I think the Republican party should be placed in drydock and have the barnacles scraped off its bottom.

— Tallulah Bankhead

Competitive Barnacles quotations

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship, if it did not destroy the structure, it obstructed its fair, comfortable progress in the path of life.

No naturalist has devoted more painstaking attention to the structure of the barnacles than Mr. Darwin.

Lectins are like little barnacles that look for specific sugar molecules in our blood, the lining of our gut, and on our nerves. When they find a good spot to land, they cling to those cells, breaking down their ability to communicate with our immune systems.

God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling.

I know not how it is, but during a voyage I collect books as a ship does barnacles.

Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness.

To those who have no personal experience of this revolutionary aspect of Christian truth, but who see only the outer crust of dead, human conservatism that tends to form around the Church the way barnacles gather on the hull of a ship, all this talk about dynamism sounds foolish.

I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow-sailing ship.

I am the planet's most affectionate life-form, something like the cross between a golden retriever and a barnacle.

Is the scraping off of a barnacle the destruction of a ship?

Long marriages have ended in ruin over tiny and insignificant grievances that were never properly aired and instead grew into a brittle barnacle of hatred.

In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.

The average vice-president is a form of executive fungus that attaches itself to a desk. On a boat this growth would be called a barnacle.

On ships they call them barnacles; in business they attach themselves to desks and are called vice presidents.

But if we know that the people of God are first a fellowship of sinners, we are freed to hear the unconditional call of God's love and to confess our needs openly before our brothers and sisters. The fear and pride that clings to us like barnacles cling to others also. In acts of mutual confession we release the power that heals. Our humanity is no longer denied, but transformed.

Come on, lover, let's have a look," Eric said, giving me a quick kiss.

He jumped off the back porch with me still attached to him—like a large barnacle

Her fingers moved among barnacles and mussels, blue-black, sharp-edged.

Neon red starfish were limp Dalis on the rocks, surrounded by bouquets of stinging anemones and purple bursts of spiny sea urchins.

Love." She looked at me with those blue eyes. "Isn't it astonishing how confused and complicated such a small,simple word is? It attracts so many other things, doesn't it, that stick to it like barnacles on rock...fear, guilt. Need. You can't even see the rock anymore. I imagine love in its purest form is a rare thing.

Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort.

Really, Alexia, what could have possessed you to attach yourself to the side of the ship in such a juvenile fashion? It is positively barnacle-like.

Ah, whimsical. It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. As is what I do is acting on a 'whim'. If only these were gifts from God when I get an idea, but everything I have done that I really love has had a lot of hard work behind it.

The ship's boards were still sticky with new resin.

We leaned over the railing to wave our last farewell, the sun-warm wood pressed against our bellies. The sailors heaved up the anchor, square and chalky with barnacles, and loosened the sails. Then they took their seats at the oars that fringed the boat like eyelashes, waiting for the count. The drums began to beat, and the oars lifted and fell, taking us to Troy.

Maybe a story will cheer you up... Once there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The End.

In my experience, whatever happens clings to us like barnacles on the hull of a ship, slowing us slightly, both uglifying and giving us texture. You can scrape all you want, you can, if you have money, hire someone else to scrape, but the barnacles will come back or at least leave a blemish on the steel.

Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort.

I tell people I'm big in the music business like a barnacle is big in shipping.