Quotes of Description

“ Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours.". ”

- Robert Byrne

“ There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before. ”

- Willa Cather

“ First of all, tabloid stories are some of the richest and most important stories that we have. There's nothing wrong, per se, with tabloid stories. ”

- Errol Morris

“ History is just a portrayal of crimes and misfortunes. ”

- Voltaire

“ Often the cock-loft is empty, in those whom nature hath built many stories high. ”

- Thomas Fuller

“ From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters. ”

- Nadine Gordimer

“ If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed. ”

- Paracelsus

“ Sex is nature's way of saying 'Hi!'. ”

- Woody Allen

“ My definition of modernism took a while to develop. ”

- Peter Gay

“ I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories. ”

- Dave Barry

“ How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all. ”

- Alan Dean Foster

“ I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium. ”

- Brian Eno

“ Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories. ”

- Alice Munro

“ History is no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes. ”

- Voltaire

“ The [Academy Awards] ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons. ”

- George C. Scott

“ I have said nothing because there is nothing I can say that would describe how I feel as perfectly as you deserve it. ”

- G. E. Moore

“ Genre categories are irrelevant. I dislike them, but I do not have the casting vote. Writing is writing and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure? ”

- Tanith Lee

“ A definition is nothing else but an explication of the meaning of a word, by words whose meaning is already known. Hence it is evident that every word cannot be defined; for the definition must consist of words; and there could be no definition, if there were not words previously understood without definition. ”

- Thomas Reid

“ The trouble comes when we try to fashion our success to the outside world's specifications even though these are not the specifications drawn up in our own hearts. For whom are we succeeding, for ourselves or for somebody else? Success, if it is to be meaningful, must be a personal thing. ”

- Howard Whitman

“ The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine? ”

- Judith Hayes

“ It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear.... It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to. ”

- Marilyn Ferguson

“ We want to make sure children aren't left without any books. We want to make sure our children have the books, that they have a place in the castle. We want to make sure that their mothers have affordable day care. We want to make sure we give the older people the care that they need. ”

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

“ When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he's going to have a go at it anyway. ”

- Clyde B. Aster

“ 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

“ Happiness just wasn't part of the job description back then. You tried to find a helpmate to keep the cold wind and dogs at bay. Happiness just wasn't part of the equation. Survival was. ”

- Robin Green

“ The most valuable and useful of all talents and abilities is that of never using two words or descriptions when one will do or suffice. ”

- Dr. Squid

“ And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickened of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description. ”

- Lord Byron

“ 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

“ 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. ”

- Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

“ You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. ”

- William Hazlitt
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