I am afraid I have often smiled with hypocritical assent, and gratified them with an epigram
on the fleeting nature of our illusions, which any one moderately acquainted with French literature can command at a moment's notice.
cannot be gainsayed; but the necessity is a thing that does not exist.
I have always been with you," Miss Tita rejoined very mildly, and evidently with no intention of making an epigram
She missed Cecil's epigram
, but grasped the feeling that prompted it.
Sillerton Jackson, with the air of producing an epigram
In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram
, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
Before Anna Pavlovna and the others had time to smile their appreciation of the vicomte's epigram
, Pierre again broke into the conversation, and though Anna Pavlovna felt sure he would say something inappropriate, she was unable to stop him.
These characters and situations, pleasant or profoundly interesting, which it is good to have  come across, are worked out, not in rapid sketches, nor by hazardous epigram
, but more securely by patient analysis; and though we have said that Mrs.
Arthur and Norman, he found, believed in evolution and had read Spencer, though it did not seem to have made any vital impression upon them, while the young fellow with the glasses and the mop of hair, Will Olney, sneered disagreeably at Spencer and repeated the epigram
, "There is no god but the Unknowable, and Herbert Spencer is his prophet.
Thus, in that fifteen years' struggle in which the harlequin sabre of epigram
opened a breach by which insurrection entered the citadel, des Lupeaulx never received so much as a scratch.
And, when the whim changes, it is most easy and delightfully disconcerting to play with the respectable and cowardly bourgeois fetishes and to laugh and epigram
at the flitting god-ghosts and the debaucheries and follies of wisdom.
In conclusion it may be worth while to add the graceful epigram
of Alcaeus of Messene ("Palatine Anthology", vii
Miss Cornelia disdained any skirmish of flippant epigram
, with its faint whiff of the eighties, meant nothing.
In the society in which she lived such plain statements produced the effect of the wittiest epigram