Improbably Famous Quotes & Sayings

39 Improbably Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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The notion of a country cottage settled in her thoughts as a watercolor, red bricks, climbing roses, the house the most intelligent of the three little pigs built, but with some age on it now; and the place they found in western Massachusetts wasn't far off, solid enough to withstand huffs and puffs, small enough to feel manageable, large enough to hold visiting grandchildren, old enough to inspire optimism about what might, improbably, endure.Robin Black Improbably Sayings By Robin Black: The notion of a country cottage settled in her thoughts as a watercolor, red bricks,
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.James Madison Improbably Sayings By James Madison: No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest
I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it - or my observation of it - is temporary?Anonymous Improbably Sayings By Anonymous: I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased
In 1911 the little town of Nakhla in Egypt was the scene of one of the most remarkable events in historym when a chunk of rock fell from the sky and killed a dog. This is the only known canine fatality caused by a cosmic object. Improbably though this encounter was already, its truly extraordinary nature was revealed only decades later when scientists found that the culprit was not a common-or-garden meteorite, but a piece of the planet Mars.Paul Davies Improbably Sayings By Paul Davies: In 1911 the little town of Nakhla in Egypt was the scene of one of
[This world] exists nonnecessarily, improbably, and causelessly. It exists for absolutely no reason at all. It is inexplicably and stunningly actual ... The impact of this captivated realisation upon me is overwhelming. I am completely stunned. I take a few dazed steps in the dark meadow, and fall among the flowers. I lie stupefied, whirling without comprehension in this world through numberless worlds other than this one.Quentin Smith Improbably Sayings By Quentin Smith: [This world] exists nonnecessarily, improbably, and causelessly. It exists for absolutely no reason at all.
in their supposed innocence of and opposition to empire, have become the mythic progenitors of the United States - almost as improbably as Solomon was of Ethiopia or Aeneas of Rome or his suppositious brother, Brut, of Britain. But almost everything most Americans think about the Plymouth colonists of 1620 is false. The truth is more credible. The first colonists in Massachusetts, exchanging accusations of "bestial, yea, diabolical affectations," were as divided and conflicted as people usually are when fate flings them together. Their leaders did not seekFelipe Fernandez-Armesto Improbably Sayings By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: in their supposed innocence of and opposition to empire, have become the mythic progenitors of
There is something improbably about the silence in the [subway] carriage, considering how naturally gregarious we are as a species. Still, how much kinder it is for the commuters to pretend to be absorbed in other things, rather than revealing the extent to which they are covertly evaluating, judging, condemning and desiring each other. A few venture a glance here and there, as furtively as birds pecking grain. But only if the train crashed would anyone know for sure who else had been in the carriage, what small parts of the nation's economy had been innocuously seated across the aisle just before the impact: employees of hotels, government ministries, plastic-surgery clinics, fruit nurseries and greetings-card companies.Alain De Botton Improbably Sayings By Alain De Botton: There is something improbably about the silence in the [subway] carriage, considering how naturally gregarious
It was one of those moments - which sometimes occur only at the interval of years - when a man's moral aspect is faithfully revealed to his mind's eye. Not improbably, he had never before viewed himself as he did now.Nathaniel Hawthorne Improbably Sayings By Nathaniel Hawthorne: It was one of those moments - which sometimes occur only at the interval of
I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.John Green Improbably Sayings By John Green: I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part
Calo had dark liquor-colored skin and hair like an inky slice of night; the tautness of the flesh around his dark eyes was broken only by a fine network of laugh-lines (though anyone who knew the Sanza twins would more readily describe them as smirk-lines). An improbably sharp and hooked nose preceded his good looks like a dagger held at guard position.Scott Lynch Improbably Sayings By Scott Lynch: Calo had dark liquor-colored skin and hair like an inky slice of night; the tautness
But while our parting was mutually acceptable and even expedient, still it was painful. And I would like to think it hurt both of us, for I certainly felt it: a wrenching inside, like some small but improbably necessary organ was no longer in there, that it was missing, torn or fallen out. And at the time I'd thought that was the end of it; what was missing was gone foreverBrian Lumley Improbably Sayings By Brian Lumley: But while our parting was mutually acceptable and even expedient, still it was painful. And
The collapse of tsarism, while not improbably, was certainly not inevitable.Richard Pipes Improbably Sayings By Richard Pipes: The collapse of tsarism, while not improbably, was certainly not inevitable.
