It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.

Robert M. Hutchins

Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

Oscar Wilde

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

Heraclitus Of Ephesus

Everyone with chest pains gets an EKG. Whether to send it is our discretion, but if there is any question [about the seriousness of the pains], we'll send it and leave it up to [the doctors].

Mike Hughes

We know it will be of secondary importance to Brazil-Argentina, but we'll be approaching it with the seriousness it deserves.

Jared Borgetti

That's one of the things that I think I bring to the table, to sit down with fellow Republicans and persuade them of the seriousness of the problem. Together I think we could find a way to resolve the issue so that it's good for Wyoming and good for conservation, too.

Ray Hunkins

The court finds the fine is inadequate because it doesn't reflect the seriousness of the offense.

Deborah Robinson

They must understand that there is a seriousness to the event and a consequence to lying.

Brian Neary

I think this shows the seriousness with which these conversations have moved forward. This commits us as the government to continue moving ahead.

Luis Carlos Restrepo

We want to make sure everyone in the Florida Keys understands the seriousness of the situation. We will likely have a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, and we'll have to deal with it whether we like it or not.

Max Mayfield

If there are frequent outbreaks, that means some measures are not being taken. The repeated outbreaks really is a signal of seriousness and the inability of the surveillance system.

Dr. Noureddin Mona

We, who were against the war, are completely opposed to any negotiation with kidnappers and terrorists. The government is continuing to work with seriousness and discretion for the release of the hostages.

Francesco Rutelli

Given the seriousness of the allegations, the National Investigations Service, our major crimes unit, followed up, which resulted in the charges being laid.

Mark Giles

John and I are both very disturbed by audience members who don't conduct themselves well, regardless of which side they are on. But that is very rare. Most people seem thankful for the way and seriousness with which we engage the issue and our obvious respect for each other.

Glenn Stanton

The Syrians are going to the negotiations in Washington with full seriousness and the intention that these conversations will bear fruit and succeed. They are very interested in having these talks begin and go in the right direction.

Azmi Bishara

The range and seriousness of the vulnerabilities patched in this update cause us great concern. The database products alone include 37 vulnerabilities, many rated as easily exploitable and some potentially allowing remote database access. Oracle has not yet experienced a mass security exploit, but this does not mean that one will never occur.

Rich Mogull

We feel really sorry for them with all the injuries they have had and the seriousness of some of them. A lot of our players play with their players [in the off-season] so they're good friends.

Donna Proctor

This process is not as simple as Microsoft would have you believe. I was very pleased that [the judge] understands the seriousness and urgency of the issue.

Christine Varney

When the tavern owner noticed the seriousness of the injuries on the boy, he took him to the local hospital... and reported to the police.

Motarafi Ntepe

Somehow they sensed the seriousness of the situation and they stayed in the car.

Mariella Ruocco

We have reached our goal sooner than expected. The Philippine government is deeply satisfied. We are very happy that the MILF has responded with seriousness and commitment.

Silvestre Afable

This appears to be something that happened relatively spontaneously, and apparently some of them did not really recognize the seriousness of the matters they were involved in.

Howard Safir

That the settlements could go that high shows us the seriousness of the harm and the cover-up.

Barbara Blaine

This will afford an opportunity for students to become educated about the seriousness of gangs, gang activity and gang involvement by the Fall River Police Department and the Bristol County Sheriff?s Department.

Mark Costa

We request all members of the community to advise and inform their friends and relatives who are planning to come to Qatar about the seriousness of the situation, before they fall victims to illegal recruiting agents in India.

Ramesh Chandra

English rugby is based on physical strength, discipline, seriousness and determination. They struggle to get out of their pre-established game plan. They can get easily lost when they are unsettled ... they probably lack creativity.

Olivier Magne

That was just an extra precaution because of the seriousness of his crime.

Marianne Matus

Because he's a police officer, and because of the seriousness of the charges, for his own protection, he should be alone.

Philip Schneider

I like him. It's just that he has this blind spot when it comes to corruption. I don't think he ever realizes the seriousness of it.

Joe Moore

Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.

Michael J. Gelb

The $100 million that Janus has agreed to pay and the significant reforms that it has agreed to implement reflect the seriousness with which the staff views market-timing arrangements.

Stephen Cutler

It puts a human face on this issue. Many people, if they don't have a personal connection to the troops, it's so easy for this to become a discussion that lacks seriousness and urgency. I think it's good to show that there are real people that are being affected.

Coleen Rowley

The key is how often you are feeling this sense of distress, how bad it gets, and how long it lasts; that is what can help determine the seriousness of your situation.

