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  • Poverty is considered quaint in the rural areas because it comes thatched.

  • Many Americans think of the rest of the world as a kind of Disneyland, a showplace for quaint fauna, flora and artifacts. They dress for travel in cheap, comfortable, childish clothes, as if they were going to the zoo and would not be seen by anyone except the animals.

    Travel   Zoos   Animal  
  • Old timidity has disappeared, and is replaced by silent, quaint fun, with which his face twinkles all over, as he listens.

    Fun   Faces   Silent  
    Thomas Hughes (2011). “Tom Brown's School Days”, p.311, The Floating Press
  • We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual - we spend less money than we take in.

    Keynote Speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee, delivered 11 February 2011, Ronald Reagan Centennial Dinner, Washington, D.C.
  • As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer. Likewise, the bicycle is alive and well. It was invented in a world without automobiles, and for speed and range it was quickly surpassed by motorcycles and all kinds of powered scooters. But there is nothing quaint about bicycles. They outsell cars.

    Book   Gun   Technology  
  • I grew up Windlesham in Surrey, which is a beautiful and quaint village.

    "Kirsty Gallacher: my Saturday job" by Mark King, www.theguardian.com. March 2, 2012.
  • Then worms shall try That long preserved virginity, And your quaint honor turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust. The grave's a fine and private place But none, I think, do there embrace.

    Thinking   Dust   Long  
  • We have a number of very powerful women in the world now - Mrs. [Angela] Merkel, who the Germans call Mutti. What did we call Mrs. [Margaret] Thatcher? When she was minister of education, she stopped the children's free school milk. This may sound quaint, but after the war we were such a malnourished nation that part of the founding of the welfare state were public health initiatives. Every little schoolchild got milk. Mrs. Thatcher stopped it. They called her "Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher."

    Powerful   Children   War  
    Source: newrepublic.com
  • The days when the words Hollywood actor framed Ronald Reagan like bunny fingers as an ID tag and an implied insult seem far-off and quaint: nearly everybody in politics - candidate, consultant, pundit, and Tea Party crowd extra alike - is an actor now, a shameless ham in a hoked-up reality series that never stops.

    Party   Reality   Tea  
  • Quaint, outlandish heathen gods Black men fashion out of rods

    Fashion   Men   Black  
    Countee Cullen (2013). “Countee Cullen: Collected Poems: (American Poets Project #32)”, p.65, Library of America
  • Seek out some retired and old-world spot, far from the madding crowd, and dream away a sunny week among its drowsy lanes - some half-forgotten nook, hidden away by the fairies, out of reach of the noisy world - some quaint-perched eyrie on the cliffs of Time, from whence the surging waves of the nineteenth century would sound far-off and faint.

    Dream   Sound   Half  
    Jerome K. Jerome (1998). “Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel”, p.9, Oxford Paperbacks
  • The idea that war should be conducted within a moral framework may seem like a quaint medieval practice, but as speech separates humans from the apes, so morality separates civilisation from the barbarians.

    War   Practice   Ideas  
  • All effort at originality must end either in the quaint or the monstrous. For no man knows himself as an original; he can only believe it on the report of others.

    Believe   Men   Effort  
    Washington Allston, Richard Henry Dana (1850). “Lectures on Art, and Poems”, p.174, Scholarly Pub Office Univ of
  • But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near; And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity. Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song; then worms shall try That long preserv'd virginity, And your quaint honour turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust. The grave's a fine and private place, But none I think do there embrace.

    Song   Lying   Thinking  
    "To His Coy Mistress" l. 31 (1681)
  • Poetical feelings are a peril to scholarship. There are always poetical people ready to protest that a corrupt line is exquisite. Exquisite to whom? The Romans were foreigners writing for foreigners two millenniums ago; and for people whose gods we find quaint, whose savagery we abominate, whose private habits we don't like to talk about, but whose idea of what is exquisite is, we flatter ourselves, mysteriously identical to ours.

    Writing   Ideas   Two  
    Tom Stoppard (2014). “The Invention of Love”, p.27, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • And as hearbes and trees are bettered and fortified by being transplanted, so formes of speach are embellished and graced by variation.... As in our ordinary language, we shall sometimes meete with excellent phrases, and quaint metaphors, whose blithnesse fadeth through age, and colour is tarnish by to common using them.

    Tree   Age   Ordinary  
  • I suspect that our own faith in psychiatry will seem as touchingly quaint to the future as our grandparents' belief in phrenology seems now to us.

    Gore Vidal, Donald Weise (1999). “Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking, Collected Sex Writings”
  • In other words, all these things you might cling to, Catholicism, democratic ideals, Hasidism, Marxism, Freudianism, all of these things are exposed [through use of psychedelics] as simply quaint cultural artifacts, painted masks and rattles assembled by people of good intent but clearly not great grasp of the situation.

  • It's all love or sex these days. Friendship is almost as quaint and outdated a notion as chastity. Soon friends will be like the elves and the pixies - fabulous mythical creatures from a distant past.

    Friendship   Sex   Past  
  • For me, wellbehaved books with neat plots and worked-out endings seem somewhat quaint in the face of the largely incoherent reality of modern life; and then again fiction, at least as I write it and think of it, is a kind of religious meditation in which language is the final enlightenment, and it is language, in its beauty, its ambiguity and its shifting textures, that drives my work.

  • Still others make gardens because it is part of a full life. To live happily they must invest their hours and aspirations in the activities of another world. And they draw the interest of delight and refreshment according to the measure of their investment. These are usually quaint folk, other-worldly in their manner, but capable of comprehending the idiosyncrasies of Nature as she displays them in a tree and bush and passing season, across the skyline and in the infinite zenith. These, moreover, are the successful gardeners.

  • Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.

  • American statesmen might like some Europeans more than others and even detect quaint resemblances to their own outlook; but they no more committed themselves to a particular group or country than a nineteenth-century missionary committed himself to the African tribe in which he happened to find himself.

    "The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939". Book by A. J. P. Taylor, "The Great War: The Triumph of E. D. Morel", p. 157, 1957.
  • Since I first went to India twenty some years ago, there's been a palpable change. There's now pizza everywhere, meat is much more popular than it's ever been. Vegetarianism is "that quaint thing our parents did."

    Source: therumpus.net
  • An ink bottle, which now seems impossibly quaint, was still thinkable as a symbol in 1970.

    Ink   Bottles   Quaint  
    Jonathan Franzen (2007). “How to Be Alone: Essays”, p.58, Macmillan
  • The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.

    Cody Lundin (2007). “When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes”, p.57, Gibbs Smith
  • My parents are really conservative. My dad is Muslim, and my mom is the most conservative woman you've ever met. They're very aristocratic in the most quaint suburban way.

    Mom   Dad   Parent  
    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • I am spoken to not in words, which come to me quaint and veiled, but in signs, in conformations of face and hands, in postures of shoulders and feet, in nuances of tune and tone, in gaps and absences whose grammar has never been recorded.

    Hands   Feet   Tunes  
    J. M. Coetzee (2017). “In the Heart of the Country: A Novel”, p.10, Penguin
  • The grave's a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace.

    Death   Thinking   Dying  
    "To His Coy Mistress" l. 31 (1681)
  • Dig deep into its communitarian ethos and it reads more like an America that might have been, an America fervently devoted to the quaint goals of working together and getting along. Of course, this America does exist. It's called Canada.

    Ethos   America   Goal  
    Sarah Vowell (2008). “The Wordy Shipmates”, p.33, Penguin
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