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A.E. Coppard
Pedersen was always wooing her. Sometimes he was gracious and kind, but at other times when his failure wearied him he would be cruel and sardonic, with a suggestive tongue whose vice would have scourged her were it not that Marie was impervious, or too deeply inured to mind it. She always grinned at him and fobbed him off with pleasantries, whether he was amorous or acrid.'God Almighty,' he would groan, 'she is not good for me, this Marie. What can I do for her? She is burning me alive and the Skaggerack could not quench me, not all of it. The devil! What can I do with this? Some day I shall smash her across the eyes, yes, across the eyes.'So you see the man really loved her.(The Tiger)
Alan Moore
It is the oldest ironies that are still the most satisfying: man, when preparing for bloody war, will orate loudly and most eloquently in the name of peace.
Alexander McCall Smith
It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything.
Ambrose Bierce
Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
Amit Kalantri
The most dangerous irony is, people are angry with others because of their own incompetence.
Anatole France
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)
Andrew McEwan
The worst mistake a writer can make is to assume everyone has an imagination.
Anne Carson
LIII.What is the holiness of conversation? It isto master death.
Anne Lamott
She lived in fear of ifonic endings. (91)
Anthony Ryan
Only in war does the madman become sane.
Anthony Ryan
War is always an adventure to those who've never seen it.
Audrey Magee
Will you stay in Germany?''No. Somewhere different.''Like where?''Somewhere there was no war. Ireland maybe.
Barack Obama
But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.
Benson Bruno
What do you take me for? That fool Socrates, who upheld the law at the cost of his own death
Bert McCoy
Sarcasm is waster on the young.
Brandi L. Bates
In order to grow, I promise you'll have to let go of some habits. 10 times out of 10, they'll be the habits you're most in love with.
Brando Skyhorse
Faith is a luxury for those who are able to ignore what the rest of us must see every day. Pessimism, distrust, and irony are the holy trinity of my religion, irony in particular.
Cassandra Clare
What are all these? Clary asked.Vials of holy water, blessed knives, steel and silver blades, Jace said, piling the weapons on the floor beside him, electrum wire - not much use at the moment but it's always good to have spares - silver bullets, charms of protetion, crucifixes, stars of David-Jesus, said ClaryI doubt he'd fit.Jace. Clary was appalled.
Cassandra Clare
That was the last cruel irony of Tobias's life: that he doomed the woman he would have died to save.
Charles Baudelaire
Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce, for a pantomime, and translate it into a serious novel. Drown the whole thing in an abnormal, dreamy atmosphere, in the atmosphere of great days … the region of pure poetry.
Charles Bukowski
sometimes when everything seems atits worstwhen all conspiresand gnawsand the hours, days, weeksyearsseem wasted
Charles Bukowski
sometimes when everything seems atits worstwhen all conspiresand gnawsand the hours, days, weeksyearsseem wasted
Charles Bukowski
girlsplease give yourbodies and yourlivestothe young menwhodeserve thembesidesthere isno wayI would welcometheintolerabledullsenseless hellyou would bringmeandI wish youluckin bedandoutbut notinminethankyou.
Charles Bukowski
I paid, got up, walkedto the door, openedit.I heard the mansay, that guy'snuts.out on the street Iwalked northfeelingcuriouslyhonored.
Charles Bukowski
What is your advice to young writers? Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
Charles Dickens
Those darling byegone times, Mr Carker,' said Cleopatra, 'with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture, and their romantic vengeances, and their picturesque assaults and sieges, and everything that makes life truly charming! How dreadfully we have degenerated!
Charlotte Brontë
What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.
Christina Engela
Irony: When those who call others a 'threat to Christianity' reject the crucial tenets of their own faith themselves.
Christopher Hitchens
When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship
Christopher Hitchens
When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship
Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens
One notorious apikoros named Hiwa al-Balkhi, writing in ninth-century Persia, offered two hundred awkward questions to the faithful. He drew upon himself the usual thunderous curses
Christopher Moore
It's sarcasm, Josh.Sarcasm?It's from the Greek, sarkasmos. To bite the lips. It means that you aren't really saying what you mean, but people will get your point. I invented it, Bartholomew named it.Well, if the village idiot named it, I'm sure it's a good thing.There you go, you got it.Got what?Sarcasm.No, I meant it.Sure you did.Is that sarcasm?Irony, I think.What's the difference?I haven't the slightest idea.So you're being ironic now, right?No, I really don't know.Maybe you should ask the idiot.Now you've got it.What?Sarcasm.
