Quotation Explorer - 'Terrible'

Even the most terrible beginnings can turn into beautiful endings when the direction is changed. - Apoorve Dubey
One should have expected some terrible enormities charged to those who are excluded from heaven, as the reason; but no,—they are condemned for not doing positive good, as if that included every possible harm. - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. - Russell Baker
It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it. - Dorothy Parker
...Granny Weatherwax, who had walked nightly without fear in the bandit-haunted forests of the mountains all her life in the certain knowledge that the darkness held nothing more terrible than she was... - Terry Pratchett
His scent engulfed me - fresh night air and evergreen. I buried my face in the hollow beneath his jaw as he shoved his Light into me- a terrible force of the sort I'd never imagined, hungry for distraction, intoxicating to the point of addiction. - Jocelyn Adams
Life is ironic. Some people use their terrible childhood as an excuse of their unfortunate rest of the life… while others create a masterpiece out of their terrible childhood, they create a story loved by the entire world. - Nino Varsimashvili
Troubles are not always terrible, but they are a gentle reminder to grow. - Debasish Mridha
I remember my own childhood vividly..I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them. (In conversation with Art Spiegelman, The New Yorker, September 27, 1993) - Maurice Sendak
An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible. - Unknown
There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man. - Polybius
Beauty is not only a terrible thing, it is also a mysterious thing. There God and the Devil strive for mastery, and the battleground is the heart of men.
It's a terrible thing, what we did, said Francis abruptly. I mean, this man was not Voltaire we killed. But still. It’s a shame. I feel bad about it. - Donna Tartt
I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. - Mark Twain
Love is a terrible thing and its loss is even worse. - Nicola Yoon
People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. - Anatole France
Without honesty and integrity, success is nothing but a terrible failure. - Debasish Mridha
Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair! - J.R.R. Tolkien
The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it. - Rémy de Gourmont
If some persons died and others did not die death would indeed be a terrible affliction. - Jean de La Bruyère
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master. - George Washington
The problem with social media is that it's great for your ego, but terrible for your sanity. - Andrena Sawyer
You’re a terrible woman Nox, but by the stars I love you beyond words themselves, - K. K Weakley
To see others’ faults is a terrible mistake! - Dada Bhagwan
The idea of "It should be" or "It would be" is so terrible..!! - Ridhdhesh Jivawala
Once the frontiers of horror have been crossed, one will pass from form to form beyond the human and from metamorphosis to metamorphosis to accomplish, in the anguish of an impossible return, the most terrible journey to the depths of darkness. - Georges Limbour
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night... without the satisfaction. - Lynn Johnston
Only when we are thrust into the deepest and most terrible corner of life, do we see our real friends emerge from the shadows , one by one- shining the light of comfort and hope. Those are the ONLY friends that matter. - Ansul Noor
The world," he said, "is not a wish-granting factory," and then he broke down, just for one moment, his sob roaring impotent like a clap of thunder unaccompanied by lightning, the terrible ferocity that amateurs in the field of suffering might mistake for weakness. - John Green
You can't let terrible things to happen before you realize the things you could have done. - Jayson Engay
Life must be terrible for working people, considering they spend every Friday night celebrating a two day break from it. - Robert Black
I have a terrible memory; I never forget a thing. - Edith Konecky
It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.
