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I really don't object to platitudes," he told Ruth later; "but what worries me into nervousness is the pompous, smugly complacent, superior certitude with which they are uttered and the time taken to do it.
And out of the dividends magnificent churches are builded in New England, wherein your kind preaches pleasant platitudes to the sleek, full-bellied recipients of those dividends.
Kindly callers hurt her, too, with the well-meant platitudes with which they strove to cover the nakedness of bereavement.
What would become of poetry if women became so sensible that they turned a deaf ear to the poetic platitudes of love?
He is full of quickness and penetration, piercing easily below the clumsy platitudes of Thrasymachus to the real difficulty; he turns out to the light the seamy side of human life, and yet does not lose faith in the just and true.
Then Lord Decimus, who was a wonder on his own Parliamentary pedestal, turned out to be the windiest creature here: proposing happiness to the bride and bridegroom in a series of platitudes that would have made the hair of any sincere disciple and believer stand on end; and trotting, with the complacency of an idiotic elephant, among howling labyrinths of sentences which he seemed to take for high roads, and never so much as wanted to get out of.
After a passage of what we feel to be true poetry, there follows, inevitably, a passage of platitude which no critical prejudgment can force us to admire; but if, upon completing the work, we read it again, omitting the first book -- that is to say, commencing with the second -- we shall be surprised at now finding that admirable which we before condemned -- that damnable which we had previously so much admired.
Yet whatever her impression may have been she produced instead a vague platitude.
A trite platitude about his not caring to lose her was on his lips, but he refrained from uttering it.
Discovering that I could find no really telling stupidity, I turned to the next best thing; a platitude.
He had the appearance of a man from whom you would expect sound advice, moral sentiments, with perhaps a platitude or two thrown in on occasion, not from a desire to dazzle, but from honest conviction.
This would also explain why it can only produce platitudes like the following that was included in the joint statement: "We remain convinced of the strategic nature of this trilateral co-operation and we will continue to work closely towards the fullest exploitation of its potential, to the benefit of our peoples and the wider region.