Know, then, that this crimson hand, superficial
as it seems, has clutched its grasp into your being with a strength of which I had no previous conception.
Let a clear, apprehensive mind, such as every man knows among his friends, converse with the most commanding poetic genius, I think it would appear that there was no inequality such as men fancy, between them; that a perfect understanding, a like receiving, a like perceiving, abolished differences; and the poet would confess that his creative imagination gave him no deep advantage, but only the superficial
one that he could express himself and the other could not; that his advantage was a knack, which might impose on indolent men but could not impose on lovers of truth; for they know the tax of talent, or what a price of greatness the power of expression too often pays.
He began to wonder whether he had anything more than a superficial
cleverness of the hand which enabled him to copy objects with accuracy.
The head of the family, Count Ilya Rostov, continually drove about the city collecting the current rumors from all sides and gave superficial
and hasty orders at home about the preparations for their departure.
His deep, oval-shaped eyes were fixed upon the flames, but behind the superficial
glaze seemed to brood an observant and whimsical spirit, which kept the brown of the eye still unusually vivid.
The exercise indeed served to clear away the superficial
irritations of the morning, but he remained miserable.
And it were well if all such could be admonished to discriminate judgments of which the true subject-matter lies entirely beyond their reach, from those of which the elements may be compassed by a narrow and superficial
Number Thirteen saw the blood spurt from a superficial
wound in the shoulder of the fellow who received Sing's bullet, but except for eliciting a howl of rage the missile had no immediate effect.
He was sure of several things: first, that Tudor was not the right man for Joan and could not possibly make her permanently happy; next, that Joan was too sensible a girl really to fall in love with a man of such superficial
stamp; and, finally, that Tudor would blunder his love-making somehow.
Beneath these superficial
inconsistencies, the great heart, the essentially true and generous nature of the woman, only waited the sufficient occasion to assert themselves.
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial
chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
There is no other art in which the conditions of success are so easy of attainment; there is no other art in the practice of which so much that is purely superficial
passes itself off habitually for something that claims to be profound.
Fancy may for convenience be considered as a distinct faculty, though it is really the lighter, partly superficial
, aspect of Imagination.
He was one of those wise men who regard beauty in the other sex as a very worthless and superficial
qualification; or, to speak more truly, who rather chuse to possess every convenience of life with an ugly woman, than a handsome one without any of those conveniences.
I became weary of the poets, of the old and of the new: superficial
are they all unto me, and shallow seas.