Idioms Quotes

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Anthon St. Maarten
“Patience is the antidote to the restless poison of the Ego. Without it we all become ego-maniacal bulls in china shops, destroying our future happiness as we blindly rush in where angels fear to tread. In these out-of-control moments, we bulldoze through the best possible outcomes for our lives, only to return to the scene of the crime later to cry over spilt milk.”
Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

Erik Pevernagie
“If we just see life as we think it is and we perceive things only from our own tapered point of view and don't learn the idioms of the others, life is doomed to remain a misconstruction. ("Waiting for the smoke signals")”
Erik Pevernagie

Terry Pratchett
“But I did not return until half past four this morning and I distinctly remember stubbing my toe on the stairs. I am as drunk as a skunk, Drumknott, which of course means skunks are just as drunk as I. I must say the term is unfamiliar to me, and I had not thought hitherto of skunks in this context, but Mustrum Ridcully was kind enough to enlighten me.”
Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

André Brink
“Ouma Nella’s quotes p 144 -146
“Man, if you don’t know where you going, any road will bring you there.”

“It don’t matter how far a river run. It never forget where it come from. That is all that is important.”

“No matter if it’s wet or dry,” she grunt. “As long as you keep a green branch in your heart, there will always be a bird that come to sing in it.”

“It’s no use crying in the rain, my child, because no one will see your tears.
“Don't think you can climb two trees at the same time just because you got two legs.”

“Ouma Nella, where am I not?”
“But you’re right here with me, Philida. So there’s many places where you’re not.”
“Tell me where those places are. I got to know. So I can go and look for myself.”
andre brink, Philida

Terry Pratchett
“If he was going to be boiled for a lamb, then he might as well be roasted for a sheep.”
Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
tags: idioms

Gustave Flaubert
“The devil is in the detail" is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details. It derives from "God is in the detail" attributed to German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969). Earlier on Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) said "Le bon Dieu est dans le detail." Meaning that things seem simple at first but are more complex or require more time and effort than expected. The earlier idea is that details are important; whatever one does should be done thoroughly.”
Gustave Flaubert

Mehmet Oncu
“Li ser sebrekê û du pifikane”
Mehmet Oncu, 101 Biwêj 101 Çîrok

Joe Haldeman
“We're headed for Aleph-7. Panty raid." New slang term for the type of operation whose main object was to gather Tauran artifacts, and prisoners if possible. I tried to find out where the term came from, but the one explanation I got was really idiotic.”
Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
tags: idioms

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Per se, a prank is meant to thank.
Rethink and thank the soft spank.
And fill in the blank,
Not even over drank,
Knelt when they made you walk the plank.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, ACross Tic

Justin Bienvenue
“Why kill two birds with one stone? I go for the whole nest
I am not satisfied with my work unless someone’s a bloody mess”
Justin Bienvenue, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore

Adele  Rose
“With every step, I cursed the person who had ever invented the saying: “Speak of the devil”. Clearly, they had no sympathy for me!”
Adele Rose, Possession

Mehmet Oncu
“Qut û bir, ket û mir”
Mehmet Oncu, 101 Biwêj 101 Çîrok

Mitta Xinindlu
“I'm a project. I manage myself. I'm a project manager.”
Mitta Xinindlu

“This first edition of A Tome of Idioms has been published as a comprehensive, concise, compact, and efficient guide to the meanings and origins of Idioms, Proverbs, and Sayings. Each inclusion is written in a clear and uncomplicated style.

First published in 2019 this book contains over 900 easily readable entries in systematic order augmented by an extensive Bibliography.

This book will be of general interest to everyone who has a curious, inquisitive, questioning, or enquiring intellect.

Sometimes, without knowing, we quote idiomatical expressions in our everyday conversations.

An idiom is used to communicate something that other words do not convey as clearly or as meaningfully.

Idioms tend to be colloquial and are more effective when used in spoken rather than written English.

The origins of idioms are sometimes difficult to trace which means that finding a precise date a particular idiom came into existence is never easy.

A number of idioms, proverbs, and sayings originate in well-known literature and Holy texts such as, William Shakespeare (60 entries), the Bible (47 entries), John Heywood (27 entries), Aesop (15 entries), and Geoffrey Chaucer (12 entries), to name but a few. Some of these have evolved in many different forms over several years into the expressions we use today.

Extract from @A Tome of Idioms”
BH Mckechnie

Harry Turtledove
“Bullets have no chivalry”
Harry Turtledove, The Guns of the South
tags: idioms

Robert K. Tanenbaum
“Yeah, well, if something goes wrong, it'll give me a chance to shoot your ass and save the taxpayers a lot of money," Fulton said and looked again in the mirror. The humor was gone from Kane's face, replaced by a mask of such malevolence that the detective was suddenly re minded of one of his mother's old sayings about letting sleeping dogs lie.”
Robert K. Tanenbaum, Counterplay

Camille Pagán
“A watched phone never buzzed”
Camille Pagán, Good for You