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  • Emptiness and boredom: what an understatement. What I felt was complete desolation. Desolation, despair, and depression. Isn't there some other way to look at this? After all, angst of these dimensions is a luxury item. You need to be well fed, clothes, and housed to have time for this much self-pity.

    Self   Luxury   Clothes  
  • Hours is an understatement. I honestly don't know how the director and editor decide each week what actually makes it on the air. There's of course director and cast commentary on each episode on the DVD. We had a blast recording that.

    Dvds   Air   Editors  
    "Tribute talks to Spy Kids star Joel McHale". Interview with Alexandra Heilbron, www.tribute.ca. August 8, 2011.
  • Richard [Carrier] takes the extremist position that Jesus of Nazareth never even existed, that there was no such person in history. This is a position that is so extreme that to call it marginal would be an understatement; it doesn't even appear on the map of contemporary New Testament scholarship.

    Jesus   Would Be   Maps  
    YouTube Channel "drcraigvideos"/"Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (William Lane Craig vs Richard Carrier)", www.youtube.com. December 24, 2010.
  • My modus operandi has always been understatement and that just doesn't really work in pop.

    Source: thequietus.com
  • To say that Sputnik gave rise to some concern in the United States would be the understatement of the century. The truth is that the US went apeshit

    John Naughton (2015). “A Brief History of the Future”, p.83, Hachette UK
  • The ideal woman which is in every man's mind is evoked by a word or phrase or the shape of her wrist, her hand. The most beautiful description of a woman is by understatement. Remember, all Tolstoy ever said to describe Anna Karenina was that she was beautiful and could see in the dark like a cat. Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.

    Beautiful   Women   Cat  
    Quoted in Reader's Digest, Mar. 1973
  • Whether you are sixteen or over sixty, remember, understatement is the rule of a fine makeup artist.

    Artist   Makeup   Sixteen  
  • We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement.

    Cutting   Air   Color  
  • Kenney knows two essential truths about melodrama: First that it is most powerful when combined with irony and understatement; and second that it is a salient feature of modern life.

  • Billions of years ago God was creating universes and life; thousands of years ago he was creating angry floods, sin-saving human sacrifices and audible burning bushes. Today he occasionally appears on a piece of toast. To state that God has become reclusive over the years would be an overwhelming understatement.

    Trevor Treharne (2012). “How to Prove God Does Not Exist: The Complete Guide to Validating Atheism”, p.246, Universal-Publishers
  • That transformation is to lose everything is an understatement so vast as to be without meaning. One has to lose everything, and one has to lose the one who has lost everything.

  • To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.

    Passion   Writing   Cards  
    "Spoiling for 'Star Wars'" by Todd Leopold, www.cnn.com. May 19, 2005.
  • Yeah, something was wrong. That was the understatement of the year.

  • Elizabeth Taylor is, in my opinion, the greatest actress in film history. She instinctively understands the camera and its nonverbal intimacies. Opening her violet eyes, she takes us into the liquid realm of emotion, which she inhabits by Pisces intuition. Richard Burton said that Taylor showed him how to act for the camera. Economy and understatement are essential. At her best, Elizabeth Taylor simply is. An electric, erotic charge vibrates the space between her face and the lens. It is an extra-sensory, pagan phenomenon.

    Camille Paglia (2011). “Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays”, p.16, Vintage
  • The quotation-business is booming. No subdivision of the culture seems too narrow to have a quotation book of its own.... It would be an understatement to say that these books lean on one another. To compare them is to stroll through a glorious jungle of incestuous mutual plagiarism.

    Book   Would Be   Culture  
  • To say that I am organized is an understatement, but my car tells a different story.

    Car   Different   Stories  
  • Richard Stark writes a harsh and frightening story of criminal warfare and vengeance with economy, understatement and a deadly amoral objectivity-a remarkable addition to the list of the shockers that the French call roman noirs.

  • In 2007, when I was governor of New York, I proposed that our state once again permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. To say the proposal lit a firestorm in the political arena is an understatement.

  • Kitten, this is my best mate, Charles, but you can call him Spade. Charles, this is Cat, the woman I’ve been telling you about. You can see for yourself that everything I’ve said is…an understatement.

    Cat   Kitten   Spades  
  • ... the understatement, the self-ridicule, the delight in the foreignness of foreigners, the complete denial of any attempt to enlist the sympathies of his readers in the hardships he has capriciously invited.

    Self   Denial   Hardship  
  • It would be gross understatement to say that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is not a model of clarity. It is in many important respects a model of ambiguity or indeed even self-contradiction.

    "Bells Lose High Court Ruling" by Joanna Glasner, www.wired.com. January 25, 1999.
  • Who said that clothes make a statement? What an understatement that was. Clothes never shut up.

    Clothes   Shut Up   Said  
    Susan Brownmiller (2013). “Femininity”, p.86, Open Road Media
  • My father was a really funny guy. He lived a good long life. And he was the reason I wanted to be funny and become a comedian and a comedy writer, so to say that he's somewhat of a mythic figure in my life would be an understatement.

    Father   Long   Guy  
    Carol Leifer (2009). “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror”, p.3, Villard
  • To say that the vote fraud conspiracy theorists are tilting at windmills is an understatement. They're using a legitimate public process to pursue an agenda that is, at best, grasping at straws and, at worse, partisan.

  • Art begins when an observer's sensibilities engage with the understatements of a calculating craftsman.

  • She reached up and curled her fingers into mine. “He should take you to dinner.” To say that the mere thought horrified me would have been a grievous understatement. I threw up a little in my mouth then swallowed hard. I told Taft when I recovered, “Just please, for the love of God, find a girl good enough to take home to your mother. And do it soon.” “And stop dating skanks.

    Girl   Mother   Home  
  • Muffled lives explode in understatements.

  • You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known—and even that is an understatement.

  • Brody cannot believe the size of the creature, and with a classic, practical understatement tells Quint his assessment: You're gonna need a bigger boat. Awestruck, they all view the full-sized, massive shark circling the boat. Quint estimates it is 25 feet long: Three tons of him.

  • I think time management and dedication are the main factors along with being an organized person. To say I was highly ambitious would be an understatement. I'm never one to sit around, I always have to be creating in various facets to keep myself entertained.

    Source: marleymagazine.com
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