Any large body of students stifles the student. No man can instruct more than half-a-dozen students at once.
A popular speaker, however unpopular and insignificant, has only to wind up his speech with half-a-dozen lines of Shakespeare (and to make it clearly understood that they are Shakespeare's) and he will sit down amid thunders of applause.
The same binome is printed in as many as half-a-dozen or more different combinations of characters that have been used throughout history lo write it out. This indicates powerfully the primacy of sound over written form as the ultimate determinant of Chinese language.victor h. mair
When seen in the perspective of half-a-dozen years or more, the best of our fashions strike us as grotesque, if not unsightly.thorstein veblen