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Sympathetic cracks.
by Ted Dexter

Sympathetic cracks.
A term frequently used by architects and surveyors
in terms of ageing houses.
I know what they mean.
- Ted Dexter

Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia.
- Ted Dexter

I think we are all slightly down in the dumps after another loss.
We may be in the wrong sign...
Venus may be in the wrong juxtaposition with somewhere else.
- Ted Dexter

Endless cricket, like endless anything else,
simply grinds you down.
- Ted Dexter

 

The whole of our national sport is not doing very well.
- Ted Dexter

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

I try to find what makes even the worst,
most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
- Len Wein

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I thought that would be kind of cool,
to make a bad guy look sympathetic.
- Christopher Atkins

I wanted readers to be genuinely unsure as to whether
she's telling the truth or lying.
It meant making her partly sympathetic,
and partly unsympathetic, which wasn't easy.
- Lee Child

There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam.
We should be looking at them more carefully and finding
out how we can infiltrate them.
- Peter King

No one who knows my personal situation would think
I am not sympathetic to the needs of the active forces.
- Kit Bond

I was an outsider...
but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling to get up,
because I struggled to get up.
- Elia Kazan

We're sympathetic, but once you step on the field,
football's football.
- Michael Strahan

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.
- Homer

I'm a very sympathetic person, but that doesn't always
come across in my work because I'm too busy being mad at everything.
- Lydia Lunch

We have, of course, long since ceased to think of Nature
as the sympathetic mirror of our moods,
or to imagine that she has any concern with the temporal affairs of man.
- Richard Le Gallienne

Even the distribution of rations leaves much to be desired;
the fatigue party,
well-intentioned and sympathetic though it be,
often finds itself short of provisions.
- Patrick MacGill

Where there had been only jeers or taunts at first,
crowds come to listen with serious and sympathetic men.
- Edward Carpenter

Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?
- Pablo Picasso

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation
to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think
aloud without restraint or misgiving.
- Woodrow Wilson

I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted
to get away from the old system.
- Clarence Thomas

Perhaps he was a bit different from other people,
but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?
- Isadora Duncan

Acted drama requires surrender of one's self,
sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops.
- George P. Baker

To be sympathetic without discrimination is so very debilitating.
- Ronald Firbank

I was not sympathetic to the assumption that criminals
had radically different motivations from everyone else.
- Gary Becker

I like to think what I bring to the table is kind of
a sympathetic and endearing quality,
even while I'm playing outcasts or characters that
end up in outlandish situations.
- Jason Biggs

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet.
It's not sympathetic the way that film is.
- Matthew Modine

Of course, there will be few people who are sympathetic
but you don't become a great team overnight,
no matter how much money you have at your disposal.
- Frank Lampard

The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder,
the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic
nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself.
- Gerald R. Ford

This (George W. Bush's) administration is not sympathetic to corporations,
it is indentured to corporations.
- Ralph Nader

Broad paths are open to every endeavour,
and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one
who consecrates his art to the divine services of a
conviction of a consciousness.
- Franz Liszt

There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the
surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate
and sympathetic study of its moods,
together with a renewed wonder and humility on the
part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.
- Edward Hopper

For anyone to open their heart, they need the right atmosphere,
and something to prompt them.
For my mother it was her trip abroad:
she was in a very relaxed,
understanding environment.
I was very sympathetic towards her.
- Jung Chang

There was nothing in all Douglas's powerful effort
that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature,
while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords.
Lincoln's speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm
of his audience to the end.
- Henry Villard

Modern science, then, so far from being an enemy of romance,
is seen on every hand to be its sympathetic and resourceful friend,
its swift and irresistible helper in its serious need,
and an indulgent minister to its lighter fancies.
- Richard Le Gallienne

In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject,
perfect freedom of individual treatment,
and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening,
even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results.
- George P. Baker

I've been on the other side of the table many times,
trying to get people to be sympathetic to projects,
and I've been the victim of that kind of intense kindness
masking extreme stupidity.
- Tilda Swinton

I am disposed to be thus particular from the interest
you take in our welfare and from the entire confidence I have in your knowing,
that you will be sympathetic with us in our misfortunes.
- John Hawley

More and more the world is growing to love a lover,
and one has only to read the newspapers to see how
sympathetic are the times to any generous and adventurous display of the passions.
- Richard Le Gallienne

I was never a villain on the stage.
I always played strong, sympathetic types.
My first stage role with a speaking part,
believe it or not, was as a priest.
It wasn't until I began acting in films that the producers
and directors saw me primarily as a bizarre villain.
- Conrad Veidt

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life,
but I remember a great relief and happiness that I
was finally getting somewhere,
finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.
- Robert Wyatt

Sometimes films ignore other points of view because
it's simpler to tell the story that way,
but the more genuine and sympathetic you are to different
points of view and situations,
the more real the story is.
- Ang Lee

Let light shine through the cracks
in the armor of your staunchest beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hope to have some more cracks at some wonderful roles
before I go to the Great Beyond.
- Sally Kellerman

Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.
- Dorothy Allison

The thing that cracks me up is how these reality characters
start out thrilled and excited just to be on television,
and how they move to thinking they are as big as the Friends.
- Kathy Griffin

Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks.
Be a hero, take the time learn about adoption today.
- Bruce Willis

Happiness, for you we walk on a knife edge.
To the eyes you are a flickering light,
to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you.
- Eugenio Montale

I'm a very big Notorious B.I.G.
fan and I do an imitation of him that always cracks everybody up.
- Gene Ween

If there is some art involved, I'd like it to be that
it came through the cracks of daily work.
- Martin Mull

It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in.
- Logan P. Smith

There's now a Fat Tony doll, which cracks me up.
But you feel honored that they asked you to do a voice.
- Joe Mantegna

We don't want crimes committed in New Mexico falling through the cracks.
This legislation ensures that there is no area of our
state where crimes can be committed without consequence.
- Pete Domenici

Without sounding too pretentious, I was sort of a slave to the narrative.
When the narrative cracks in, I have to go where it takes me.
I had to go to the Bohemian Grove.
It was the obvious end to the book.
- Jon Ronson

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock.
I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there.
These can't be the only notes in the world,
there's got to be other notes some place,
in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.
- Marvin Gaye

When we got down from the ambulances there were sharp
cracks about us as bursts of shrapnel splashed down
upon the Town Hall square.
Dead soldiers lay outside and I glanced at them coldly.
We were in search of the living.
- Philip Gibbs

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Completion:
It is time for the project to be over.
You submitted the proposal, you painted your house,
you passed-in the term paper.
Whatever praise or criticism you received,
it is now time to move on to your next project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

"Beginner Mind" is a Zen Buddhist term
that describes moving past our assumptions
of the nature of our life,
and really SEEING our surroundings -
especially the people we interact with -
with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Staying married may have long-term benefits.
You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over
a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists.
But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the
rare instances where the term fits.
- Martin Scorsese

I think we'll build a consensus for action on Social
Security reform which will reduce that long-term unfunded
obligation and put the system on a sustainable basis.
- John W. Snow

I think that in the near term the only threat to demand
is some form of recession here in the United States.
- Andrew Gould

You just can't get too focused on worrying about what's
going to happen in the next quarter.
You have to worry about where the business is headed long-term.
- James Sinegal

There are men who strike at liberty under the term licentiousness.
- Jonathan Mayhew

The fancy term for what America has squandered in the
past year and a half or so is legitimacy.
- Todd Gitlin

In the fall term of 1933-34 I was on my family farm in Maine.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Nine in the box...
that's a football term.
- Ricky Williams


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