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"I don't like quintessential certitude." - Louise Bogan

"The quintessential expression of coffee is espresso." - Ernesto Illy

"'Showboat' is the quintessential family show." - Harold Prince

"I was your quintessential nerd in high school." - Neal Boortz

"My father was the quintessential husband and dad." - Sidney Poitier

"The quintessential bad - luck position. Pucks can go off bodies, skates, bounce into the net." - Mike Liut

"The languor of Youth - how unique and quintessential it is! How quickly, how irrecoverably, lost!" - Evelyn Waugh

"The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the quintessential dysfunctional family." - Sara Shepard

"Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling." - William Rounseville Alger

"Anger is the quintessential individual-signature emotion: I am what makes me mad." - Gina Barreca

"Teamwork is the quintessential contradiction of a society grounded in individual achievement." - Marvin R. Weisbord

"I didn't want to put myself, or anyone else, asleep with another quintessential Mark Kozelek album." - Mark Kozelek

"Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings." - William R Alger

"'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls is the quintessential dysfunctional family." - Sara Shepard

"When I look at pictures when I was younger, I do the quintessential cringe." - Rachel Roy

"Honorable errors do not count as failures in science, but as seeds for progress in the quintessential activity of correction." - Stephen Jay Gould

"I believe that the quintessential task of every painter in any time has been to concentrate on the essential." - Gerhard Richter

"[My] dream writers room: "'Naked City.' Because it still holds up as the absolutely quintessential New York pure cop procedural."" - Dick Wolf

"Pushing fear and sex buttons is a poor substitute for aesthetic elation, transcendental euphoria and quintessential stimulation." - Vanna Bonta

"'The Omen,' 'The Exorcist,' those movies for me are the quintessential horror movies that still scare me as an adult." - Fede Alvarez

"Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time." - John Berger

"President Reagan was the quintessential Happy Warrior, and no one loves, respects, and admires Reagan more than I do." - Monica Crowley

"Patience was not something that came naturally to me, but in cooking it is the quintessential skill." - Gail Simmons

"I think Robert Plant is the quintessential frontman - just the way he moves. His voice is superhuman." - Taylor Momsen

"People are the quintessential element in all technology... Once we recognize the inescapable human nexus of all technology our attitude toward the reliability problem is fundamentally changed." - Garrett Hardin

"In my view, the lost art of listening and ignoring the patient as a human being is a quintessential failure of our health care." - Bernard Lown

"I must reject fluids and ethers of all kinds, magnetical, electrical, and universal, to whatever quintessential thinness they may be treble distilled, and as it were super-substantiated." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The human rights we are to discuss here at Vienna are . . . the quintessential values through which we affirm together that we are a single human community." - Radhika Coomaraswamy

"I'm not leaving New York. And neither is anyone else. We're here. We are quintessential Americans - we're not only American, but New York-American." - Lou Reed

"The heart [of my work], the quintessential, remains the questioning of photographic truth. Be careful, be critical, doubt, and filter the information you receive." - Joan Fontcuberta

"The quintessential revolution is that of spirit. Without this, the forces which produce the inequalities of the old order will continue to operate." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"It is a distortion of the notion of romantic love to want to see obedience as the quintessential expression of respect." - Bell Hooks

"My musical sensibilities were formed around punk rock, that quintessential dilution of an art that's both ugly and lovely at the same time." - Joshua Mohr

"I always say African American history is the quintessential American story. It's about perseverance and resilience - something everyone can relate to." - Philip Freelon

"I like producing but acting is the quintessential me, and I'm probably better at that than I am at anything. My heart has always been in the movies." - Morgan Freeman

"I always think of "Popeye" and "Barney Google" as quintessential comic strips in that old rollicky, slapstick way we've sort of lost." - Bill Watterson

"I'd had the quintessential liberal arts experience, and I came out of college not having a clue of what to do." - John Wesley

"Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life." - Marlon Brando

"In my generation, history was taught in terms of grand figures, men on whom the destiny of the nation hinged, quintessential heroes." - Barry Unsworth

"The long poem cannot be a digressive, expansive, boring exposition. It is really made of very sharp, Imagistic, quintessential poetic elements." - Louis Dudek

"A quintessential experience is to raft the Rio Grande through the Blue Mountains, stopping off at waterfalls and having picnics of barbecued fish." - Ben Elliot

"I feel like if you're a girl in the South, you know 'Gone with the Wind' better than anything. Scarlett O'Hara is such a quintessential Southern woman." - Leslie Bibb

"The iambic line, with its characteristic forward movement from short to long, or light to heavy, or unstressed to stressed, is the quintessential measure of English verse." - James Fenton

"'A Christmas Carol' has been described as the most perfect of Dickens's works and as a quintessential heart-warming story, and it is certainly the most popular." - Claire Tomalin

"I make work that tries to sort of connect with something really, really familiar. I don't try to make work that's original. I try to make work that's quintessential. That's what I mean about the familiar. It operates with stuff that people already know or information that they already have and I try to just use that. Quintessential means like the perfect minimalist sculptor." - Tony Tasset

"The courage to press on regardless-regardless of whether we face calm seas or rough seas, and especially when the market storms howl around us-is the quintessential attribute of the successful investor." - John C. Bogle

"I enjoy playing a quintessential antihero. There's something therapeutic about playing such characters. I know it sounds corny but I feel like I learn about myself when I play that characters." - Vin Diesel

"Craving that old sweet oneness yet dreading engulfment, wishing to be our mother's and yet be our own, we stormily swing from mood to mood, advancing and retreating-the quintessential model of two-mindedness." - Judith Viorst

"It's the quintessential Greek sport: harmonious, competitive, agonizing, nautical, and above all, intelligent. It combines Odysseus's brains and brawn and love of the sea with the tactical precision of the Spartan pikeman." - Barry S. Strauss

"I think one of the reasons movies are the quintessential modern art form is that it is partially a business. The director needs a crew - the writer, the producer, etcetera - and to have that, he needs money." - Roger Corman

"Parks and gardens are the quintessential intimate landscapes. People use them all the time, leaving their energy and memories behind. It's what's left behind that I like to photograph." - Michael Kenna

"[T]he Super Bowl, the quintessential American creation. A dizzying melange of brilliant entrepreneurship in an atmosphere of intense competition. It is the perfect show for the most intensely competitive culture in this solar system." - Robert Klein

"Everything in life is drawing, if you want. Drawing is quintessential to knowing the self. Art that survives from one generation to the next is the art that actually carries something that tells society about self." - Richard Tuttle

"Playing normal is hard; especially playing normal that's not you. The biggest challenge in playing Alicia is trying to make a teenage girl seem fully formed and not the quintessential moody teenager with a quippy, sassy line here and there." - Alycia Debnam Carey

"The quintessential exercise of free speech in a culture supposedly built on that concept and dedicated to it, the Internet's development is as historically important to humanity - perhaps even more so - as Gutenberg's invention of the printing press." - L Neil Smith

"The courage to press on regardless-regardless of whether we face calm seas or rough seas, and especially when the market storms howl around us-is the quintessential attribute of the successful investor." - John Bogle

"The wild horse - healthy, prolific, and fully capable of surviving on its own - provides us with the perfect window through which to inquire, observe and learn about nature's grand plan for the quintessential natural horse." - Jaime Jackson

"The quintessential exercise of free speech in a culture supposedly built on that concept and dedicated to it, the Internet's development is as historically important to humanity perhaps even more so as Gutenberg 's invention of the printing press." - L Neil Smith

"To me, 'Blue Like Jazz' is a quintessential American story. So many people are just like Don - raised Christian and go off to college only to abandon their beliefs in order to fit in or be accepted." - Marshall Allman