He was close to Reacher's own height and weight, but slack and swollen, in a shirt as big as a circus tent, above a belt buckled improbably low, under a belly the size of a kettle drum. His face was pale, and his hair was colorless.Lee Child Improbably Sayings By Lee Child: He was close to Reacher's own height and weight, but slack and swollen, in a
There have been low moments before, but Christianity is an incredibly adaptable organism, using different parts of its repertoire to mutate into new ecological niches, yet preserving intact its story of grace, of love improbably triumphant.Francis Spufford Improbably Sayings By Francis Spufford: There have been low moments before, but Christianity is an incredibly adaptable organism, using different
What was the Sherlock Holmes principle? 'Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' "

"I reject that entirely," said Dirk sharply. "The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbably lacks. How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of something that works in all respects other than one, which is that it is hopelessly improbable?...The first idea merely supposes that there is something we don't know about, and...there are enough of those. The second, however, runs contrary to something fundamental and human which we do know about. We should therefore be very suspicious of it and all its specious rationality.
Douglas Adams Improbably Sayings By Douglas Adams: What was the Sherlock Holmes principle? 'Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains,
During his life, the witcher had met thieves who looked like town councilors, councilors who looked like beggars, harlots who looked like princesses, princesses who looked like calving cows and kings who looked like thieves. But Stregobor always looked as, according to every rule and notion, a wizard should look. He was tall, thin and stooping, with enormous bushy gray eyebrows and a long, crooked nose. To top it off, he wore a black, trailing robe with improbably wide sleeves, and wielded a long staff capped with a crystal knob.Andrzej Sapkowski Improbably Sayings By Andrzej Sapkowski: During his life, the witcher had met thieves who looked like town councilors, councilors who
Without knowing how to calculate the odds on such matters, it seems improbably to me that God would have whispered the meaning of my life into the ear of some guru or authority.Sam Keen Improbably Sayings By Sam Keen: Without knowing how to calculate the odds on such matters, it seems improbably to me
I tend to view the superstitions or fragments of myth as triggers for lyric inquiry. I also find I think of this kind of language as ars poetica - if we can find the right combination of words, we can make something improbably or extraordinary happen.Anna Journey Improbably Sayings By Anna Journey: I tend to view the superstitions or fragments of myth as triggers for lyric inquiry.
Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed,David Foster Wallace Improbably Sayings By David Foster Wallace: Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed,
But then suddenly there was no place higher to go. I felt my cracked lips stretch into a painful grin. I was on top of the Devil's Thumb. Fittingly, the summit was a surreal, malevolent place, an improbably slender wedge of rock and rime no wider than a file cabinet. It did not encourage loitering. As I straddled the highest point, the south face fell away beneath my right boot for twenty-five hundred feet; beneath my left boot the north face dropped twice that distance.Jon Krakauer Improbably Sayings By Jon Krakauer: But then suddenly there was no place higher to go. I felt my cracked lips
It would not be like this. It would be a systematic campaign moving southward towards Ios, building on the support he had from the kyroi factions. He would not be stealing out of camp at night to spin mad plans, to dress in unfamiliar clothes and forge alliances with rogue clans, or to fight alongside pony-riding warriors, capturing bandits improbably in the mountains.
It would not be like this again.
