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I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
- Lord Chesterfield

America is woven of many strands.
I would recognise them and let it so remain.
Our fate is to become one, and yet many.
This is not prophecy, but description.
- Ralph Ellison

I started formal piano training when I was 4.
From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons
of every sort and description,
and painting lessons.
I had German.
And shorthand.
- Twyla Tharp

 

The correct description is that we try every day to
become more humble when we talk about divinity,
we try to realize how little we know and how open minded we should be.
- John Templeton

All I can really say is it's bloodier than hell.
In this one I'm going to be much more direct and honest
in my description of the actual killings and the crime scene.
- Christopher Darden

What girls do to each other is beyond description.
No chinese torture comes close.
- Tori Amos

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Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to
the description of society as it should be,
and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.
- Benjamin Tucker

Whenever I fill out the job description I put 'songwriter,'
never 'singer' or 'artist.' Singers come and go.
- Brian McKnight

Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience,
of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul,
for mental explanation or description.
- David Herbert Lawrence

String theory is an attempt at a deeper description
of nature by thinking of an elementary particle not
as a little point but as a little loop of vibrating string.
- Edward Witten

My tears will keep no channel, know no laws to guide their streams,
but like the waves, their cause, run with disturbance
till they swallow me as a description of his misery.
- John Cleveland

Part of my plan was not only to introduce all useful
animals that I possibly could into this part of Australia,
but also the most valuable plants of every description.
- George Grey

No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading
corruption produced by slavery.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something -
a character sketch,
a monologue, a description of some sight,
or even just a list of ideas.
- Thomas Perry

In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion,
but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.
- John B. S. Haldane

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity.
Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
- Ben Okri

What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist,
description of scientific apparatus and methods is
to the modern Scientific Detective writer.
- Hugo Gernsback

My piece in One World or None was the description of
the effect of a single atomic bomb on New York City.
- Philip Morrison

Even in a less exaggerated description,
any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself
employing an assortment of waterfalls,
lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc.
- Sergei Eisenstein

Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle
that was being advertised on eBay the other day -
the description was,
'Never shot.
Dropped once.
- Roy Blunt

I think Morse's thing about being a poor policeman
but a good detective is a very good description of him.
- John Thaw

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description,
as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams.
We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists,
of a sort.
- William Gibson

The word actress has always seemed less a job description to me than a title.
- Gene Tierney

I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word,
that they were the bibles of the poor.
- John McGahern

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool
or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
- John McCain

The teacher of history's work should be,
ideally, not simply a description of past cultures,
but a performance of the culture in which we live and
are increasingly taking our being.
- William Irwin Thompson

In rating ease of description as very important,
we are essentially asserting a belief in quantitative knowledge -
a belief that most of the key questions in our world
sooner or later demand answers to 'by how much?' rather
than merely to 'in which direction?'
- John Tuley

I'm quite sure that all true professional artists,
of every description, in all walks of life,
whether their craft is painting, music,
sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern -
mankind.
- Chico Hamilton

The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to
cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality.
It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists
and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.
- Freda Adler

You know, the way art history is taught,
often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great.
The description of a lousy painting and the description
of a great painting will very much sound the same.
- Chuck Close

The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols,
dealing apparently with purely formal truths,
may still reach results of endless importance for our
description of the physical universe.
- Karl Pearson

I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -
it also marks the time,
which is four o clock in the morning,
and saves a description of the rising sun,
and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I looked it at like this way.
To get folks to like you, as a screen player I mean,
I figured you had to sort of be their ideal.
I don't mean a handsome knight riding a white horse,
but a fella who answered the description of a right guy.
- Gary Cooper

Similar to the telescope or the telephone,
television enables us to see or hear things we never dreamed of.
When you look at the details, a concrete scene between
people is really something incredibly unlikely,
something subtle that requires extended description.
- Alexander Kluge

The dwarfed trees of the Chinese and Japanese have
been noticed by every author who has written upon these countries,
and all have attempted to give some description of
the method by which the effect is produced.
- Robert Fortune

There are people who are suffering beyond description.
They are innocent people, they didn't bring this upon themselves.
They are the victims of the sins of other people.
And while it's hard to see, it's important to understand that these people exist.
- Mia Farrow

The mathematical framework of quantum theory has passed
countless successful tests and is now universally accepted
as a consistent and accurate description of all atomic phenomena.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined,
and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment
of information that occurs when one description is combined with another.
- Gregory Bateson

