Quotes and Sayings about Prose



"I knew quite well, when I gave the names of our agents in the Soviet Union, that I was exposing them to the full machinery of counterespionage and the law, and then prosecution and capital punishment."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Law, Names, Punishment)

"I've been working with them for a couple years and a couple of projects. Essentially Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is the chief litigator for this corporation, this Alliance, and their job is to prosecute corporate polluters of the great bodies of water in North America."
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Related: Alliance, America, Corporate, Job, Projects, Water, Years)

"I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James."
- David Antin
(Related: Prose)

"It doesn't help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it's the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Idea, Crime, Help)

"The FBI. is a massive culture. It's been a culture that served America well, and it's been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: America, Culture, Prevention, Terrorism)

"All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children."
- Paul Auster
(Related: Money, Time, Ambition, Children, Poems, Prose)

"One thing I learned a long time ago as a prosecutor is that it's tough to get people to obey a law if there is not penalty for breaking it."
- Roy Barnes
(Related: Time, People, Law)

"There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Energy, Explanations, Prose, Tension, Wrong)

"Always be a poet, even in prose."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Prose)

"Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Work, Prose)

"Can any of us even imagine, after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt suggesting we negotiate a resolution or that we could simply prosecute those involved? Of course it is unimaginable. We are right to be in the Middle East, and we are right to treat this as the war it is."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: War, President, Resolution, Right)

"They had no right, as it seems to me, to prosecute me in these Halls; nor have you the right in law or under the Constitution, as I respectfully submit, to take jurisdiction over offenses committed against them."
- Preston Brooks
(Related: Constitution, Law, Right)

"For me, prose walks, poetry dances."
- James Broughton
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"Eloquence is the poetry of prose."
- William C. Bryant
(Related: Poetry, Eloquence, Prose)

"It was not till toward the end of the thirteenth century that the prose romances began to appear."
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Related: End, Prose)

"If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman."
- Luther Burbank
(Related: Nature, Jury, Laws)

"I expect VA's inspector general and the FBI to work closely together so that we can identify and eliminate the flaws that allowed this leak and prosecute any criminal acts."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: Work, Flaws)

"To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!"
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(Related: Music, People, Hell, Prose, Reason, Restraint, Want)

"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."
- John Cheever
(Related: Beauty, Power, Battle, Grief, Prose, Rain)

"I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Poetry, Order, Poets, Prose, Words)

"Writing anything is terribly hard but, alas for me, because I am addicted, a heck of a lot of fun. I often am sorry I ever started writing prose, because it is so hard. But I can't stop."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Fun, Prose, Writing)

"I don't dream songs. I'm more apt to write dreams down and then to be able to interpret them into a song. I also tend to get up and write prose in the morning from which will come songs."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Dreams, Prose, Song, Songs, Will)

"For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Love, Man, Prose, Sea, Song)

"That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"There are a lot of editorials that have nothing to do with anything like that. But I was just thinking of that sense of prose as being very responsible and perceptive, thoughtful, intimate, and contriving a quote statement."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Being, Nothing, Prose, Sense, Thinking, Thoughtful)

"A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose."
- Samuel McChord Crothers
(Related: Prose, Writer, Writing)

"You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose."
- Mario Cuomo
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Poetry, Time, Romance, Conversation, Memory, Prose)

"It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Poetry, Past, Prose)

"I spend eight months outlining and researching the novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose."
- Jeffery Deaver
(Related: Months, Prose, Word)

"The prosecution wants to make sure the process by which the evidence was obtained is not truthfully presented, because, as often as not, that process will raise questions."
- Alan Dershowitz
(Related: Questions, Will)

"So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse."
- John Drinkwater
(Related: Poetry, Failure, Prose, Will)

"My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy."
- Carol Ann Duffy
(Related: Energy, Prose)

"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."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: People, Country, Will)

"People say I've had brushes with the law. That's not true. I've had brushes with overzealous prosecutors."
- Edwin W. Edwards
(Related: People, Law)

"Understanding that yes, we are committing more resources than we thought we might be in protecting our homeland and prosecuting a war and so it's understandable that we would be going through a period of deficits."
- Donald Evans
(Related: War, Thought, Understanding)

