Quotations on Fancy

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Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed, the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition, and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Enjoyment, Fancy, Future)

I am now in that happy comfortable state that I do not hesitate to indulge in any fancy in regard to diet, but watch the consequences, and do not continue any course which adds to weight or bulk and consequent discomfort.
- William Banting
(Keywords: Diet, Consequences, Fancy, Now, State, Weight)

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
- Bernard Barton
(Keywords: Thoughts, Chance, Earth, Fancy, Feeling)

I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'
- Count Basie
(Keywords: Business, Cards, Fancy, Names)

I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Nature, Fancy, Nothing, Ugly)

There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Time, Being, Duty, Fancy, Luck, Name)

Why should we change onstage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.
- Cliff Burton
(Keywords: Change, Fancy, Trying)

For over two billion years, through the apparent fancy of her endless differentiations and metamorphosis the Cell, as regards its basic physiological mechanisms, has remained one and the same. It is life itself, and our true and distant ancestor.
- Albert Claude
(Keywords: Life, Fancy, Years)

Fancy the happiness of Pinocchio on finding himself free! Without saying yes or no, he fled from the city and set out on the road that was to take him back to the house of the lovely Fairy.
- Carlo Collodi
(Keywords: Happiness, Fancy, Road, Saying)

And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before.
- Hart Crane
(Keywords: Poetry, Fancy, Now, Office, Present, Symbol, Writing)

I was trying to spend it as quickly as possible. Because I'm so lazy, all that money created a block. I was flying around the world, staying at fancy hotels, having fun and trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible, so I could get on with some more work.
- Evan Dando
(Keywords: Money, Work, Fancy, Flying, Fun, Trying, World)

The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers.
- Joan Didion
(Keywords: Life, Children, Fancy, Order, Writers)

The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy.
- Todd Gitlin
(Keywords: America, Fancy, Past)

Well, you know I have an office, my film offices. So I know that syndrome. I fancy offices, so there must be something wrong with me. Even the window cleaner intrigues me. It's a very sexy environment.
- Hugh Grant
(Keywords: Environment, Fancy, Film, Office, Wrong)

It is not that Shakespeare's art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing.
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Keywords: Art, Life, Fancy, Living, Shakespeare)

Cutting up fowl to predict the future is, if done honestly and with as little interpretation as possible, a kind of randomization. But chicken guts are hard to read and invite flights of fancy or corruption.
- Ian Hacking
(Keywords: Corruption, Fancy, Future)

They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Advice, Fancy, Talking, Writers, Writing)

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.
- David Hume
(Keywords: History, Virtue, Fancy, Understanding)

Now I'm having to live with sales of around 50,000 per album - but I'm pretty content with my place in the general scheme of things, even if it's meant I don't drive a fancy car and can't afford grand vacations.
- David Knopfler
(Keywords: Car, Content, Fancy, Now, Pretty, Sales)

I would advise you to write, my dear friend, because with your active nature, solitude is simply intolerable to you, and after some time your solitude would become perhaps attractive if you were to people it with creatures of your own fancy.
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Keywords: Time, Nature, People, Friend, Fancy, Solitude)

I fancy that no good ideas upon that campaign will be mentioned at any time that did not receive their share of consideration by General Lee.
- James Longstreet
(Keywords: Time, Ideas, Consideration, Fancy, Will)

It would be nice to say the rich people, the fancy people, all behaved like bastards and the poor slobs all came through like heroes. But as a matter of fact, sometimes the poor slobs behave like slobs and the great, noble, privileged characters come off very well, indeed.
- Walter Lord
(Keywords: People, Fact, Fancy, Heroes, Poor)

A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behaviour.
- Shirley Manson
(Keywords: Money, Power, People, Fame, Fancy, Houses, Want, World)

Nobody has money right now. And eating is very important, but it doesn't need to be expensive. And to make - it doesn't need to be fancy, as long as it's fresh and simple. The simpler it is, the more fancy it actually comes out tasting.
- Debi Mazar
(Keywords: Money, Eating, Fancy, Now, Right)

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there's a good English phrase for it - cold war.
- Golda Meir
(Keywords: War, English, Fancy, Word)

Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
- Horatio Nelson
(Keywords: Truth, Fancy, Night, Order, Sea)

A fancy watch, it's completely unnecessary. I just need a watch to tell the right time.
- Judd Nelson
(Keywords: Time, Fancy, Right)

I'd rather have a real South Dakotan who has lived in this state and made her living here instead of someone with a fancy East Coast law degree any day.
- Kristi Noem
(Keywords: Day, Fancy, Law, Living, State)

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Work, People, Ambition, Clothes, Fancy, Potential, Poverty, Want)

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.
- Jean Paul
(Keywords: Life, Evening, Fancy, Light, Moon)

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Keywords: Dream, Existence, Fancy, Future, Present)

Poetry does not consist of words alone; there must be sentiment and fancy, combination and arrangement.
- Samuel Prout
(Keywords: Poetry, Fancy, Sentiment, Words)

Don't get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don't know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them.
- Paul Prudhomme
(Keywords: Apples, Fancy, Study, Wrong)

A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork, it's an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.
- Karel Reisz
(Keywords: Expression, Fancy, Opinion, Style)

All human excellence is but comparative. There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.
- Samuel Richardson
(Keywords: Excellence, Fancy, May)

I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts.
- Ernestine Rose
(Keywords: Life, Romance, Existence, Facts, Fancy, Nothing, Woman)

There is a spell in mediaeval Art which has had power to bewitch some people into trying, or wishing to try, or fancying that they wish to try or making believe to fancy that they wish to try, to bring back the Middle Ages.
- Goldwin Smith
(Keywords: Art, Power, People, Fancy, Trying, Wishing)

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
- Robert South
(Keywords: Imagination, Work, Fancy, Judgment)

I am well aware that many will say that no one can possibly speak with spirits and angels so long as he lives in the body; and many will say that it is all fancy, others that I relate such things in order to gain credence, and others will make other objections.
- Emanuel Swedenborg
(Keywords: Angels, Body, Fancy, Gain, Order, Spirits, Will)

We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more.
- Madame Swetchine
(Keywords: Strength, Fancy, Needs, Support, Weakness)

Tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade, And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
- Edmund Waller
(Keywords: Soul, Fancy, Tea)

When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she would be sitting in the background trying to help, and basically taking control of the whole situation, so I was quite glad she was there at the time.
- Prince William
(Keywords: Time, Control, Fancy, Fire, Help, Trying)









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