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"The noisy vacancy of youth, the quiet vacancy of age." - Mason Cooley

"Gloomy calm of idle vacancy." - Samuel Johnson

"KILL, v.t. To create a vacancy without nominating a successor." - Ambrose Bierce

"When you marry your mistress, you create a job vacancy." - James Goldsmith

"Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims." - H G Wells

"True inward quietness ... is not vacancy, but stability - the steadfastness of a single purpose." - Caroline Emelia Stephen

"A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position." - Oscar Wilde

"The mind abhors a vacancy & is wont to people it with phantoms." - David Mitchell

"Resolves perish into vacancy, that, if executed, might have been noble works." - Henry Giles

"I couldn't have thought of her more. Even vacancy was crowded with her." - Graham Greene

"A proud man is one who waits for a vacancy in the Trinity." - Mark Twain

"When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job vacancy." - Sacha Guitry

"He was a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity." - Mark Twain

"The university president who cashiered every professor unwilling to support Woodrow Wilson for the first vacancy in the Trinity. . . ." - H L Mencken

"Nothing raises the national temperature more than a VACANCY sign hanging from the colonnaded front of the Supreme Court." - Christopher Buckley

"The university president who cashiered every professor unwilling to support Woodrow Wilson for the first vacancy in the Trinity..." - H L Mencken

"[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity." - Mark Twain

"As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death." - Anna Brownell Jameson

"How cold the vacancy When the phantoms are gone and the shaken realist First sees reality. The mortal no Has its emptiness and tragic expirations." - Wallace Stevens

"History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy" - Robert Smithson

"The infinity of this vacancy, the pervasive pain, the longing for some spirit, some lightness, some joy - that's all that is left." - Martha Manning

"If he could only see how small a vacancy his death would leave, the proud man would think less of the place he occupies in his lifetime." - Jean Baptiste Legouve

"Alas, how is't with you, That you do bend your eye on vacancy, And with the incorporal air do hold discourse?" - William Shakespeare

"you can always tell employees of the government by the total vacancy which occupies the space where most other people have faces." - John Kennedy Toole

"My wife is - in the strictest sense - my sole companion, and I need no other. There is no vacancy in my mind any more than in my heart." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"A face peered. All the grey night In chaos of vacancy shone; Nought but vast sorrow was there- The sweet cheat gone." - Walter De La Mare

"A face peered. All the grey night In chaos of vacancy shone; Nought but vast Sorrow was there The sweet cheat gone." - Walter De La Mare

"The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own." - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"What surprised me about 'The Casual Vacancy' was not just how good it was, but the particular way in which it was good." - Lev Grossman

"I shall have less cause to regret the carrying my intended purpose into effect, foreseeing that you may immediately fill with advantage, the vacancy which will presently happen." - Henry Laurens

"All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy." - Robert Smithson

"Whatever the reviewers feel about 'The Casual Vacancy', it is what I wanted it to be, and you can't say fairer than that as a writer." - J K Rowling

"There's a vacancy, won't you come to me And fill my empty spaces I'm a motel man in a promised land That's filled with empty faces So won't you bring your sorrows bring your dreams, It's a place for you to be There's no more tomorrow or that's how it seems Won't you come to me? I've got a vacancy" - Harry Chapin

"It is cruelty to children to keep five-year-olds sitting still, gazing into vacancy even for one hour at a time. We have little idea of the torture we thus inflict." - Ellen Swallow Richards

"No one stands on the top of the world. Not you, not me, not even gods. But the unbearable vacancy of the throne in the sky is over. From now on... I will be sitting on it." - Tite Kubo

"Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle, this way or that, 'Tis done-And in the after-vacancy, We wonder at ourselves, like men betrayed." - William Wordsworth

"If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion." - Samuel Johnson

"I will say one thing has changed dramatically which is this Supreme Court vacancy, and it will reshape the race on my side, because I'd rather lose an election than lose the Supreme Court." - Hugh Hewitt

"Oh how the Vacancy Laughed at them rushing by. Turn again, flesh and brain, Only yourselves again! How far above the ape Differing in each shape, You with your regular Meaningless circles are!" - Edith Sitwell

"Action is transitory - a step, a blow- The motion of a muscle- this way or that- 'Tis done; and in the after-vacancy We wonder at ourselves like men betrayed." - William Wordsworth

"from the beginning of my sojourn in this world there was a persistent vacancy in me where the industry ought to be. (Ought to was is better, perhaps, though the most of the authorities differ as to this." - Mark Twain

"It's not really possible to open 'The Casual Vacancy' without a lot of expectations both high and low crashing around in your brain and distorting your vision. There's no point pretending they're not there." - Lev Grossman

"The importation of foreigners into a country that has as many inhabitants as the present employments and provisions for subsistence will bear, will be in the end no increase of people, unless the new comers have more industry and frugality than the natives, and then they will provide more subsistence, and increase in the country; but they will gradually eat the natives out. Nor is it necessary to bring in foreigners to fill up any occasional vacancy in a country for such vacancy will soon be filled by natural generation." - Benjamin Franklin

"Old politicians, like old actors, revive in the limelight. The vacancy which afflicts them in private momentarily lifts when, oncemore, they feel the eyes of an audience upon them. Their old passion for holding the centre of the stage guides their uncertain footsteps to where the footlights shine, and summons up a wintry smile when the curtain rises." - Malcolm Muggeridge

"I started writing because there's an absence of things I was familiar with or that I dreamed about. One of my senses of anger is related to this vacancy - a yearning I had as a teenager. . .and when I get ready to write, I think I'm trying to fill that. . ." - Ntozake Shange

