Our fathers have, in process of centuries, provided this realm, its colonies and wide dependencies, with a speech as malleable and pliant as Attic, dignified as Latin, masculine, yet free of Teutonic guttural, capable of being precise as French, dulcet as Italian, sonorous as Spanish, and captaining all these excellences to its service.
Obama was quite serious when he said he was going to change the world. And now he has a national crisis, a personal mandate, a pliant Congress, a desperate public -- and, at his disposal, the greatest pot of money in galactic history.charles krauthammer
The possibility has been established for the production of...a master race, the future "masters of the earth"...made to endure for millennia a higher kind of men who...employ democratic Europe as their most pliant and supple instrument for getting hold of the destinies of the earth.friedrich nietzsche
It is good to be firm by temperament and pliant by reflection.vauvenargues, luc de clapiers, marquis de
Thou spring'st a leak already in thy crown, A flaw is in thy ill-bak'd vessel found; 'Tis hollow, and returns a jarring sound, Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command, Unwrought, and easy to the potter's hand: Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel The first sharp motions of the forming wheel.john dryden