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Letter "C" » Cranks
«I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.»
Author: Wilbur Wright
, Flying machine
«I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike»
Author: Cyril Connolly
, air hole
, book review
«Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is.»
Author: Garrison Keillor
, green earth
, take a breather
, The Librarian
«If we like a man's dream, we call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank.»
«The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.»
Author: William F. Buckley, Jr.
«GRAPE, n.Hail noble fruit! --by Homer sung, Anacreon and Khayyam; Thy praise is ever on the tongue Of better men than I am.The lyre in my hand has never swept, The song I cannot offer: My humbler service pray accept -- I'll help to kill the scoffer.The water-drinkers and the cranks Who load their skins with liquor -- I'll gladly bear their belly-tanks And tap them with my sticker.Fill up, fill up, for wisdom cools When e'er we let the wine rest. Here's death to Prohibition's fools, And every kind of vine-pest! --Jamrach Holobom»
Author: Ambrose Bierce
, The Pest
, water skin
, water tap
«An artist is only an ordinary man with a greater potentiality--same stuff, same make up, only more force. And the strong driving force usually finds his weak spot, and he goes cranked, or goes under.»
«Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity, Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles, Nods and Becks and wreathed Smiles»
Author: John Milton
«If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can't burn him.»
«The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds»