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100 Plain Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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History, lie of our lives, mire of our loins. Our sins, our souls. Hiss-tih-ree: the tip of the pen taking a trip of three steps (with one glide) down the chronicle to trap a slick, sibilant character. Hiss. (Ss.) Tih. Ree.
He was a pig, a plain pig, in the morning, standing five feet ten on one hoof. He was a pig in slacks. He was a pig in school. He was a pig on the dotted line. But in my eyes it's always the ones signing dotted lines that become pigs.
Did this pig have a precursor? He did, indeed he did. In point of fact, dating all the way back to the Biblical Age. Oh where? About everywhere you look there's pigs giving that fancy ol' snake a chase. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you can always count on a fuckin' pretentious sarcastican for a fancy prose style.
Brian Celio Plain Sayings By Brian Celio: History, lie of our lives, mire of our loins. Our sins, our souls. Hiss-tih-ree: the
We speak, and write, in one of the most diverse, gloriously ecumenical tongues on the planet. In English, there is a word or phrase for pretty much anything we want to say, and if there isn't, we make it up, and it is welcomed into the family. We can express ourselves as complexly or as simply as we like. We can be magniloquent didacts, or we can talk plain.Jeff Deck Plain Sayings By Jeff Deck: We speak, and write, in one of the most diverse, gloriously ecumenical tongues on the
No, of course not. He'd been so distant lately. He wasn't even looking at her. Instead, he was staring down at a playing card in his hands, folding it. Nothing strange about that. Like their parents, Rhys and his twin brother, Max, were always fiddling with some kind of magic trick. He was particularly fond of making coins disappear. Sometimes she wished he could make her crush on him disappear just as easily, but first she'd have to admit it to him. That was so never going to happen. She'd seen the types of girls he and Max were attracted to, and plain, chubby tomboys need not apply.Virna DePaul Plain Sayings By Virna DePaul: No, of course not. He'd been so distant lately. He wasn't even looking at her.
The child's existence turned a plain world to riches. Her life raised up like this, the child giving point and purpose to each day, the care of him transforming her, widening and deepening her.Mary Costello Plain Sayings By Mary Costello: The child's existence turned a plain world to riches. Her life raised up like this,
We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered.Thomas Henry Huxley Plain Sayings By Thomas Henry Huxley: We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain
Really. It's plain for anyone to see that he cares for you. His eyes rarely leave you and he's terribly attentive. I'm positive he's in love with you, Terri.Lynsay Sands Plain Sayings By Lynsay Sands: Really. It's plain for anyone to see that he cares for you. His eyes rarely
There's an old saying that great writing is simple but not easy, and so it is. The search for that one plain but inobvious [SIC] word that will do the work of five, the agony of untangling a complex idea that has become a mess of phrases in the writer's mind, the willingness to keep doing it over and over again until it is right
all of that plus some luck yields prose so clear that it seems a child could have written it.
William Souder Plain Sayings By William Souder: There's an old saying that great writing is simple but not easy, and so it
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world.Oliver Sacks Plain Sayings By Oliver Sacks: This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the
Do not lose heart. We were made for these times ... For years we have been learning, practicing, been in training for ... and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.Clarissa Pinkola Estes Plain Sayings By Clarissa Pinkola Estes: Do not lose heart. We were made for these times ... For years we have
Let go of it this instant, or I'll dump it's contents on your head and leave you to wallow in honeyed misery," he whispered in her ear, his amusement as plain as his threat.
Shahrzad froze, his breath tickling her skin.
"Do it and I'll bite your hand," she said. "Until you scream like a little boy."
He laughed--a rich susurrus of air and sound. "I thought you were tired of bloodshed. Perhaps I'll toss you over my shoulder. In front of everyone."
Refusing to comply with out a fight, she pinched his forearm until he grimaced.
