The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.
— Charles Sumner decorations quote
Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I'm past that age.
— Katharine Hepburn
Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.
— Charles M. Schulz
Never in all her life had she imagined that this idolized millinery could look, to those who paid for it, like the decorations of an insane monkey.
— decorations quotation by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Judges don't age; time decorates them.
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
Any new venture goes through the following stages: Enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent and decoration of those who did nothing.
If you must commit suicide... always contrive to do it as decorously as possible; the decencies, whether of life or of death, should never be lost sight of.
Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles;
but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.
Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.
To write or even speak English is not a science but an art.
There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
Iconic clothing has been secularized.
A guardsman in a dress uniform is ostensibly an icon of aggression; his coat is red as the blood he hopes to shed. Seen on a coat-hanger, with no man inside it, the uniform loses all its blustering significance and, to the innocent eye seduced by decorative color and tactile braid, it is as abstract in symbolic information as a parasol to an Eskimo. It becomes simply magnificent.
By the worldly standards of public life, all scholars in their work are of course oddly virtuous. They do not make wild claims, they do not cheat, they do not try to persuade at any cost, they appeal neither to prejudice nor to authority, they are often frank about their ignorance, their disputes are fairly decorous, they do not confuse what is being argued with race, politics, sex or age, they listen patiently to the young and to the old who both know everything. These are the general virtues of scholarship, and they are peculiarly the virtues of science.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.
My mom decorated with lots of antiques.
I never liked it when I was a little girl - I wanted to live in a modern house. But now I love it.
What a house. Turns out they're doing OK, the Malfoy's. However, the interior decorating leaves a lot to be desired. And needless to say, Voldemort isn't the greatest houseguest.
In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer.
It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design.
I like decorative, functional things that I feel comfortable in.
The worst thing any decorator can do is give a client the feeling that he's walking around somebody else's house; the rooms must belong to the owner, not to the decorator; and no rooms can have atmosphere unless they are used and lived in.
You can ask any set decorator on any set where I've had to be in an office, I always kind of claim it - I put Post-its everywhere, and I kind of make it look lived-in.
All those people whose faces decorate the shopping bags of Barnes and Noble, with a few exceptions, would never get published today.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God.
Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration.
Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
But, after all, the aim of art is to create space - space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live.
I ask you, what good is a big picture window and the lavish appointments and a priceless decor in a home if there is no mother there?
Of course, most failures aren't so public in nature.
Most failures happen quietly, unspectacularly, and their effects are cumulative. Most of the time failure doesn't reveal itself in a moment but wraps around you over a lifetime, adding heaviness to your step until one day you recognize you've been wearing failure on your face all along, that your failures have decorated your breast like the medallions of an army general's coat, that they've stripped away what's best in you, like rain peeling away the layers of a freshly painted house.
You have taken Fester and turned him into your personal love slave.
I respect that. But Debbie (gesturing at the decor around her)...PASTELS?
What do you think an artist is? ...he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.