Quotes of Distortion

“ Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result. ”

- Tommy Armour

“ There is no escape from yesterday because yesterday has deformed us, or been deformed by us. The mood is of no importance. Deformation has taken place. ”

- Samuel Beckett

“ Modesty is the richest ornament of a woman... the want of it is her greatest deformity. ”

- Charles Caleb Colton

“ His modesty amounts to deformity. ”

- Margot Asquith

“ Vice turns beauty into deformity. ”

- Samuel Richardson

“ Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding. ”

- Dean Acheson

“ The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. ”

- Sir William Blake

“ Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives that we need to make a large discount from their statements before we can come at their real meaning. ”

- Tryon Edwards

“ It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic. ”

- Russell Wayne Baker

“ Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice. ”

- Cato the Elder

“ No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart. ”

- John Ruskin

“ Abstinence is a perversion. ”

- Bill Maher

“ Secrets are generally terrible. Beauty is not hidden — only ugliness and deformity. ”

- Lucy Maud Montgomery

“ Art is significant deformity. ”

- Roger Fry

“ Affectation is certain deformity; by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious. ”

- Robert Blair

“ What's on your mind, if you'll forgive the over-statement. ”

- Fred Allen

“ A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become. ”

- Fawn M. Brodie

“ I sometimes compare press officers to riflemen on the Somme — mowing down wave upon wave of distortion, taking out rank upon rank of supposition, deduction and gossip. ”

- Bernard Ingham

“ Laughter — An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ There's no disappointment in memory, and one's exaggerations are always on the good side. ”

- George Eliot

“ I think when I began, I played distortion more than the guitar. The results of my strumming. Now I play the twang of the string, which is a lot closer to the source of the sound making. ”

- Ian Williams

“ A mask of gold hides all deformities. ”

- Thomas Dekker

“ Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape. ”

- Georges Bernanos

“ An artist is only an artist thanks to his exquisite sense of beauty — a sense which provides him with intoxicating delights, but at the same time implying and including a sense, equally exquisite, of all deformity and disproportion. ”

- Charles Baudelaire

“ What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. ”

- Pablo Picasso

“ Probably, the nature of homophobia will never be widely interrogated, while we will continue to be excluded from school curricula, subjected to vicious media distortions, or entirely ignored, denied basic civil rights while our demands are ridiculed and derided… ”

- Sarah Schulman

“ It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future… ”

- Jean Baudrillard

“ Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways-in science, in politics, in every bold intention. It is part of our collective lives, entwining our past and our future … a particularly rewarding aspect of life itself. ”

- Shirley Temple Black

“ There is no true expertise in the humanities without knowing all of the humanities. Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Over-concentration on any one point is a distortion. ”

- Camille Paglia
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