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Phrase Quotes

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The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Related topics: Wisdom Tradition Open Mind Habit Change

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
- C. P. Snow

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

 

The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers,
and failure is an orphan.
- Alan Price

The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase.
A better phrase is the civilised society.
- Roy Jenkins

Success is like a liberation or the first phrase of a love story.
- Jeanne Moreau

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Interpreter of Maladies is the title of one of the stories in the book.
And the phrase itself was something I thought of before I even wrote that story.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

When people say 'love to hate', they actually mean
'love to be appalled by' -
if they truly hated them,
they'd never repeat a catch phrase.
- Chris Morris

I use a lot more chords than most organists and I'm
careful to phrase them with the guitar.
- Alan Price

Plus, I love comic writing.
Nothing satisfies me more than finding a funny way to phrase something.
- Michael Pollan

But the worst of all is, according to the old phrase,
while the grass grows, the horse starves,
but the man of money is the man for Nova Scotia.
Those may do extremely well.
- Nathaniel Smith

The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman
convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There are things that Scotsmen get and other people
don't get in the dialogue.
Scottish characters can be pinpointed by a phrase,
targeted very quickly.
- Bill Forsyth

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm,
and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image,
so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
- Josiah Royce

I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined
by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.
- Ogden Nash

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution;
and a government ill executed,
whatever may be its theory, must, in practice,
be a bad government.
- Joseph Story

Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out
and you want to catch it and bring it back.
You can't do that.
It's gone, gone forever.
- Dan Quayle

He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks
and then gives birth to it in a speech.
- John Colville

The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase,
'Let no one be called happy till his death;' to which I would add,
'Let no one, till his death, be called unhappy.'
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is -
holy war.
- Steve Allen

The most used phrase in my administration if I were
to be President would be "What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?"
- Glenn Beck

Congress seems to believe that 'Children are our future'
is a phrase coined by tobacco advertisers.
- Jef I. Richards

To change your phrase somewhat, I know that I like
an art where disparate elements form an entity.
- James Schuyler

When you're writing about people that are not very well off,
you seem to see the kitchen sink.
So it was a bit of a sort of cosy phrase that got used a bit too much.
- Timothy West

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war,
the pretext for war will never be wanting,
and peace can never be secure.
- John Bright

Well I've never used that phrase before,
but yes she is bootylicious.
- Ben Affleck

I don't think of myself as a character actress -
that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
- Bette Davis

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's
sake if we take the phrase seriously,
and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written
in England forty years ago.
- Allen Tate

When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings
of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned
to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word.
- Charles D. Broad

Avoiding the phrase "I don't have time...",
will soon help you to realize that you do have the
time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.
- Bo Bennett

After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times,
they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
- H. G. Wells

I see happiness as a by-product.
I don't think you can pursue happiness.
I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes
the Founding Fathers made.
- James Hillman

I've always had a will to succeed, to win,
however you phrase it.
- Jack K. Cooke

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment,
or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.
- Stendhal

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

It is simple nonsense to speak of the fixed tempo of
any particular vocal phrase.
Each voice has its peculiarities.
- Anton Seidl

If ask 100 Arkansans about the phrase,
'the public option,' or 'a public option,'
you'll get 100 different impressions about what that means.
- Bill Halter

The catch phrase for the day is 'Do an act of kindness.
Help one person smile.'
- Harvey Ball

The final lesson a writer learns is that
everything can nourish the writer.
The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter,
a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.
- Anais Nin

If the same phrase in the same place created the right effect,
I was perfectly prepared to use it every time.
I wasn't worried that I wasn't improvising.
- Alexis Korner

The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives.
It means a lot of things to different people.
I think we're redefining it now.
- Rita Dove

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it
down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate),
then come back to it and work a plot around it.
- Paul Kane

Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day,
thinking about how I want to phrase something or how
I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
- Stanley Crouch

The really explicit phrase is doors of perception.
- Marianne Faithfull

He can thread a needle with a well-turned phrase.
- Don Hewitt

My least favorite phrase in the English language is "I don't care."
- James Caan

If you feel you have the right key, you try to make
some phrase or sound that will fit.
- Jan Garbarek

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente
when there's a good English phrase for it -
cold war.
- Golda Meir

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope.
Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning:
we are all in the same boat.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only,
but now and then I come across a passage,
perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me,
and it becomes part of me.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I am told that there is a proverbial phrase among the Inuit:
'A long time ago,
in the future.' Let the children see our history,
and maybe it will help to shape the future.
- Romeo LeBlanc

Well, I guess my unease with that is...
I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase -
smooth jazz,
as opposed to what?
- David Sanborn

To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice,
which I've done all my life, and not to be able to
phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy,
I think I would be totally devastated.
- Barbara Walters

Taking it in its wider and generic application,
I understand faith to be the supplement of sense;
or,
to change the phrase, all knowledge which comes not
to us through our senses we gain by faith in others.
- Matthew Simpson

Every time I listen back to solos of mine I'll hear
something I like and then another phrase that I can't stand.
You have to live with what you play.
And the recording medium puts that on us.
When I play live gigs I don't think so much like that.
- John Abercrombie

A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute
condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity,
I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that,
if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
- Mikhail Bakunin

The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat',
while romantic, is really meaningless,
since the outfielder should be in motion long before
he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.
- Joe DiMaggio

We have as many planes of speech as does a painting
planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase.
The most important word stands out most vividly defined
in the very foreground of the sound plane.
Less important words create a series of deeper planes.
- Konstantin Stanislavisky

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in
thorough unison with the others in that particular group,
and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament,
rhythm or technique; she may phrase,
accentuate or actually interpret differently.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

I began thinking there should be an American phrase book,
'cause I've got an Italian phrase book,
and an Arabic one...
now a British one.
I think it'd be pretty good to have an American phrase book.
- Joe Strummer

In my early professionals years I was asking the question:
How can I treat,
or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase
the question in this way:
How can I provide a relationship which this person
may use for his own personal growth?
- Carl Rogers

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have
to get it right the first time,
unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
You can always do it better, find the exact word,
the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
- Robert Cormier

There's a lot of people over time who have brought
out all these funky records that everybody has started
jumping on like a catch phrase...
When Planet Rock came out, then you had all of the electro funk records.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Throughout my political career, I've believed in the concept of home rule.
Some call it local control.
Whichever phrase you use, the concept is the same -
the best decisions are those made closest to those
who will be impacted by the decisions.
- Linda Lingle

For years, I sort of would try to write a story that somehow fit the title.
And I don't think it happened for maybe another four
years that I actually thought of a story,
the plot of a story that corresponded to that phrase.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

He told me he was working as an interpreter in a doctor's office in Brookline,
Massachusetts, where I was living at the time,
and he was translating for a doctor who had a number of Russian patients.
On my way home, after running into him,
I just heard this phrase in my head.
- Jhumpa Lahiri

You can still have chemistry on screen without getting on with the person.
But it just makes your job a lot easier if you don't have to gird your loins,
if that's not quite the right phrase,
every time you're going to do a scene with that person.
- Hugh Dancy


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