"I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Writing)

"There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't."
- John M. Ford
(Related: People, Clarity, Expression, Prose, Respect)

"I was a prosecutor and an FBI agent for many, many years."
- Louis Freeh
(Related: Years)

"Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time."
- Christopher Fry
(Related: Poetry, Time, Virtue, Attention, Being, Prose)

"Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Beauty, Effort, Prose, Right, Today, Writing)

"I'm demanding to be prosecuted. I'm begging to be prosecuted for perjury."
- George Galloway
"It is only losers that are prosecuted."
- George Galloway
"We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Books, Open, Speech, Study, Writing)

"I derive no pleasure from prosecuting a man, even though I know he's guilty; do you think I could sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror in the morning if I hounded an innocent man?"
- Jim Garrison
(Related: Man, Night, Pleasure, Sleep)

"When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Related: Police, State)

"Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Successful, Mediocrity, Now, Prose, Writers)

"This is a very highly charged investigation. People are very interested in this, and we've got a prosecutor, a very well respected prosecutor who's been looking at this issue, this investigation for a long time."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Time, People, Investigation)

"I want to be clear. No company is too big to be prosecuted. We have zero tolerance for corporate fraud, but we also recognize the importance of avoiding collateral consequences whenever possible."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Company, Consequences, Corporate, Fraud, Importance, Tolerance, Want)

"Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat."
- Robert Graves
(Related: Books, Dogs, Prose, Support)

"Defendants are being evaluated based on numerical grid without any aggravating circumstances being considered. The effect has been to transfer the disparity from the judge to the prosecutor allowing for a great deal of leeway on indictments."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Being, Circumstances, Effect)

"I think today that it is essential that the Rwandan tribunal continues to prosecute efficiently. And if the U.N. fails to do that, it is sending entirely the wrong message to people who are in the position to complete these atrocities again."
- Tony Greig
(Related: People, Today, Wrong)

"Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Poetry, Science, Art, Goal, Purpose, Journey, Prose)

"Prose talks and poetry sings."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"We'll be launching the new public prosecution service in Northern Ireland tomorrow. I'll be doing it in Belfast tomorrow. This is an entirely new era, in which criminal justice now exercised on an equal basis, not the old basis in which community division was a feature."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Community, Ireland, Justice, Now, Old, Public, Service, Tomorrow)

"In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Politics, Religion, Fire, Persecution)

"The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry."
- David Hare
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"I'm a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose."
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Related: Love, Fun, Games, Prose, Shakespeare, Theory)

"I write novellas because I don't like loose sprawling prose."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Prose)

"No, I can't write treatments, I think there's a danger with treatments. That you... you write out your first excitement and enthusiasm in a prose treatment."
- Ronald Harwood
(Related: Enthusiasm, Danger, Excitement, First, Prose, Treatment)

"I want prose fiction to be recognized as that, and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal."
- John C. Hawkes
(Related: Fiction, Prose, Want, Writing)

"But every great scripture, whether Hebrew, Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own; and in this respect the original Bible stands very high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Beauty, Poetry, Bible, Monument, Prose, Religious, Respect, Scripture, Value, Will)

"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Architecture, Prose)

"The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose."
- Donal Henahan
(Related: Music, Listening, Prose, Result)

"Next to the writer of real estate advertisements, the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists."
- Donal Henahan
(Related: Artists, Prose, Writer)

"Illegal drug use runs contrary to the image of health depicted by cycling. Distributors of these drugs must be prosecuted more harshly as they are ciminals."
- Bernard Hinault
(Related: Health, Drugs)

"I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues, which are written in the dryest possible prose, infinitely soothing."
- Howard Hodgkin
(Related: Old, Prose)

"The second one, the joint Truth and Friendship Commission, which we started now with Indonesia, that is the one that has been criticized; its terms of reference call for providing amnesty for those who cooperate in telling the truth. It does not lead to prosecution."
- Jose Ramos Horta
(Related: Friendship, Truth, Now)

"Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Court, Police, Prison, Regret)

"I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
"I didn't say 'former president,' I said 'president,' and I have the constitutional rights according to the constitution, including immunity from prosecution."
- Saddam Hussein
(Related: Constitution, Rights, President)

"My plays are made up of long monologues, which is similar to prose working with the language."
- Elfriede Jelinek
(Related: Language, Prose)

"Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Writing)

"I shall endeavour still further to prosecute this inquiry, an inquiry I trust not merely speculative, but of sufficient moment to inspire the pleasing hope of its becoming essentially beneficial to mankind."
- Edward Jenner
(Related: Trust, Hope, Mankind)

"A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose."
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
(Related: Evolution, Problems, Prose)

"In the plays - that's where I go crazy. But my prose has a much lighter touch; it's not trying to thrill with language, just to be more truthful. I'm not concerned with the accuracy of anything. We don't get to the truth of anything with facts."
- Denis Johnson
(Related: Truth, Accuracy, Facts, Language, Prose, Trying)

"A poet or prose narrator usually looks back on what he has achieved against a backdrop of the years that have passed, generally finding that some of these achievements are acceptable, while others are less so."
- Eyvind Johnson
(Related: Prose, Years)

"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Life, Love)

"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Home, Ambition, Desire, End, Labor, Result)

"I was a prosecutor in Brooklyn in the homicide division and then as a senior assistant district attorney."
- Star Jones
"I think the prosecution had all the evidence in front of them to have won the case."
- Kato Kaelin
"The Martha Stewart trial makes clear how far women have risen in the business world. America can be proud of our equal-opportunity prosecution and conviction."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Business, Women, America, Conviction, World)

"The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Poetry, Heart, Learning, Literature, Prose, Tradition)

"Putin can't afford to leave the office because he will be in real danger of being prosecuted for things he and his people did during their stay in power."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Power, People, Being, Danger, Office, Will)

"Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Poetry, Acting, Direction, Prose)

"On my recent trip to the Mexico border, Border Patrol agents in California told me they have arrested the same coyotes 20 times, but they are not prosecuted."
- Ric Keller
"I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass."
- Tracy Kidder
(Related: Prose, Want)

"When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!"
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Prose)

"The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: Life, Poetry, Advertising, America, Prose, Trouble)

"When we talk about justice in America we're really talking about justice brought about by the people, not by judges who are tools of the establishment or prosecutors who are are equally tools of the establishment or the wardens or the police officers."
- William Kunstler
(Related: People, America, Judges, Justice, Police, Talk, Talking, Tools)

"Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Weight)

"We don't attempt to have any theme for a number of the anthology, or to have any particular sequence. We just put in things that we like, and then we try to alternate the prose and the poetry."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel."
- David Leavitt
(Related: Instinct, Order, Prose, World)

"I've been told by the prosecutors and by my own attorneys I should go to law school. I guess I have a knack for it."
- Monica Lewinsky
(Related: Law, School)

"Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears."
- F. L. Lucas
(Related: Trust, English, Principles, Prose, Rules, Sound, Writers)

"All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed."
- Norman MacCaig
(Related: Poetry, Affection, Books, Fishing, Miscellaneous, Prose)

"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."
- Henry James Sumner Maine
(Related: Truth, Observation)

"The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Prose, Writer)

"There have been high crimes and misdemeanors, but they have been committed by the special prosecutor and the Congress, not the president."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Congress, President)

"A grand jury hears only one side - that of the prosecutor."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Jury)

"Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"If geography is prose, maps are iconography."
- Lennart Meri
(Related: Geography, Prose)

"All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose."
- Moliere
(Related: Prose)

"We have the melancholy dilemma of not being in a state to make peace or to prosecute war."
- George Montagu
(Related: Peace, War, Being, Melancholy, State)

"Strangely, Dante's Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Comedy, Prose)

"There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Poetry, Connection, Poets, Prose)

"Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Prose, Today)

"It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Language, Prose)

"When prose gets too stylized and out of control - and Stein is sometimes a good example - when you don't know what the hell is going on, then it's kind of boring."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Control, Example, Hell, Prose)

