Air quotes

  • A broadsheet obituarist once pointed out to me that veteran soldiers die by rank. First to go are the generals, admirals and air marshals, then the brigadiers, then a bit of a gap and the colonels and wing commanders and passed-over majors, then a steady trickle of captains and lieutenants. As they get older and rarer, so the soldiers are mythologised and grow ever more heroic, until finally drummer boys and under-age privates are venerated and laurelled with honours like ancient field marshals. There is something touching about that.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #War #Boys #Air

  • Tomorrow, more's the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Air #Earth #Tomorrow

  • In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Funny #Sarcastic #Air

  • Do I do as false prophets do and puff air into simulacra? Am I a Sorcerer--like Macbeth's witches--mixing truth and lies in incandescent shapes? Or am I a kind of very minor scribe of a prophetic Book--telling such truth as in me lies, with aid of such fiction as I acknowledge mine, as Prospero acknowledged Caliban.
    -- A. S. Byatt

    #Lying #Book #Air

  • Well, I think that the image is a part of me. I wear the baggy pants, the hats, the whole nine. And you know, I may add a little for the excitement and the intrigue in the videos, but my family has told me that little air of mystery that surrounds me is for real.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Real #Thinking #Air

  • I was singing in a mall, and I picked a girl to come up onstage with me. As I was grabbing her hand, I fell off the stage. It felt like I was in the air forever, flying like Superman.
    -- Aaron Carter

    #Girl #Air #Hands

  • He said something was unique: I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do, and see if the officials take air out of it,
    -- Aaron Rodgers

    #Football #Unique #Air

  • You can't predict a show, that is the damndest thing, you can't predict if a show is going to work or not until it's on the air.
    -- Aaron Spelling

    #Air #Going To Work #Shows

  • This was why I loved my Grana. Being with her always made me laugh. She accepted life for what it was. She didn’t pretend or put on airs. She was just Grana.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Air #Laughing #Accepted

  • You're with me, Sadie. When you're off the clock, you're not my employee. You're my.. Air." I frowned at him. "Your air?" He grinned. "Well, girlfriend seems to be a shallow word for what I feel for you..
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Girlfriend #Air #Clock

  • The guidelines say all the right things, ... They address all the issues that were raised as problems at the Air Force Academy. The major question is, how will be they become a reality A lot of the people implementing this are the people who violated it.
    -- Abraham Foxman

    #Reality #Air #Issues

  • We can not escape tragic roads. It is like grasping at the sun & trying to catch air. We must take one step at-a-time. Keep going.
    -- Ace Antonio Hall

    #Air #Trying #Sun

  • Of course on air I use occasional hyperbole to tell a story.
    -- Adam Carolla

    #Air #Stories #Use

  • Now it would be as absurd to deny the existence of God, because we cannot see him, as it would be to deny the existence of the air or wind, because we cannot see it.
    -- Adam Clarke

    #Air #Wind #Would Be

  • The oven became hotter and hotter, and Hansel began to sweat. Then a delicious smell wafted to his nostrils. Oh no! he thought. I'm cooking! He sniffed at the air. And I smell delicious!
    -- Adam Gidwitz

    #Air #Sweat #Smell

  • The first rule of all air combat is to see the opponent first. Like the hunter who stalks his prey and maneuvers himself unnoticed into the most favourable position for the kill, the fighter in the opening of a dogfight must detect the opponent as early as possible in order to attain a superior position for the attack.
    -- Adolf Galland

    #Air #Order #Hunters

  • To use a fighter as a fighter-bomber when the strength of the fighter arm is inadequate to achieve air superiority is putting the cart before the horse.
    -- Adolf Galland

    #Horse #Air #Bombers

  • During the Battle of Britain the question "fighter or fighter-bomber?" had been decided once and for all: The fighter can only be used as a bomb carrier with lasting effect when sufficient air superiority has been won.
    -- Adolf Galland

    #Air #Battle #Bombers

  • Relief is a wonderful emotion, highly underrated. In fact, I prefer it to elation or joy. Relief lets the air out of the Tire of Pain.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Pain #Emotional #Air