Renee Ahdieh Plain Sayings By Renee Ahdieh: Let go of it this instant, or I'll dump it's contents on your head and
It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.J.R.R. Tolkien Plain Sayings By J.R.R. Tolkien: It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours:
To win countrywide victory is only the first step in a long march of ten thousand li ... The Chinese revolution is great, but the road after the revolution will be longer, the work greater and more arduous. This must be made clear now in the Party. The comrades must be helped to remain modest, prudent and free from arrogance and rashness in their style of work. The comrades must be helped to preserve the style of plain living and hard struggle.Mao Zedong Plain Sayings By Mao Zedong: To win countrywide victory is only the first step in a long march of ten
Of course a carp is just a carp, waiting to become either your pet, or a gefilte fish. But am I wrong to also see this body lying in a pool of blood, being fibbed about in plain sight, as a metaphor for all the corpses and blood never discussed?Leela Corman Plain Sayings By Leela Corman: Of course a carp is just a carp, waiting to become either your pet, or
It is like the thirsty traveller who at first sincerely sought the water of knowledge, but who later, having found it plain perhaps, proceeded to temper his cup with the salt of doubt so that his thirst now becomes insatiable though he drinks incessantly, and that in thus drinking the water that cannot slake his thirst, he has forgotten the original and true purpose for which the water was sought.Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas Plain Sayings By Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas: It is like the thirsty traveller who at first sincerely sought the water of knowledge,
Our human tendency is to be impatient with the person who cannot see the truth that is so plain to us. We must be careful that our impatience is not interpreted as condemnation or rejection.Henry B. Eyring Plain Sayings By Henry B. Eyring: Our human tendency is to be impatient with the person who cannot see the truth
You listen to me," he told her, his voice a low, brusque rumble. "I'd rather take corn mush from your hand - morning, noon, and night - than chicken and apple pie from any other. And that's the plain truth.Lori Benton Plain Sayings By Lori Benton: You listen to me," he told her, his voice a low, brusque rumble. "I'd rather
The vase was a solid, dark green stone carved into plain surfaces; the texture of its smooth curves provoked an irresistible desire to touch it. It seemed startling in that office, incongruous with the sternness of the rest: it was a touch of sensuality.Ayn Rand Plain Sayings By Ayn Rand: The vase was a solid, dark green stone carved into plain surfaces; the texture of
One of Mr. [Thomas] Hardy's ancestors must have married a weeping willow. There are pages and pages in his collected poems which are simply plain narratives in ballad form of how an unenjoyable time was had by all.Rebecca West Plain Sayings By Rebecca West: One of Mr. [Thomas] Hardy's ancestors must have married a weeping willow. There are pages
Let us be perfectly clear here," said Squire Loontwill. "You are willing to marry our Alexia, even though she is ... well ... ," he floundered. Felicity came to his rescue. "Old." Evylin added, "And plain." "And tan," said Felicity. The squire continued. "And so extraordinarily assertive.Gail Carriger Plain Sayings By Gail Carriger: Let us be perfectly clear here," said Squire Loontwill. "You are willing to marry our
Witches, shapeshifters, and fae were one thing. Vampires were monsters, plain and simple. That whole sensitive Children of the Night thing was total b.s.Rachel Hawkins Plain Sayings By Rachel Hawkins: Witches, shapeshifters, and fae were one thing. Vampires were monsters, plain and simple. That whole
Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain.Oliver Goldsmith Plain Sayings By Oliver Goldsmith: Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain.
The hardest part of art-making is living your life in such a way that your work gets done-over and over-and that means, among other things, finding a host of practices that are just plain useful.David Bayles Plain Sayings By David Bayles: The hardest part of art-making is living your life in such a way that your
Boredom is all about perception. It's a self-diagnosis, plain and simple. If you don't realize you're bored, you're not.Susan Maushart Plain Sayings By Susan Maushart: Boredom is all about perception. It's a self-diagnosis, plain and simple. If you don't realize
There's a phrase, "sitzfleisch", which means just plain sitting on your ass and getting it done. Just showing up for work. My uncle Raphael was a painter, and he used to say, "If the muse is late for work, start without her". You have to be there. You have to be there, and do it, and grind it out, even when it is grinding and you know you're probably going to rewrite all this tomorrow.Peter S. Beagle Plain Sayings By Peter S. Beagle: There's a phrase, "sitzfleisch", which means just plain sitting on your ass and getting it
You may uncover more and, eventually, what seems altogether a mystery to us now may unfold and become plain.Isaac Asimov Plain Sayings By Isaac Asimov: You may uncover more and, eventually, what seems altogether a mystery to us now may
I suppose even Dictators have their chummy moments, when they put their feet up and relax with the boys, but it was plain from the outset that if Roderick Spode had a sunnier side, he had not come with any idea of exhibiting it now. His manner was curt. One sensed the absence of the bonhomous note.
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Here he laid a hand on my shoulder, and I can't remember when I have experienced anything more unpleasant. Apart from what Jeeves would have called the symbolism of the action, he had a grip like the bite of a horse.
"Did you say 'Oh yes?'" he asked.
