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Phrases Quotes

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"You always..." and "you never..." are code phrases for
"you don't meet my expectations,
so I am declaring you inadequate and unacceptable."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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People have a good time with all the catch phrases.
- Verne Troyer

I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things
that I think might turn into songs.
- Mose Allison

Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the
course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases.
- Evelyn Waugh

 

Little do such men know the toil, the pains,
the daily, nightly racking of the brains,
to range the thoughts, the matter to digest,
to cull fit phrases, and reject the rest.
- Charles Churchill

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves,
tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
- Ronald Reagan

When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines,
and I used to practice to that quite a bit,
just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.
- John Otto

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A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person,
because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse,
the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
- John Updike

Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves
over and over again before they learn to make a distinction
between singing and saying.
- David Antin

But human experience is usually paradoxical,
that means incongruous with the phrases of current
talk or even current philosophy.
- George Eliot

My feeling is that the hero has now been defined by
phrases like the odious one that we were all raised with -
crimes does not pay.
Of course it pays, you schmuck.
That's not why we don't do it.
We don't do it because it is wrong.
- Frank Miller

You can't just have slogans, you can't just have catchy phrases.
You have to have an agenda.
And I think what the Republican Party has to do,
if it's going to incorporate the tea party efforts in it,
is to come up with an agenda that the American people can see,
touch, and actually believe in, and something they believe in.
- Colin Powell

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction.
They may be summed up by the phrases:
1-
It's completely impossible.
2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
3- I said it was a good idea all along.
- Arthur C. Clarke

There have been times when I reread -
or at least leafed through -
something because I'd sent a copy to a friend,
and what usually happened was that I noticed dozens
and dozens of clumsy phrases I wished I could rewrite.
- Peter Straub

When you translate poetry in particular,
you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom
you're working puts together words,
sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse,
the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker

I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories,
and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or
phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.
- Harold Ross

I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory.
I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me.
That's how I write songs.
I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it,
the right rhyme and everything.
- Evan Dando

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to
get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these
days is to go about repeating the very phrases which
our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
- Charles A. Beard

Under Confucianism, the use of precisely measured court music,
prescribed steps, actions, and phrases all added up
to an extremely complex system of rituals,
each used for a particular purpose at a particular time.
- Benjamin Hoff

You remember all those phrases about how "these people" -
Asians -
don't value human life like we do.
Well if you spend any time around them,
you discover that they love their children just as much as we love ours.
That is certainly true of the Vietnamese.
- Neil Sheehan

The test of an author is not to be found merely in
the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers...
but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.
- Thomas W. Higginson

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
- C. P. Snow

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers,
and failure is an orphan.
- Alan Price

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's
sake if we take the phrase seriously,
and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written
in England forty years ago.
- Allen Tate

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope.
Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning:
we are all in the same boat.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings
of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned
to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word.
- Charles D. Broad

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution;
and a government ill executed,
whatever may be its theory, must, in practice,
be a bad government.
- Joseph Story

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it
down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate),
then come back to it and work a plot around it.
- Paul Kane

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war,
the pretext for war will never be wanting,
and peace can never be secure.
- John Bright

He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks
and then gives birth to it in a speech.
- John Colville

It is simple nonsense to speak of the fixed tempo of
any particular vocal phrase.
Each voice has its peculiarities.
- Anton Seidl

There are things that Scotsmen get and other people
don't get in the dialogue.
Scottish characters can be pinpointed by a phrase,
targeted very quickly.
- Bill Forsyth

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente
when there's a good English phrase for it -
cold war.
- Golda Meir

Avoiding the phrase "I don't have time...",
will soon help you to realize that you do have the
time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.
- Bo Bennett

The really explicit phrase is doors of perception.
- Marianne Faithfull

The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives.
It means a lot of things to different people.
I think we're redefining it now.
- Rita Dove

The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase,
'Let no one be called happy till his death;' to which I would add,
'Let no one, till his death, be called unhappy.'
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I see happiness as a by-product.
I don't think you can pursue happiness.
I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes
the Founding Fathers made.
- James Hillman

Interpreter of Maladies is the title of one of the stories in the book.
And the phrase itself was something I thought of before I even wrote that story.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only,
but now and then I come across a passage,
perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me,
and it becomes part of me.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

When people say 'love to hate', they actually mean
'love to be appalled by' -
if they truly hated them,
they'd never repeat a catch phrase.
- Chris Morris

I don't think of myself as a character actress -
that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
- Bette Davis

I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment,
or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.
- Stendhal

But the worst of all is, according to the old phrase,
while the grass grows, the horse starves,
but the man of money is the man for Nova Scotia.
Those may do extremely well.
- Nathaniel Smith

To change your phrase somewhat, I know that I like
an art where disparate elements form an entity.
- James Schuyler

The catch phrase for the day is 'Do an act of kindness.
Help one person smile.'
- Harvey Ball

He can thread a needle with a well-turned phrase.
- Don Hewitt

The most used phrase in my administration if I were
to be President would be "What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?"
- Glenn Beck

If ask 100 Arkansans about the phrase,
'the public option,' or 'a public option,'
you'll get 100 different impressions about what that means.
- Bill Halter

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you're writing about people that are not very well off,
you seem to see the kitchen sink.
So it was a bit of a sort of cosy phrase that got used a bit too much.
- Timothy West

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase.
A better phrase is the civilised society.
- Roy Jenkins

Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day,
thinking about how I want to phrase something or how
I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
- Stanley Crouch

I've always had a will to succeed, to win,
however you phrase it.
- Jack K. Cooke

If the same phrase in the same place created the right effect,
I was perfectly prepared to use it every time.
I wasn't worried that I wasn't improvising.
- Alexis Korner

The final lesson a writer learns is that
everything can nourish the writer.
The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter,
a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.
- Anais Nin

I use a lot more chords than most organists and I'm
careful to phrase them with the guitar.
- Alan Price

After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times,
they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
- H. G. Wells

The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman
convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is -
holy war.
- Steve Allen

Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm,
and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image,
so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
- Josiah Royce

Success is like a liberation or the first phrase of a love story.
- Jeanne Moreau

Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out
and you want to catch it and bring it back.
You can't do that.
It's gone, gone forever.
- Dan Quayle

I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined
by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.
- Ogden Nash


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