When people are taken out of their depths they loseF(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald:
Eden ha[s] put his country in a position where she sustained the greatest diplomatic reverse since Bismarck in similar circumstances had called Palmerston's bluff in the matter of Schleswig-Holstein...Further damage was done when Russia proved by her action in Spain, that she was not a good European as Mr. Eden had assured the world was the case.anthony eden: Sir Charles Petrie, Lords of the Inland Sea (Lovat Dickson Ltd, 1937), pp. 272-6.
The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship. It was shaded by tall coconut palms that were bent by the trade wind and on the ocean side you could walk out of the door and down the bluff across the white sand and into the Gulf Stream. The water of the Stream was usually a dark blue when you looked out at it when there was no wind. But when you walked out into it there was just the green light of the water over that floury white sand and you could see the shadow of any big fish a long time before he could ever come in close to the beach.It was a safe and fine place to bathe in the day but it was no place to swim at night. At night the sharks came in close to the beach, hunting at the edge of the Stream, and from the upper porch of the house on quiet nights you could hear the splashing of the fish they hunted and if you went down to the beach you could see the phosphorescent wakes they made in the water. At night the sharks had no fear and everything else feared them. But in the day they stayed out away from the clear white sand and if they did come in you could see their shadows a long way away.ernest hemingway: Pt. 1: Bimini, Section 1 (the opening two paragraphs of the novel)
Weil is trying to bluff you... He can't do anything in his current state.Who: Sage Harpuia
Bluff all you want. You can't stop the tides anymore. Sasuke-sama became part of the "sound" on his own choice. Right now... Sasuke is engulfed in darkness. [Neji: No. (thinking about Naruto) There is someone who can find Sasuke within the darkness and save him from within. Because you saved me from the darkness] Bluffing until the end... I haven't been this close to death since "Kimimaro". Fuck dammit...Who: Kidomaru
The ideas of liberty and equality have been an irresistible force in motivating leaders like Patrick Henry, Susan B. Anthony, and Abraham Lincoln, schoolteachers like Nathan Hale and Booker T. Washington, the Philippine Scouts who fought at Bataan, and the soldiers who scaled the bluff at Omaha Beach. If those ideas are worth fighting for -- and our history demonstrates that they are -- it cannot be true that the flag that uniquely symbolizes their power is not itself worthy of protection from unnecessary desecration.john paul stevens: Dissenting, Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)
The promise of technology is to remove the division between culture and nature. Whatever part of nature that is left over as an independent force is covered by the technological bluff, which refers it to the agenda of the future and disguises the deficiencies of the present.donald phillip verene: p. 179 (Philosophy and the Return to Self-Knowledge (1997))
In Asia we face an ambitious and aggressive China, but we have the will and we have the strength to help our Asian friends resist that ambition. Sometimes our folks get a little impatient. Sometimes they rattle their rockets some, and they bluff about their bombs. But we are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.Lyndon B. Johnson, remarks at Akron University, Akron, Ohio (October 21, 1964); in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963–64, book 2, p. 1390–91.
On a craggy bluff above the majestic Ottawa River stands the remarkable embodiment of our system of governance: Parliament.john allen fraser: Preface, p. ix
(J. L. Austin's) admirers claim that his supreme preoccupation was truth. His work, with its sad conjunction of extraordinary cunning in presentation with very thin content, leaves rather the impression of a man who had little sense of real problems but who liked winning arguments and dominating people in the course of them, and who was well equipped to gratify his taste. He was the supreme dialectical poker player, unsurpassed at making people believe that their bluff had been called when in fact they weren’t bluffing, and at stone-walling any attempt to call his own. It would be hypocritical not to say all this. Hypocrisy might not matter, but it would also be unfair to those students who are still conned into supposing that this kind of philosophizing has much in common with serious intellecual endeavour.ernest gellner: Poker Player (1969), reprinted in The Devil in Modern Philosophy (1974)
So tell me: how long do you think you can go before you lose it all? Before they call you bluff and watch you fall? I don't know, but I'd like to think I had control At some point, but I let it go and lost my soultomas kalnoky: "A Moment of Silence," from "Everything Goes Numb" (2003)
To see the British Prime Minister watching the company, with six or seven senses not available to ordinary men, judging character, motive, and subconscious impulse, perceiving what each was thinking and even what each was going to say next, and compounding with telepathic instinct the argument or appeal best suited to the vanity, weakness, or self-interest of his immediate auditor, was to realize that the poor President would be playing blind man's bluff in that party.john maynard keynes: On David Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson, in Chapter III, pg.41
One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff. There is a period, well on toward middle life, when a man can say such things to himself and feel comforted.william mcfee: Harbours of Memory (1921), p. 114
They all have excellent resumes... So what I’m trying to find out is how they will behave under pressure. Will they lie, or bluff, or panic, or wilt? Or will they continue to function with some modicum of competence and integrity?hyman g. rickover: Discussing his style of interviewing all officers who entered the Naval Reactors program.
From the description of Jesus one can select very different features. His personality often makes its appearance as soft and pitying, then, again, bluff and rough. But it is always supported by inward fire. It was in the interest of the Roman church, with its lust for power, to represent subservient humility as the essence of Christ in order to create as many servants as possible for this motivated "ideal". To correct this representation is a further ineradicable requirement of the German movement for renewal. Jesus appears to us today as self-confident master in the best and highest sense of the word.alfred rosenberg: Man kann aus den Schilderungen über Jesus sehr verschiedene Züge herauslesen seine Persönlichkeit tritt oft weich und mitleidend, dann wieder schroff und rauh, immer aber von innerem Feuer getragen, hervor. Es lag im Interesse der herrschsüchtigen römischen Kirche, die unterwürfige Demut als das Wesen Christi hinzustellen, um sich möglichst viele an diesem "Ideal" heruntergezüchtete Diener zu verschaffen. Jesus erscheint uns heute als selbstbewusster Herr im besten und höchsten Sinne des Wortes. ("The Myth of the Twentieth Century") - Page 604 - 1930
What I want to impress on our youth is the necessity of thoroughly preparing themselves for their life's work. As a rule they bluff their way through life , pulling plums out of life's pudding by hook or by crook. They seem to hold the notion that knowledge is not essential to great achievements as courage. They overvalue courage forgetting that without knowledge it is only recklessness...Less bluff, more study.epifanio de los santos: Philippine Free Press. Manila. April 28, 1928.
I heard * * * * * * the great echo flap And buffet round the hills from bluff to bluff.Alfred Tennyson, Golden Year, line 75.
Mist, not smoke, rose from the water at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. This is the point where the biggest city in the Balkans began. Belgrade's origins lie in a Celtic settlement on a bluff with superb views across the plains. Today, the horizon is scarred with chimneys and tower blocks, but the drama of the location remains.Beneath the ridge, skeletal trees accompany the Sava to the point where it merges into, and amplifies, the artery of eastern Europe. As the Danube continues its stately progress towards the Black Sea, you can understand why the Romans, Slavs, Turks and Austrians took turns to command these heights. Nowadays, the gently decaying stratum of history known as Belgrade fortress, draped upon the high ground, is the preserve of tourists.Independent.co.uk: "Back to the Balkans"