"Oh no," I assured him.
P.G. Wodehouse Plain Sayings By P.G. Wodehouse: I suppose even Dictators have their chummy moments, when they put their feet up and
To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone - just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over ...John Hersey Plain Sayings By John Hersey: To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion
Ask the average American what is the salient passion in his emotional armamentarium - what is the idea that lies at the bottom of all his other ideas - and it is very probable that, nine times out of ten, he will nominate his hot and unquenchable rage for liberty. He regards himself, indeed, as the chief exponent of liberty in the whole world, and all its other advocates as no more than his followers, half timorous and half envious. To question his ardour is to insult him as grievously as if one questioned the honour of the republic or the chastity of his wife. And yet it must be plain to any dispassionate observer that this ardour, in the course of a century and a half, has lost a large part of its old burning reality and descended to the estate of a mere phosphorescent superstition.H.L. Mencken Plain Sayings By H.L. Mencken: Ask the average American what is the salient passion in his emotional armamentarium - what
The critics say that epics have died out with Agamemnon and the goat-nursed gods; I'll not believe it. I could never deem as Payne Knight did, that Homer's heroes measured twelve feet high. They were but men: -his Helen's hair turned grey like any plain Miss Smith's who wears a front; And Hector's infant whimpered at a plume as yours last Friday at a turkey-cock. All heroes are essential men, and all men possible heroes: every age, heroic in proportions, double faced, looks backward and before, expects a morn and claims an epos.Elizabeth Barrett Browning Plain Sayings By Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The critics say that epics have died out with Agamemnon and the goat-nursed gods; I'll
The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
There is joy and also pain
but the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
Pretty-plain, loony-sane
The ways of the world all will change and all the ways remain the same
but if you're mad or only sane
the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
We walk in love but fly in chains
And the planes in Spain fall mainly in the rain.
Stephen King Plain Sayings By Stephen King: The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.There is joy and also painbut the
When I had gone through the whole, and saw what a plain, simple, reasonable thing Christianity was, suited to all conditions and capacities; and in the morality of it now, with divine authority, established into a legible law, so far surpassing all that philosophy and human reason had attained to, or could possibly make effectual to all degrees of man kind; I was flattered to think it might be of some use in the world.John Locke Plain Sayings By John Locke: When I had gone through the whole, and saw what a plain, simple, reasonable thing
Your mood doesn't really matter. Some of the best creative work gets done on the days when you feel that everything you're doing is just plain junk.Julia Cameron Plain Sayings By Julia Cameron: Your mood doesn't really matter. Some of the best creative work gets done on the
It's fear of the unknown. The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that-it's all illusion. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing. Everything is unknown-then you're ahead of the game. That's what it is. Right?John Lennon Plain Sayings By John Lennon: It's fear of the unknown. The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened
You appear to me not to have understood the nature of my body & mind. Partly from ill-health, & partly from an unhealthy & reverie-like vividness of Thoughts, & (pardon the pedantry of the phrase) a diminished Impressibility from Things, my ideas, wishes, & feelings are to a diseased degree disconnected from motion & action. In plain and natural English, I am a dreaming & therefore an indolent man. I am a Starling self-incaged, & always in the Moult, & my whole Note is, Tomorrow, & tomorrow, & tomorrow.Samuel Taylor Coleridge Plain Sayings By Samuel Taylor Coleridge: You appear to me not to have understood the nature of my body & mind.
