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He once confessed to me that the greatest challenge he felt as a writer was to come up with a decent smattering of bon mots in any composition.
[beaucoup moins que] Il m'est meme arrive d'interpeller, dans un bus, au cafe, une personne si j'entend de sa bouche un bon mot, une citation [beaucoup plus grand que] nous avoue-t-il en tirant aussitot de sa poche un papier griffonne a la hate.
Many areas of these states would have kept interracial marriage illegal if they could have." Jonathan Kesler offered up a William Faulkner bon mot in his comment: "In the South, the past is never dead.
One hopes that all commentators (even the most exalted) review their tapes after racing and note how competently they have actually identified horses for us - instead of chuckling at their latest bon mot or working on their next.
Rumsfeld's famous bon mot, "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later date," most industry people declared themselves satisfied that we did as well as we could--this time.
Stacy Schiff's balanced sentences, which casually incorporate a bon mot as if it were another comma, build into paragraphs with climaxes, into chapters with yet stronger climaxes, and build finally into the tragic climax of St.-Ex's mysterious plunge into the sea on January 31, 1944.
He spoke about: Confession--both personal and corporate as being "the bones in our body." The Church--sharing Calvin's bon mot, "There is no perfection this side of heaven!" (A perfection we often seek if not demand from minister and congregation alike.) And, preaching and the total interdependence of preacher and listener.
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.
Might the bon mot barometer reflect the number of times each justice speaks?
On the other hand, a bon mot or clever turn of phrase here and there does a great deal to enliven the narrative.
Concerns get sloganized and resloganized, as if the perfect bon mot could change the world.
First, I must issue the requisite disclaimer: Bob Birnbaum asked me to contribute a bon mot for this volume, and I remember sending him one or two, but I swear I cannot remember which ones they were.
"I bet not one `joke' was cracked by guest `comic' Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson ..." Rosalie wrote, adding that I would have been "slobbering all over myself in search of the perfect bon mot" had East Side pol John Fresolo been slapped with the violation.
Given a "bon mot" from the stage that is relatively comprehensible to the layperson, the challenges can be overcome quite easily.
You must admit, the Factory was pretty much a white thing." 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.