Life is merely terrible; I feel it as few others do. Often and in my inmost self perhaps all the time I doubt whether I am a human being. - Franz Kafka
The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. - Mother Teresa
I would have made a terrible parent. The first time my child didn't do what I wanted, I'd kill him. - Katharine Hepburn
It's hard to say. Sometimes people have had terrible childhoods. And sometimes they just haven't found their special place in life. And sometimes they're dogs from hell and must be destroyed. - Charles Addams
He insulted me’ -this knowledge binds one with terrible demerit karma. - Dada Bhagwan
Wisdom is a dreadfully wonderful gift,giving you great insight but terrible pain that you learn from. - Royal Cromwell
Just consider how terrible the day of your death will beOthers will go on speaking and you will not be able to argue back - Ram Mohan Roy
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. - Plato
I need just be a bayonet, a bayonet named Diving Punishment. I wish I'd been born a storm. Or a menace. Or a single grenade. No heart, no tears, just as a terrible gale'd have been good. If [by doing this] I become that, then so be it. - Kohta Hirano
Probablemente no haya en nuestra vida un instante más terrible que aquel en que uno descubre que su padre es un hombre... hecho de carne humana. - Frank Herbert
Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification--crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes. - Roman Vishniac
How terrible it was to still be mentally and emotionally attached to someone from whom you have been physically separated. - Elif Shafak
Now domestication and sophistication of men by women are the norm and acceptable by society, but they are terrible for manhood. - Debasish Mridha
It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous -- even death is terrible only if we fear it. - Epictetus
A waist is a terrible thing to mind. - Jane Caminos
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible. - Carolyn Heilbrun
Democracy is more vindictive than cabinets, the wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings. - Winston S. Churchill
To abandon language is to stop/creating a place other than your own life/in which to live. It is to enter/the terrible certainty of the flesh. Even god/is only possible through language. - Jude Nutter
Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. That's because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible, or the physiology of fear. - H.P. Lovecraft
I demand unconditional love and complete freedom. That is why I am terrible. - Tomaž Šalamun
(Life) it was a little bit nearer than God, but no less powerful and terrible. Yes, it was something, perhaps, that one did not wish to understand because one feared it, something to which one paid tribute lest it should feel offended and seize one, body and soul. - Arthur Holitscher
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible. - Jean Kerr
Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. - Phineas Taylor Barnum
Joy is a loyal companion, love is a faithful friend, fear is a terrible adversary, and hatred is a merciless enemy. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Young love is so ridiculous, as is middle-aged and old love. And it’s also hilarious. When have you ever felt so vulnerable and wonderful and terrible at the same time? - Grace Helbig
You are not as great or terrible as you think you are. Neither are they. - J.D. Mader
Everything terrible is something that needs our love. - Rainer Maria Rilke
There are no winners of war, only survivors and even they die inside from guilt. They only physically survive to warn us. To warn us that there is nothing more terrible than what they have done.
To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live. - Victor Hugo
It is good that war is so terrible, or we should become too fond of itRobert E. Lee - Greg Seeley
But the wild things cried, Oh please don’t go - we’ll eat you up - we love you so!And Max said, No!The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye. - Maurice Sendak
I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. - Tom Waits
Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arriving. - Alan Paton
The people who have no weakness are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. - Anatole France
Never let the fear of failure be an excuse for not trying. Society tells us that to fail is the most terrible thing in the world, but I know it isn't. Failure is part of what makes us human. - Amber Deckers
It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it? To be dragged under? - Guillermo del Toro
He’s such an extraordinarily brilliant person that it would be terrible if he let himself do nothing in the end. - Various
I try not to judge people. It's wrong and unfair and a terrible way to go about being a human. - Joselyn Hughes
Being alone is blissful when you want to...It's terrible when you are forced to..! - Aanu
I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
Just a word of advice. Whenever you're furious with your parents or you think they're terrible, just remember, you vomited on them and they kept you.
Those who can truly be accounted brave are those who best know the meaning of what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then go out, undeterred, to meet what is to come. - Pericles
I stared out at the waves. "Why am I here?" I thought. Finally it came to me. But it was too late. I was a terrible lifeguard. - Alex Bosworth
One evening, after a particularly terrible row, the prince smashed his princess over the head with an old wooden clock and she tumbled to the floor, dead. - Brooke Warra
Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
Regrets are a terrible thing to live with but, if we take a good look at them, some are not regrets at all, they’re situations that taught us a valuable lesson. Don’t be so hard on yourself it’s not a perfect world. - Ron Baratono
The freedom to choose...means the freedom to make mistakes, to falter and fail, to come face-to-face with your own flaws and limitations and fears and secrets, to live with the terrible uncertainty that necessarily attends the construction of a self. - Caroline Knapp
That’s the biggest purpose of religious gathering: permission to look terrible in public. We used to go to church to confess our worst behaviour, to be heard and forgiven, then to be redeemed and accepted back into our community Chuck Palahniuk - Chuck Palahniuk in interview with TMO
This world is not a wonderful place where unfortunately many evil things happen; but this world is a terrible place where fortunately many miracles and other wonderful things happen. - C. JoyBell C.
