Enhanced Expressions Examples #3

February 21, 2016 Gavin F

Quotes from fine works of literature that will hopefully provide inspiration for verbalising.

A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I’m going to apply myself when I go back to school next September. It’s such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it’s a stupid question[1]

A memorable means of elucidating the difference between thinking something and knowing something.

After all, when one thinks about it, it is not such a foolish thing to indulge in – particularly if it is the case that in bantering lies the key to human warmth.[2]

The use of the dash here illustrates the interruption in thought.

He looked up again at the portrait of Big Brother. The colossus that bestrode the world![3]

Although bestride can mean to straddle, it is also an elegant way of capturing the domination of something.

The pale-gilt image of the triumphant Prime Minister rushed towards the customer in a gleaming slippage.[4]

A pretty means of conveying an image.

On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel.[5]

A beautiful way of describing a place in relation to its location. Mind the differences in spelling between British and American English.


[1] J.D. Stalinger, The Catcher in the Rye, (London: Penguin Classics) 1994 p.192

[2] Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, (London: Faber & Faber) 2005 p.258

[3] George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, (London: Penguin Classics) 2000 p.342

[4] Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, (London: Picador) 2004 p.3

[5] F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night, (London: Penguin Classics) 2000 p.11

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