Even for his classroom he had no platitudes
, no stock of professorial anecdotes.
We call it War, and pass it by--but do not put me off with platitudes
and conventions--come with me, come with me--realize it
One always fears that the platform may sink under the weight of youthful platitudes
uttered on such occasions; yet one can never be properly critical, because the sight of the boys and girls themselves, those young and hopeful makers of to-morrow, disarms one's scorn.
She seized upon Athanase, and began to lecture him with the queerest platitudes
about royalist politics and religious morality.
As D'Artagnan delighted, both from pleasure and system, in making people talk about things which interested him, he fenced in his best style with Master Bazin, but it was pure loss of time; beyond the tiresome and hyperbolical praises of monsieur le surintendant of the finances, Bazin, who, on his side, was on his guard, afforded nothing but platitudes
to the curiosity of D'Artagnan, so that our musketeer, in a tolerably bad humor, desired to go to bed as soon as he had supped.
The nervous fatigue of this existence, the insincerities and platitudes
which I had to live through twice over--through my inner and outward sense--would have been maddening to me, if I had not had that sort of intoxicated callousness which came from the delights of a first passion.
This is wanting in the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the platitudes
of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter.
This struck from all three allusions to Edgar Poe and Jules Verne, and such platitudes
as naturally rise to the lips of the most intelligent when they are talking against time, and dealing with a new invention in which it would seem ingenuous to believe too soon; and the question of the telephone carried them safely back to the big house.
I love them for their witless platitudes
, for their supernatural ability to bore, for their delightful asinine vanity, for their luxuriant fertility of imagination, for their startling, their brilliant, their overwhelming mendacity!
were manufactured with effort, but Willoughby was kindled.
But in Martin's estimation the whole tribe of bank cashiers fell a few hundred per cent, and for the rest of the evening he labored under the impression that bank cashiers and talkers of platitudes
were synonymous phrases.
It recrudesced the laughter and the song, and put a lilt into my own imagination so that I could laugh and sing and say foolish things with the liveliest of them, or platitudes
with verve and intensity to the satisfaction of the pompous mediocre ones who knew no other way to talk.