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There is a peculiar burning odor in the room,
by Alison Lurie

There is a peculiar burning odor in the room,
like explosives.
the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot,
sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies.
The war has begun.
- Alison Lurie

As one went to Europe to see the living past,
so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.
- Alison Lurie

We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth;
but unless we are naked and bald,
it is impossible to be silent.
- Alison Lurie

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

 

Love is a peculiar thing.
- Georg Buchner

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of
understanding and misunderstanding.
- Diane Arbus

Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field,
prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind,
marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed,
springs up in it.
- Guru Nanak

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Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
- Ambrose Bierce

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy,
as well as an apparent, perhaps a real,
anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
- Simon Newcomb

I live and love in God's peculiar light.
- Michelangelo

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

It is a peculiar art form, but I think it's a necessary art form -
and I do believe it's a noble art form.
- Paul Conrad

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher,
nor will learning alone do it.
The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent,
and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
- John Jay Chapman

We Americans are a peculiar people.
We are for the underdog, no matter how much of a dog he is.
- Happy Chandler

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian
elements have found in my writings something to hang
their peculiar beatnik theories on.
- Jack Kerouac

All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest,
it seems, is an interest in life, good,
bad or peculiar.
- Grace Paley

My parents were worried about me, certainly when I
became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who,
at the time, were very peculiar indeed.
- Steven Morrissey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where
time and place and eternity somehow meet.
His problem is to find that location.
- Flannery O'Connor

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation
of the brain which we call 'thought'.
- David Hume

The press is like the peculiar uncle you keep in the attic -
just one of those unfortunate things.
- G. Gordon Liddy

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the
faults of others and to forget his own.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist,
I've read it.
- Dean Koontz

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology,
which has all the inevitability of fate,
so long as he does not understand it.
- Alfred Adler

As the treaty made with the United States was the first
treaty entered into by your country with other countries,
therefore the President regards Japan with peculiar friendliness.
- Townsend Harris

Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer
it to this peculiar authority.
- Robert Creeley

I try to get to those peculiar and particular things
that you never think of to say.
- Carly Simon

Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind.
Maybe that's the worst sentence of all,
to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel.
- James Dickey

I remember playing football dressed in peculiar costumes
with some friends in France and laughing so hard we couldn't even stand up,
let alone kick the ball.
- Fred Frith

Value is consequently the necessary theoretical starting
point whence we can elucidate the peculiar phenomenon
of prices resulting from capitalist competition.
- Rudolf Hiferding

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness;
its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
- John Updike

That's one of the peculiar things about bad moods -
we often fool ourselves and create misery by telling
ourselves things that simply are not true.
- David D. Burns

C is peculiar in a lot of ways, but it,
like many other successful things, has a certain unity
of approach that stems from development in a small group.
- Dennis Ritchie

All sensitive people agree that there is a peculiar
emotion provoked by works of art.
- Clive Bell

Muscles are in a most intimate and peculiar sense the organs of the will.
- G. Stanley Hall

There is probably no oral society that fails to mark
the spatial distinction of left and right,
peculiar as this distinction may be.
- David Antin

The lawyer has not reached the height of his vocation
who does not find therein...
scope for a peculiar but genuine artistic function.
- Frederick Pollock

The world is put back by the death of every one who
has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar
gifts to conventionality.
- Florence Nightingale

I thought it was something peculiar to me.
I thought I was abnormal.
- Louise Brown

You don't have to be peculiar to find God.
- Evelyn Underhill

My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes.
Very random and similar to automatic writing.
- Brian Eno

Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that
I need to have again and again.
- Philip Guston

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology,
which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
- Christopher Lasch

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench
down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility
of the writer in all ages of man.
- Nelson Algren

On some peculiar pigmented cells found in two mosquitoes fed on malarial.
- Ronald Ross

The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult.
It is even more peculiar than the relationship between
the writer and his characters.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree
marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.
- Thorstein Veblen

John Brown's effort was peculiar.
It was not a slave insurrection.
- George Haven Putnam

Truth is more peculiar than fiction.
Life is really a startling place.
- Mira Nair

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.
- Remy de Gourmont

The number of flavors is infinite, for every soluble
body has a peculiar flavor,
like none other.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the
chair in your living room that no one sits in?
- Nicholson Baker

To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things,
but of what in himself is most common,
most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men.
- Richard Wilbur

Gypsy was the name my brother gave a pet turtle he had.
I always thought it was so peculiar.
- Joel Hodgson

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around.
An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.
- Terence McKenna

Courage is a peculiar kind of fear.
- Charles Kennedy

I think there's something peculiar about me that I haven't died.
It doesn't make sense but I refuse to die.
- Judy Garland

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
Whether it be true or not, I can say for one
that I have no other so great as that
of being truly esteemed of my fellow men,
by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
- Abraham Lincoln

For the metropolis presents the peculiar conditions
which are revealed to us as the opportunities and the
stimuli for the development of both these ways of allocating roles to men.
- Georg Simmel

Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it
was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and
then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.
- John McGahern

I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds,
or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.
- John James Audubon

I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense
that I was being pursued,
and also the conviction that under the political order of the times,
our lives had no meaning.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The city has become a serious menace to our civilization...
It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant.
- Josiah Strong

Originality depends only on the character of the drawing
and the vision peculiar to each artist.
- Georges Seurat

God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being
and with the quality peculiar to human beings.
- Martin Buber

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness,
far from being a rare and curious phenomenon,
peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men,
is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
- Tom Wolfe

I attribute the little I know to my not having been
ashamed to ask for information,
and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions
of men on those topics that form their own peculiar
professions and pursuits.
- John Locke

There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West
that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new,
and it is time we understood that progress has nothing
to do with the chronology of an idea.
- Barbara Amiel


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