  • Wisdom without love is like having lungs but no air to breathe. Do not seek wisdom in order to acquire knowledge but in order to live and love more fully.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Life #Love Is #Air

  • If you are wise you won't be deceived by the innocent airs of those whom you have once found to be dangerous.
    -- Aesop

    #Wise #Air #Innocent

  • But remember that intent is everything. One does not just jump, one lifts into the air, one rises. In the same way the lifted leg of an arabesque becomes a wing, and not a mechanical leverage like a raised trap door. This is the precise difference between dancing and acrobatics. The dancer tries to express something; the acrobat merely pulls, raises, stretches and grinds. The acrobat is lost in a web of muscles the dancer is all but invisible in projected idea.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Differences #Air

  • She had been wrong to think it wouldn't matter that much to him, yes,He took her for granted, of course he did , but he took her for granted - not like an old coat in the corner of a dark cupboard, as she'd put it to herself , but like the very air that he breathed .
    -- Ahdaf Soueif

    #Dark #Thinking #Air

  • Politics is like air and water. And you know if there is bad politics. Everyone is polluted. Everyone is unhealthy. See the people walking on the street: how they act...
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Air #People #Water

  • That at the same time of this very intimate act of concentrating so carefully on the details of our mother's palm and fingertips, he was also removing all traces of any tiny leftover parts, and suddenly a ritual which I'd always found incestuous and gross seemed to me more like a desperate act on Joseph's part to get out, to leave, to extract every little last remnant and bring it into open air.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Mother #Air #Details

  • Nightly you retrace your steps again to return to the scene of the crime. It's uncanny how you hover in the air of the wreckage that you left behind.
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Air #Return #Wreckage

  • People today have forgotten they're really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better... They don't know it, but they're losing nature. They don't see that they're going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Thinking #Air #People

  • Some of the most intriguing new research is in the area of extreme weather events and rainfall. A recent study by German scientists published in Climatic Change projects that extreme precipitation will increase significantly in regions that are already experiencing extreme rainfall. Man-made global warming has already increased the moisture content of the air worldwide, causing bigger downpours. Each additional degree of temperature increase causes another seven percent increase in moisture in the air, and even larger downpours when storm conditions trigger heavy rains and snows.
    -- Al Gore

    #Rain #Men #Air

  • There is an air of unreality in debating these arcane points when the world is changing in such dramatic ways right in front of our eyes because of global warming.
    -- Al Gore

    #Eye #Air #World

  • I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.
    -- Alain Gerbault

    #Adventure #Air #Sea

  • My grandmother flew only once in her life, and that was the day she and her new husband ascended into the skies of Victorian London in the wicker basket of a hot-air balloon. They were soon to emigrate to Canada, and the aerial ride was meant to be a last view of their beloved England.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Husband #Grandmother #Air

  • I love a film where I get squished by two dumpsters or I fly through the air.
    -- Alan Cumming

    #Air #Two #Film

  • Speed is what makes the Premiership exciting. The millions who would have watched Manchester United and Chelsea would have seen a non-stop game in which the pace was electric even though the first half was a non-event. You could see a better technical game in Spain but for sheer frenetic movement there is nothing that comes close... Pace is more critical in the Premiership than in any other major league and if you don't have pace, you have to compensate with power or ability in the air and since Shevchenko has no power and is not particularly good in the air, he is in trouble.
    -- Alan Hansen

    #Soccer #Air #Games

  • When I was on the air a lot my throat and vocal chords got tired. If you don't vary your tones you can't get pretty tired of your own voice.
    -- Alan Ladd

    #Tired #Air #Voice

  • We live in a glass-soaked civilization, but as for the bird in the Chinese proverb who finds it so difficult to discover air, the substance is almost invisible to us. To use a metaphor drawn from glass, it may be revealing for us to re-focus, to stop looking through glass, and let our eyes dwell on it for a moment to contemplate its wonder.
    -- Alan Macfarlane

    #Eye #Glasses #Air

  • Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Air #Should

  • When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money.
    -- Alanis Obomsawin

    #Cutting #Rivers #Air

  • The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being,Freedom from ambition,Creation
    -- Albert Camus

