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Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an uncommon flavor, and transform trivialities by some original grace or sympathy or humor or affection.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
V: [Evey pulls out her mace] I can assure you I mean you no harm.
Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey Hammond: Oh. Right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
[carves V into poster on wall]
V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
[giggles]
V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey Hammond: Are you like a crazy person?
V: I am quite sure they will say so. But, to whom am I speaking with?
Evey Hammond: I'm Evey.
V: Evey? E-V. Of course you are.
Evey Hammond: What does that mean?
V: It means that I, like God, do not play with dice and I don't believe in coincidences.More [05/21/2007 12:05:00]
Lucky Jackson:
I guess you got big plans for your future don't you.



Rusty Martin:
You'll probably find it very dull and commonplace but I want to earn enough money to help my father buy a boat.

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Mr. Mike:
Good evening. I'm Mr. Mike, inviting you to come with me into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and the commonplace bizarre. It is an odyssey of agressive wierdness. Whatever raw, savage acts man's hellish brain can concieve, our cameras are these, scouring the globe, seeking out the cheap thrills, the pointless perversities, the shabby secrets, the grotesque, the pathetic....

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Merchant:
[holds up lamp] Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts. This is no ordinary lamp. It once changed the course of a young man's life. A young man, who, like this lamp, was more than what he seemed. A diamond in the rough.

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Sagat:
Please master, give me the chance to prove myself against Ryu.



Bison:
Remember, you are a Shadowlaw Warrior now Sagat, put these commonplace thoughts aside.



Sagat:
But sir, we're talking about a warrior's pride and my reputation here!



Bison:
Fighter's pride, how dull. The world is now your arena not the street.

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Narrator:
Soon it was commonplace for entire teams to change cities in search of greater profits. The Minneapolis Lakers moved to Los Angeles where there are no lakes. The Oilers moved to Tennessee where there is no oil. The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City where they don't allow music.

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Lucy Gilbert (Kitty):
I should rather like to be an actor, upon the stage.



Gilbert:
An actor?



Lucy Gilbert (Kitty):
Yes. Wouldn't it be wondrous if perfectly commonplace people gave each other a round of applause at the end of the day?


[she claps enthusiastically]



Lucy Gilbert (Kitty):
Well done, Kitty! Well done!

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Terry Bohner:
This is not an occult science. This is not one of those crazy systems of divination and astrology. That stuff's hooey, and you've got to have a screw loose to go in for that sort of thing. Our beliefs are fairly commonplace and simple to understand. Humankind is simply materialized color operating on the 49th vibration. You would make that conclusion walking down the street or going to the store.

