Reciting: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Familiar Quotations RecitingOf course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public.ndash;W. H. AudenStay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.ndash;Ralph Waldo EmersonReciting ndash; DescribingThe task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.ndash;John CheeverBy rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.ndash;Frank Moore ColbyIf you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.ndash;Albert EinsteinTraditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of.ndash;Ellen GoodmanThe greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.ndash;Camille PagliaReciting ndash; NarrationMyth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.ndash;D. H. LawrenceReciting ndash; RecountSuch bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more with is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air?ndash;John MiltonReciting ndash; RelatingHe may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.ndash;James Baldwin
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