The plain fact is religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having key deciscions made by religious people. By irrationalists. By those who would steer the ship of state, not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken.Bill Maher Plain Sayings By Bill Maher: The plain fact is religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting
My mother was like sand. The kind that warms you on a beach when you come shivering out of the cold water. The kind that clings to your body, leaving its impression on your skin to remind you where you've been and where you've come from. The kind you keep finding in your shoes and your pockets long after you've left the beach. She was also like the sand that archaeologists dig through. Layers and layers of sand that have kept dinosaur bones together for millions of years. And as hot and dusty and plain as that sand might be, those archaeologists are grateful for it, because without it to keep the bones in place, everything would scatter. Everything would fall apart.Clare Vanderpool Plain Sayings By Clare Vanderpool: My mother was like sand. The kind that warms you on a beach when you
And it bred caution in the unveiling of its powers. The Crippled God bred caution but not well enough, for the powers of the earth came to it in the end. Chained was the Crippled God, and so Chained was it destroyed. And upon this barren plain that imprisoned the Crippled God many gathered to the deed. Hood, gray wanderer of Death, was among the gathering, as was Dessembrae, then Hood's Warrior - though it was here and in this time that Dessembrae shattered the bonds Hood held upon him. Also among the gathering wereSteven Erikson Plain Sayings By Steven Erikson: And it bred caution in the unveiling of its powers. The Crippled God bred caution
There are still thousands of people dying every year in Laos, mostly children and farmers, from unexploded anti-personnel ordnance that the U.S. simply saturated much of the land with, especially in the Plain of Jars. There actually is a British engineering team trying to remove some of these things, which are much worse than land mines.Noam Chomsky Plain Sayings By Noam Chomsky: There are still thousands of people dying every year in Laos, mostly children and farmers,
Wood is an endlessly adaptive material. You can plane, chisel, saw, carve, sand, and bend it, and when the pieces are the shape you want you can use dovetail joints, tenpenny nails, pegs or glue; you can use lamination or inlay or marquetry; and then you can beautify it with French polish or plain linseed oil or subtle stains. And when you go to dinner at a friend's house, the candlelight will pick out the contours of grain and line, and when you take your seat you will be reminded that what you are sitting on grew from the dirt, stretched towards the sun, weathered rain and wind, and sheltered animals; it was not extruded by faceless machines lined on a cold cement floor and fed from metal vats. Wood reminds us where we come from.Nicola Griffith Plain Sayings By Nicola Griffith: Wood is an endlessly adaptive material. You can plane, chisel, saw, carve, sand, and bend
You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I've learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things, and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.Karen Marie Moning Plain Sayings By Karen Marie Moning: You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly
The move from scarcity thinking to abundance thinking, from zero-sum competition to one-hundred-sum collaboration, is not just a "nice" or "moral" idea. In the twenty-first century, it's plain good sense. Scarcity says, "I'm going to keep all my ideas to myself and sell more than anyone else." Abundance says, "By mentoring, coaching, and sharing all our best ideas, we're going to create a powerful tide that raises all our ships-and we'll all sell more as a result.Daniel Burrus Plain Sayings By Daniel Burrus: The move from scarcity thinking to abundance thinking, from zero-sum competition to one-hundred-sum collaboration, is
I just can't stand to look plain, 'cause that don't fit my personality. I may be a very artificial-looking person, but the good news is, I'm very real on the inside.Dolly Parton Plain Sayings By Dolly Parton: I just can't stand to look plain, 'cause that don't fit my personality. I may
Volume II: Chapter 5
The God sends down his angry plagues from high,
Famine and pestilence in heaps they die.
Again in vengeance of his wrath he falls
On their great hosts, and breaks their tottering walls;
Arrests their navies on the ocean's plain,
And whelms their strength with mountains of the main.
Mary Shelley Plain Sayings By Mary Shelley: Volume II: Chapter 5 The God sends down his angry plagues from high,Famine and pestilence
The birds sang, the proles sang. the Party did not sing. All round the world, in London and New York, in Africa and Brazil, and in the mysterious, forbidden lands beyond the frontiers, in the streets of Paris and Berlin, in the villages of the endless Russian plain, in the bazaars of China and Japan - everywhere stood the same solid unconquerable figure, made monstrous by work and childbearing, toiling from birth to death and still singing.George Orwell Plain Sayings By George Orwell: The birds sang, the proles sang. the Party did not sing. All round the world,
I kept wishing with real regret that I were capable of living in such continued simplicity. But I am not. Sometimes I honestly want to live in a plain room with a narrow bed, a chair, a table. But then I would need a bookcase. I would see a poster I must put on the wall. I would pick up a shell here, a bowl or vase there, another poster, enough books for two bookcases, a soft rug someone might give me--and where would the first plainness be? I cannot fight too hard against it, but I regret it.M.F.K. Fisher Plain Sayings By M.F.K. Fisher: I kept wishing with real regret that I were capable of living in such continued
Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain!Tryon Edwards Plain Sayings By Tryon Edwards: Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly
Our revelation is for the sons and daughters of God, realizing now that the greatest manifestation of the Spirit in our lives is love - the kind that holds no record of wrong - without which everything else we do is worthless, as Paul made so plain to the Corinthians. The Spirit of truth comes to show us the Father's love and our union with and in Christ, because only in this awareness can we love as He loves and so show ourselves and the world the love of the Father.Ted Dekker Plain Sayings By Ted Dekker: Our revelation is for the sons and daughters of God, realizing now that the greatest
And when we describe it as I shall do, it becomes plain that imagination is a specifically human gift. To imagine is the characteristic act, not of the poet's mind, or the painter's, or the scientist's, but of the mind of man.Jacob Bronowski Plain Sayings By Jacob Bronowski: And when we describe it as I shall do, it becomes plain that imagination is
Can he find it in his heart to love this plain, ordinary woman? Can he love her enough to write a music for her? If he cannot, what is left for him?J.M. Coetzee Plain Sayings By J.M. Coetzee: Can he find it in his heart to love this plain, ordinary woman? Can he
Life is plain. But never a pain.Lailah Gifty Akita Plain Sayings By Lailah Gifty Akita: Life is plain. But never a pain.
