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  • Typically, contractions are quite useful...

    "Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd. Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd."

    - William Congreve


    It's not bad if you just spell out heaven, turned, and scorned. Otherwise, it's vicious.

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    • obnoxiously difficult quotes

      "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein."
      Proverb

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      • "Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink." F. H. Bradley

        After more than 8 years with this puzzle in play, super-solver nanrich finally brought the record down to a whopping 31 seconds. Per solvers' comments, that word "live" instead of "life" is the final obstacle.

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        • milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder

          proverb

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          • omg!

            Originally posted by mark View Post
            I get really frustrated with Alexander Pope's archaic, backward grammatical style. It's like Yoda smoked a fattie and decided to write some poetry. If quotations are worthy of the annals of time I think they should at least be grammatically sound. Forgive me if I have offended any Pope fans but this guy just isn't my cup of tea at all.
            your reference to yoda smoking a fattie is such a hoot--thanks for the huge laugh!!

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            • good grief!

              "No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set." John Milton

              what does this mean?!!

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              • Satan is talking to Jesus in Paradise Regained (4.392-393). I think that prefixed is pre-fixed, as in decided, or set, beforehand; 'starry rubric' is the constellations as an astrological guide. "Set" is a past participle, not a noun. I.e. "I don't recognize a preordained date (no date prefixed) displayed in the life-guiding (directs me) constellations (in the starry rubric set)." I think ...
                He's talking about how he doesn't know when the kingdom that Jesus will rule will appear.

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                • Roxanne, your explanation is excellent! Thank you!

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                  • yes--thanks, roxanne, for the explanation--but i have a feeling i'll still never like this quote!

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                    • This is where I thank Pootie for reminding me that the thread is called "obnoxiously difficult quotes" and that I should leave the postings here to the truly gifted solvers.

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                      • "Call on god, but row away from the rocks." -Proverb

                        After taking many minutes to solve this one for the second time I decided I'd better commit it to memory.

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                        • It's probably already on here, but I'm freaking mad!

                          "Dios tarda pero no olvida - God delays but doesn't forget. "
                          Proverb
                          "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -- Albert Einstein

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                          • would admin consider removing that one?

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                            • Originally posted by montyb View Post
                              It's probably already on here, but I'm freaking mad!

                              "Dios tarda pero no olvida - God delays but doesn't forget. "
                              Proverb
                              Wow! That's definitely out of bounds! One word in a foreign language is bad enough, but five words in a dead language . . . . I can't believe you solved it!

                              And the vague attribution doesn't give any clue either.

                              Maybe account options could include "Show quotes that include dead languages? Yes/No".

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                              • This is in Spanish, not a dead language.

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