Enticing: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases

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Icon Group International, Incorporated, Nov 26, 2008 - 58 pages
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Familiar Quotations CrumbsA crumb from a winner's table is better than a feast from a loser's table!ndash;AnonymousCivilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.ndash;Wallace Stevens Use in Literature CrumbsIt was the robin, singing after feeding on the crumbs.ndash;Louise de la Rameacute;e (Ouida) in Bimbi.Another peculiarity of these hospital meals was the rapidity with which the edibles vanished, and the impossibility of getting a drop or crumb after the usual time.ndash;Louisa May Alcott in Hospital Sketches.All crumbs of biscuit were carefully collected by Wisting, the cook for the day, and put into a bag.ndash;Roald Amundsen in The South Pole, vols 1 and 2.The weaker ones get the crumbs.ndash;Roald Amundsen in The South Pole, vols 1 and 2.He pulled off a morsel of crumb to make into a bullet, and fired it gleefully through the open pane of the window against which he was leaning.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Colonel Chabert.When great things disappear they leave crumbs, 'frusteaux,' Rabelais would say, behind them; and the French nobility of this century has left us too many such fragments.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Modeste Mignon (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).Briskly stropping his beak on the branch of the tree on which he rested, and setting his breast plumage in order, much as one might shake a crumb from his waistcoat, the eagle adjusted his searchlights and sat motionless.ndash;E.J. Banfield in The Confessions of a Beachcomber.With this splendid instrument the creature grips and breaks off or gnaws off, or bores out crumbs of coral which you find, apparently in process of digestion, as you render him an acceptable morsel.ndash;E.J. Banfield in The Confessions of a Beachcomber.He opened his mouth to speak, and Jane was irresistibly reminded of a tame goldfish at Overdene, which used to rise to the surface when the duchess dropped crumbs.ndash;Florence L. Barclay in The Rosary.

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