Many authors write like amateur blacksmiths making their first horseshoe; the clank of the anvil, the stench of the scorched leather apron, the sparks and the cursing are palpable, and this appeals to those who rank "sincerity" very high. Nabokov is more like a master swordsmith making a fine blade; nothing is amiss, nothing is too much, there is no fuss, and the finished product must be handled with great care, or it will cut you badly.
Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.Edmund Burke
A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.william congreve
What is our life? a play of passion; Our mirth the music of division; Our mothers' wombs the tiring-houses be Where we are dressed for this short comedy. Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is, That sits and marks still who doth act amiss; Our graves that hide us from the searching sun Are like drawn curtains when the play is done. Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest, Only we die in earnestthat's no jest.Sir Walter Raleigh
Me seems the world is run quite out of square, And being once amiss grows daily worse and worse.Edmund Spenser
Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
On such an occasion as this, All time and nonsense scorning, Nothing shall come amiss, And we won't go home till morning.
When you have decided that a thing ought to be done, and are doing it, never shun being seen doing it, even though the multitude should be likely to judge the matter amiss. For if you are not acting rightly, shun the act itself; if rightly, however, why fear misplaced censure?
O ye powers that search The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts , If I have done amiss, impute it not! The best may err, but you are good.joseph addison
My dear Sir, take any road, you can't go amiss. The whole state is one vast insane asylum.
'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er, to try one desp'rate med'cine more. For where your case can be no worse, the desp'rat'st is the wisest course.
The House of Commons are a great branch of the Constitution, and are chose by ourselves, and are our trustees; and it cannot be supposed, nor ought to be presumed, that they will exceed their bounds, or do anything amiss . . . this is a very foreign supposition, and what ought not to be said by any Englishman.
And because these cunning men, are like haberdashers of small wares, it is not amiss to set forth their shop.
He that judges without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable, cannot acquit himself of judging amiss.john locke
Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven , When drooping health and spirits go amiss? How tasteless then whatever can be given! Health is the vital principle of [bliss]], And exercise of health.james thomson
For never anything can be amiss, When simpleness and duty tender it.
Nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.
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