Life is not easy and comfortable, with nothing ever going wrong as long as you buy the right product. It's not true that if you have the right insurance everything is going to be fine. That's not what it's really like. Terrible things happen. And those are the things we learn from. - Madeleine L'Engle
There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true. - Sir Winston Churchill
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution. - J. K. Rowling
Ce qui m'affecte au plus profond, c'est qu'un vocabulaire trompeur remporte la victoire sur le vocabulaire normal. Le triomphe de la force est terrible; le triomphe de la force dans et par le mensonge est horrible. - Edgar Morin
For me, Art is the restoration of order. It may discuss all sort of terrible things, but there must be satisfaction at the end. A little bit of hunger, but also satisfaction. - Toni Morrison
There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them. - Mother Teresa
Time is a terrible thing because it can erase both joys and pains. - Gosho Aoyama
Unhappy people do the oddest, most terrible things, just trying to keep despair at bay. All you have to do is accept them...go around them...take evasive action. - Geraldine McCaughrean
He had a powerful kind of ache inside of him, half joy, half terrible sadness. - J.K. Rowling
If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment ... all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I had had my night of weeping...I had purged myself of useless emotions that terrible night, now every nerve every sinew, every thought was bent on a single purpose - Elizabeth Peters
I wish I had been born a storm. No heart, no tears, just a terrible gale'd been good. - Kohta Hirano
I wasn’t able to be that person for you, and I did a terrible thing. I feel awful about it. But there was something wrong between us from the start, as if we’d done the buttons up wrong. - Haruki Murakami
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. - Umberto Eco
The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master. - Robin S. Sharma
Free time is a terrible thing to waste. Read a book. - E.A. Bucchianeri
Knowledge may be terrible, but we can only prefer it to ignorance. Light may be terrible, but we can only prefer it to the dark. - Welcome to Nightvale
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. - Mother Teresa
A struggle with infuriated foes is always bearable, but God preserve us from the terrible battle with one's friends. Everything that is in us gets broken by it. - Nikolai Gogol
If a woman tells you how terrible she looks, sincerely deny it, even if you agree. - Matshona Dhliwayo
The sun's rays don't bother me. No they cast down such a wonderful heat. Masking beauty, by a terrible fate. - Sara Quin
In general I strive for greatness and rational achievement, but I admit to you I’ve a terrible fondness for women, a tendency towards drunkenness, and a weakness for the fumes of the poppy—opium and other miserable beauties. - Roman Payne
An Abyss is a deep and terrible chasm. What’s a chasm? A deep gash in the rocks. - Diane Samuels
It is not enough to be a man... you have to become an idea... a terrible thought... a wraith- indeed- Become one with the darkness. - Compton Gage
In a reality known as the garden of beautiful eden, Adam is dreaming about his sinful children on earth.He is struggling to wake up from a terrible nightmare. - Toba Beta
How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it. - Sophocles
Taking one's chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck.
The separation of sexuality from procreation in Greek culture helps explain the terrible demographic decay that Greece would suffer during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. - Daniel P. Goldman
I like to watch the news, because I don't like people very much and when you watch the news ... if you ever had an idea that people were really terrible, you could watch the news and know that you're right. - Frank Zappa
Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must perceive appearances, a hundred things you cannot do; but inside, the terrible freedom! - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. - Mother Teresa
Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. - Erica Jong
Delayed gratification hints that something terrible is going to happen, and then delays the resolution. It’s that interval between the promise of something awful and it actually happening, where suspense resides. - Sandy Vaile
...you have to learn where your pain is. You have to burrow down and find the wound, and if the burden of it is too terrible to shoulder, you have to shout it out; you have to shout for help... And then finally, the way through grief is grieving. - Jane Hamilton
Secrets are generally terrible. Beauty is not hidden--only ugliness and deformity. - L.M. Montgomery
Sometimes, somehow...I feel that ocean contains tears of mother earth,that mourns over terrible great sin done by men. - Toba Beta
Like the he-man movie stars who turn out to be queer . . . or the silent-film actors whose voices sound terrible recorded--the audience only wants a limited amount of honesty. [ellipses original] - Chuck Palahniuk
The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons. - Jean Renoir
If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you. - Pope Benedict XVI
An INDEPENDENT Mind......is a terrible thing to waste - Dana Gore
Your half empty..A broken glass,I love you can sound so beautifulUntil you stop to listenThat terrible background noise,you have no idea how bad I want to hold youBut I’m afraid I’ll cut my hand. - Brittany Williams
You can never be truly happy in a life unless you have known a sorrow. All terrible things we have gone through in life have created spaces inside us where happiness can live Not to mention love. - Lisa Kleypas
I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth.