"The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Personality, Prose, Trying)

"The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Poetry, Decision, Prose, Reading, Writers)

"When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Time, People, Idea, Culture, Prose, Want)

"With prose you can incorporate more details, develop scenes, sustain the tension in a special way. Prose has its own speed."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Prose, Tension)

"I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together."
- Robert Mueller
(Related: Police)

"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."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Poems, Prose, Sense, Spiritual)

"Drug smugglers often use juveniles to carry their shipments into the U.S. because they know the juveniles will not be prosecuted if caught."
- Timothy Murphy
(Related: Will)

"Poetry is its own medium; it's very different than writing prose. Poetry can talk in an imagistic sense, it has particular ways of catching an environment."
- Story Musgrave
(Related: Poetry, Environment, Prose, Sense, Talk, Writing)

"I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry."
- Story Musgrave
(Related: Poetry, Being, Poems, Prose, Space)

"You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Fancy, Prose, Style)

"Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose."
- Beverley Nichols
(Related: Marriage, Poetry, First, Prose)

"In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Poetry, Age, Key, Prose, Television)

"The decision that has to be made was whether it was material, whether he knew he was lying under oath, whether he did it willfully. I think that's required of any prosecutor who is charged with an investigation of this."
- Barbara Olson
(Related: Decision, Investigation, Lying)

"He decided to plunge on with pardons over the department's objections, or where he knew that there would be objections if he had let career prosecutors know what he was doing."
- Barbara Olson
(Related: Career)

"It matters not what your individual position is on either war we are currently prosecuting - in Iraq or Afghanistan - certainly we can all agree protesting at military funerals is a cruel and unnecessary hardship on our military families during their most difficult hour."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Funerals, Hardship, Iraq, Military)

"It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane."
- George Orwell
(Related: Nothing, Personality, Prose)

"The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature."
- George Orwell
(Related: Literature, Prose)

"And what holds good of verse holds infinitely better in respect to prose."
- James Payn
(Related: Prose, Respect)

"I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: People, Prose)

"Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes."
- Cole Porter
(Related: Now, Prose, Words, Writing)

"The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: People, Act, Quiet)

"Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Reading, Trouble)

"What I do say is that I can write verse, and that the writing of verse in strict form is the best possible training for writing good prose."
- Philip Pullman
(Related: Prose, Training, Writing)

"I'm a better polemicist in prose."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Prose)

"I think Maus I is better than Maus II. The standard here is whether or not it's as good as a great book of prose literature and by that standard, no, it's not that great."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Literature, Prose)

"When I put together a graphic novel, I don't think about literary prose. I think about storytelling."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Literary, Prose)

"He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form."
- John C. Ransom
(Related: May, Prose, Result, Sense, Style, Will)

"When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble."
- John C. Ransom
(Related: Poets, Prose, Style, Waiting)

"I had concluded when I was the prosecutor that I would vote against the death penalty if I were in the legislature but that I could ask for it when I was satisfied as to guilt."
- Janet Reno
(Related: Death, Guilt, Vote)

"They've got him - credible witnesses, documents, heaven knows what else. In all my years as a prosecutor I have never seen such an open-and-shut case."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: Heaven, Open, Years)

"When ATM machines came out and people were prosecuted for robbing ATM machines, I don't think anybody thought the banks were against technology because they didn't want their ATM machines lifted."
- Hilary Rosen
(Related: Technology, Thought, People, Banks, Machines, Want)

"And there had to be a dagger thrust in the heart of the left to tell them that you are no longer gonna give five years for a Smith Act prosecution or one year for Contempt of Court, but we're gonna kill ya!"
- Julius Rosenberg
(Related: Heart, Act, Contempt, Court, Years)

"One of the best known, and one of the least intelligible, facts of literary history is the lateness, in Western European Literature at any rate, of prose fiction, and the comparative absence, in the two great classical languages, of what we call by that name."
- George Saintsbury
(Related: History, Absence, Facts, Fiction, Literary, Literature, Name, Prose)

"The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth."
- George Saintsbury
(Related: Growth, Circumstances, Exercise, Influence, Prose)

