When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.
The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, "The very rich are different from you and me." And how someone had said to Julian, "Yes, they have more money."ernest hemingway
In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused.ernest hemingway
A woman's work is never done.All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.Meaning: Be sure to take breakes from work and do something entertaining as well.
Without the heroic, man has no meaning; without the economic, he has no sense. Economic man is most likely to be economic woman a good wife, pulling the coat tails of her heroic husband, checking his extravagances of speech and action with words of caution and good sense. But without the heroic coat tails to pull, life for both of them would be dull and savorless indeed.kenneth boulding
My Song, I fear that thou wilt find but few Who fitly shalt conceive thy reasoning, Of such hard matter dost thou entertain; Whence, if by misadventure, chance should bring Thee to base company (as chance may do), Quite unaware of what thou dost contain, I prithee, comfort thy sweet self again, My last delight! tell them that they are dull, And bid them own that thou art beautiful.Percy Bysshe Shelley
He must be a dull Fellow indeed, whom neither Love , Malice , nor Necessity , can inspire with Wit.Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (1688), Chapter IV.
I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound , such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man's heart .Edgar Allan Poe, in John W. Robertson Edgar A. Poe: A Study, Ardent Media, 1970, p.309
In the hollow tree, in the old gray tower, The spectral Owl doth dwell; dull, hated, despised, in the sunshine hour, But at dusk he's abroad and well! Not a bird of the forest e'er mates with him All mock him outright, by day: But at night, when the woods grow still and dim, The boldest will shrink away! O, when the night falls, and roosts the fowl, Then, then, is the reign of the Horned Owl!Barry Cornwall, The Owl.
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