Idiom Quotes

Idiom Quotes by Sophia Amoruso, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Medawar, George Orwell, Jack Ma and many others.

I believe that there is a silver lining in everything,

I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.
Sophia Amoruso
It will be a sad day for the world when the Oriental gent realizes that Western bumbling is only Eastern guile in a different idiom. Well, a lot of it, anyway.
Kyril Bonfiglioli
The sea is an idiom I cannot decipher.
Jorge Luis Borges
There is much else in the literary idiom of nature-philosophy: nothing-buttery, for example, always part of the minor symptomatology of the bogus.
Peter Medawar
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
George Orwell
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
George Orwell
If you do not know where your competitor is, or overconfident and snobbish about your competitor, or are unable to comprehend how yourcompetitor became a real threat, you will surely fall behind him. Don’t be the “they” in this idiom: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Jack Ma
Since at least the Middle Ages, philosophers and philologists have dreamed of curing natural languages of their flaws by constructing entirely new idioms according to orderly, logical principles.
Joshua Foer
Every good writer has much idiom; it is the life and spirit of language.
Walter Savage Landor
By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.
George Orwell
People still have existential anxiety. It just may not be expressed in Hebraic idiom.
Woody Allen
As far as the style, I can’t say there is one definite style. I probably feel most comfortable writing in a tonal idiom, with considerable, if not extreme chromaticism.
Marc-Andre Hamelin
It seemed to me that the human beings I met reacted pretty much the same to the same stimuli. Different idioms,yes. Circumstances and conditions having power to influence, yes. Inherent difference, no.
Zora Neale Hurston
To make the bloody thing talk the way I do when I’m on a verbal roll, in my idioms and rhythms.
Gary Lucas
I like to mix and match things so I’m infusing a little bit of jazz, a little bit of classical, a little bit of soul, into the whole blues idiom and I’m coming up with something that I’m really interested in.
Gino Vannelli
The style, often found difficult in the earlier books, is just as individual but more perfectly modulated to experience, and the dialogue is much closer to contemporary idiom, especially when those cadences have been masterfully twisted to satirical ends.
Geoffrey Dutton
Nine times out of 10 when people do a tribute album or tribute songs for somebody, it’s what I call ‘white boys playing reggae’. They know they can’t, we know they can’t, so they sing like they can’t and play like they can’t. They gently make fun of the idiom or sing in a false accent.
David Lee Roth
A God in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Frederick Buechner
Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom. I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien, and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids, and that was Wizards.
Ralph Bakshi
You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.
Charlaine Harris
For poets today or in any age, the choice is not between freedom on the one hand and abstruse French forms on the other. The choice is between the nullity and vanity of our first efforts, and the developing of a sense of idiom, form, structure, metre, rhythm, line – all the fundamental characteristics of this verbal art.
James Fenton
I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.
Jacques Derrida
Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted with the idiom of country or rock music, it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar. Bars are a rehearsal place.
Garth Hudson
My chief virtue (or if you like, defect) has been a tireless lifelong search for an original, individual musical idiom. I detest imitation, I detest hackneyed devices.
Sergei Prokofiev
I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.
Paul Keating
Idioms are a big thing in Ireland. They want to fill the time, to show how good they are at talk – it’s a talk-off
Dylan Moran
It’s a shame that jazz is now being turned into dried fruit. It’s becoming quantized, diced and defined. It’s becoming an idiom. To me if it’s anything, jazz is a verb ? it’s more like a process than it is a thing.
Pat Metheny
Foreign languages are another favourite topic, and as these men are bilingual they have a fair notion of what it means to speak and think in many different idioms.
John Millington Synge
Whatever coast he’s on, a man should be himself. I don’t write in any particular idiom, I write Charles Mingus.
Charles Mingus
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Miguel de Cervantes
Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
Warren Buffett
The mechanical philosophy was ever blind to this fact. Intelligent design, on the other hand, readily embraces the sacramental nature of physical reality. Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John’s Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.
William A. Dembski
A proposition is completely logically analyzed if its grammar is made completely clear: no matter what idiom it may be written or expressed in.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Many hands make light work.
John Heywood
And from the first declension of the flesh
I learnt man’s tongue, to twist the shapes of thoughts
Into the stony idiom of the brain.
Dylan Thomas
Personally I feel that real rock ‘n’ roll may be on the way out, just like adolescence as a relatively innocent transitional period is on the way out. What we have instead is a small island of new free music surrounded by some good reworkings of past idioms and a vast sargasso sea of absolute garbage.
Lester Bangs
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
John Heywood
Back in those early days when I began my apprenticeship as a poet, I also tried to voice our anger, spirit of defiance and resistance in a Jamaican poetic idiom.
Linton Kwesi Johnson
You can’t judge a book by its cover, can you?
Cao Cao
Style, in the broadest sense of all, is consciousness. More specifically it is a consistent idiom arising spontaneously from the personality but deliberately maintained.
Quentin Crisp
It’s all through the actors; I cannot write in that idiom
Woody Allen
[T]here is a methodological bias in favor of taking natural discourse literally, other things being equal. For example, unless there are clear reasons for construing discourse as ambiguous, elliptical, or involving special idioms, we should not so construe it.
Tyler Burge
When I started formulating the first Frank comic, I knew I wanted it to be something that was beyond time and specific place. I felt that having the characters speak would tie it to 20th-century America, because that would be the idiom of the language they would use, the language I use.
Jim Woodring
Indigenous people have discovered that Christianity is not inherently Western but universal – ‘translatable’ into any cultural idiom.
Nancy Pearcey
The American idiom has much to offer us that the English language has never heard of
William Carlos Williams
Air power speaks a strategic language so new that translation into the hackneyed idiom of the past is impossible.
Alexander P. de Seversky
God has to speak to each person in their own language, in their own idioms. Take Spanish, Chinese. You can express the same thought, but to different people you have to use a different language. Its the same in religion.
Huston Smith
The disquieting thing about newscaster-babble or editorial-speak is its ready availability as a serf idiom, a vernacular of deference. “Mr. Secretary, are we any nearer to bringing about a dialogue in this process ?
Christopher Hitchens
You have a political and media elite who have an idiom by which they describe politics. It’s highly, highly polarised. It’s right, left, red, blue, up, down, victorious, crushed.
Nick Clegg
The development of new instrumental and vocal idioms has been one of the remarkable phenomena of recent music.
George Crumb
You cannot judge a book by its contents.
Jon Stewart
All that glitters is not gold.
William Shakespeare
What goes around, comes around.
Willie Nelson
French is not a language that lends itself naturally to the opaque and ponderous idiom of nature-philosophy, and Teilhard has according resorted to the use of that tipsy, euphoristic prose-poetry which is one of the more tiresome manifestations of the French spirit.
Peter Medawar
There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life, every crumb of success, each encounter of love… In a figurative way, Yiddish is the wise and humble language of us all, the idiom of a frightened and hopeful humanity.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Yes, but I view Frank’s music as fully composed. In other words, the arrangements can work for any idiom such as a rock band or an orchestra. Frank was a brilliant arranger and could make his music work in any context. He proved that tour after tour and album after album.
Dweezil Zappa
Pheromones are Earth’s primordial idiom.
Karen Joy Fowler