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Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
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.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
W. Somerset Maugham
Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Jean de La Fontaine
I start with a character and a situation, but I don't know what's going to happen until I write it. Sometimes things happen that surprise me.
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles de Gaulle
The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.
Well, I was already so happy being chosen to do the issue itself, that when I got on the cover, it was even more of a surprise and even more amazing to me.
About myself I have no great illusions. I know what I am. I know what I'm good at. I know what I ain't. I'm always hoping to surprise myself. But I do have a love of music and I do love to communicate it, and that's the best I can do, really. And I can raise a good family, too.
If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise.
That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing. It is my way of judging what I am doing - which is never an easy thing to do.
V. S. Naipaul
People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.
I can honestly say - and it's a big surprise to me - that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.
There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.
A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
It may come as a surprise to people, but I'm actually quite boring and normal. What do I do? I read books. I drive my kid to school. I have lunch with my wife. I pick my kid up from school. I go home.
I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.
My imagination, my ability to understand the way love and people grow over time, how passion can surprise and renew, utterly failed me.
To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years.
None of us know all the potentialities that slumber in the spirit of the population, or all the ways in which that population can surprise us when there is the right interplay of events.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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