    #Happiness #Ambition #Air

  • Allied air power was the greatest single reason for the German defeat.
    -- Albert Kesselring

    #Air #Defeat #Reason

  • Modern art must strike out from the old. The new is not revealed to those whose eyes are fastened in worship upon the old…Have you ever seen an inch worm crawl up a leaf or twig, and then clinging to the very end, revolve in the air, feeling for something to reach? That's like me. I am trying to find something out there beyond the place on which I have a footing.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Art #Eye #Air

  • The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.
    -- Alberto Santos-Dumont

    #Past #Air #Balloons

  • Shall I describe the happiness it gave me to go into the classroom and pick up the chalk? ... It seemed to me the supreme, heartbreaking happiness to enter a classroom carrying a register as that bell rang, and start a lesson with the mysterious air of one about to unfold wonders.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Teaching #Air #Heartbreaking

  • Literature cannot develop between the categories "permitted"—"not permitted"—"this you can and that you can't." Literature that is not the air of its contemporary society, that dares not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers, such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a facade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as waste paper instead of being read. -Letter to the Fourth National Congress of Soviet Writers
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Time #Names #Air

  • Clean air and water, a diversity of animal and plant species, soil and mineral resources, and predictable weather are annuities that will pay dividends for as long as the human race survives - and may even extend our stay on Earth.
    -- Alex Steffen

    #Animal #Race #Air

  • The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.
    -- Alexander Graham Bell

    #Air #World #Rehabilitation

  • Watson, ... if I can get a mechanism which will make a current of electricity vary in its intensity, as the air varies in density when a sound is passing through it, I can telegraph any sound, even the sound of speech.
    -- Alexander Graham Bell

    #Air #Sound #Density

  • We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Philosophy #Ocean #Air

  • Only air power can defeat air power. The actual elimination or even stalemating of an attacking air force can be achieved only by a superior air force.
    -- Alexander P. de Seversky

    #Air #Defeat #Elimination

  • No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sings, Shall, list'ning, in mid-air suspend their wings.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Air #Wings #Larks

  • What then remains, but well our power to use, And keep good-humor still whate'er we lose? And trust me, dear, good-humor can prevail, When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Character #Air #Use

  • i swore i could feel my lies slithering inside me like snakes, wrapping themselves around me and constricting. i felt they were squeezing the air from my lungs, tightening around my heart.
    -- Alexandra Adornetto

    #Lying #Heart #Air

  • But there was another, secret Ruby. This one was as thin as a wisp of air, and had struggled for so long just to be. This was the one that Liam carried with him, without knowing. The one that would ride in his back pocket, whisper words of encouragement, tell him he was born to chase the light.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Encouragement #Air #Knowing

  • It's the centuries, Scarlett darling. All the life lived there, all the joy and all the sorrow, all the feasts and battles, they're in the air around and the land beneath you. It's time, years beyond our counting weighing without weight on the earth. You cannot see it or smell it or hear it or touch it, but you feel it brushing your skin and speaking without sound. Time. And mystery.
    -- Alexandra Ripley

    #Smell #Air #Years

  • We’ll go where the air is pure, where all sounds are soothing, where, no matter how proud one may be, one feels humble and finds oneself small- in short, we’ll go to the sea. I love the sea as one loves a mistress and I long for her when I haven’t seen her for some time
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Humble #Air #Sea

  • You who weep for pleasures fled, While dragging on a life of care, All your woes will melt in air, If to god your tears are shed, You who Weap!
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Air #Tears #Care

  • I do not often laugh, sir, as you may perceive by the air of my countenance; but nevertheless, I retain the privilege of laughing when I please.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Air #Laughing #May

  • Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that's why our sport is so in the air now because we don't have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world.
    -- Alexis Arguello

    #Sports #Air #People

  • Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Air #Individuality #Comfort

  • Music stays in the air. / It travels at the speed of breath / at the sound of light. / It is never not heard. / It can wait centuries if it has to.
    -- Alexis De Veaux