C.S. Pacat Improbably Sayings By C.S. Pacat: It would not be like this. It would be a systematic campaign moving southward towards
It must have appeared almost as improbable to the earlier geologists, that the laws of earthquakes should one day throw light on the origin of mountains, as it must to the first astronomers, that the fall of an apple should assist in explaining the motions of the moon.Charles Lyell Improbably Sayings By Charles Lyell: It must have appeared almost as improbable to the earlier geologists, that the laws of
For the hundredth time tonight, I'm back with Lulu, on Jacques's barge, the improbably named Viola. She'd just toldme the story of double happiness and we were arguing over the meaning. She'd thought it meant the luck of the boy getting the job and the girl. But I'd disagreed. It was the couplet fitting together, the two halves finding each other. It was love. But maybe we were both wrong, and both right. It's not either or, not luck or love. Not fate or will. Maybe for double happiness, you need both.Gayle Forman Improbably Sayings By Gayle Forman: For the hundredth time tonight, I'm back with Lulu, on Jacques's barge, the improbably named
We may be assured by past experience, that such a practice [as some states charging high taxes on goods from other states] would be introduced by future contrivances; and both by that and a common knowledge of human affairs, that it would nourish unceasing animosities, and not improbably terminate in serious interruptions of the public tranquility.James Madison Improbably Sayings By James Madison: We may be assured by past experience, that such a practice [as some states charging
Israel worshipped a God who could grow angry, who changed his mind, a God involved in history, who cared so much about one group of people that their apostasies drove him to fits of impatience. The greatest philosophers of Greece spoke of an unchanging divine principle, far removed from our world, without emotion, unaffected by anything beyond itself. Improbably enough, Christian theology came to identify these two as the same God; this may be the single most remarkable thing to have happened in Western intellectual history.William C. Placher Improbably Sayings By William C. Placher: Israel worshipped a God who could grow angry, who changed his mind, a God involved
Somewhere among them - those green and untested boys - lay much of the stock from which he would have to select a crew capable of going all the way. The trick would be to find which few of them had the potential for raw power, the nearly superhuman stamina, the indomitable willpower, and the intellectual capacity necessary to master the details of technique. And which of them, coupled improbably with all those other qualities, had the most important one: the ability to disregard his own ambitions, to throw his ego over the gunwales, to leave it swirling in the wake of his shell, and to pull, not just for himself, not just for glory, but for the other boys in the boat.Daniel James Brown Improbably Sayings By Daniel James Brown: Somewhere among them - those green and untested boys - lay much of the stock
But the thing I remember most about the screening in October twenty years ago was the moment Julian grasped my hand that had gone numb on the armrest separating our seats. He did this because in the book Julian Wells lived but in the movie's new scenario he had to die. He had to be punished for all of his sins. That's what the movie demanded. (Later, as a screenwriter, I learned it's what all movies demanded.) When this scene occurred, in the last ten minutes, Julian looked at me in the darkness, stunned. "I died," he whispered. "They killed me off." I waited a bit before sighing, "But you're still here." Julian turned back to the screen and soon the movie ended, the credits rolling over the palm trees as I (improbably) take Blair back to my college while Roy Orbison wails a song about how life fades away.Bret Easton Ellis Improbably Sayings By Bret Easton Ellis: But the thing I remember most about the screening in October twenty years ago was
If I were an immigrant Latino not born in the US, I could not have written Searching for Whitopia: An Improbably Journey to the Heart of America book. And that is because many of the Whitopians would not have been comfortable talking about their views on immigration, talking about their views on taxes. And they wouldn't have spilled to me the new script on race and poverty as they did.Richard Benjamin Improbably Sayings By Richard Benjamin: If I were an immigrant Latino not born in the US, I could not have
Every room I've lived in since I was given my own room at eleven was lined with, and usually overfull of, books. My employment in bookstores was always continuous with my private hours: shelving and alphabetizing, building shelves, and browsing
in my collection and others
in order to understand a small amount about the widest possible number of books. Such numbers of books are constantly acquired that constant culling is necessary; if I slouch in this discipline, the books erupt. I've also bricked myself in with music
vinyl records, then compact discs. My homes have been improbably information-dense, like capsules for survival of a nuclear war, or models of the interior of my own skull. That comparison
room as brain
is one I've often reached for in describing the rooms of others, but it began with the suspicion that I'd externalized my own brain, for anyone who cared to look.