Our situation here, without any exaggeration,
is beyond description almost; it is such as eye has not seen nor ear heard,
nor hath it ever entered into the heart of men to conceive
Boston ever to arrive at.
- Peter Oliver

The tests which showed that this was the only rifle
which had the markings which were shown on the bullets;
the fact that a man was seen by several witnesses,
not identified, but seen in the window with the general
description of what he looked like.
- John Sherman Cooper

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short,
but full description of a happy state in this World:
he that has these two,
has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them,
will be little the better for anything else.
- John Locke

Isn't one of your first exercises in learning how to
communicate to write a description of how to tie your
shoelaces? The point being that it's basically impossible
to use text to show that.
- Donald Norman

If a man is going to be an American at all let him
be so without any qualifying adjectives,
and if he is going to be something else,
let him drop the word American from his personal description.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

You know more of a road by having traveled it than
by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
- William Hazlitt

Descriptions of my work depress me.
They make me feel pinned down.
- Thom Mayne

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things.
The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions:
could have,
might have, and should have.
- Louis E. Boone

The fundamental laws of physics do not describe true facts about reality.
Rendered as descriptions of facts, they are false;
amended to be true,
they lose their explanatory force.
- Nancy Cartwright

By creating useful job descriptions and making clear
what qualifications should be expected,
the Department aims to help improve schools' ability
to recruit the right people.
- Estelle Morris

I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make
any sensible person stop wanting to go there.
- Charles de Secondat

Inflated descriptions by the pen or exaggerated illustrations by the pencil.
- Grace Darling

If I showed you scripts from my first few movies,
the descriptions of my characters all said 'the ugly girl'.
- Winona Ryder

Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions
of an amazing universe in our possession that kings
in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess.
- Kary Mullis

With Dick Smith there, and the words of Peter Shaffer...
they've got to be the most beautiful descriptions in
music ever written on film or in literature.
And we could hear the music accompanying the words...
What more can you ask for?
- F. Murray Abraham

The grandmother, the mother, the worker,
the student, the intellectual, the professional,
the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs
because they were descriptions of life in the city.
- Ruben Blades

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

But when I went to Hiroshima and began to study or
just listen to people's descriptions of their work,
it was quite clear they were talking about death all the time,
about people dying all around them, about their own fear of death.
- Robert Jay Lifton

It's easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good
guidebook and get some basic street names,
and some descriptions, but, for me, yes,
I am indebted to my travels to India for several of the stories.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

I write scripts in storyboard fashion using stick figures,
and thought balloons and word balloons and captions.
Then I'll write descriptions of what scenes should
look like and turn it over to the artist.
- Harvey Pekar

You look at the descriptions of Whitey by law enforcement during his early years,
and they sum him up pretty well.
He was the same guy 40 years later; he just had $40 million more,
and had committed 40 more murders.
- Howie Carr

People are naming it the Third Wave,
the Information Age,
etc.
but I would say those are basically technological descriptions,
and this next shift is not about technology -
although obviously it will be influenced and in some
cases expressed by technologies.
- Paul Hawken

Nancy Drew was always changing her outfits.
I despised girls' clothing, I couldn't wait to get
home from school and get out of it.
The last thing I wanted to read was minute descriptions of Nancy's frocks.
- Alison Bechdel

Science is analytical, descriptive, informative.
Man does not live by bread alone, but by science he attempts to do so.
Hence the deadliness of all that is purely scientific.
- Eric Gill

I've always thought of fat as just a descriptive word.
- Camryn Manheim

Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive
and are lighter on dialogue.
- Douglas Wood

The great art of films does not consist of descriptive
movement of face and body but in the movements of thought
and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.
- Louise Brooks

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

So to me, fat just seems to be right to the point and
the most descriptive way to say it.
- Camryn Manheim

The general statement that the mental faculties are class concepts,
belonging to descriptive psychology,
relieves us of the necessity of discussing them and
their significance at the present stage of our inquiry.
- Wilhelm Wundt

Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some
are more descriptive or narrative.
Each poem is fixed in a moment.
All those moments written or read together take on
the movement and architecture of a narrative.
- Marilyn Hacker

At the descriptive level, certainly,
you would expect different cultures to develop different
sorts of ethics and obviously they have;
that doesn't mean that you can't think of overarching
ethical principles you would want people to follow in all kinds of places.
- Peter Singer


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