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Alan Patrick Herbert Quotes

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The conception of two people living together for twenty-five
years without having a cross word suggests a lack of
spirit only to be admired in sheep.
- Alan Patrick Herbert

Let's find out what everyone is doing,
And then stop everyone from doing it.
- Alan Patrick Herbert

If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about,
a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.
- Alan Patrick Herbert

A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.
- Alan Patrick Herbert

 

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing
his decision on stem cell research.
He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution.
- Jay Leno

It is this conception of the unity of the human career
which is perhaps the greatest achievement of historical study,
since it gained a place analogous to that of natural science.
- James H. Breasted

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Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents
come to a grinding halt at their conception.
- Alan Bennett

To say that mind is a product or function of protoplasm,
or of its molecular changes, is to use words to which
we can attach no clear conception.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

In the last analysis, it is our conception of death
which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The conception of background music is changing.
You use less and less of it these days.
- Satyajit Ray

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
- Thomas Hobbes

There is more selfishness and less principle among
members of Congress than I had any conception of,
before I became President of the U.S.
- James K. Polk

That is a secondary teacher conception -
the writer as an observer.
- Peter Bichsel

Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is,
into the conception of what can be.
Imagination gives you the picture.
Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.
- Robert Collier

In the abstract conception of universal wrong,
all concrete responsibility vanishes.
- Theodor Adorno

Education should prepare our minds to use its own powers
of reason and conception rather than filling it with
the accumulated misconceptions of the past.
- Bryant H. McGill

Since the conception of our country,
America has held that parents,
not schools, teachers, and certainly not courts,
hold the primary responsibility of educating their children.
- John Doolittle

Substance must emanate from spirit and is nothing else
than the record of the spirit's conception of itself
finding expression in space and time.
- Paul Twitchell

Film is a very, very powerful medium.
It can either confirm the idea that things are wonderful the way they are,
or it can reinforce the conception that things can be changed.
- Wim Wenders

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively,
forcible, firm, steady conception of an object,
than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
- David Hume

The moment-of-conception fallacy implies that fertilization
is a simple process with never a doubt as to whether
it has or has not happened.
- George C. Williams

The fact is that all writers create their precursors.
Their work modifies our conception of the past,
just as it is bound to modify the future.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Sometimes the picture that emerges of the man seems
no longer to agree with our conception of the musician.
In reality, however, there is a glorious unity.
- Alfred Einstein

Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive,
it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the
real interest of the nation.
- Jane Addams

My conception of it was that in a normal film you have
a story with different movements that program,
develop, go a little bit off the trunk,
come back, and end.
- Neil Jordan

They do not depend upon mere legends and myths.
They are not predicated on the false conception that
the Emperor is divine and that the Japanese people
are superior to other races.
- Emperor Hirohito

The best of artists has no conception that the marble
alone does not contain within itself.
- Michelangelo

God is not the mere dead conception to which we have thus given utterance,
but he is in himself pure Life.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

The target audience goes back to conception.
That means pre-natal care, safe delivery,
post-natal screening, and the ordinary stuff you do in pediatrics.
- C. Everett Koop

God ceases to be God only for those who can admit the
possibility of His non-existence,
and that conception is in itself the most severe punishment they can suffer.
- Giacomo Casanova

When recordings replaced concerts as the dominant mode of hearing music,
our conception of the nature of performance and of
music itself was altered.
- Charles Rosen

The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art,
but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to
me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting.
- Edward Hopper

The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the
power of conception the artist has acquired.
- Gustave Courbet

It's more about conception and touch and spirit and
soul than whether my hardware was in place.
- Pat Metheny

Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which,
like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals,
you will have added your conception,
your artful piece of stone.
- Adrienne Clarkson

Each age tries to form its own conception of the past.
Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference
to the conditions uppermost in its own time.
- Frederick Jackson Turner

It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate
to the present than it is to have it elude you and
remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The hero of the book does long to experience God.
But his conception of God is very western.
- Orhan Pamuk

I think the motive is to establish in federal law the
personhood from conception forward and try and alter
the Constitution through statute.
- Zoe Lofgren

It is only our conception of time that makes us call
the Last Judgement by this name.
It is, in fact, a kind of martial law.
- Franz Kafka

I foster a sorrowful conception of affection.
Make no sacrifices.
- Franz Liszt

A man who has no office to go, to I don't care who he is,
is a trial of which you can have no conception.
- George Bernard Shaw

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Our spiritual attitude is determined by our conception
of our relation to infinite spirit.
- Paul Twitchell

A conception not reducible to the small change of daily
experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption;
it is not a symbol,
but a fraud.
- George Santayana

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free,
form no conception of good and evil.
- Baruch Spinoza

Our lives are programmed at conception and are endowed
with purpose and meaning.
- Jeane Dixon

Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from
some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves,
by comparison with the infirmity of others,
or with our own formerly.
- Thomas Hobbes

I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize,
that fate and character are the same conception.
- Novalis

No one's conception of art is going to be acceptable to everybody.
- Jane Alexander

Aside from that reservation, a fictive tale even has
the advantage of manifesting symbolic necessity more
purely to the extent that we may believe its conception arbitrary.
- Jacques Lacan

We need no messiah and no sterile conception of a god
menacing us with hell and purgatory.
- Frederica Montseny

Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work,
is what makes all the difference in art.
- Dante G. Rossetti

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man.
There is no difference there between a cat or a man.
The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.
- Sri Aurobindo

As a preacher of the Gospel, our late venerable Bishop must have been heard,
to form an adequate conception of his superior excellence
and commanding eloquence.
- John Strachan

Generally, I've got to say that all sounds,
musics, noises since conception are bound to have influenced me.
- Hugh Hopper

What guides Marxism, then, is a different model of society,
and a different conception of the function of the knowledge
that can be produced by society and acquired from it.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard

Our lives our guided by that general conception of
the course of things which has been created by society for social purposes.
- William Kingdon Clifford

The countries that share this conception should be
able to go further together,
without excluding the others, since they can still
live in a greater community of exchange and co-operation.
- Jacques Delors

The greatest artist has no conception which a single
block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass,
but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.
- Michelangelo

I think it's a great document of John Stevens' originality.
At that time he was already much more fully formed
in his conception than I was.
I was sort of struggling to keep up,
and sometimes it's pretty obvious.
- Evan Parker

One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that,
in contrast to the popular conception supported by
newspapers and mothers of scientists,
a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull,
but also just stupid.
- James D. Watson

We are living in 1937, and our universities,
I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century.
We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization,
education, graduation, for a century -
for several centuries.
- H. G. Wells

In its conception the literature prize belongs to days
when a writer could still be thought of as,
by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage,
someone with no institutional affiliations who could
offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
- J. M. Coetzee

I am not religious.
I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception.
But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the
moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more
respect than an appendix.
- Charles Krauthammer

I believe all life has value, from conception to natural death.
And I believe the intentional taking of human life,
except to save lives, should be a capital offense,
as it is in most states in America today.
- Tom Coburn

The more consciously democratic Americans became,
however, the less they were satisfied with a conception of the Promised Land,
which went no farther than a pervasive economic prosperity
guaranteed by free institutions.
- Herbert Croly

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception
and the sensation of Time.
And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare:
pleasure and work.
Pleasure consumes us.
Work strengthens us.
Let us choose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Those who know that the consensus of many centuries
has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains
at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center,
would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement
if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

But you can't show some far off idyllic conception
of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture.
You've got to show what it's really like,
and try to reach them on their own grounds.
- James Dean


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