Circumlocution Quotes

Quotes tagged as "circumlocution" (showing 1-4 of 4)
Deborah Meyler
“But in this case,” he continues, tracing the line of the plasterwork with one finger, “I feel that there is one cliché that sums up my position so admirably that it would be pure egotism to attempt a more interesting periphrasis. Plain speaking, therefore, there is to be.
“There is undoubtedly a strong possibility, notwithstanding the vagaries of contingency and misfortune, that my son might
have fallen—or might, we could say, have voluntarily jumped, in accordance with the ethical codes with which he has been brought up—for a play you have made with some success, although, as I am persuaded you would concede, very little originality.”
Plain speaking if you’re Henry James, perhaps.”
Deborah Meyler, The Bookstore

“Ooh, I know! You took a course of action so circumlocutious that it would've been faster AND easier for all parties if you just killed yourself?”
Brian Clevinger, 8-Bit Theater

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
“Personal life, expression, knowledge, and history advance obliquely, and not directly, toward ends or toward concepts. That which is sought too deliberately is not obtained.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Immanuel Kant
“Would it not therefore be wiser in moral concerns to acquiesce in the judgement of common reason, or at most only to call in philosophy for the purpose of rendering the system of morals more complete and intelligible, and its rules more convenient for use (especially for disputation), but not so as to draw off the common understanding from its happy simplicity, or to bring it by means of philosophy into a new path of inquiry and instruction?”
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals