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Idiom Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Idiom

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Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted
with the idiom of country or rock music,
it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar.
Bars are a rehearsal place.
- Garth Hudson

Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom.
I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien,
and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids,
and that was Wizards.
- Ralph Bakshi

I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.
- Paul Keating

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom,
language becomes printed noise.
- George Will

 

Yes, but I view Frank's music as fully composed.
In other words, the arrangements can work for any idiom
such as a rock band or an orchestra.
Frank was a brilliant arranger and could make his music work in any context.
He proved that tour after tour and album after album.
- Dweezil Zappa

I do not believe in pure idioms.
I think there is naturally a desire,
for whoever speaks or writes,
to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.
- Jacques Derrida

You can't buy time or save it, common idioms notwithstanding.
You can only spend it.
- Eric Zorn

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The development of new instrumental and vocal idioms
has been one of the remarkable phenomena of recent music.
- George Crumb

Foreign languages are another favourite topic,
and as these men are bilingual they have a fair notion
of what it means to speak and think in many different idioms.
- John Millington Synge

To make the bloody thing talk the way I do when I'm on a verbal roll,
in my idioms and rhythms.
- Gary Lucas

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims,
one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms,
like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
- George Orwell

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can
go as we are and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James A. Baldwin

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

Live life on the edge, not with an edge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

And think not, you can direct the course of love;
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
- Khalil Gibran

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu


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