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201. "Turning a friend into a lover, mengubah teman menjadi kekasih, ternyata proses itu menyenangkan. Tapi saat-saat turning back a lover into a friend, membalikkan lagi dari kekasih menjadi teman, rupanya bisa juga menjadi indah."
Author: Andrea Hirata
202. "(...) the translator of prose is the slave of the author and the translator of poetry is his rival."
Author: Andreï Makine
203. "One who sees through the orotundity and sesquipedality in purple prose will say something indicative of notable worth."
Author: Anyaele Sam Chiyson
204. "Orang menyebutnya ILHAM. Tapi bisa saja itu datang dari suatu proses, setelah kita membiarkan diri mengalami yang lain"
Author: Ayu Utami
205. "Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose."
Author: Beverley Nichols
206. "The sky is a tight gray sheet of Baroque prose pulled snug"
Author: Brandi L. Bates
207. "Al termine di una notte di luna un cane ulula e poi ammutolisce. La luce del fuoco tremola e la sentinella sbadiglia. Un uomo vecchissimo passa silenzioso davanti alle tende, e saggia il terreno con un bastone per accertarsi di non inciampare nelle corde tese. Poi prosegue. La sua gente si trasferisce in una regione più verde. Mosè si reca all'appuntamento con gli sciacalli e gli avvoltoi."
Author: Bruce Chatwin
208. "Bookish people, who are often maladroit people, persist in thinking they can master any subtlety so long as it's been shaped into acceptable expository prose."
Author: Carol Shields
209. "From my childhood, I remember a tiny old woman named Mary, made pale and almost translucent by time. Mary's childhood memories extended back to the confusing and violent finale of the Civil War, and she told stories of brutal murders in those days and refused to name some of the killers, as if dead men might still be prosecuted in the late 1950s."
Author: Charles Frazier
210. "The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry."
Author: David Hare
211. "The prosecutor uttered the party line that would distinguish revue from burlesque for the next thirty years. "The difference is movement. On Broadway, unadorned female figures are used to artistic advantage in tableaux. They do not move."
Author: Dita Von Teese
212. "The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose."
Author: Edvard Munch
213. "Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."
Author: Ernest Hemingway
214. "El pasado está por todas partes, pero no lo vemos. Por eso no logramos deshacernos de él fácilmente. Somos como una nave inmovilizada por un ancla que se aferra a las profundidades. Lo que no significa que no seamos capaces de arrancarla y proseguir nuestro rumbo."
Author: Francesc Miralles
215. "As the chapters took shape, a change came over her. It was the double-sided recognition that this book, the last that she would write, might achieve esteem and success equal to her great novel, but that its emotional heart would lie in her own unhappiness for having failed to find the one thing she wanted. For the first time she was a character in her own writing, and her frailties and mistakes were trapped on the page by the beauty and unsparing focus of her prose. Towards the end it was a battle to finish a page. The story was the story she had told herself for decades, deep within her own mind, and now as it grew, line by line, on the paper before her, she wrestled with each turn in the path all over again, as if it were still possible to change its course with the power of her words."
Author: Frederick Weisel
216. "Poetry rhymes, a song our souls need to nourish upon. Poetry is a drum, a sound our bodies wish to have. Poetry is organized, a reading our eyes wish to view. Poetry is refined, a structure our moral selves seek. Poetry is civil, instigating the world to remain sane. Poetry is not ordinary, but it needs the ordinary eyes to continue to be the interesting art form of expression. Poetry is like a child communicating, who later grows to be an adult communicating in prose."
Author: Gloria D. Gonsalves
217. "To want to give to prose the rhythm of verse (but keeping it very much prose), and to want to write about ordinary life as one writes history or the epic (without denaturing the subject) is perhaps an absurdity. That's what I wonder sometimes. But perhaps it's also a grand undertaking and very original!"
Author: Gustav Flaubert
218. "Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property...worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life."
Author: Harvey Milk
219. "The inquiries of the jurist are in truth prosecuted much as inquiry in physic and physiology was prosecuted before observation had taken the place of assumption."
Author: Henry James Sumner Maine
220. "If you have a good story idea, don't assume it must form a prose narrative. It may work better as a play, a screenplay or a poem. Be flexible."
Author: Hilary Mantel
221. "No policeman had ever arrested anyone for over-reading; but ignorance prosecutes those who under-read. You begin to stop growing on the day you stop learning, so why not keep learning and keep growing!"
