And they tried to rag me in the smoking room about not being able to hit a bird at five yards, a sort of bovine ragging that suggested cows buzzing round a gadfly and thinking they were teasing it. So I got up the next morning at early dawn – I know it was dawn, because there were lark-noises in the sky, and the grass looked as if it had been left out all night.saki
"While he was with Miles, Coltrane was tagged with the phrase "sheets of sound." Jazz critic Ira Gitler had first used it. These "sheets of sound" were multinote hailstorms of dense textures that sound like a simultaneous series of waterfalls. "His continuous flow of ideas without stopping really hit me," Gitler said. "It was almost superhuman. The amount of energy he was using could have powered a spaceship."New liner notes to Giant Steps (Deluxe edition), Sep, 1997.
There is no hope of bailing out of a speedboat.You hit the water and become so much pulp.Quoted in DouglasYoung- James Donald Campbell: An Informal Biography (1968).
Mrs. Stowe did not hit the sorest spot. She makes Legree a bachelor.1861Diary entry, 26 Aug, recording the conversation of a group of southern white womenon the subject of men and slavery. The reference is to the principal slaveholder in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Roughly speaking it was the sensation of being at the centre of an explosion? I fancy you would feel much the same if you were struck by lightning. I knew immediately that I was hit, but because of that seeming bang and flash, I thought it was a rifle nearby that had gone off accidentallyand shot me.1938 Of his wounding during the Spanish Civil War. Homage to Catalonia, ch.12.
Yurstendæi wes Baldulf cnihten alre baldest.nu he stant on hulle & Auene bi-haldeð.hu ligeð i þan stræme stelene fisces.mid sweorde bi-georede heore sund is awemmed.heore scalen wleoteð swulc gold-faye sceldes.þer fleoteð heore spiten swulc hit spæren weoren.Þis beoð seolcuðe þing isiyen to þissen londe.swulche deor an hulle swulche fisces in wælle.layamon
This is the sort of book that justifies fatwahs. If WWIII occurred right now, we could die happy knowing Baxter would never write again. If a dinosaur killing asteroid was headed for Earth and I knew Baxter had another book coming up, I would campaign for letting the rock hit, since it is obviously the work of a benovelent deity trying to save us from another Titan.james nicoll
“He turned his head, reacted in a microsecond, and hit the deck just before a hundred-mile-an-hour fastball zipped past his ear and clanged into the wire backstop. Had the pitch been another inch lower or a few miles an hour faster, he would have been beaned and, at that speed, possibly killed.”lis wiehl
I loved Latin -- the grammar, the difficult tenses, the history -- but for some reason I was very bad at it, shamefully and blushingly bad at it. ... In moments of stress the embarrassment of how bad I was at Latin -- a subject I loved -- really hit me. It was like being laughed at by someone you desperately loved.Peter Greenaway
The Crucible became by far my most frequently produced play, both abroad and at home. Its meaning is somewhat different in different places and moments. I can almost tell what the political situation in a country is when the play is suddenly a hit there it is either a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past.Arthur Miller
You can hit a nail on the head, or cause a machine to do so, and get a fairly predictable result. hit a dog on the head, and it will either dodge, bite back, or die, but it will never again react in the same way. We can predict only those things we set up to be predictable, not what we encounter in the real world of living and reactive processes.bill mollison
For Alfred seide a wis word, euch mon hit schulde legge on hord: "3ef thu isihst er he beo icume, his strencþe is him wel neh binume."On this, hear Alfred's weighty word