Abby Aronowitz

Vehicle exhaust is truly one of our largest exposures. We decided that people were really not aware of the seriousness of the exposure.

Nancy Alderman

The gradations of seriousness is not something I've looked into.

Fred Jones

There are a lot of people who know me who can't understand for the life of them why I would got to work on something as unserious as baseball. If they only knew.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

Smith put this woman through a horrific and terrifying ordeal and, although his sentence will not erase what has happened, I am pleased that it reflects the seriousness of his crime.

Harry Harrison

One of the things that impressed me most was the seriousness and earnestness with which it was delivered. I was impressed with just how thoughtful it was and just how big he's dreamt for Notre Dame.

Paul Weithman

A more searching system is required to reflect the seriousness of the state holding someone in high-security custody without charge for as long as three months, ... I question whether what is proposed in the bill would be proof to challenge under the Human Rights Act given the length of extended detention envisaged.

Lord Carlile

Some people say that's pretty good for a head coach to come up with that one after starting 0-5. In all seriousness, these are the five that count now. If we can get two of these, we'll play another week. That's now our goal.

Josh Mckeel

Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.

Northrop Frye

The loss of every single child known to ACS is a tragedy that is treated with equal seriousness.

Sharman Stein

Fingers-crossed, it's going to be a good-sized pledge. I think most of the countries are aware of the seriousness and the need to move money to poor countries.

Dr. David Nabarro

When anything of this seriousness happens, it always bears a second look to try and see what happened. It's still unclear why a warrant was not presented to the prosecutor's office.

Maria Miller

Try to ascertain its validity, its seriousness, make sure it wasn't a hoax by one person.

Ray Kelly

They're all friends. They've been mixing well with their seriousness and purpose.

Liz Sutman

I don't want to diminish the seriousness of any hate crime -- because one hate crime is one too many -- but if there is a silver lining in the numbers here in our jurisdiction, it's that for the most part they were not violent offenses.

Gary Davidson

As with the issue of censorship, while we understand the seriousness of the crisis that Sri Lanka faces, we call on the government to avoid restrictions of civil liberties.

Philip Reeker

What is lacking is tradition and branding, but through persistence, competence, seriousness and more constant visits to the market we may develop a good future in the medium term.

Charles Padaratz

You can't think about how people will perceive you or your character. All you can do is focus on your work. The rest is up to the universe. I've been acting for 16 years. I've done 55 movies and, in all seriousness, there's maybe five that are good and the rest are crap.

Robert Patrick

That could be something as simple as a discussion about the seriousness of it and do we or do we not want to do something about it. It's the behavior of a schoolyard bully whose behavior needs to be reined in.

Councilman David Phelen

This might be a bigger problem than it seems, given that China hasn't been upfront with the seriousness of the issue.

Jay Wong

The main reason is to demonstrate to students the importance and seriousness of the test. We hope by applying it to graduation (that) students see that.

Linda Andreassi

I've been pleasantly surprised by the credibility, seriousness, and capabilities shown by these entities.

Mike Gold

Australia has misunderstood our seriousness on the impact of its granting the temporary visas.

Imron Cotan

They have a good time (at the event), but they realize the seriousness of it.

Patsy Crisel

For the stock to stabilize, investors have to get their hands on the seriousness of the regulatory issues.

David Anthony

You definitely have to realize the seriousness of the job you're doing at the time. A little too much of this drug or not enough of that drug can cause serious injury or fatalities.

Dave Breitenfeld

We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.


There is a basic misconception of rhythms. Our side has already accepted the document. The Belgrade side says they want to redraw the whole document.... I think that is a very unserious attitude.

Veton Surroi

Grave matters need to be dealt with the seriousness they deserve and that is why we want parliament to be re-convened without further delay.

Raila Odinga

Scientists are best equipped to inform the public about climate science, not White House lawyers. People have a right to know the truth about climate science and the scientific consensus on the seriousness of this problem.

Naomi Oreskes

It's making sure everyone knows about the seriousness of it all, and how important it is for us to get off to a good start.

Chris Rodgers

She realizes, understands and appreciates the seriousness of the charges. We will cooperate and she will take responsibility.

Lanson Kupau

We have moved to begin the process of revoking the probation based on the seriousness of the underlying crime that placed him on probation. It will be up to a judge to decide what sanctions should be imposed.

Stephen Holmes

Milosevic should understand the seriousness of our efforts and our determination to keep this fight going until we achieve our goals.

Ken Bacon