A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform he is ten. Clothes and title are the most potent thing, the most formidable influence, in the earth. They move the human race to willing and spontaneous respect for the judge, the general, the admiral, the bishop, the ambassador, the frivolous earl, the idiot duke, the sultan, the king, the emperor. No great title is efficient without clothes to support it.Mark Twain Plain Sayings By Mark Twain: A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform he is ten. Clothes
And don't try to sell me any crap about the kindly demon. I know three of you now, and you are all evil, insane, or just plain nasty.Kim Harrison Plain Sayings By Kim Harrison: And don't try to sell me any crap about the kindly demon. I know three
We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are our neighbors and equals. It is they, above all who make plain the nature of our failure.Helmut Schoeck Plain Sayings By Helmut Schoeck: We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are
She was clearly rich. Her handbag was too plain to be anything but incredibly expensive.Gillian Flynn Plain Sayings By Gillian Flynn: She was clearly rich. Her handbag was too plain to be anything but incredibly expensive.
[T]he Constitution conferred only a few specific powers on the federal government, all others being denied to it (as the Tenth Amendment would make plain). Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of the U.S. population today - subtle logicians like you - can grasp such nuances. Too bad. The Constitution wasn't meant to be a brain-twister.Joseph Sobran Plain Sayings By Joseph Sobran: [T]he Constitution conferred only a few specific powers on the federal government, all others being
Mary! Mary! My dear, let me reason with you.
I hate reasoning, John, - especially reasoning on such subjects. There's a way you political folks have of coming round and round a plain right thing; and you don't believe in it yourselves, when it comes to practice. I know you well enough, John. You don't believe it's right any more than I do; and you wouldn't do it any sooner than I.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Plain Sayings By Harriet Beecher Stowe: Mary! Mary! My dear, let me reason with you.I hate reasoning, John, - especially reasoning
The past was a consumable, subject to the national preference for familiar products. And history, in America, is a dish best served plain. The first course could include a dollop of Italian in 1492, but not Spanish spice or French sauce or too much Indian corn. Nothing too filling or fancy ahead of the turkey and pumpkin pie, just the way Grandma used to cook it.Tony Horwitz Plain Sayings By Tony Horwitz: The past was a consumable, subject to the national preference for familiar products. And history,
Putting it in plain terms, the general public must be reduced to its traditional apathy and obedience, and driven from the arena of political debate and action, if democracy is to survive.Noam Chomsky Plain Sayings By Noam Chomsky: Putting it in plain terms, the general public must be reduced to its traditional apathy
My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.Hedy Lamarr Plain Sayings By Hedy Lamarr: My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything
My mother, who was a waitress, gave me white wedgies and a fresh uniform in a plain wrapper. "You'll never make it as a waitress," she said, "but I'll stake you anyway." It was her way of showing her support.Patti Smith Plain Sayings By Patti Smith: My mother, who was a waitress, gave me white wedgies and a fresh uniform in
And history felt like a conjuring trick. All of this had been in plain view the entire time, but only now did the magician allow Joey to see it all.Jay Bell Plain Sayings By Jay Bell: And history felt like a conjuring trick. All of this had been in plain view
To work with children anywhere is just plain fun.Dale Murphy Plain Sayings By Dale Murphy: To work with children anywhere is just plain fun.
