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Mindgasm (noun) - An exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure. Fully revelatory understanding of a certain topic. Involuntary contractions of brain muscles usually accompanied by the overwhelming sensation of truth proximity. Visionarism. State of awe.

— Jason Silva

Killer Noun quotations

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.

Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place.

Life is a verb, not a noun.

Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession. It is an on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not being sure where you're going but going anyway. A journey without maps. Tillich says that doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.


Poetry is perfect verbs hunting for elusive nouns.

Love isn't a state of perfect caring.

It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

If the noun is good and the verb is strong, you almost never need an adjective.

I am the androgyne, I am the living mind you fail to describe in your dead language the lost noun, the verb surviving only in the infinitive the letters of my name are written under the lids of the newborn child

Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.


Love is more than a noun-it is a verb;

it is more than a feeling-it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.

Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all.

Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression.

And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.

I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am.

I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.

The Psalms wrap nouns and verbs around our pain better than any other book.


I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun.

Growth of the soul is our goal, and there are many ways to encourage that growth, such as through love, nature, healing our wounds, forgiveness, and service. The soul grows well when giving and receiving love. I nourish my soul daily by loving others and being vulnerable to their love. Love is, after all, a verb, an action word, not a noun.

Mother is a verb, not a noun.

Does it really matter if I choose the bus over a BMW, and generic over Gucci? Because the car, the wardrobe, the zip code-those are just nouns, things that are fun to have around, sure, but in the end, they have nothing to do with the real me. Nothing to do with who I really am.

God is a verb, not a noun.


Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don't kid yourself that they are.

We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I'm going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.

What really alarms me about President Bush's 'War on Terrorism' is the grammar.

How do you wage war on an abstract noun? How is 'Terrorism' going to surrender? It's well known, in philological circles, that it's very hard for abstract nouns to surrender.

Love isn't a state of perfect caring, it is an active noun like struggle.

Instead I will say, "Take me to your trees.

Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes, your nouns. Take me to your fingers; take me to your deaths." These are worth it. These are what I have come for.


The adjective is the enemy of the noun. Variant: The adjective is the enemy of the substantive.

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.

God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.

One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.

Virtually every beginning poet hurts himself by an addiction to adjectives.

Verbs are by far the most important things for poems-especially wonderful tough monosyllables like "gasp" and "cry." Nouns are the next most important. Adjectives tend to be useless.


Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized.

All the words in the English language are divided into nine great classes.

These classes are called the Parts of Speech. They are Article, Noun, Adjective, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.

The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs - ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I'm most happy to be a writer.

Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do.

If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.

You never push a noun against a verb without trying to blow up something.

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