Definition Quotes

William Giraldi

I looked up fairness in the dictionary and it was not there.

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.

Ambrose Bierce

Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.

Ambrose Bierce

Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.

Ambrose Bierce

Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

H.L. Mencken

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

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.

Douglas Adams

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!

Victor Hugo

There are, as we know, powerful and illustrious atheists. At bottom, led back to the truth by their very force, they are not absolutely sure that they are atheists; it is with them only a question of definition, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God.

Toba Beta

No one knows for sure about the future. But if you feel reluctant to plan something about it, then someone with guts would define it for you.

Ambrose Bierce

NIHILIST, n. A Russian who denies the existence of anything but Tolstoi. The leader of the school is Tolstoi.

Kenneth Oakley

The most satisfactory definition of man from the scientific point of view is probably Man the Tool-maker.

Khalid Masood

The definition of time is a moment.

Mizuki Nomura

People from different cultures have different definitions for beauty. Isn't that sad to judge others with our standards... rather than appreciate them?

George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

Kurt Vonnegut

What is my definition of jazz? 'Safe sex of the highest order.

J.D. Brewer

Where would the end be? Will the idea - the definition - of perfection stay the same? No. Perfection is too fickle. It’s in our nature to never be satisfied. We always think we can do more.

Sarah Thornton

The term bohemian has a bad reputation because it's allied to myriad clichés, but Parisians originally adopted the term, associated with nomadic Gypsies, to describe artists and writers who stayed up all night and ignored the pressures of the industrial world.

Bryant McGill

You are not defining your purpose - your purpose is defining you.

Gregory B. Sadler

examination of its own history and of the forms of thought given the name “philosophy” indicates that “philosophy” has itself borne many fundamentally different meanings through the years, and from one school or movement to another.

R. Alan Woods

The Biblical manuscripts are quite unequivocally clear on the issue of marriage and its definition. The law of the land may change, however the Holy Writ shall not."

~R. Alan Woods [2013]

Unarine Ramaru

Art is the reflection of pure emotion and mind, the nature of sensation. An artist illustrates that.

Ikechukwu Izuakor

There's no comprehensive definition of love, it can only be defined by the hearts that are caught up in its web.

Blin Varfi

Normal is unique!

Benjamin James Sadock

Defense mechanism in which the existence of unpleasant realities is disavowed; refers to keeping out of conscious awareness any aspects of external reality that, if acknowledged, would produce anxiety.

William James

We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.

Roy Peter Clark

The bridge between the words glamour and grammar is magic. According to the OED, glamour evolved through an ancient association between learning and enchantment.

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