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At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.More [07/29/2011 11:07:34]
It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality.More [07/29/2011 11:07:54]
I always find it kind of embarrassing, kind of funny, and kind of exciting. In New York I'm recognized a lot, although nobody says anything. You know, they stare at you just a second too long. But in Paris it's not as commonplace to be recognized.More [08/07/2011 03:08:55]
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.More [08/11/2011 07:08:33]
Most remarks that are worth making are commonplace remarks. The things that makes them worth saying is that we really mean them.More [08/30/2011 02:08:56]
If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight, fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and reality the chance to be exotic.More [09/12/2011 11:09:46]
As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.More [09/22/2011 11:09:31]
It is a commonplace that the League of Nations is not yet-what its most enthusiastic protagonists intended it to be.More [10/20/2011 09:10:01]
Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.More [05/24/2012 05:05:08]
I have been in teen shows for years, so doing that stuff - kissing - is kind of commonplace and not a big deal. It was way more cool just because it was Meg Ryan.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Editing is now the easiest thing on earth to do, and all the things that evolved out of word processing - 'Oh, let's put that sentence there, let's get rid of this' - have become commonplace in films and music too.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism's anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Advancements in technology have become so commonplace that sometimes we forget to stop and think about how incredible it is that a girl on her laptop in Texas can see photos and cell phone video in real time that a young college student has posted of a rally he's at in Iran.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man really; a man uncertain, puzzled and in the dark like ourselvesMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is no easy matter to say commonplace things in an original
way.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Be commonplace and creeping, any you attain all things.
[Fr., Mediocre et rampant, et l'on arrive a tout.]More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The universal subjugator, the commonplace.
[Ger., Was uns alle bandigt, das Gemeine.]More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Thou unassuming Commonplace
Of Nature.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert
integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What was once impossible now summons us to dismantle the walls between
ourselves and our sisters and brothers, to dissolve the distinctions
between flesh and spirit, to transcend the present limits of time and
matter, to find, at last, not wealth or power but the ecstasy (so long
forgotten) of commonplace, unconditional being. For the atom's soul is
nothing but energy. Spirit blazes in the dullest of clay. The life of
every woman or man-the heart of it-is pure and holy joy.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Commencement speakers have a good deal in common with grandfather clocks: Standing usually some six feet tall, typically ponderous in construction, more traditional than functional, their distinction is largely their noisy communication of essentially commonplace information.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
OUR SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS Often, though not always, they work in inadequate buildings, with limited budgets, with insufficient backing from church officers, with indifferent support from parents, and at times even under a minister who cares for none of these things. Usually the workers themselves have had insufficient training for the job they are asked to perform. And always they work in a secularized culture, in the midst of spiritual illiteracy, where the most commonplace terms in the Bible and the most elementaMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893 Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars for his temple.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In God, we live every commonplace as well as the most exalted moment of our being. To trust in Him when no need is pressing, when things seem going right of themselves, may be harder than when things seem going wrong.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Continuing a short series on forgiveness: Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner. ("To know all is to forgive all.") No commonplace is more untrue. Behavior, whether conditioned by an individual neurosis or by society, can be understood, that is to say, one knows exactly why such and such an individual behaves as he does. But a personal action or deed is always mysterious. When we really act, precisely because it is a matter of free choice, we can never say exactly why we do this rather than that. But it is only deeMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows commonplace as to the rest of us.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What used to seem inappropriate has become commonplace. The question is: Is Discovery going to make clear about whether Disney funded the programs or provided any services? Essentially, if it's nothing more than an infomercial, will it be presented as such? Or will it be presented as an independent production that's separate from promoting a theme park?More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Online campaigning is becoming more commonplace.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Monster findings suggest that workplace relationships are commonplace these days. Some workplaces may discourage relationships, whilst others adopt a more relaxed approach. Whatever code of conduct you choose, the importance of ensuring an office romance doesn't cause conflict or have a negative impact on your career is paramount.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I really do think that if for one week in the U.S. we saw the true face of war, we saw people's limbs sheared off, we saw kids blown apart, for one week, war would be eradicated. Instead, what we see in the U.S. media is the video war game. Our mission is to make dissent commonplace in America.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In this country, we don't dare to pronounce the word 'Arab' or 'black,' ... Because of political blindness, we're prevented from thinking progress is possible. The multicolored composition will become commonplace in businesses and communities once we're no longer afraid of describing French of color.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I know this stuff is pretty commonplace with these video games -- the violence, the sex -- but this part, the use of crucifixion, is obnoxious and, I would have to say it's willfully obnoxious.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's no working into the season. It's kind of become commonplace. We've worked against them in (summer) 7-on-7 (passing league at EAHS) and that's helped in the learning curve to face a spread team like them. I don't think we feel as much like a fish out of water as we used to.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Suffering is by no means a privilege, a sign of nobility, a reminder of God. Suffering is a fierce, bestial thing, commonplace, uncalled for, natural as air. It is intangible; no one can grasp it or fight against it; it dwells in time / is the same thing as time; if it comes in fits and starts, that is only so as to leave the sufferer more defenseless during the moments that follow, those long moments when one relives the last bout of torture and waits for the next.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ya know, I always admired Ray Kroc, the man who invented McDonald's. Ray had a vision of the most commonplace thing - a hamburger and fries to go - but to him it was just the greatest thing ever, and he was going to make it the greatest thing ever for everybody else, and he did.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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