Colleen Hoover
I'm meeting the attic before I meet the girl.
Colleen McCullough
Suddenly the thought that the end of her life was imminent shocked him; it was one thing to pity someone he didn't know, quite another to face the same dilemma with someone he knew intimately. That was the trouble with beds. They turned strangers into intimates more quickly than ten years of polite teas in parlours.
Criss Jami
But the Egotist is stuck somewhere between his hidden triad of pride, fear, and insecurity; he is forever fighting to prove himself, instigating battles the Humbleman has unwittingly conquered, already sealed some time ago. Yes, the day he finally accepts face-to-face such an irony as humility - the irony that humility is indeed the mother of giants, that great men, having life so large, as needed, can afford to appear small - the world will then know peace.
Criss Jami
When it comes to judging individuals, I do not like remarks such as 'too good to be true.' They speak as though one is rewarding the nature of evil. Yet, ironically, we still wonder where all the good people have gone.
Curtis Tyrone Jones
People tell you to believe in yourself for your whole life, then call you arrogant when you begin taking their advice.
Dan Simmons
Luckily, even as a young man not yet become himself, John Bridgens had two things besides indecision that kept him from self-destruction - books and a sense of irony.
DBC Pierre
We will all be destroyed whether we like it or not. I say let's like it.
Dexter Palmer
To agree to a marriage is to consent to a mutual act of transformation, to promise to ensure that the versions of yourselves that you will become will remain in harmony, though you yourselves can never stay the same.
Deyth Banger
Hey, GreenHollyWood the mistake was mine that I added you as a friend... I thought that you are my friend... but your irony doesn't end.
Diana Rowland
The over-weight and out of shape guy who owned the house had apparently decided that having a half-million dollar house meant that he couldn't afford to hire someone to clean out his gutters. Now he was dead with what looked to me like a broken neck after the ladder had slipped. He'd taken the plunge into his fancy landscaping
Douglas Adams
In the center lay the exploded carcass of a lonely sperm whale that hadn't lived long enough to be disappointed with its lot.
Douglas Coupland
Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.
E.A. Bucchianeri's just another one of those things I don't understand: everyone impresses upon you how unique you are, encouraging you to cultivate your individuality while at the same time trying to squish you and everyone else into the same ridiculous mould. It's an artist's right to rebel against the world's stupidity.
Edmund Gosse
I was much affected by the internal troubles of the Punch family; I thought that with a little more tact on the part of Mrs. Punch and some restraint held over a temper, naturally violent, by Mr. Punch, a great deal of this sad misunderstanding might have been prevented.
Elizabeth Wein
It's awful, telling it like this, isn't it? As though we didn't know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It's like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, 'You stupid ass, just wait a minute,' and she'll open her eyes! 'Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don't die this time!' But they always do.
Ernest Becker
Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order blindly and dumbly to rot and disappear forever.
Esther M. Friesner
If one cannot learn from the mistakes of others, one might as well become a Democrat.
G.K. Chesterton
Whatever we may think of the merits of torturing children for pleasure, and no doubt there is much to be said on both sides, I am sure we all agree that it should be done with sterilized instruments.
Gary Inbinder
Thank heaven for people who are satisfied with facts that conform to the reality they wish to believe.
George Harrison
With every mistake, we must surely be learning.
Haruki Murakami
The sense of tragedy - according to Aristotle - comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist's weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I'm getting at? People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues....[But] we accept irony through a device called metaphor. And through that we grow and become deeper human beings.
Hermann Hesse
The world had been divided into two parts that sought to annihilate each other because they both desired the same thing, namely the liberation of the oppressed, the elimination of violence, and the establishment of permanent peace.
Holly Hood
It would be the last thing he did if he beat my dog.
