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The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy
Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it's based on femininity.
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
When playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you're given a prescribed way of behaving. So, both Facebook and theatre provide contrived settings that provide the illusion of social interaction.
It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.
It's not about how much movement you do, how much interaction there is, it just reeks of credibility if it's real. If it's contrived, it seems to work for a while for the people who can't filter out the real and unreal.
Personality is everything that's false in a human: everything that's been added on to him and contrived.
Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived to be constant companions.
I just wanted to keep consistent and keep true to America and not seem contrived. I didn't want to seem contrived at all with any song choice that might be a detriment to my journey on 'The Voice.'
I sing in five or six different voices that are all part of me. It's not contrived.
I don't go off and sit down and try to write material, because then it's contrived and forced. I just live my life, and I see things in a word or a situation or a concept, and it will create a joke for me.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
Usually, when Nirvana made music, there wasn't a lot of conversation. We wanted everything to be surreal. We didn't want to have some contrived composition.
Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
I am not suggesting that all those missionary organizations working in Haiti should pack up and go home, but I am urging them to understand that Haiti does not need clever Americans with newly contrived schemes for saving their country.
I'm a socially concerned citizen of India. I have strong views on issues of social and political relevance. But it's very difficult to voice it in an intelligent manner without it sounding contrived. Because people think you're saying or doing all this as a PR exercise, not from your heart.
The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.
What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
But from the time I was very little, it was something I would do all the time, just sing, dance and act. So it wasn't something that was fake or contrived as I got older.
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
A character who is thought-out is not born, he or she is contrived. A born character is round, a thought-out character is flat.
I think there's a lot to be said about just enjoying your work. It can be very contrived when people say their work is for the good of mankind.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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