"War is not the quintessential emergency in which man has to prove himself, as my generation learned at its school desks in the days of the Kaiser; rather, peace is the emergency in which we all have to prove ourselves." - Gustav Heinemann

"I really saw myself as the quintessential Cinderella. I think that's when I really thought about how I wanted to do something else and get away from all that." - Madonna Ciccone

"Science is the quintessential international endeavour, and the sterling reputation of the Nobel awards is partly due to the widely-perceived lack of national and other biases in the selection of the laureates." - John Okeefe

"Any page by Paul Goodman will give you not only originality and brilliance but wisdom, that is, something to think about. He is our peculiar, urban, twentieth-century Thoreau, the quintessential American mind of our time." - Hayden Carruth

"As a little girl, I thought I'd like to get married on the beach. But I'm not the quintessential girl who had these sort of fantasies about that stuff." - Mandy Moore

"My mother likes what I cook, but doesn't think it's French. My wife is Puerto Rican and Cuban, so I eat rice and beans. We have a place in Mexico, but people think I'm the quintessential French chef." - Jacques Pepin

"The quintessential feminine Self stands at the center of the psyche and it is wild, meaning natural and free, and utterly wise. It is not 'something' we must strive to create. This Self is already fully present, burning strong and waiting for us to come into its presence." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"We all experience pain and suffering, but it is not the quintessential nature of life. Just because the earth turns away from the sun and night occurs doesn't mean that the sun isn't always shining. It might be hard to see sometimes, but goodness and divine beauty can always be found if you adjust your vision just right." - John Friend

"Instant enlightenment. A quintessential modernism, culture and religion accommodated to the age of fast food and bumper stickers. But psyche and spirit are not so exempt from the natural domain that they can simply produce self-change instantaneously, on demand. Wisdom precipitates through a notoriously slow apparatus of retorts and flasks, and it has to find receptive ground only in a properly seasoned mind." - Kenny Smith

"The future was and remains the quintessential American art form. Other nations sit back and let their futures happen; we construct ours. We can let the future happen, or take the trouble to imagine it. We can imagine it dark or bright-and in the long run, that's how it will be." - David Gelernter

"Remember that for every technique you think you can fall back on, there is a counter for it, or there are times when it cannot be used. When real battle comes, you must remember that some things will not be applicable. Don't think that any one technique is quintessential." - Masaaki Hatsumi

"The best aphorisms are.... portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling. They furnish the largest amount of intellectual stimulus and nutriment in the smallest compass. About every weak point in human nature, or vicious spot in human life, there is deposited a crystallization of warning and protective proverbs." - William Rounseville Alger

"Riddick is an antihero. He's the quintessential antihero. We all know how much I love antiheroes. It takes you 45 minutes in the movie just for Riddick to understand the word "heroism," let alone for anyone to hope that he can be heroic." - Vin Diesel

"For me, the Dennis Wilson story is a quintessential You Must Remember This story because it's one of these stories that people never talk about, don't really think about, and it's forgotten within this major thing that is thought to be this cataclysmic event of the 20th century." - Karina Longworth

"David Bowie is the quintessential English gentleman and, of course, a musical and generational institution. I only played support for him for one night (not a whole tour) but he was incredibly gracious and generous toward me and I've certainly never forgotten it." - Brooke Fraser

"Bognor has always meant to me the quintessential English seaside experience (before all this global warming stuff): driving in the rain to get there, walking around in the rain looking for something to do when you're there, and driving home in the rain again..." - Terry Pratchett

"What is the secret behind the emotional effect of great works of painting? What laws govern their beauty? Delacroix said that being a feast for the eyes is the prime merit of a good painting. I seek the timeless, the quintessential in painting." - Stefan Szczesny

"The best aphorisms are.... portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling. They furnish the largest amount of intellectual stimulus and nutriment in the smallest compass. About every weak point in human nature, or vicious spot in human life, there is deposited a crystallization of warning and protective proverbs." - William R Alger