Hooman Majd
It strikes me often while I am in Iran that were Christian evangelicals to take a tour of Iran today, they might find it the model for an ideal society they seek in America. Replace Allah with God, Mohammad with Jesus, keep the same public and private notions of chastity, sin, salvation, and God's will, and a Christian Republic is born.
J.K. Rowling
Would you like me to [kill you] now? asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?
James Jones
Two whores who finally found something to mother. A guy could write a book about it, he thought bitterly, call it From Hair To Maternity. It would probly be a very long book. Whores did not produce as fast as rabbits.
James C. Dobson
I don't want to die. I deserve, certainly, the most extreme punishment society has, and I think society deserves to be protected from me and from others like me. That's the irony. What I'm talking about is going beyond retribution because there is no way in the world that killing me is going to restore those beautiful children to their parents and correct and soothe the pain.
James Dashner
Shouldn't someone give a pep talk or something?' Minho asked...Go ahead, Newt replied.Minho nodded and faced the crowd. 'Be careful,' he said dryly. 'Don't die.'Thomas would have laughed if he could, but he was too scared for it to come out.'Great. We're all bloody inspired,' Newt answered.
Jane Austen
She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well
Jane Austen
She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well
Jane Austen
I cannot say much for this Monarch's Sense--Nor would I if I could, for he was a Lancastrian. I suppose you know all about the Wars between him and the Duke of York who was on the right side; if you do not, you had better read some other History, for I shall not be very difuse in this, meaning by it only to vent my spleen against, and show my Hatred to all those people whose parties or principles do not suit with mine, and not to give information.
Jane Austen
She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well
Jim Butcher
Hell's bells, irony blows.
Joan Didion
The apparently bottomless gulf between what we say we want and why we do want, between what we officially admire and secretly desire, between, in the largest sense, the people we marry and the people we love.
Jody Gehrman
Maybe illusion and artifice
John Fowles
Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?''For fun?''Fun!' He pounced on the word. 'Words are for truth. For facts. Not fiction.
Joss Whedon
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.
Joss Whedon
The thing about changing the world... Once you do it, the world's all different.
Joyce Carol Oates
A mouth of no distinction but well practiced, before I entered my teens, in irony. For what is irony but the repository of hurt? And what is hurt but the repository of hope?
Julie Kagawa
It would be dreadfullyironic, I mused, if once I earned a soul, I forgot everything about being fey, including all my memories of her. That sort of ending seemedappropriately tragic; the smitten fey creature becomes human but forgets why he wanted to in the first place. Old fairy tales loved that sort of irony.
Kate Morton
But though it had prevailed against such fierce adversaries as fire and flood, it had fallen victim softly and swiftly to television in the 1960's.
Kerrelyn Sparks
Look, Laszlo. I'll have the dentist with me, and I don't want to alarm her any more than necessary. So take Vanna out of the backseat and stick her in the trunk.Shanna halted. Her mouth dropped open. Her throat seized up, making it hard to breathe.I don't care how much crap you have in the trunk. We're not driving around with a naked body in the car.Oh no! She gasped for air. He was a hit man.
Laura Kinsale
There was no public to humiliate him here. They already knew he was a lunatic. They expected it. He could burst into howls of insanity, and they would only smile those gentle smiles at him and wrestle him into the chains.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for anarchy
Ljupka Cvetanova
No one plows the field just by thinking about it.
Ljupka Cvetanova
They would sweep their poverty under the carpet if only they had one.
Ljupka Cvetanova
I have a headache. If only I had a crown to put on!
Ljupka Cvetanova
If you don't understand it, it's art.
Ljupka Cvetanova
If time is money and you wasted my time, then give me back my money!
Ljupka Cvetanova
True friends chop the onions and cry together.
Ljupka Cvetanova
I got married. A bright past is ahead of me!
Ljupka Cvetanova
Behind every successful woman is a hungry man.
Ljupka Cvetanova
Keep trying?I'd rather keep walking. I mean, whisky is whisky
Ljupka Cvetanova
If Socrates was alive today he would say : I know that I know everything. That's what contemporary philosophers do.
Ljupka Cvetanova
A painting is worth a thousand confused art-gallery visitors.