    #Music #Light #Air

  • Though my verse but roam the air And murmur in the trees, You may discern a purpose there, As in music of the bees.
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Air #Poetry #Tree

  • Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the garden of France - that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven?
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Country #Garden #Air

  • You're suspended sixty feet up in the air, you've been up there for three hours, and all the shot requires is that you have to sort of react to getting punched in the head.
    -- Alfred Molina

    #Air #Feet #Three

  • "Motherboard," for me, has four different levels: the bottom part is the water, vegetation, and growth. The second part is the world with figures and animals; there's chaos and civilization. The third part is the digital zone - these red things are turning into really loud digital sounds. Then the fourth level is like ether and things turning into air. This idea of how we're becoming partly digitalized is really interesting to me.
    -- Ali Banisadr

    #Animal #Air #Civilization

  • Tonight I can smell the season the way it's usually only possible to at the very first moments of its return, before you're used to it, when you've forgotten its smell, then there it is back in the air and the flow of things shifting and resettling again.
    -- Ali Smith

    #Smell #Air #Tonight

  • There can be no intelligent control of the lead danger in industry unless it is based on the principle of keeping the air clear from dust and fumes.
    -- Alice Hamilton

    #Intelligent #Air #Dust

  • From the first I became convinced that what I must look for was lead dust and lead fumes, that men were poisoned by breathing poisoned air, not by handling their food with unwashed hands.
    -- Alice Hamilton

    #Men #Air #Dust

  • War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn't surprise us. All those bombs going off, all those rockets, all those planes and helicopters. All that fuel of various kinds being used. It pollutes the air and water of this very fragile and interconnected planet.
    -- Alice Walker

    #War #Air #Water

  • Between a quarter and a third of Los Angeless land area is now monopolized by the automobile and its needs-by freeways, highways, garages, gas stations, car lots, parking lots. And all of it is blanketed with anonymity and foul air.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Air #Land #Car

  • We can't be in the business of carting fresh air around the country.
    -- Alistair Darling

    #Country #Business #Air

  • As an active member of the Air Force, Army and Mine Warfare Caucuses, I meet with enlisted personnel and officers on a regular basis to learn more about their needs, both on the job and with their families.
    -- Allen Boyd

    #Jobs #Army #Air

  • You were right, Hale. It was a bad job. It was a bad call. You were right to leave." "Kat..." Hale tried to reach for her, but even in the sand, Kat was quick and sure on her feet, and she moved nimbly away, leaving Hale with nothing but a fistful of salty air. "Thanks for coming back and helping me find her and all, but..." She looked at Gabrielle, who stood leaning against Simon, still bruised and almost broken. " I think I've got to take it from here.".... She was sure right up until the point when Hale said, "No.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Jobs #Thinking #Air

  • Life always holds in store surprises that are more complex and unforeseeable than any dream, and the secret is to let them come and not block them with castles in the air.
    -- Álvaro Mutis

    #Dream #Block #Air

  • In my version of paradise, the air was always cold and the rivers ran with candy.
    -- Amanda Lindhout

    #Air #Rivers #Paradise

  • The world has been created for everyone's use, but you few rich are trying to keep it up for yourselves. For not merely the possession of the earth, but the very sky, the air, and the sea are claimed for the use of the rich few... The earth belongs to all, not just to the rich.
    -- Ambrose

    #Air #Sea #Sky

  • Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease, like caries and many other ailments, is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Life #Simple #Air

  • Love is in the air but the air is highly polluted
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Love Is #Air

  • The fact of the matter is, when I'm on tour, I'm juggling so hard to keep all the balls in the air that I don't often get to really enjoy what I'm out there doing.
    -- Amy Grant

    #Journey #Air #Balls

  • Had I been a man I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was my spirit found outlet in the air. . . .
    -- Amy Johnson

    #Men #Air #Might

  • You know when you watch old movies, it's always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air.
    -- Amy Sedaris

    #Character #Air #Watches

  • Sometimes you just need to give in to the yuckiness of the day, throw your psychic hands up in the air and trust that tomorrow will be an improvement.
    -- Amy Shearn

