Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.
A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.
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Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.
Hating people because of their color is wrong.
And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.
What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
Respect is love in plain clothes.
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain;
all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
Learn to say No without explaining yourself.
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.
The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
If you're not willing to do the work, don't complain about the result.
Why has not man a microscopic eye? For the plain reason man is not a fly.
There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut;
a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts.
A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain.
'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.
Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Many openly show discontentment with their looks, but few with their intelligence. I, however, assure you there are many more plain minds than faces.
Champions train, losers complain.
In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice.
We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.
I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you'd say, Where? What? and turn away.
I tell you I must go! Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?-a machine without feelings? And can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!
Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit;
while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.
Only the really plain people know about love --the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they very soon exhaust their talents.
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
Never explain; your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyway.
It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy.
There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger.
What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year.
And that which was proved true before, prove false again? Two hundred more.
No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language;
the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which 'Escape' is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjust the sails.
Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.
I'm a character actress, plain and simple.
.. Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again.
My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.
The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism.
I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal. The statesmanship they require consists in honesty and frugality, a prompt response to the needs of the people as they arise, and a vigilant protection of all their varied interests.
We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will talk sense to the American people. But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense. And the notion that this Nation is headed for defeat through deficit, or that strength is but a matter of slogans, is nothing but just plain nonsense.
The President to-night has a dream:He was in a party of plain people, and, as it became known who he was, they began to comment on his appearance. One of them said:He is a very common-looking man. The President replied:The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason he makes so many of them.
I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries.
This mesa plain had an appearance of great antiquity, and of incompleteness;
as if, with all the materials for world-making assembled, the Creator had desisted, gone away and left everything on the point of being brought together, on the eve of being arranged into mountain, plain, plateau. The country was still waiting to be made into a landscape.
And as for the unbelievers, their works are as a mirage in a spacious plain which the man athirst supposes to be water, till when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing; there indeed he finds God, and He pays him his account in full; (and God is swift at the reckoning).
When the first-rate author wants an exquisite heroine or a lovely morning, he finds that all the superlatives have been worn shoddy by his inferiors. It should be a rule that bad writers must start with plain heroines and ordinary mornings, and, if they are able, work up to something better.
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more telling.
To know that a thing actually happened gives it a poignancy, touches a chord, which a piece of acknowledged fiction misses. It is to touch this chord that some authors have done everything they could to give you the impression that they are telling the plain truth.
You expect far too much of a first sentence.
Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.
Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting;
she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.