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The Church--sharing Calvin's bon mot, "There is no perfection this side of heaven
Some of us prefer to believe that it was a clever bon mot invented after the event, thus creating this myth which is about to be perpetuated by the proposed statue in Denbigh.
Concerns get sloganized and resloganized, as if the perfect bon mot could change the world.
Later in the collection, Benjamin Cheever's essay includes the following great bon mot by Giants' manager, Leo Durocher: "If Lincoln had coached Little League, we'd be two nations under God.
Such iconographic staking of credentials finds a parallel in Dowd's style, which is wittily snappy in general and tends to flatten other's credentials as she draws here upon scholarly research in the social sciences, there upon the bon mot of an acquaintance, and in the next paragraph upon parental wisdom or a bit of literature.
Like the images, his words masterfully display the art of the deliberate accident: puns, overheard conversations, witticisms, with a soupcon of insight that endures after the smile of the bon mot fades.
Ever since Steve Martin bleated that bon mot from a darkened theater stage I've been, well, saying things - and wondering why Mensa hadn't e-mailed.
A routine so badly scripted it would surely have gone down in history had Lineker not followed it up with an even worse one with Claudio Ranieri - that well known master of the bon mot (as long as it's in Italian).
Such combinations were powerful: he would lovingly support a young architect or student who he would feel to be sincere and engaged, but he could waspishly send a bon mot out to a member of the audience who was leaving early.
Broadcast reporters and talking heads in search of le bon mot often imitate Mr.
As for the religious experience versus doctrine comparison, that was a Joseph Campbell bon mot.
That scrupulously independent New South Wales MP, Ted Mack, who over a long career frequently refused the pay rises his parliamentary colleagues voted themselves, notably foiled this self-serving bon mot with `But if you pay more, you get gorillas'.
When loosing a bon mot against politicians in The New York Review of Books or chortling his way through a review of the current vulgar best sellers, Gore Vidal is more intent on turning the arch phrase than on presenting an idea; political ideas, especially, are for him mere excuses to display his exquisite moves.
Il y a quelques semaines, un bon mot d'un responsable politique avait pris une resonance inedite et interessee.
Andrew Brown, Edinburgh A Who else but the mistress of the bon mot, Mae West (1892-1980).