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1. "Justus tried to make an objective assessment of Miguel. What was the big deal with him, anyway? So he was easy on the eyes. Actually that was an understatement; he was for female eyes, a virtual feast. He was a perfect physical specimen, and very sensual. He seemed to positively ooze sex and eroticism with his every move, look, and touch. Justus turned her head toward him to steal a glance at his profile, but he caught her looking at him.His eyes were so arresting, they were a dark, fierce green, like beautiful shining emeralds. She also noticed flecks of gold laced through them, reminiscent of cat's eyes. Not any ordinary house cat, these were the eyes of a wild predator.He was a panther; with his black hair and green eyes and the way he moved, so gracefully, yet with definite strength and agility. She sighed to herself, so much for her objectivity."
Author: Amanda Bretz
2. "Only in summer-phase is it carnivorous."If there was an award for understatement, I thought, the Tyr would trounce all competition."
Author: C.S. Friedman
3. "My father was a really funny guy. He lived a good long life. And he was the reason I wanted to be funny and become a comedian and a comedy writer, so to say that he's somewhat of a mythic figure in my life would be an understatement."
Author: Carol Leifer
4. "Often, then, the stories came pouring out, and often they were set before us slowly and quietly like tea. These slow stories were told with understatement that made my eyes and voice fill as I translated; for when people seem to have no emotion remaining for such stories, your own heart must supply it."
Author: Daoud Hari
5. "To say that a writer's hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement-it's like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writer's build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it."
Author: David Gerrold
6. "It is an understatement to say that in this society injustices abound: In truth it is itself the quintessence of injustice."
Author: Emil Cioran
7. "To say I didn't have great luck in the guy department was like saying Ryan Seacrest didn't have great luck in the height department: total understatement."
Author: Gemma Halliday
8. "Gillard is as likeable as Rudd is charmless. She is self-deprecating; he is ludicrously vainglorious. She is a mistress of understatement; he is a ranter."
Author: Germaine Greer
9. "To say it was a dark and stormy night would be a gross understatement. It was colder than witch's kiss, wetter than a spring swamp, and blacker than a tax collector's heart. A sane man would have been curled up in front of a fire with a cup of mulled wine and a good boo-, ah, a willing wench."
Author: Hilari Bell
10. "Wow," I said, brilliant as always.He chuckled. "Understatement of the millennium."(Sabina/Adam)"
Author: Jaye Wells
11. "To say the loaner was not pretty was an understatement. It was a 1907's olive-green Buick Century with a white top. Lindsay felt like she was driving her living-room couch, but despite the looks, the engine purred and it glided over potholes in the road like butteron toast."
Author: Jenn McKinlay
12. "We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement."
Author: Jil Sander
13. "The understatement is the English contribution to comedy."
Author: Jim Davis
14. "Is Understatement 101 a course in medical school?""Of course. It's the prereq for Lying Through One's Teeth."
Author: Jodi Picoult
15. "How many Elysiums have you been to?""Three," I said immediately. "At least...this will be my third one.""And how many Elysiums do you think I've been to?""Um. More than three?""I do appreciate your gift for the understatement."
Author: Julie Kagawa
16. "The way you walk is slash and burn.Like understatement's now a crime."
Author: Justin Quinn
17. "To say I have frizzy hair is an understatement. It is kinky, more pubic than cranial, and whitish blond, breaking off easily, like hay."
Author: Kathryn Stockett
18. "It's not an understatement to say that I owe everything as an actor to 'Merlin.' It was pretty much my first job, and I didn't know what I was doing for many years on it. It wasn't until the third and fourth series - the fourth series especially - that I really found my feet with the character, and as an actress."
Author: Katie McGrath
19. "Your girl?" I asked, my voice coming out in a near on squeak."Yeah," he answered, his voice deep, low and firm. "This is, well…kinda weird." Understatement! "And fast." Extreme understatement!"Met you twelve years ago and we're just gettin' here. I don't call that fast. I call that a waste of fuckin' time I'm about to rectify."
Author: Kristen Ashley
20. "To ask if I am mischievous is the understatement of all time."
Author: Malcolm Gets
21. "To say she was attractive would be an understatement. Calling her 'attractive' would be like calling the Taj Mahal a marble grave."
Author: Mallika Nawal
22. "Holy fucking understatement of the year, Batman"
Author: Marie Sexton
23. "So then do you think it's true that he killed someone? And what about the part where he wishes he could die?""If it IS true that he killed someone, that's bad."In any case, "it seems like something is bothering Shuji" was now a contender for the Understatement of the Century."
Author: Mizuki Nomura
24. "I'm obsessive. That's the word for me. I obsess - perhaps to the point where it's moderately dysfunctional. I tend to put a book through about 100 revisions. If anything, that's an understatement. If there's another author out there who does this sort of revision, I would really like to meet him. Maybe we could form some sort of support group."
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
25. "To say that from the moment her lover had left, O began to await his return would be an understatement. She turned into pure vigil, darkness in waiting expectation of light."
Author: Pauline Réage
26. "God cautions us in Isaiah 55:9 that his ways are not ours and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts (undoubtedly one of the grander understatements).God is warning us that he is not logical and that believing him to be logical will lead to all kinds of disappointment.Logic has been defined as 'the science or history of the human mind, as it traces the progress of our knowledge from our first conceptions through their different combinations, and the numerous deductions that result from comparing them with one another.'Doesn't sound much like God. Yet, we so often strain our relatively minuscule brains to conceive, combine, compare, and deduce. Then we fault God when his conclusions disagree.The repetition of this useless exercise leads to a form of insanity which ultimately manifests in denial of the existence of such an illogical God."
Author: Ron Brackin
27. "Shut up, idiot," he growled."Oops," Ian replied, looking uncomfortable. "I feel stupid, now."Peter shook his head. "That's the understatement of the year."
Author: Rose Wynters
28. "A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations."
Author: Russell Page
29. "{Calpurnia)"My mother…she's desperate for a daughter she can dress like a porcelain doll. Sadly, I shall never be such a child. How I long for my sister to come out and distract the countess from my person."He joined her on the bench, asking, "How old is your sister?""Eight," she said, mournfully."Ah. Not ideal.""An understatement." She looked up at the star-filled sky. "No, I shall be long on the shelf by the time she makes her debut.""What makes you so certain you're shelf-bound?"She cast him a sidelong glance. "While I appreciate your chivalry, my lord, your feigned ignorance insults us both." When he failed to reply, she stared down at her hands, and replied, "My choices are rather limited.""How so?""I seem able to have my pick of the impoverished, the aged, and the deadly dull."
Author: Sarah MacLean
30. "Emptiness and boredom: what an understatement. What I felt was complete desolation. Desolation, despair, and depression.Isn't there some other way to look at this? After all, angst of these dimensions is a luxury item. You need to be well fed, clothes, and housed to have time for this much self-pity."
Author: Susanna Kaysen
31. "Billions of years ago God was creating universes and life; thousands of years ago he was creating angry floods, sin-saving human sacrifices and audible burning bushes. Today he occasionally appears on a piece of toast. To state that God has become reclusive over the years would be an overwhelming understatement."
Author: Trevor Treharne
32. "I'm just–" She wanted to say "not in the mood," but that was not only a cliché but a vast understatement. She was dead."
Author: Will McIntosh

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