Author: Israelmore Ayivor
222. "...but I do very emphatically believe there is an enormous amount of the androgynous in any all-or-nothing prose writer, or even a would-be one. I think that if he titters at male writers who wear invisible skirts he does so at his eternal peril. I'll say no more on the subject. This is precisely the sort of confidence that can be easily and juicily Abused."
Author: J.D. Salinger
223. "However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it."
Author: James Schuyler
224. "My worst fears from jury selection manifested themselves in the verdict. This jury needed someone to tell them exactly how Caylee died. Piecing it together from circumstantial evidence was not good enough for them. They wanted the answers on a silver platter, but we didn't have the evidence to serve it that way. It's not just the verdict that tells me this, but also the manner in which it was reached. The fact that they didn't request any materials to review. The fact that they didn't have any questions for the judge. If the statements that the foreman of the jury made to the media are true, ten of these twelve jurors felt that ninety minutes of deliberation was sufficient to fully weigh, consider, and reject four weeks' worth of testimony that we on the prosecution used to establish that this was first-degree murder. The rest of the thirteen hours of deliberation had been spent trying to convince the two holdout jurors of the decision."
Author: Jeff Ashton
225. "Doctor, do you read the Harry Potter books?" "Well, as a matter of fact, yes, I have." "The fourth was my favorite. What was yours?" "Umm, I don't know really." "Is it possible," the prosecutor asked the witness, "that those writings of Mr. Kobel are merely attempts at writing a novel? Some big fantasy book." "I…I can't imagine it." "But it's possible, isn't it?" "I suppose. But I'll tell you, he'll never sell the movie rights."
Author: Jeffery Deaver
226. "As a prosecutor, you've got the burden of proof. As a defense lawyer, all you have to do is introduce a tiny doubt."
Author: Jodi Picoult
227. "For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty."
Author: John Cheever
228. "But, you know, I'm sorry, I think democracy requires participation. I mean, I don't want to proselytize but I do feel some sort of duty to participate in the process in some way other than just blindly getting behind a political party."
Author: John Cusack
229. "The best way a writer can find to keep himself going is to live off his (or her) spouse. The trouble is that, psychologically at least, it's hard. Our culture teaches none of its false lessons more carefully than that one should never be dependent. Hence the novice or still unsuccessful writer, who has enough trouble believing in himself, has the added burden of shame. It's hard to be a good writer and a guilty person; a lack of self-respect creeps into one's prose."
Author: John Gardner
230. "I think the prosecution had all the evidence in front of them to have won the case."
Author: Kato Kaelin
231. "If the prosecution of crime is to be conducted with so little regard for that protection which centuries of English law have given to the individual, we are indeed at the dawn of a new era; and much that we have deemed vital to our liberties, is a delusion."
Author: Learned Hand
232. "If geography is prose, maps are iconography."
Author: Lennart Meri
233. "Sono tutte linee" pensò e cominciò a vedere ognuna di quelle persone come una riga tracciata su un'ipotetica mappa. Un gigantesco groviglio di strade che si incrociavano, si sfioravano, si univano e poi proseguivano oltre. Là fuori, nelle vie del mondo, miliardi di linee, di percorsi di vita. Miliardi di direzioni. Strade intraprese deviate per caso, talvolta interrotte bruscamente. Pensò per un attimo che due innamorati altro non erano che due percorsi in balia del caos. Potevano disegnare i tragitti più assurdi sul mappamondo, dirigersi ovunque e mai incontrarsi. Oppure incrociarsi anche diverse volte e mai riconoscersi. Potevano prendere lo stesso autobus tutte le mattine, senza sapere niente l'uno dell'altro. Così fino alla fine dei loro giorni, senza mai interagire. Ma bastava così poco: uno scambio di battute, anche casuale, e le linee si sarebbero magicamente unite. Da grigi tratti di un solitario percorso sarebbero diventate un'unica strada."
Author: Leonardo Patrignani
234. "…wisely mingled poetry and prose."
Author: Louisa May Alcott
235. "The city was in a panic, though a panic in Italy means most people still stand around coffee bars drinking espresso and Prosecco."