    #Psychics #Air #Hands

  • The thing about 'Gilmore Girls' is that it's such a specific voice, and I lived with it for so long before it got on the air It's a very specific rhythm and a very specific banter.
    -- Amy Sherman-Palladino

    #Girl #Air #Voice

  • In architecture, space was a material to be shaped, even created. For these men, the material was silence. Silence like water in which you could drown, the absence of talk as constricting as the absence of air.
    -- Amy Waldman

    #Men #Space #Air

  • The sea drinks the air and the sun the sea.
    -- Anacreon

    #Air #Sea #Sun

  • This great handsomeness I took into myself later when he desired me, but I took it as one breathes air, or swallows a snowflake, or yields to the sun.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Yield #Air #Sun

  • Centralization of society's vital services in giant computer centers, reservoirs, nuclear power plants, air- traffic control centers, 100-story skyscrapers, and government compounds increases its vulnerability. ... choosing his targets, today's saboteur could pollute a city's water supply, dynamite power transmission towers, cripple an airport control center, destroy a corporate or government computer center.
    -- Anatol Rapoport

    #Air #Cities #Government

  • To use color well is as difficult as for a fish to pass from water to air or earth.
    -- Andre Lhote

    #Air #Color #Water

  • I write because it is while I'm writing that I feel most connected to why we're here. I write because silence is a heavy weight to carry. I write to remember. I write to heal. I write to let the air in. I write as a practice of listening.
    -- Andrea Gibson

    #Writing #Air #Practice

  • There is a velvety sensuality here at the mouth of the Mississippi that you won't find anywhere else. Tell me what the air feels like at 3 A.M. on a Thursday night in August in Shaker Heights and I bet you won't be able to say because nobody stays up that late. But in New Orleans, I tell you, it's ink and honey passed through silver moonlight.
    -- Andrei Codrescu

    #Night #New Orleans #Air

  • There's a gentle sigh which descends like billowing silk upon the soul that accepts its coming death. It's a gentle pocket of air in the turbulence of everyday life... the silk settles around you as if it has been drifting towards the earth forever and has finally found it's target. The flag of defeat has been mercifully dropped and, in this action, the loss is not so bad. Defeat itself is defeated by the embrace of defeat, and death is swallowed up in victory.
    -- Andrew Davidson

    #Loss #Air #Forever

  • Music, the mosaic of the air.
    -- Andrew Marvell

    #Music #Air #Mosaics

  • Blood was shed that you three might breathe the good air of life, and if that means you have to miss out on a Zibzy game, then so be it. Part of being a man is putting others' needs before your own.
    -- Andrew Peterson

    #Mean #Men #Air

  • Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance. It is tumbleweed distress that thrives on thin air, growing despite its detachment from the nourishing earth. It can be described only in metaphor and allegory
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Depression #Grief #Air

  • Then the old man's face hardened. "What about you young man?" he asked flatly. "Would you like to get what you deserve?" Jones let that question hang in the air for a moment, then sighed, shook his head, and said "Me? I surely don't want what I deserve. I'm hoping for mercy, not justice.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Men #Air #Justice

  • When I was a 21-year-old intern at CBS, I was told I had crossed eyes and shouldn't try to be on air. That's when I decided I was going to be behind the scenes.
    -- Andy Cohen

    #Eye #Air #Years

  • The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it's probably a good thing. We don't need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Music #Air #Careers

  • Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won't stay inside anymore.
    -- Andy Weir

    #Cutting #Air #Problem

  • My hometown was one of the major U.S. Air Force bases.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Air #Hometown #Force

  • I have a massage when I want to relax. I love being pampered. I love island massages when you're outside in the fresh air.
    -- Angie Stone

    #Islands #Air #Relax

  • I opened the large central window of my office room to its full on the fine early May morning. Then I stood for a few moments, breathing in the soft, warm air that was charged with the scent of white lilacs below.
    -- Angus Wilson

    #Morning #White #Air

  • And she thought then how strange it was that disaster--the sort of disaster that drained the blood from your body and took the air out of your lungs and hit you again and again in the face--could be at times, such a thing of beauty.
    -- Anita Shreve

    #Air #Blood #Body