Ljupka Cvetanova
Women strive to be the change they want to see in the mirror.
Ljupka Cvetanova
Men never forget true love. They always remember all the women they couldn't have.
Ljupka Cvetanova
What does your birth date say about you? You are old!
Ljupka Cvetanova
In the beginning there was the Word. Then we broke it.
Ljupka Cvetanova
An independent newspaper? It is a newspaper that looks nothing like a newspaper.
Ljupka Cvetanova
Many people know they're working, but not what they're working.
Ljupka Cvetanova
She said yes. If only she didn't talk so much!
Ljupka Cvetanova
People strive to be ahead of time just to get a chance to trip it.
Ljupka Cvetanova
I improvise therefore I exist!
Ljupka Cvetanova
Men weigh love with hands.
Ljupka Cvetanova
You can make fun of yourself and people will laugh at you. If you're smart, you'll end up as a comedian. If you're not, you'll end up as a clown.
Ljupka Cvetanova
A good lover? One percent talent and ninety nine percent hard work.
Ljupka Cvetanova
I would die for you, my love
Ljupka Cvetanova
Repeat a lie a thousand times and it become a successful political campaign.
Ljupka Cvetanova
Help yourself with the state! It's on democracy!
Ljupka Cvetanova
Just married! A bright past is ahead of them!
Ljupka Cvetanova
Poor people! They build tunnels to reach the light.
Maggie Stiefvater
You could write a book about things that you can't find on-line.
Maggie Stiefvater
Somewhere fate laughs in her far-off country, because now I am the human and it is Grace I will lose again and again, immer wieder, always the same, every winter, losing more of her each year, unless I find a cure.
Marie Lu
The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.
Mark Twain
In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
Michel de Montaigne
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel Houellebecq
People often say that the English are very cold fish, very reserved, that they have a way of looking at things
Michel Houellebecq
People often say that the English are very cold fish, very reserved, that they have a way of looking at things
Mika Waltari
Sometimes it might be kinder to kill a man, than to take his dreams from him.
Miles Watson
No one knew much about the Twenty-Eighth Infantry. It was not a glamour outfit. They knew about the Big Red One and the Screaming Eagles, about the Eighty-Second Airborne and Hell On Wheels, but not about Twenty-Eighth Infantry. The name was met with a certain silence, as if he was in a room full of Harvard graduates and told them his degree was by correspondence.
Mohammed Hanif
He won't stop the war until you give him the peace prize.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Famine sometimes increases the number of people who are overweight.
Mona Awad
What does she even eat, do you think?Tea fungus,Ruth says. Unsweetened. From an eye dropper. Is what I picture. either that or some sort of sea vegetable.Sad, I say.It is, Ruth muses.We decide to order two skim milk cappuccinos and split a gluten-free carrot cake cupcake.
Moses Hadas
Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.
Muriel Barbery
So if there is something on the planet that is worth living for, I'd better not miss it, because once you're dead, it's too late for regrets, and if you die by mistake, that is really, really dumb.
Orhan Pamuk
The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.
Oscar Wilde
Even things that are true can be proved.
Patricia Briggs
What would a racist call werewolves? Wargs? She kind of liked that one, but suspected that racist bastards didn't read Tolkien.
Paulo Coelho
God hides the fires of hell within paradise.
Peter Bogdanovich
Tremendous beauty and tremendous ugliness puts you on the outside of things.
Petronius Arbiter
Can't you see that I'm only advising you to beg yourself not to be so dumb?
Philip K. Dick
If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.
Rachel Held Evans
It is a tragic and agonizing irony that instructions once delivered for the purpose of avoiding needless offense are now invoked in ways that needlessly offend, that words once meant to help draw people to the gospel now repel them.
René Descartes
Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.
Robert Hughes
What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890? Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art, in the most disinterested and noble way, could find the necessary metaphors by which a radically changing culture could be explained to its inhabitants.
Roger Zelazny
Nobody steals books but your friends.
Roger Zelazny
To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, I wish I had known this some time ago.
Ron Rash
She walks in beauty.
