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There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.
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 Occupy movement is - it was a big surprise.
Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.
I don't think the government is out to get me or help someone else get me but it wouldn't surprise me if they were out to sell me something or help someone else sell me something. I mean, why else would the Census Bureau want to know my telephone number?
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Jean de La Fontaine
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
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.
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.
Art must take reality by surprise.
If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise.
On the sequel, you've lost the element of surprise. Usually, on the first one you may not go very, very deep into character; the second one you start to explore the character a bit more.
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
Humor has to surprise us; otherwise, it isn't funny. It's a death knell for a writer to be labeled a humorist because then it's not a surprise anymore.
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.
Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
I can honestly say - and it's a big surprise to me - that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.
A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
Well the beauty of 'Iyanla: Fix My Life' is that men are in every show. To our surprise, some of the deepest healing demonstrations have been with the men - the sons, the fathers, the husbands - because they agree to participate with the wife or the daughter or whatever it is we are looking at, and it is there.
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.
I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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