Quotation Explorer - 'Usual'

Again Creb grunted. It was the usual noncommittal comment used by men when responding to a woman. It carried only enough meaning to indicate the woman had been understood, without acknowledging too much significance in what she said. - Jean M. Auel
The Scottish sun, shocked by having its usual cloudy underpinnings stripped away, shone feverishly, embarrassed by its nakedness. - Stuart Haddon
Jim: By the way Artie. How are you going to escape?Artie: Oh, the usual way. Guile.. cunning...trickery.Wild Wild West Season 3Night of the Arrow - Wild Wild West TV
Normalization takes place not because there is Western-ideology that normalizes third-world texts in any special way (other than the usual play with exoticism) but because this academic seeks to domesticate everything, even Marx. - Aijaz Ahmad
We were friends, never paramours. A lover who is enigmatic will most likely prove to be a cataclysm waiting to happen. But a charming friend whose usual warmth is raveled through moments of cool inscrutability can be an intriguing companion. - Dean Koontz
We've determined that Ms. Hauptman is a potential threat to the public safety, and we are bringing her in as a murder suspect who has supernatural powers that make her too dangerous to be incarcerated in the usual ways. - Patricia Briggs
It's not only joy as an act of defiance; it’s business as usual as an act of defiance. This is just: Do your thing. - Bono
I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always. - Katherine Anne Porter
#3547. A thing continues to exist as long as is usual with things of that nature.
But there was in the air that kind of distortion that bent you a little; it caused your usual self to grow slippery, to wander off and shop, to get blurry, bleed, bevel with possibility. - Lorrie Moore
As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. - John Lennon
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual - Virginia Woolf
By the usual reckoning, the worst books make the best films. - Iain M. Banks
Take me or leave me; or, as is the usual order of things, both. - Dorothy Parker
What's usual for us may not be the same for everyone. I'm inspired by lives and stories of all those amazing people who overcome extraordinary challenges each day to live what we see as an ordinary life. - Sharad Vivek Sagar
Monty Python's usual schoolboy humour is here let loose on a period of history appropriately familiar to every schoolboy in the West, and a faith which could be shaken by such good-humoured ribaldry would be a very precarious faith indeed.
History, sir, will tell lies, as usual. - George Bernard Shaw
What am I doing? Tearing myself. My usual occupation at most times. - Charles Dickens
One of the things everybody seems to want to ask writers is, "Where do you get your ideas?" When people ask me this, my usual response is, "Ideas are the easy part. The hard part is writing them down. - Patricia C. Wrede
My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines. - Trieu Thi Choi
such wanton, wild, and usual slips/ As are companions noted and most known/ To youth and liberty. - William Shakespeare
It's just me throwing myself at you,romance as usual, us times us,not lust but moxibustion,a substance burning closeto the body as possiblewithout risk of immolation. - Alice Fulton
A good writer refuses to be socialized. He insists on his own version of things, his own consciousness. And by doing so he draws the reader's eye from its usual groove into a new way of seeing things. - Bill Barich
Man in his usual perversity turns the footstool into a throne from whence he would feign direct the Almighty as to what He ought to do, giving the onlooker the impression that if God had half the compassion that those who pray (?) have, all would quickly be right - Arthur W. Pink
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could. - George Bernard Shaw
Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance. - James Baldwin
A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician. Accordingly, I have purchased a few acres about nine miles from town, have built a house, and am cultivating a garden. - Alexander Hamilton
When you will have to search for long to collect other nine players to organize your usual five-a-side football match..you will realize to be old... - Gaetano De Coubertin
Honesty can sometimes be so brutal to take in. It's usual to get so drowned in perceived idealism that you can't seem to separate it from honest reality. If, and when, you can separate the two, the gaiety of fantasy is destroyed - Ufuoma Apoki
My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual. - Phyllis Diller
Some part of me can't wait to see what life's going to come up with next! Anticipation without the usual anxiety. And underneath it all is the feeling that we both belong here, just as we are, right now. - Alexander Shulgin
In modern fantasy (literary or governmental), killing people is the usual solution to the so-called war between good and evil. - Ursula K. Le Guin
If I should go before the rest of youBreak not a flower nor inscribe a stone, Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice But be the usual selves that I have known. Weep if you must, Parting is hell, But life goes on, So sing as well. - Joyce Grenfell
In your usual state of consciousness, there is a separate quale experience of everything you observe. But when you transcend into the domain of absolute divinity, all your qualia get mixed up. - Abhijit Naskar
I consider a dream like I consider a shadow, answered Caeiro, with his usual divine, unexpected promptitude. A shadow is real, but it’s less real than a rock. A dream is real if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be a dream but less real than a thing. That’s what being real is like. - Álvaro de Campos
The world is not growing worse and it is not growing better -- it is just turning around as usual. - Finley Peter Dunne
No one knows for sure that that tomorrow won't come, but most people assume that tomorrow will still exist as usual. This is Toba's Paradox, which means, hope overcomes doubt. - Toba Beta
One's appreciation of, and understanding of the normal or the usual is requisite for any understanding of the abnormal or the unusual. - Milton H. Erickson
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. - Jef Raskin
Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught. - Henry James
To know the cause why music was ordain'd! Was it not to refresh the mind of a man after his studies or his usual pain? - William Shakespeare
The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent - I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world - Kenneth Grahame
The phenomena of nature, especially those that fall under the inspection of the astronomer, are to be viewed, not only with the usual attention to facts as they occur, but with the eye of reason and experience. - William Herschel
If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. - Jim Rohn
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. - Phyllis Theroux
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. - Georges Clemenceau
In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. - Edith Wharton
The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
the loss is transformative, in good ways and bad, a tangle of change that cannot be threaded into the usual narrative spools...It's not an emergence from the cocoon, but a tree growing around an obstruction. - Meghan O'Rourke
As usual, in every scheme that worsens the position of the poor, it is the poor who are invoked as beneficiaries. - Vandana Shiva
CALVIN:As usual goodness hardly puts up a fight. - Bill Watterson
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