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The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still (Epistles to Several Persons)
View quotes by Alexander Pope

Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away
View quotes by Thomas Beecham

Several tons of dynamite are set off in this picture - none of it under the right people
View quotes by James Agee

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. (Point Counter Point)
View quotes by Aldous Huxley

It is now several months since I promised to give you my reasons for preferring the Bible as a schoolbook to all other compositions. Before I state my arguments, I shall assume the five following propositions:

1 . That Christianity is the only true and perfect religion; and that in proportion as mankind adopts its principles and obeys its precepts they will be wise and happy.

2. That a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible than in any other way.

3. That the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.

4. That knowledge is most durable, and religious instruction most useful, when imparted in early life.

5. That the Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life.
- Benjamin Rush, Essays, pp. 93-113, 'A Defence of the Use of the Bible as a School Book'.
View quotes by Benjamin Rush

It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr Birkleigh took any active steps in the matter. Murder is a serious business (Malice Aforethought)
View quotes by Francis Iles

In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there: I might possibly answer, that for any thing I know to the contrary, it had lain there for ever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer which I had before given, that for any thing I knew, the watch might have always been there. Yet why should not this answer serve for the watch, as well as for the stone? why is it not as admissable in the second case as in the first? For this reason, and for no other, viz., that when we come to inspect the watch, we perceive (what we could not discover in the stone) that its several parts are framed and put together for a purpose . . . This mechanism being observed . . . the inference, we think, is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker; that there must have existed, at some time, and at some place of other, an artificer or artificers, who formed it for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use.
View quotes by William Paley

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
View quotes by Jacob Bronowski

There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
View quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke

I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
View quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke

I've always defended Shania [Twain]. She not only opened doors; she knocked several down.
View quotes by Faith Hill

For years I was an undiagnosed anorexic, suffering from a little-known variant of the disease, where, freakishly, the appetite turns in on itself and demands more and more food, forcing the sufferer to gain several stones in weight and wear men's V-necked pullovers. My condition has stabilised now, but I can never stray too far from cocoa-based products and I keep a small cracknel-type candy in my brassiere at all times. Fortunately, I wear a 'D' cup so there is plenty of room for sweetmeats...
View quotes by Victoria Wood

There were thousands of them, apparently attracted by the colour. Not everybody had their dark blue uniform with them, so we had several players wearing the same name and number. [on insects!]
View quotes by David Byas

Several of the actors I've had the good fortune of working with stand out in my mind as 'ultimate'. I guess the obvious would be Tom Hanks, because he really is as fun and as genuine as he comes across in his films and interviews.
View quotes by Barry Pepper

It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
View quotes by Alice Walker

There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
View quotes by David Letterman

I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all?

View quotes by Walt Whitman

Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.
View quotes by Jack Handy

It's a hot night at Madison Square Gardens, and at ringside I see several ladies in gownless evening straps.
View quotes by Jimmy Powers

He could dismiss several schools of philosophy by shifting slightly in his chair or toting his whisky glass. [on Dave Allen]
View quotes by Dylan Moran

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
View quotes by Charles Darwin

It was the heaviest costume I've ever work - it was like carrying several small children around with me all the time [Queen Victoria costume]
View quotes by Pauline Collins

A different type of education came when as a member of a medical corps in the National Guard I spent several weeks in a military camp in California.
View quotes by Paul D Boyer

I did several personal pictures. One was called High Yellow.
View quotes by Larry Buchanan

What happens is you come in and you think you're just coming into a house... then there are several flats and there's about 250 or 300 people that work here [on living at number 10]
View quotes by Tony Blair

He's done something that, at worst, is a little bit childish. At best, it's a bit of comedy that everyone should laugh off, but I still have to deal with it several days later [on Joey Barton dropping his shorts]
View quotes by Stuart Pearce

I had an extraordinary response with messages of support including from several people in the media [on being egged on getting an honorary degree]
View quotes by Jeremy Clarkson

Little did I know that I would be fortunate enough to develop several operating systems in my lifetime; developing one is a rare opportunity for anyone.
View quotes by Dave Cutler

I've been teaching people on the set of the Sound of Music for several weeks and they can't dance like that! [complicating Peter Schmeichel]
View quotes by Arlene Phillips

After realising my natural affinity towards surrealism several years ago I decided to study it's origins and definitions.
View quotes by Trevor Dunn



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