Burgess Unabridged: A New Dictionary of Words You Have Always Needed

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Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1906 - American wit and humor - 120 pages
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Page 62 - You may estimate your capacity for Comic perception by being able to detect the ridicule of them you love, without loving them less : and more by being able to see yourself somewhat ridiculous in dear eyes, and accepting the correction their image of you proposes.
Page 24 - / don't know much about Art, but I know what I like.
Page 18 - ... They follow custom and costume, they obey the Law of Averages. They are, intellectually, all peas in the same conventional pod, unenlightened, prosaic, living by rule and rote. They have their hair cut every month and their minds keep regular office-hours. Their habits of thought are all readymade, proper, sober, befitting the Average Man. They worship dogma. The Bromide conforms to everything sanctioned by the majority, and may be depended upon to be trite, banal and arbitrary.
Page 17 - The Bromide does his thinking by syndicate. He follows the main-traveled roads, he goes with the crowd. In a word, they all think and talk alike — one may predicate their opinion upon any given subject. They follow custom and costume, they obey the Law of Averages.
Page 20 - If you saw that sunset painted in a picture, you'd never believe it would be possible!
Page 33 - It isn't so much the heat (or the cold) as the humidity in the air." Sulphites, on the other hand, " are agreed upon most of the basic facts of life, and this common understanding makes it possible for them to eliminate the obvious from their conversation.
Page 39 - A sulphite is a person who does his own thinking ; he is a person who has surprises up his sleeve. He is explosive. One can never foresee what he will do, except that it will be a direct and spontaneous manifestation of his own personality.
Page 40 - He is always sulphitic, but as often impossible. He will not bore you, but he may shock you. You find yourself watching him to see what is coming next, and it may be a subtle jest, a paradox, or an atrocious violation of etiquette. All cranks, all reformers, and most artists are sulphitic. The insane asylums are full of Sulphites. They not only do ordinary things 40 in unusual ways, but they do unusual things in ordinary ways.
Page 13 - There are two kinds of persons — those who like olives and those who don't," to the fatuous, immemorial lover who says: "There are two kinds of women — Daisy, and the Other Kind!
Page 47 - For, don't you mark? we're made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; And so they are better, painted— better to us, Which is the same thing. Art was given for that; God uses us to help each other so, Lending our minds out.

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