"I think the reason why I'm so alluring to networks is because on the surface I'm like a quintessential relatable, boring white guy. A great many sitcoms have been anchored by a boring white guy, so I feel like what they want to mine from me are my more generic qualities." - Mike Birbiglia

"We are making sure that the courses we offer at MITx and HarvardX are quintessential MIT and Harvard courses. They are not watered down. They are not MIT Lite or Harvard Lite. These are hard courses. These are the exact same courses, so the certificate will mean something." - Anant Agarwal

"Thank God I have four sons. The mother/daughter relationship is one of mankind's great mysteries, and for womankind, it can be hellaciously complicated. My mother and I are quintessential examples of the rewards and frustrations, and the joys and infuriations it can yield." - Melissa Gilbert

"New York has arguably become the quintessential 1 percent city, a city that has been so given over to the rich that you now have to be rich to live here. Or not live here: New York's also a preferred destination for foreign money spent on vast, lifeless apartments in the sky that are occupied a couple of weeks a year at most." - Graydon Carter

"'The Last Five Years' is this quintessential piece, and every song is an actor's song, and every song is incredibly difficult and incredibly powerful and incredibly amazing. It was one of those things in college where, like, you gauged how good you were by how well you were able to pull off a song from 'The Last Five Years.'" - Jeremy Jordan

"Peoria is such a seemingly quintessential American city, and I had always wanted to draw on that in either my fiction or in nonfiction. The Midwest is also a landscape that I have always been infatuated with, perhaps because it's the first one I can truly remember." - Dinaw Mengestu

"The body itself is an information processor. Memory resides not just in brains but in every cell. No wonder genetics bloomed along with information theory. DNA is the quintessential information molecule, the most advanced message processor at the cellular level - an alphabet and a code, 6 billion bits to form a human being." - James Gleick

"The Internet has been seen in the West as the quintessential expression of the free exchange of ideas and information, untrammeled by government interference and increasingly global in reach. But the Chinese government has shown that the Internet can be successfully filtered and controlled." - Martin Jacques

"I think that, to a lot of people, they don't like my brand of whatever I do. And I think that people - the ones that like me, at least - see me as their brother or their older uncle or their friend or their next door neighbour. I am the quintessential boy next door; I feel that way." - Robbie Williams

"Whether or not we communicate it, I definitely seek my mom's acceptance and approval for everything. She has a strong commercial sense of movies and is a quintessential audience. When she doesn't like something, I know there is reason to worry. When she loves something, there is reason to celebrate." - Karan Johar

"On June 22, 2008, at the age of 71, an American revolutionary died. He was a bona fide genius, an outspoken critich, a literary giant and an unprecedented visionary. For 50 years he entertained, challenged and amazed not only my generation, but also ones before mine and well after. He was sensational, brilliant, iconic and unique - the quintessential individual. He was my lifelong hero. His name was George Carlin." - Corey Taylor

"With a title like this-There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick-is there really a whole lot left to say? With cunning and quintessential stealth, with artful restraint, with whats fathering and foxy and filled with intelligence and wit, Michael Teig goes about making what seems to be invisible and unspeakable, the most palpable and important matter in the world." - Dara Wier

"If it comes to a question of law, the charges they brought against me - the Espionage Act - is called the quintessential political crime. A political crime, in legal terms, is defined as any crime against a state, as opposed to against an individual. Assassination, for example, is not a political crime because you've killed a person, an individual, and they've been harmed; their family's been harmed. But the state itself, you can't be extradited for harming it." - Edward Snowden

"Normally you'll have a structure to a song. You'll have an intro to a verse to a pre-chorus to a chorus, kinda repeat that, maybe there's a bridge, then you'll go out on a chorus - that's the quintessential song structure - sometimes you might do a fake-out, re-do a pre-chorus but the chorus doesn't come until later, but for the most part you follow these tried and true structures." - Frank Iero