In the deep places he gives thought to music great and terrible; and the echo of that music runs through all the veins of the world in sorrow and in joy; for if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathomed at the foundations of the Earth. - J.R.R. Tolkien
False hope is a terrible thing, if its the only thing keeping you alive you'll be dead by dawn. - Charlie Rae
True happiness is knowing that the world is terrible, but the goodness inside you will overcome it - Bisher Zumot
It's terrible to have to fear that your powers will activate at any given moment. Especially when you draw close to people... and find that your only choice is to pull away. It's overwhelming when you find a time, a person, with which there's nothing to fear. - Zechariah Barrett
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. - Mark Twain
Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, where death's approach is seen so terrible! - William Shakespeare
Cakes have such a terrible habit of turning out bad just when you especially want them to be good. - L. M. Montgomery
I've Learned To Accept that one is never as great or terrible as they are made to feel, and the truth lies somewhere in between. - K.J. Kilton
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. - Frank Moore Colby
Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self. - Millicent Fenwick
It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it. - Robert E. Lee
alone doesn't mean lonely. It just means alone. It just means that for now, you're on your own, and that's not a terrible thing. - Hemal Jhaveri
Hitler is the human catch-all for all other terrible humans. - Chuck Klosterman
An intelligent person positively accepts criticism, repeatedly thinks before giving any statement, and is capable of motivating himself/herself to be successful in the terrible situations in the way of life journey. - Md. Mujib Ullah
There are three terrible ages of childhood - 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30. - Cleveland Amory
I think to be driven to want to kill must be such a terrible burden". - Ruth Rendell
In too many instances we have settled for a world of our own shaping that is shaping up to be in terrible shape. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
People give pain, are callous and insensitive, empty and cruel...but place heals the hurt, soothes the outrage, fills the terrible vacuum that these human beings make. - Eudora Welty
It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it. - Robert E. Lee
A terrible beauty is born. - T.S. Eliot
The wars of people will be more terrible than those of kings. - Winston S. Churchill
It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it. - Robert E. Lee
To have a choice at all is to be free - even when the choice is between two terrible things. - Orson Scott Card
There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man--with human flesh. - Frank Herbert
A man who thinks he has a higher purpose can do terrible things, even to those he professes to love. - Denise Mina
Fall in love with someonewho tastes like adventurebut looks likethe calm, beautiful morningafter a terrible storm - Nikita Gill
People who have no faults are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them - Anatole France
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice. - Aristotle
This is growing up, having to stomp out love, this is how people turn terrible. - Michelle Tea
There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened. - Michel de Montaigne
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. - Paul Romer
Now when you say staring, are you including yourself in this assessment? I recall you taking in the view on several occasions.""For the last time, I was not staring at you." I was a terrible liar. "Now, if you're done, I'd like to finish asking my question. - Stacey O'Neale
Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? - Tom Stoppard
I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them - Maurice Sendak
Imagine that. Terrible, terrible, the way we have all bent to the yoke; the affection we have for the harness about us. - Isaac Asimov
No matter the terrible fighting and shooting in the desert, the riffle fires can never dry the oasis. - Auliq Ice
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. - Robertson Davies
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. - Vincent Van Gogh
Most fan fiction is terrible. - Neal Pollack
Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. - Erica Jong
One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. - Jeanne d'Arc
Emotional pain is a terrible thing to endure, but the solution is not anything unbiblical. - Lois Mowday Rabey
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. - Michel de Montaigne
She realized all at once that Doon, thin, dark eyed Doon, with his troublesome temper and his terrible brown jacket, and his good heart---- was the person she knew better than anyone now. He was her best friend.--City of Ember-- - Jeanne DuPrau
Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love. - Rainer Maria Rilke
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