about something that would reset you physically to the way you were in your youth, which for various reasons not all of us would be enthused about? -Ann Leckie

The argument that a serif font is too fussy doesn't cut it anymore. You want a font where the letter forms are not ambiguous. -Bruno Maag

I feel partly American, but I have an ambiguous relation with both America and India, the only two countries I really know. I never feel fully one way or the other. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Beyond institutional amnesia, a rejection of causal analysis is the existential rock on which American Exceptionalism sits. The United States unique sense of itself depends on an ambiguous relationship to the past. History is affirmed, since it is America's unprecedented historical success that justifies the exceptionalism. -Greg Grandin

Hillary Clinton became secretary of state under Barack Obama. It's hard to convey just how stunningly cynical she has been on Colombia: In 2008, running against Obama, she opposed, in unambiguous terms, a free-trade deal with Colombia. -Greg Grandin

I think the best endings bring you back in rather than close things off with absolute finality. I'm not saying they necessarily have to be ambiguous, but we don't always need to know what happens when everyone wakes up tomorrow morning. -T. C. Boyle

My working habit is to separate my aims as a painting from my aims as a poet. They come from very different places and ultimately lead me to very different places… I'll leave what I mean by 'places' ambiguous. -Terrance Hayes

It's known as the Livingstone Formulation. It's a cunning rhetorical device routinely deployed to shield avowedly left-wing establishment figures from any scrutiny that might expose their 'anti-Zionist' obsessions as redolent of a bigotry of that older and more unambiguously unsanitary type: antisemitism. -Terry Glavin

Populated by the usual detritus of contributors, Canadian Peace Alliance retreads and Press TV dingbats, the Syria Solidarity Movement is unambiguously and unashamedly pro-Assad. -Terry Glavin

Just be yourself and be upfront about your expectations and desires. Don't be ambiguous and play hard to get. It doesn't work. You'll end up in the friend zone. -Mike Posner

Being 'ethnically ambiguous', as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role. Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African American when in mustard yellow, my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an Eighties Benetton poster. -Meghan Markle

Let me be unambiguous. I prefer not to be photographed. -Thomas Pynchon

Patton's personality was a complex one – he was obsessed with glory, but behind the ivory-hilted pistols, the egomania, the forbidding scowl, and the rows of ribbons, there was a much more ambiguous figure. -Michael Korda

Where I'm at in my relationship with my wife or my family and life in general, I feel like it all comes out in the music. Hopefully, it's always there, but in an ambiguous and abstract way and not real straightforward. -Dierks Bentley

Doing interviews about my films really bothers me sometimes, because I have to speak directly and clearly about things I've intended to keep ambiguous, and in a way, I feel like I'm betraying my film. -Asghar Farhadi

I wasn't, like, pretty enough to be the ingenue; I wasn't 'character' enough to be the goofball sidekick. I'm kind of ethnically ambiguous. -Kay Cannon

I tend to always love material with flawed protagonists and morally ambiguous people. -Laura Dern

The whole 'Electronica' project is about the ambiguous relationship we have with technology: on the one side, we have the world in our pocket; on the other, we are spied on constantly. -Jean-Michel Jarre

I will always find a defense for characters, and that's why it's fun playing characters that are morally ambiguous, or are at least perceived superficially as being problematic. -Damian Lewis

The more you talk about – and live by – your principles, the harder it will be for others to treat you in a morally ambiguous manner. -Pamela Meyer

I came from a tradition where souls were a theological reality, not a faith reality. Souls were for saving, not for communing. Souls were for converting and, once they were converted, they were to be left alone. Souls were too mystical, too subjective, too ambiguous, too risky, too… well, you know – New Age-ish. -Mike Yaconelli

A scientific prize is an ambiguous thing: it highlights an individual when we should highlight a collective effort, but I'm not alone. -Jacques Dubochet

A nanny is a woman who lives in an apartment, but the apartment is not her own. She raises children, teaches them how to walk, how to speak; she gives them food – but these children are not her children. So she is in a very ambiguous place. -Leila Slimani

I think people have always had ambiguous relationships toward the police because of the position in society they occupy. But that anxiety and that animosity isn't as strong in other places as it is in the U.S., partially because the police are armed here. -Clare-Hope Ashitey

I'm usually sort of ambiguous in terms of whether I'm playing a good person or a bad person. I can walk that line of funny but also dark, and I'm happy doing that. -Amy Hill

A modern hero is very ambiguous. I went through some very rough times in Czechoslovakia – the occupation by the Germans at the end of the war. We had people going against their tanks with brooms. Are they nuts, or are they heroes? -Milos Forman

I am Indian-American, but I often play ethnically ambiguous roles. -Tiya Sircar

The American people expect their leaders to condemn white supremacy in unambiguous terms. President Trump not only failed at condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis, he stood up for them – for that, he must be censured. -Pramila Jayapal

Being culturally ambiguous and having to deal with bullying made me strong and independent. -Shanina Shaik

In my own opinions as a judge, I have never yet had occasion to find a statute ambiguous. -Raymond Kethledge

The songs I write are about searching, and they're ambiguous – always to be understood in different ways. -Donovan

On 'Hairless Toys,' I've tried to create an ambiguous character to go with an ambiguous record. She's anything but rock n' roll – she's so not rock n' roll that, in a twisted way, she's kind of radical. She's like someone from my memory, almost like my mother, and she's lost in some space-time between the 1960s and the late '80s. -Roisin Murphy

I'm this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I'm a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It's like I am the worst of all these worlds. -Rachel Dolezal

I'd gone through life being obsessed about my sexuality. People would ask about relationships, girlfriends, you start referring to people as 'they' so there's no judgment and you can be ambiguous. People around me knew, but I still struggled with talking about it openly. -Calum Scott

The term 'innovative' or 'innovation' is often vague or ambiguous. But in our definition, innovation means to make something which people think impossible possible. -Satoru Iwata

Me feeling ambiguous about my gender identity has been a lifelong feeling, certainly. -Asia Kate Dillon

I know a lot of people who hate the ending of 'Rosemary's Baby' and wish that it was left ambiguous. -Ari Aster

I think Passenger is a bit of an ambiguous thing because in the past, it's been a band, or it's been just me, or a duo or whatever, but I kind of like that as well. I think it's whatever that I'm doing with whoever I'm doing it with! -Passenger

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