A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
Journalism could be described as turning one's enemies into money.
I have always had a tremendous amount of energy and any band I was ever in from the age of fourteen, I would always be the one who would describe the future and vibe everyone up.
The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature;
it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.
Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.
A family with the wrong members in control;
that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
And so I'm saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now.
I don't think it's any coincidence that I lost my religious faith and 'manned up' in the same year. I was described somewhere as a lapsed Catholic, which is funny because I'm not going back! I want to achieve things rather than live life in an animalistic way.
So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms, so thinking about distance, thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us.
I can't really describe a trick as much as I just feel it.