"Barry Crump wrote a lot of books and they were really special. They were kind of the quintessential, mild for the most part, kind of southern man, kind of the true heart of what it meant to be a Kiwi kind of farmer; very kind of outdoor man living off the land. That kind of thing, you don't see so much anymore these days with everyone being metrosexual and lattes and laptops." - Rhys Darby

"Cynie Cory roams the outer reaches of the heart's territory, from the snowy winter of family life to the tropical jungles of love. She wears her heart on her sleeve and it is as big as the country she writes about. Is she the quintessential American girl? You bet she is, part Annie Oakley, part Emily Dickinson-sharpshooting poet of wild nights. She zooms in on the detritus of love-the broken fragments, the fallen leaves-and puts together a collage that is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Watch out-she's driving down your street." - Barbara Hamby

"Jay Harman is the quintessential biomimic, a principled inventor who sees solutions everywhere he looks in the natural world. And he looks deeply, with the soul of a student. He moves with grace from a world of waving sea kelp to the world of sustainable design, bringing nature's wisdom into the board rooms of global companies, to the design tables of the engineers and designers who make our world. This is more than a business book, more than a memoir, more than a new way to solve global challenges. It's a book about a new way to think." - Janine Benyus

"The only rule was that the stuff had to be funny and pretty short. To me, the quintessential Army Man joke was one of John Swartzwelder's: 'They can kill the Kennedys. Why can't they make a cup of coffee that tastes good?' It's a horrifying idea juxtaposed with something really banal-and yet there's a kind of logic to it. It's illuminating because it's kind of how Americans see things: Life's a big jumble, but somehow it leads to something I can consume. I love that." - George Meyer

"Cynie Cory roams the outer reaches of the heart's territory, from the snowy winter of family life to the tropical jungles of love. She wears her heart on her sleeve and it is as big as the country she writes about. Is she the quintessential American girl? You bet she is, part Annie Oakley, part Emily Dickinson-sharpshooting poet of wild nights. She zooms in on the detritus of love-the broken fragments, the fallen leaves-and puts together a collage that is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Watch out-she's driving down your street." - Barbara Hamby

"You never in a million years thought that you would ever end up in a Woody Allen film even though that might be your dream, and there you are. Suddenly you've got one. But you're not playing the quintessential Woody Allen heroine, which is somebody that's full of self-doubt and heartbreakingly naive. Chloe in Match Point was a nightmare in some ways and totally entitled, and felt like everything was going to be all right. Most of the women in Woody Allen films feel like everything's awful. I didn't understand what to do. But some of the confusion is helpful." - Emily Mortimer

"The langour of Youth - how unique and quintessential it is! How quickly, how irrecoverably, lost! The zest, the generous affections, the illusions, the despair, all the traditional attributes of Youth - all save this come and go with us through life...These things are a part of life itself; but languor - the relaxation of yet unwearied sinews, the mind sequestered and self-regarding, the sun standing still in the heavens and the earth throbbing to our own pulse - that belongs to Youth alone and dies with it." - Evelyn Waugh

"The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development. A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success. Without a revolution of the spirit, the forces which produced the iniquities of the old order would continue to be operative, posing a constant threat to the process of reform and regeneration." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"The reinvention of American culture as purely the self catapulted Las Vegas to prominence. The city took sin and made it choice - a sometimes ambiguous choice, but choice nonetheless. Combined with a visionary approach to experience that melded Hollywood and Americans' taste for comfort and self-deception, Las Vegas grew into the last American frontier city, as foreign at times as Prague but as quintessential as Peoria. In Las Vegas, you can choose your fantasy; in the rest of America, you don't always get to pick." - Hal Rothman

"My personal assessment is that Dr. King is the greatest American we have ever produced. I can argue for Lincoln, I can argue for FDR, but for my money, King is the greatest American we have ever produced. His only weapon was love. He transforms a nation, transforms the world with one weapon and that of course being again the weapon of love. So that for me, King is the quintessential example of everything that I could ever want to be in my lifetime." - Tavis Smiley



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