Jonathan Lethem Improbably Sayings By Jonathan Lethem: Every room I've lived in since I was given my own room at eleven was
The man-nurse was his age and had sleepy eyes with dark circles under them, and a jutting Cro-Magnon forehead. His name tag said, improbably, BIBLO. He had a spaceship tattooed on one hairy forearm: Serenity from the TV show Firefly.
"'I am a leaf on the wind,'" Lou said, and the man-nurse said, "Dude, don't say that. I don't want to start crying on the job.
Joe Hill Improbably Sayings By Joe Hill: The man-nurse was his age and had sleepy eyes with dark circles under them, and
He supposed it would be considered pastoral-there were trees clustered in a meadow, with two muscular black cows and two improbably fluffy sheep arranged beneath them-and in the sky were two winged cherubs so fat that surely the miracle in question as how they have gotten aloft at all. They would have needed to have the wingspans of albatrosses, not those foolish wee flaps sprouting from their shoulders, he decided, irritated. One of the cows was looking up at them with what he fancied was an expression of surpise and alarm. Which was precisely the expression he would wear if he'd suddenly noticed two fat cherubs bearing down on him.Julie Anne Long Improbably Sayings By Julie Anne Long: He supposed it would be considered pastoral-there were trees clustered in a meadow, with two
South Africa, so utterly improbably, is a beacon of hope in a dark and troubled world.Desmond Tutu Improbably Sayings By Desmond Tutu: South Africa, so utterly improbably, is a beacon of hope in a dark and troubled
Many a man is mad in certain instances, and goes through life without having it perceived. For example, a madness has seized a person of supposing himself obliged literally to pray continually; had the madness turned the opposite way, and the person thought it a crime ever to pray, it might not improbably have continued unobserved.Samuel Johnson Improbably Sayings By Samuel Johnson: Many a man is mad in certain instances, and goes through life without having it
He raised his sunglasses and saw a young woman in an impossibly brief dress with an improbably welcoming smileTerry Bisson Improbably Sayings By Terry Bisson: He raised his sunglasses and saw a young woman in an impossibly brief dress with
Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.Andrea Dworkin Improbably Sayings By Andrea Dworkin: Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social
She looked like a character from a video game. One of those improbably busty, impossibly well-armed superchicks who could do acrobatics and hit the kill zone even while firing guns from both hands during a cartwheel.
"You look fucking ridiculous," she told herself.
Jonathan Maberry Improbably Sayings By Jonathan Maberry: She looked like a character from a video game. One of those improbably busty, impossibly
Bill Tilden was the greatest - and most improbably great - tennis player of the age.Bill Bryson Improbably Sayings By Bill Bryson: Bill Tilden was the greatest - and most improbably great - tennis player of the
I was beautiful, or so my father told me. My oval mirror showed me a face with nothing written on it. I had suitors aplenty but wanted none of them: their doggish devotion seemed too easily won. I had an appetite for magic, even then. I wanted something improbably and perfect as a red rose just opening.Emma Donoghue Improbably Sayings By Emma Donoghue: I was beautiful, or so my father told me. My oval mirror showed me a
The school was nothing but reminiscence - of an Italian hill town, a French abbey, an English academy, the different sources improbably but convincingly melded into a fantasy about the classic sites of Europe as imagined by exiles from cold peripheral lands, nostalgia about somebody else's past.Edmund White Improbably Sayings By Edmund White: The school was nothing but reminiscence - of an Italian hill town, a French abbey,