The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
— Isaac Asimov

A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -- a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.
— Charles Dickens

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
— G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.
— Ogden Nash

Avoiding the phrase
— Bo Bennett