Rudyard Kipling
A DEAD STATESMANI could not dig: I dared not rob:Therefore I lied to please the mob.Now all my lies are proved untrueAnd I must face the men I slew.What tale shall serve me here amongMine angry and defrauded young?from EPITAPHS OF THE WAR 1914-18
Salley Vickers
There are few things more mysterious than endings. I mean, for example, when did the Greek gods end, exactly? Was there a day when Zeus waved magisterially down from Olympus and Aphrodite and her lover Ares, and her crippled husband Hephaestus ) I always felt sorry for him), and all the rest got rolled up like a worn-out carpet?
Samuel Johnson
Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Samuel R. Delany
I don't know whether Asimov realized he was saying this as well, but as an old historical materialist, if only as an afterthought, he must have realized that he was saying too: No one here will ever look at you, read a word you write, or consider you in any situation, no matter whether the roof is falling in or the money is pouring in, without saying to him- or herself (whether in an attempt to count it or to discount it), 'Negro...' The racial situation, permeable as it might sometimes seem (and it is, yes, highly permeable), is nevertheless your total surround. Don't you ever forget it...! And I never have.
Sebastian Barry
He was shivering like a Wicklow sheepdog in a snowy yard, though the weather was officially 'clement'.The first layer of clothing was his jacket, the second his shirt, the third his long-johns, the fourth his share of lice, the fifth his share of fear.
Sherman Alexie
I always think it's funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians.So I'm never quite sure why we eat turkey like everybody else.
Sherman Alexie
[Or perhaps my friends should have realized that they shouldn't have left behind the FRICKING REASON FOR THEIR PROTEST!And that thought just cracked me up.]It was like my friends had walked over the backs of baby seals in order to get to the beach where they could protest against the slaughter of baby seals.
Simon R. Green
It's hard to maintain a reputation for being grim and mysterious when you're accompanied by a brightly clad young thing, skipping merrily along at your side, holding your hand, and smiling sweetly on one and all.
Stan Beckensall
A constant factor in human history is the need to protect oneself. Another factor is the urge to attack someone else.
Stephen Crane
He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid.
Steven Wright
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Susan Kay
And it's really very difficult to kill someone when all your inner instincts would oblige you to take off your hat first!
Suzy Kassem
The human ego is the ugliest part of man. We lift up men who only show us darkness, and put down those brave enough to show us the light. Likewise, people engage in darkness when it is light outside, and acknowledge the light only when it is dark. We abandon those fighting for us to cheer behind those fighting against us. And, we only remember good people and God when it is convenient for us, and take them for granted because their doors are always open - only to chase after closed doors and personalities void of substance and truth.
Terry Pratchett
People who didn't need people needed people around to know that they were the kind of people who didn't need people.
Terry Pratchett
You know, you're rather amusingly wrong.
Terry Pratchett
(About sweeping)....What he was in FACT doing was moving the dirt around with a broom, to give it a change of scenery and a chance to make new friends.
Terry Pratchett
You're not going to tell me they built fifty-foot-high killer golems, are you?Only a man would think of that.It's our job, said Moist. If you don't think of fifty-foot-high killer golems first, someone else will.
Terry Pratchett
Just to keep the bad dreams at bay, she took a swig out of a bottle that smelled of apples and happy brain-death.
The Kinks
Give the People what they want - and they'll get what they deserve.
Thomas James Higgins
I'm not scared of death, I just don't want to seek it out.
Thomas Ligotti
... nature did not make us to feel too good for too long (which would be no good for the survival of the species) but only to feel good enough to imagine, erroneously, that someday we might feel good all the time. To believe that humanity will ever live in a feel-good world is a common mistake. And if we do not feel good, we should act as if we do. If you act happy, then you will become happy
For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men. Make them your examples, and, esteeming courage to be freedom and freedom to be happiness, do not weigh too nicely the perils of war.[Funeral Oration of Pericles]
Nothing incites failure more than success.
Ursula Hegi
That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.
Veronica Micle
Când îţi scrii cea mai frumoasă pagină în cartea vieţii tale, soarta, cu vecinica ei ironie, varsă cerneala peste foile ce urmează.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
William Shakespeare
O, wonder!How many goodly creatures are there here!How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,That has such people in't!