A vain attempt to subdue that unsubduable country.
He stared the assorted meannesses and failed promises of American life straight in the face, and they stared back.
I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies.
If it were better, it wouldn’t be as good.
In the later nineteenth century, the tops of skyscrapers often took the shape of domes, surmounted by jaunty gilded lanterns; later came ziggurats, mausoleums, Alexandrian lighthouses, miniature Parthenons. These charming follies contained neither royal corpses nor effigies of gods and goddesses; rather they contained large wooden tanks filled with water.
It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention.
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
Parody is homage gone sour.
The big houses sat in self-congratulatory propinquity on their level green lawns…stout matrons seated elbow to elbow, implacably chaperoning a ball.
Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.Dalai Lama