He tried to make epigrams
all the time, and I got so nervous, expecting them, you know, that I spilt the tea--and he made an epigram
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
The machinery it has set up for the detection of crime is miserably ineffective--and yet only invent a moral epigram
, saying that it works well, and you blind everybody to its blunders from that moment.
Stephen had fallen by mistake into his habit of playful appeal to Maggie, and she could not repress the answering flush and epigram
All the more did the affairs of the great world interest her, when communicated in the letters of high-born relations: the way in which fascinating younger sons had gone to the dogs by marrying their mistresses; the fine old-blooded idiocy of young Lord Tapir, and the furious gouty humors of old Lord Megatherium; the exact crossing of genealogies which had brought a coronet into a new branch and widened the relations of scandal,--these were topics of which she retained details with the utmost accuracy, and reproduced them in an excellent pickle of epigrams
, which she herself enjoyed the more because she believed as unquestionably in birth and no-birth as she did in game and vermin.
She had never heard of Tallyrand and did not understand epigrams
You mean the lady with a stock of epigrams
, and a green veil?
Following are some of the more notable epigrams
of the learned and