"Cliches and adjectives permeated my prose."
- Dick Schaap
(Related: Cliches, Prose)

"In true prose everything must be underlined."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Prose)

"However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it."
- James Schuyler
(Related: Prose)

"He convinced me that if we're going to have honest government that you can't leave it up to the crooks and that honest people have to get involved in government. So I did. I got involved as a criminal prosecutor with the U. S. Justice Department."
- Bill Scott
(Related: Government, People, Justice)

"The older I get, the more I seek to use a plain prose style, concentrating more on story."
- John Scott
(Related: Prose, Style)

"The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical."
- William Shenstone
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Scripture)

"So my own suspicion is that the attorney has stopped this prosecution because part of her defence was to question legality and that would have brought his advice into the public domain again and there was something fishy about the way in which he said war was legal."
- Clare Short
(Related: Legal, War, Advice, Public, Question, Suspicion)

"I was raised in a Bronx public housing project, but studied at two of the nation's finest universities. I did work as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting violent crimes that devastate our communities."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Work, Nation, Project, Public)

"In contrast to what most prosecutors do, we try to treat all individuals with complete fairness. We do not go out and hold press conferences and the like."
- Kenneth Starr
(Related: Contrast, Press)

"Forty years ago the chances of journalists reporting - or the authorities even prosecuting - a pro athlete were practically nil."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: Years)

"The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital."
- George Steiner
(Related: Heart, Being, Expression, Prose, Tribute)

"From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose."
- Mark Strand
(Related: Prose)

"A great actor is independent of the poet, because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse, but in the accent with which it is delivered."
- Lee Strasberg
(Related: Actor, Feeling, Prose)

"People and places are the source of my work, both in prose and verse-and this remark is not the truism it seems, for I do not distinguish as sharply between a place and a person as most people seem to do."
- Leonard Alfred George Strong
(Related: Work, People, Prose)

"It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution."
- Ken Thompson
"Poetry is fascinating. As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra, and somehow prose can go over into poetry."
- Michael Tippett
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process."
- Lionel Trilling
(Related: Legal, End, Judgment, Neurosis)

"The government doesn't really prosecute for polygamy anymore, but a lot of the arrests are of groups supporting themselves through welfare scams or for child abuse. So that was all I'd really heard about polygamists."
- Jeanne Tripplehorn
(Related: Government, Abuse, Welfare)

"The prosecutor, who is supposed to carry the burden of proof, really is an author."
- Scott Turow
(Related: Burden, Proof)

"I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary."
- Jeff Vandermeer
(Related: Care, Prose, Style)

"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose."
- Voltaire
(Related: Poetry, Merit, Prose, Will, Words)

"Police forces collect information to be used in a public court to get people convicted. Security services gather information that does not necessarily lead to people being prosecuted and in many cases needs to remain confidential."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: People, Being, Court, Information, Needs, Police, Public, Security)

"I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Government, Work, Religious, Worship)

"Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony."
- Horace Walpole
(Related: Art, Poetry, Harmony, Prose, Sense)

"But I have the satisfaction, at the same time, to reflect that the impression to be made depends upon the consistency of the charge and the motives of the prosecutors."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Time, Impression, Consistency, Motives, Satisfaction)

"Towards the end of the Lord Chamberlain's era, when his hold was being loosened, private prosecutions began to happen. A member of staff at the Royal Court ordered to stop the play, and the police were brought in."
- Timothy West
(Related: Being, Court, End, Play, Police)

"Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I'm not saying I've got the answers, just a of questions that I don't hear other artists asking."
- Malcolm Wilson
(Related: Music, Poetry, Answers, Artists, Prose, Questions, Saying)

"I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Work, Congress)

"The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Body, Mind, Prose)

"Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Poetry, Prose)

"I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Time, Romance, Prose, Want, Waste)

"There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired."
- Edward Young
(Related: Poetry, Logic, Mystery, Prose)

"I would never write realistic prose. I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style, but in the course of their book abandon it for realism, and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real."
- Marguerite Young
(Related: People, Prose, Realism, Style)