She now discovered amidst them, the poet's flights of fancy, and the historian's seldom pleasing - ever instructive page. The first may transmit to posterity the records of a sublime genius, which once flashed in strong, but transient rays, through the tenement of clay it was given a moment to inhabit: and though the tenement decayed and the spirit fled, the essence of a mind which darted through the universe to cull each created and creative image to enrich an ever-varying fancy, is thus snatched from oblivion, and retained, spite of nature, amidst the mortality from which it has struggled, and is freed. The page of the historian can monarchs behold, and not offer up the sceptre to be disencumbered of the ponderous load that clogs their elevation! Can they read of armies stretch upon the plain, provinces laid waste, and countries desolated, and wish to be the mortal whose vengeance, or whose less fierce, but fatal decision sent those armies forth!Mary Charlton Plain Sayings By Mary Charlton: She now discovered amidst them, the poet's flights of fancy, and the historian's seldom pleasing
Which meant I got left with Quinn yet again. Given the time he was taking to make his decision, I wasn't exactly happy about that. I mean, putting me with him was like flashing chocolate my way then telling me I couldn't have it. It was just plain mean.Keri Arthur Plain Sayings By Keri Arthur: Which meant I got left with Quinn yet again. Given the time he was taking
KING EDWARD IV:
To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.
LADY GREY:
To tell you plain, I had rather lie in prison.
William Shakespeare Plain Sayings By William Shakespeare: KING EDWARD IV:To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee.LADY GREY:To tell you
I told myself I deserved some good luck, overlooking the fact that it would call for substantially more than luck to thrust me into one of those narratives where plain-Jane new girl catches the eye of inexplicably single Prince Charming, because somehow the new school has revealed her wild, irresistible beauty, of which she was never before aware.Robin Wasserman Plain Sayings By Robin Wasserman: I told myself I deserved some good luck, overlooking the fact that it would call
The most consistent thing about Graham Wessit was his attitude of open experiment. Can you even imagine , she asked herself, plain, quiet, intellectual little you spending a lifetime on the arm of such a havoc-producing man?Judith Ivory Plain Sayings By Judith Ivory: The most consistent thing about Graham Wessit was his attitude of open experiment. Can you
When you suddenly command some unusual, unexpected course of action, then even if it is something you have hitherto forbidden, even if for the time being you conceal the reason for your behest, and even if it contravenes the accepted norms of a human society, can we doubt that it is right to obey, seeing that a human society is just precisely insofar as it serves you? Blessed are they who know that you have commanded them. Everything that is done by your servants is done either to make plain what needs to be revealed at present, or to foreshadow the future.Augustine Of Hippo Plain Sayings By Augustine Of Hippo: When you suddenly command some unusual, unexpected course of action, then even if it is
Thinking," Vrag interrupted. "Is not your prerogative, dog. That is my calling. You go where I tell you to go, you take what I tell you to take, and you kill what I tell you to kill - do I make myself plain?S.G. Night Plain Sayings By S.G. Night: Thinking," Vrag interrupted. "Is not your prerogative, dog. That is my calling. You go where
The best figurative poetry speaks not to the frivolous intellect, but (if anything does) straight to the heart; and does it better than plain prose. There seems then to be something which is better said with metaphor than without, which goes straighter to its mark by going crooked, and hits its aim exactly by flying off at tangents.Austin Farrer Plain Sayings By Austin Farrer: The best figurative poetry speaks not to the frivolous intellect, but (if anything does) straight
You can lose a piece of plain bread and not think twice about it, but when you lose one spread thickly with strawberry jam it's an altogether more serious matter.Alexander McCall Smith Plain Sayings By Alexander McCall Smith: You can lose a piece of plain bread and not think twice about it, but
When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it's not just because wealth might be lost; it's because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. No exceptions ... Realizing its value is temporary should radically affect our investment strategy ... According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn't simply wrong. It's just plain stupid.Randy Alcorn Plain Sayings By Randy Alcorn: When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it's not just because
The terrorists haven't won, and we should tell them in plain English, 'No, there will never be a mosque at Ground Zero.'Renee Ellmers Plain Sayings By Renee Ellmers: The terrorists haven't won, and we should tell them in plain English, 'No, there will
What a situation!' cried Miss Squeers; ' ... What is the reason that men fall in love with me, whether I like it or not, and desert their chosen intendeds for my sake?'
'Because they can't help it, miss,' replied the girl; 'the reason's plain.' (If Miss Squeers were the reason, it was very plain.)
Charles Dickens Plain Sayings By Charles Dickens: What a situation!' cried Miss Squeers; ' ... What is the reason that men fall
And when she's at the door, Mark stops her and he says, "I like you, very much. Just as you are."
It's ridiculous that I love this so much. It's so simple. It's not a witty, perfectly phrased, Ephron-y declaration by our charming, neurotic hero. It's so ... plain. But the idea is the most beautiful thing in the world. So, obviously, it makes me cry.
