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There are people who take rumors and embellish them in a way that can be devastating. And this pollution has to be eradicated by people in our business as best we can.
I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs - at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.
I do write a lot from personal experience, but I also embellish a bit.
Creating characters is like throwing together ingredients for a recipe. I take characteristics I like and dislike in real people I know, or know of, and use them to embellish and define characters.
If you have a piece by Bach, he often develops the piece to such a high level that you can hardly do much more to it. But Saint-Luc wrote very simple baroque music, and so if you do not embellish it, it just falls apart. It's way too simple.
I just find things that work and embellish them.
When you meet someone, you meet their face. It's the most potent part of the body to embellish.
Each of the Arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a Muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.
The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up.
I'm a songwriter, and I understand artistic licence. We can embellish, go on little journeys and explore our inner selves. It can be quite self-indulgent.
Obviously, in journalism, you're confined to what happens. And the tendency to embellish, to mythologize, it's in us. It makes things more interesting, a closer call. But journalism taught me how to write a sentence that would make someone want to read the next one.
My hair is an untidy bob. I am very dark, but I embellish the roots because I am white in one clump.
There's a tendency for designers to embellish the size of their business. I never lie.
But even after the first week, when Hart got out of the presidential race because of the Washington Post's threat to reveal a long-term relationship Hart had apparently been having with a prominent Washington woman, the media continued to embellish my past.
I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
I always say show me a storyteller who doesn't embellish, and I'll show you a bad one.
People do ask, 'Are you going to embellish this stuff?' I wouldn't change any of my guitar parts.
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