Quotes About Definition

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David Levithan
misgivings, n.

Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
"There are things I miss," you said. "But if I didn't have you, I'd miss more.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

Douglas Adams
“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

George Bernard Shaw
“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”
George Bernard Shaw

Ambrose Bierce
Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Cassandra Clare
“Tact is just lying for adults.”
Cassandra Clare

Ambrose Bierce
“Patience – A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce
“Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce
Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Gautama Buddha
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
Gautama Buddha

Nicola Yoon
“prom·ise (ˈpräməs) n. pl. - es. 1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]”
Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

Ambrose Bierce
“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce
Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Criss Jami
“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Ambrose Bierce
“Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Alan W. Watts
“We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”
Alan W. Watts

H.L. Mencken
“Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

Ambrose Bierce
“Hash, x. There is no definition for this word - nobody knows what hash is.
Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable.
Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce
“FIDELITY, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Alan W. Watts
“Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”
Alan W. Watts

Kasie West
“Do you ever feel like you do something or are something for so long that it defines you?”
Kasie West, Pivot Point

Gautama Buddha
“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
Gautama Buddha

“A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are.”
Chauncey Mitchell DePew

Lewis Carroll
“The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.”
Lewis Carroll

Kurt Vonnegut
“What is my definition of jazz? 'Safe sex of the highest order.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Cassandra Clare
“Alec caught him as he began to slide down the wall. "Jace—"
"I'm all right," Jace protested, but his hand gripped Alec's sleeve tightly. "I can stand."
"It looks to me like you're using a wall to prop you up. That's not my definition of 'standing.' "
"It's leaning," Jace told him. "Leaning comes right before standing.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Dan Barker
“People are invariably surprised to hear me say I am both an atheist and an agnostic, as if this somehow weakens my certainty. I usually reply with a question like, 'Well, are you a Republican or an American?' The two words serve different concepts and are not mutually exclusive. Agnosticism addresses knowledge; atheism addresses belief. The agnostic says, 'I don't have a knowledge that God exists.' The atheist says, 'I don't have a belief that God exists.' You can say both things at the same time. Some agnostics are atheistic and some are theistic.”
Dan Barker, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

Gautama Buddha
“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. ”
Gautama Buddha

Criss Jami
“When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything - that is the definition of conviction.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Alan W. Watts
“The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.”
Alan W. Watts

Milton Berle
“Committee - a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.”
Milton Berle

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