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In matters of usage there are two extremes. At the extreme right are the purists, the standpatters, the rigid traditionalists who ...
I am using it [the word 'perceive'] here in such a way that to say of an object that it is perceived does not entail saying that i ...
I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, con ...
White lies are at the other end of the spectrum of deception from lies in a serious crisis. They are the most common and the most ...
Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates--but pages
Might be filled up, as vainly as before,
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Between a sign and the thing it signifies there is the fixed, determined relationship of cause and effect. We see this in the case ...
A man of fashion never has recourse to proverbs, and vulgar aphorisms; uses neither favourite words nor hard words, but takes grea ...
To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. Th ...
The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage ... he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an ...
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love--now repeated and hardened into usage. They for ...
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