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    Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    Please explain the meaning of the “surprising as it seems”.
    It’s from the song “I belive” (Ian Dury and the Blockhead).

    (Chorus)
    That’s what I believe
    Surprising as it seems
    I believe that happiness
    Is well within our dreams

    Thank you!
    Roman

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    It means that what he believes may surprise the listener.

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    Many listeners would not expect him to express something so optimistic.

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    Thank you for quick answers! But may you give me more explanations?

    "It's not as surprising as it seems" has a very clear meaning for me: it may be surprising on the first glance ("as it seems") but then you understand that it's not surprising (for example after some explanations).
    "Surprising as it seems" is not so clear. Is it a correct variant of the meaning: "It's so surprising as it really is". That is: "Yep, right! You should trust your eyes! It's really so surprising!".

    Thank you!

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    It probably seems surprising to you that I believe that, but I do.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

    OK, thank you all!

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    Re: Meaning of "surprising as it seems"

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