"Such is the grasping tendency of the human heart, that it must have a something to lay hold of-and which, if wrested away without the substitution of another something in its place, would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to the mind, as hunger is to the natural system.... The heart must have something to cling to..." - Thomas Chalmers

"True inward quietness is not that which may be produced by shutting out all outward causes of distraction - a process which, when carried out too severely, may intensify the inward ferment of the mind, especially in the young. It is rather a state of stable equilibrium; it is not vacancy, but stability - the steadfastness of a single purpose." - Caroline Emelia Stephen

"The failure of his mind in old age is often less the result of natural decay than of disuse. Ambition has ceased to operate; contentment brings indolence; indolence, decay of mental power, ennui, and sometimes death. Men have been known to die, literally speaking, of disease induced by intellectual vacancy." - Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie

"Not Chaos, not the darkest pit of lowest Erebus, nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out by help of dreams - can breed such fear and awe as fall upon us often when we look into our Minds, into the Mind of Man." - William Wordsworth

"God is dethroned; and although the incognizant masses are tardy in realizing the event, they feel the icy draught caused by that vacancy. Man enters upon a spiritual ice age; the established churches can no longer provide more than Eskimo huts where their shivering flock huddles together." - Arthur Koestler

"When a putter is waiting his turn to hole out a putt of one or two feet in length, on which the match hangs at the last hole, it is of vital importance that he think of nothing. At this supreme moment he ought to fill his mind with vacancy. He must not even allow himself the consolation of religion." - Charles Walter Simpson

"I think, again, on issues of energy, how are we going to fully utilize our energy resources in this country? What is the role of the federal government in higher education? What kind of justices would you appoint to the Supreme Court, not just because we have a vacancy now, but at least one or two potentially in the next four to eight years?" - Marco Rubio

"If the mind is wearied by study, or the body worn with sickness, It is well to lie fallow for a while, in the vacancy of sheer amusement ; But when thou prosprest in health, and thine intellect can soar untired, To seek uninstructive pleasure is to slumber on the couch of indolence." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"Not Chaos, not The darkest pit of lowest Erebus, Nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out By help of dreams - can breed such fear and awe As fall upon us often when we look Into our Minds, into the Mind of Man." - William Wordsworth

"A ragged urchin, aimless and alone, Loitered about that vacancy: a bird Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone: That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third, Were axioms to him, who'd never heard Of any world where promises were kept Or one could weep because another wept." - W H Auden

"There never is any diminution of the vast majority, indifferent to what they are, whence they came, and whither they go, who rush from business to pastime, and from pastime back to business, leaving no vacancy into which the unknown might slip a little experimental greatness." - Henry S Haskins

"The darkest pit Of the profoundest hell, chaos, night, Nor aught of blinder vacancy scooped out By help of dreams can breed such fear and awe As fall upon us often when we look Into our minds, into the mind of man." - William Wordsworth

"Action is transitory - a step, a blow. The motion of a muscle - this way or that - 'Tis done, and in the after-vacancy We wonder at ourselves like men betrayed: Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity." - William Wordsworth

"I started writing because there's an absence of things I was familiar with or that I dreamed about. One of my senses of anger is related to this vacancy - a yearning I had as a teenager... and when I get ready to write, I think I'm trying to fill that." - Ntozake Shange

"I very much wanted to live in Paris when I was in the army, and I was quite determined to. I could have become a dress designer: Dior was willing to take me on as an assistant, but he did not have an immediate vacancy." - Paul Johnson

"At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected, I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who, having been slugged no harder than anyone else, never got up again, neither to fight back, nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration." - John Ciardi

"If the mind is wearied by study, or the body worn with sickness,It is well to lie fallow for a while, in the vacancy of sheer amusement ;But when thou prosprest in health, and thine intellect can soar untired,To seek uninstructive pleasure is to slumber on the couch of indolence." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"The gap between rich and poor under President Obama is getting bigger because fewer well-paying jobs are available. Corporations are being taxed to the hilt and are loathe to add more workers. Thus, salaries fall because there are more than enough applicants to fill any job vacancy." - Bill Oreilly

"It infuriated him to think that there were still people in the state who believed in a loving and merciful God. There are mystics who are said to have experienced God directly. He was a mystic, too, and what he had experienced was vacancy-a complete certainty in the existence of a dying, cooling world, of human beings who had evolved from animals for no purpose at all." - Graham Greene

"Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job. Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn't know anyone who knows of a vacancy. This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world." - B. Traven

"Your death and my death are mainly of importance to ourselves. The black plumes will be stripped off our hearses within the hour; tears will dry, hurt hearts close again, our graves grow level with the church-yard, and although we are away, the world wags on. It does not miss us; and those who are near us, when the first strangeness of vacancy wears off, will not miss us much either." - Alexander Smith

"Art as an aesthetic principle was supported by thousands of years of discernment and psychic rewards, but art as a commodity was held up by air. The loss of confidence that affected banks and financial instruments was not affecting cherubs, cupids and flattened popes. The objects hadn't changed: what was there before was there after. But a vacancy was created with the clamoring crowds deserted and retrenched." - Steve Martin

"Watering places - the sports of the field - cards! never-failing cards! - the assembly - the theater - all contribute their aid - amusements are multiplied, and combined, and varied, 'to fill up the void of a listless and languid life;' and by the judicious use of these different resources, there is often a kind of sober settled plan of domestic dissipation, in which with all imaginable decency year after year wears away in unprofitable vacancy." - William Wilberforce



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