Author: Magnus Flyte
236. "Teaching English is (as professorial jobs go) unusually labor-intensive and draining. To do it well, you have to spend a lot of time coaching students individually on their writing and thinking. Strangely enough, I still had a lot of energy for this student-oriented part of the job. Rather, it was _books_ that no longer interested me, drama and fiction in particular. It was as though a priest, in midcareer, had come to doubt the reality of transubstantiation. I could still engage with poems and expository prose, but most fiction seemed the product of extremities I no longer wished to visit. So many years of Zen training had reiterated, 'Don't get lost in the drama of life,' and here I had to stand around in a classroom defending Oedipus."
Author: Mary Rose O'Reilley
237. "Berbeda dengan cinta manusiawi, cinta ilahiah adalah proses dinamis dari konstruksi, dekonstruksi, dan rekonstruksi."
Author: Miranda Risang Ayu
238. "You claim that the evidentiary miracle is present and available, namely, the Koran. You say: 'Whoever denies it, let him produce a similar one.' Indeed, we shall produce a thousand similar, from the works of rhetoricians, eloquent speakers and valiant poets, which are more appropriately phrased and state the issues more succinctly. They convey the meaning better and their rhymed prose is in better meter. … By God what you say astonishes us! You are talking about a work which recounts ancient myths, and which at the same time is full of contradictions and does not contain any useful information or explanation. Then you say: 'Produce something like it'?"
Author: Muhammad Ibn Zakariya Al Razi
239. "What is the world? What is it for? It is an art. It is the best of all possible art, a finite picture of the infinite. Assess it like prose, like poetry, like architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, delta blues, opera, tragedy, comedy, romance, epic. Assess it like you would a Faberge egg, like a gunfight, like a musical, like a snowflake, like a death, a birth, a triumph, a love story, a tornado, a smile, a heartbreak, a sweater, a hunger pain, a desire, a fufillment, a desert, a waterfall, a song, a race, a frog, a play, a song, a marriage, a consummation, a thirst quenched. Assess it like that. And when you're done, find an ant and have him assess the cathedrals of Europe."
Author: N.D. Wilson
240. "[A]lways get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start."(Interview, The Paris Review, Issue 64, Winter 1975)"
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
241. "I had another reason for seeking Him, for trying to espy His face, a professional one. God and literature are conflated in my mind. Why this is, I'm not sure. Perhaps because great books seem heavensent. Perhaps because I know that each nove is a puny but very valiant attempt at godlike behavior. Perhaps because there is no difference between the finest poetry and most transcendent mysticism. Perhaps because writers like Thomas Merton, who are able to enter the realm of the spirit and come away with fine, lucid prose. Perhaps because of more secular writers, like John Steinbeck, whose every passage, it seems to me, peals with religiousity and faith. It once occured to me that literature — all art really — is either talking to people about God, or talking to God about people."
Author: Paul Quarrington
242. "But I can tell that once, and if, and when this issue gets to be, under real terms, investigated, you will be seeing certain people that we know from this country standing trial; and they will be prosecuted criminally."
Author: Sibel Edmonds
243. "Jika kosakata yang Anda kuasai sangat banyak, akan menghemat waktu dalam membuka kamus. Walaupun kosakata yang terbatas bisa dipecahkan dengan mencari arti kata dalam kamus, ini akan sangat merepotkan dan bisa membuat proses penerjemahan tersendat-sendat."
Author: Silvester Goridus Sukur
244. "Just because everybody uses language, that doesn't mean that they can write even tolerable prose."
Author: Stephen Jones
245. "You'd think that the ability to write lucid prose would be the bottom line for any publishing novelist, but it is not so... You would expect that proofreaders and copy editors would pick this sort of stuff up even if the writers of such embarrassing English do not, but many of them seem as illiterate as the writers they are trying to bail out."
Author: Stephen King
246. "Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that's dynamic and expressivee--that's what's good for you if you're at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. "In the time of your life--live!" That time is short and it doesn't return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition."
Author: Tennessee Williams
247. "Inainte sa le reprosezi oamenilor ca sunt scortosi, adu-ti aminte ca asa sunt marionetele."
Author: Teodor Burnar
248. "On the front cover of Newsweek reviews "A House for Mr. Biswas" as "a marvelous prose epic that matches the best 19th century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power."
Author: V.S. Naipaul
249. "People have declaimed against luxury for two thousand years, in verse and prose, and people have always delighted in it."
Author: Voltaire
250. "Whitman's poems present no trace of rhyme, save in a couple or so of chance instances. Parts of them, indeed, may be regarded as a warp of prose amid the weft of poetry,"
Author: Walt Whitman

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