quote by John Updike

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

— John Updike

Breathtaking Condescend quotations

If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done.

Mathematics is the queen of sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics. She often condescends to render service to astronomy and other natural sciences, but in all relations she is entitled to the first rank.

I'm not being condescending, I'm too busy thinking about far more important things you wouldn't understand.

Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.

Everybody that loves Nancy loves it in a slightly condescending way.

Nancy is comics reduced to their most elemental level.

I'm a terrible patient, and I find that doctors can be very condescending.

God has condescended to become an author, and yet people will not read his writings. There are very few that ever gave this Book of God, the grand charter of salvation, one fair reading through.

Before a cat will condescend to treat you as a trusted friend, some little token of esteem is needed, like a dish of cream.

For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life.

O felt that her mouth was beautiful, since her lover condescended to thrust himself into it . . .

People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.

I thought I’d been condescended to as an Indian - that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing Y.A.

Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.

Of all insults, the temporary condescension of a master to a slave is the most outrageous and galling. That potentate who most condescends, mark him well; for that potentate, if occasion come, will prove your uttermost tyrant.

Now in the States if you look at the TV, you see the advertisements, the TV programmes, the pop videos, and the movies, they're all the same style. I think it's very condescending to the audience to assume they only have a three second attention span and so they don't leave anything on the screen for any longer. I don't understand that.

'Tis an old maxim in the schools,That flattery's the food of fools;

Yet now and then your men of witWill condescend to take a bit.

When people are hurting, what they really need is someone who is fully there for them - not someone who is condescending or officious. The only way for you to be there for them is by facing your fear or anger, whatever feelings cause you to shut down.

Two phrases I hate in reference to female characters are 'strong' and 'feisty.

' They really annoy me. It's the most condescending thing. You say that about a three-year-old. It infantilises women.

You’re always working at the margin of what you don’t understand, that’s the only exhilarating place to be. To just illustrate what you already know is condescending, and a waste of your time.

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

The Anglo-Saxon world saw India as an underdeveloped country.

The land of snake charmers, the cows on the street, that "ex-colony-backward-nation" kind of viewpoint, very condescending. Europe on the other hand, saw India in a more romantic, mystical, spiritual way, as a place that's a fountain of wisdom.

Furthermore, unlike Man's other great good friend the horse, the cat is no sweating serf of Man. The only labor she condescends to perform is to catch mice and rats, and that's fun.

There is in all animals a sense of duty that man condescends to call instinct.

Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.

Undoubtedly ... there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. What bears affinity to cunning is despicable.

I like to blur the line between fact and fiction, but not to condescend to the reader by enmeshing her/him into some sort of a postmodern coop.

The great will not condescend to take anything seriously.

I hear Raleigh's new accounting business isn't doing well.

Maybe up in New York or somewhere it's a good thing, but in Jackson, Mississippi, people just don't care to do business with a rude, condescending asshole.

What's more condescending and corny than someone telling you how much more money they have than you and telling you basically, 'I don't care about poor people,' which is a large part of what you hear of corporate hip-hop on the radio.

Titles and mottoes to books are like escutcheons and dignities in the hands of a king. The wise sometimes condescend to accept of them; but none but a fool would imagine them of any real importance. We ought to depend upon intrinsic merit, and not the slender helps of the title.

There is scarcely any man, how much soever he may despise the character of a flatterer, but will condescend in the meanest manner to flatter himself.

If thou art rich, then show the greatness of thy fortune;

or what is better, the greatness of thy soul, in the meekness of thy conversation; condescend to men of low estate, support the distressed, and patronize the neglected. Be great.

Most new writers think it's easy to write for children, but it's not.

You have to get in a beginning, middle and end, tell a great story, write well, not be condescending-all in a few pages.

I've never really understood that. It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable.

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