Mindy Kaling Plain Sayings By Mindy Kaling: And when she's at the door, Mark stops her and he says, "I like you,
Yes," I said, "that is what I mean to say. I am not going to vote for him." The others began to find their voices. They sang the same note. They said that when a party's representatives choose a man, that ends it. If they choose unwisely it is a misfortune, but no loyal member of the party has any right to withhold his vote. He has a plain duty before him and he can't shirk it. He must vote for that nominee. I said that no party held the privilege of dictating to me how I should vote. That if party loyalty was a form of patriotism, I was no patriot, and that I didn't think I was much of a patriot anyway, for oftener than otherwise what the general body of Americans regarded as the patriotic course was not in accordance with my views; that if there was any valuable difference between being an American and a monarchist it lay in the theory that the American could decide for himself what is patriotic and what isn't; whereasMark Twain Plain Sayings By Mark Twain: Yes," I said, "that is what I mean to say. I am not going to
Some things you simply accepted, the way you accepted the sunrise or the winter cold. They called it lupine fatalism, but in reality it was plain common sense.Ilona Andrews Plain Sayings By Ilona Andrews: Some things you simply accepted, the way you accepted the sunrise or the winter cold.
She must not give herself up as hopeless, as many a plain girl does, scrape her hair back into an unsymmetrical bundle, have her clothes "cut out with a hatchet and put on with a pitchfork," ill-use her skin with coarse soaps and neglect her figure. Only a beauty may dare all this, and even the loveliest cannot afford it.Mrs. C.E. Humphry Plain Sayings By Mrs. C.E. Humphry: She must not give herself up as hopeless, as many a plain girl does, scrape
Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.Martin Luther Plain Sayings By Martin Luther: Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of
My manner of living is plain. I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready; and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome. Those, who expect more, will be disappointed, but no change will be effected by it.George Washington Plain Sayings By George Washington: My manner of living is plain. I do not mean to be put out of
Funnily enough, the most difficult style to do is the plain pump because it needs to look good on a variety of feet. I compare it to having a good bone structure. Make-up will make you look good, but it helps if you have a good skeleton to begin with.Christian Louboutin Plain Sayings By Christian Louboutin: Funnily enough, the most difficult style to do is the plain pump because it needs
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?Isaac Asimov Plain Sayings By Isaac Asimov: It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People
Ever note, Lucilius, When love begins to sicken and decay It useth an enforced ceremony. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith; But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Make gallant show and promise of their mettle; But when they should endure the bloody spur, They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades Sink in the trial.William Shakespeare Plain Sayings By William Shakespeare: Ever note, Lucilius, When love begins to sicken and decay It useth an enforced ceremony.
Landscape
Isn't it plain the sheets of moss, except that
they have no tongues, could lecture
all day if they wanted about
spiritual patience? Isn't it clear
the black oaks along the path are standing
as though they were the most fragile of flowers?
Every morning I walk like this around
the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart
ever close, I am as good as dead.
Every morning, so far, I'm alive. And now
the crows break off from the rest of the darkness
and burst up into the sky - as though
all night they had thought of what they would like
their lives to be, and imagined
their strong, thick wings.
Mary Oliver Plain Sayings By Mary Oliver: LandscapeIsn't it plain the sheets of moss, except thatthey have no tongues, could lectureall day
Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. The keyword here is BLACKWHITE. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to BELIEVE that black is white, and more, to KNOW that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.George Orwell Plain Sayings By George Orwell: Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the
How could I have been so stupid? All this time, I've been certain he feels the same way about me. I was so sure that my feelings were requited that I'd convinced myself he was just getting up the courage to confess. But I was wrong. Garrett's feelings for me are nothing but friendship - plain, simple, and overwhelmingly platonic. I built his love out of thin air, I realize in horror - crafted it from e-mails and late-night conversations as if my sheer will would make it so.
It was all in my head. Again!
