formal quotes

Unlike the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth, the umma, or Muslim community, has no symbolic leader, let alone a formal one.Ayaan Hirsi Ali

People who hardly ever cook at all, suddenly at the holidays, feel like it's their responsibility to not only cook dinner for large groups of people suddenly, but to serve things that are fussy or fancy or formal. And I don't think that's what anybody really wants, especially if you're not good at it.Ted Allen

Painters, especially American painters since the Second World War, have been much more troubled, beset by formal perplexity, than American writers. They've been a laboratory for everybody.Donald Barthelme

In the future, my communications with the public and with the markets will be entirely through regular and formal channels.Ben Bernanke

Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.Ambrose Bierce

My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.Harrison Birtwistle

My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc.David Bohm

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing. It's always surprised me how little attention many non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.Alain de Botton

You know, ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance.Jeff Bridges

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.George Carlin

Fred Astaire was a more formal, trained dancer who loved waltzing and only danced with the girls.Leslie Caron

The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.Angela Carter

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the United States would enter, in a formal way, what had been up to that date strictly a European conflict. Marcus Garvey's prophecy about the European scramble to maintain dominance over the whole world was now a reality.John Henrik Clarke

I am a nationalist, and a Pan-Africanist, first and foremost. I was well grounded in history before ever taking a history course. I did not spend much formal time in school - I had to work.John Henrik Clarke

I am going to get political on you. Because I am the most shallow person in the world, my mission is to see men's formal wear change a little bit. It is too rigid! Everybody looks like a penguin!Steven Cojocaru

I think there is a way to be formal and elegant and classy, but more modern. Brad Pitt has been changing it, and Will Smith has been doing it in his own way.Steven Cojocaru

But picketing - picketing for or against something, and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions. They have to be understood as indirect communication.Tony Conrad

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the 'text' in literary terms.Tony Conrad

I cannot feel my legs from the waist down any longer. But who cares? I look good and that's all that matters. And when I die of hypothermia for wearing formal shorts in winter, tell them to put that on my tombstone.Eliza Coupe

We want a vernacular in art. No mere verbal or formal agreement, or dead level of uniformity but that comprehensive and harmonizing unity with individual variety which can be developed among people politically and socially free.Walter Crane