Abby McDonald Plain Sayings By Abby McDonald: How could I have been so stupid? All this time, I've been certain he feels
It is very quiet. I set my chin into my palm and count my friends and wonder what else is hiding in plain sight.Robin Sloan Plain Sayings By Robin Sloan: It is very quiet. I set my chin into my palm and count my friends
I heartily wish you, in the plain home-spun style, a great number of happy new years, well employed in forming both your mind andyour manners, to be useful and agreeable to yourself, your country, and your friends.Lord Chesterfield Plain Sayings By Lord Chesterfield: I heartily wish you, in the plain home-spun style, a great number of happy new
All good knights, pilgrims, sons in search of fortune, seekers after truth, and plain ordinary fools, turn towards the city they have left and take farewell according to their nature. This is a full moment in all journeying, the time when girths are tightened in preparation for the miles that lie ahead.H.V. Morton Plain Sayings By H.V. Morton: All good knights, pilgrims, sons in search of fortune, seekers after truth, and plain ordinary
This is how people behave when their dailiness is destroyed, when for a few moments they see, plain and unadorned, one of the great shaping forces of life. Calamity fixes them with her mesmeric eye, and they begin to scoop and paw at the rubble of their days, trying to pluck the memory of the quotidian - a toy, a book, a garment, even a photograph - from the garbage heaps of the irretrievable, of their overwhelming loss.Salman Rushdie Plain Sayings By Salman Rushdie: This is how people behave when their dailiness is destroyed, when for a few moments
The young woman's perfect breast didn't yield beneath the gentle pressure of two latexed fingers.
"What're you doing?" Professor Robert 'Lithium Bob' Beck frowned at me.
"I don't know. It's what I did when I first saw her ... "
"Why?" asked Doc Donald, about to assist with the post mortem.
"She seemed so ... pink. Maybe to see if she was alive ... " I saw the Prof and the Doc exchange a look. It was an unconventional - no, plain weird - place to touch her.
Morana Blue Plain Sayings By Morana Blue: The young woman's perfect breast didn't yield beneath the gentle pressure of two latexed fingers."What're
While someday the computerization of medicine will surely be that long-awaited "disruptive innovation," today it's often just plain disruptive: of the doctor-patient relationship, of clinicians' professional interactions and work flow, and of the way we measure and try to improve things. IRobert Wachter Plain Sayings By Robert Wachter: While someday the computerization of medicine will surely be that long-awaited "disruptive innovation," today it's
Once she started awake to a sound like the low roll of drums, and to the south she saw an endless congregation of antelope that moved across the nighted plain, raising a cloud of dust behind them that swallowed the stars and turned the moon rusty brown as a scrape of ruined iron. Near dawn, in that darkest hour, she raised her head again and saw to the north the passage of sails. They hovered across the deep like a parade of phantom cavaliers tilted upon hellish steeds. They passed in waves, ranks upon ranks of ghostly warlords bent toward the coming dawn as if to impale the sun itself and set it atop a spike in the blackened sky.A.S. Peterson Plain Sayings By A.S. Peterson: Once she started awake to a sound like the low roll of drums, and to
Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.Oscar Wilde Plain Sayings By Oscar Wilde: Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, "Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God's good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth." "What giants?" said Sancho Panza.Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Plain Sayings By Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra: At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on
I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I'm listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call in and have long and intricate discussions, and it's plain that quite a high degree of thought and analysis is going into that. People know a tremendous amount. They know all sorts of complicated details and enter into far-reaching discussion about whether the coach made the right decision yesterday and so on. These are ordinary people, not professionals, who are applying their intelligence and analytic skills in these areas and accumulating quite a lot of knowledge and, for all I know, understanding. On the other hand, when I hear people talk about, say, international affairs or domestic problems, it's at a level of superficiality that's beyond belief.Noam Chomsky Plain Sayings By Noam Chomsky: I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I'm listening
I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.Lucy Maud Montgomery Plain Sayings By Lucy Maud Montgomery: I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.
Lack of panache, I silently corrected him. "I don't know how you'd describe it, but there's earnestness about you, Mona. There's nothing frivolous about you." They call it boring. Insipid. Vacuous. Dry. Dull. Plain. Vanilla minus the vanilla flavor. But thanks for trying to make it sound like an attribute. Now I feel as though I should schedule an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon for both a facelift and a personality implant.Jennifer Coburn Plain Sayings By Jennifer Coburn: Lack of panache, I silently corrected him. "I don't know how you'd describe it, but
To simplify complications is the first essential of success.George Earle Buckle Plain Sayings By George Earle Buckle: To simplify complications is the first essential of success.
The things that are essential to salvation are so exceedingly simple that no child need sit down in despair of understanding the things which make for his peace. Christ crucified is not a riddle for sages, but a plain truth for plain people. True it is meat for men, but it is also milk for babes.Charles Haddon Spurgeon Plain Sayings By Charles Haddon Spurgeon: The things that are essential to salvation are so exceedingly simple that no child need