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#1. If I might offer any apology for so exaggerated a fiction as the Barnacles and the Circumlocution Office, I would seek it in the common experience of an Englishman, without presuming to mention the unimportant fact of my having done that violence to good manners, in the days of a Russian war, and of a Court of Inquiry at Chelsea. If I might make so bold as to defend that extravagant conception, Mr Merdle, I would hint that it originated after the Railroad-share epoch, in the times of a certain Irish bank, and of one or two other equally laudable enterprises. If I were to plead anything in mitigation of the preposterous fancy that a bad design will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank. - Author: Charles Dickens
Barnacles quotes by Charles Dickens
#2. I have ceased to think even of barnacles!' -Charles Darwin - Author: Deborah Heiligman
Barnacles quotes by Deborah Heiligman
#3. God knew she was a troublesome wench, with a tongue that could strip the barnacles off a ship's hull. - Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Barnacles quotes by Sabrina Jeffries
#4. Words like feminism or democracy scare me. They are words with barnacles on them, and you can't see what's underneath. - Author: William Collins
Barnacles quotes by William Collins
#5. Mr Henry Gowan and the dog were established frequenters of the cottage, and the day was fixed for the wedding. There was to be a convocation of Barnacles on the occasion, in order that that very high and very large family might shed as much lustre on the marriage as so dim an event was capable of receiving. To have got the whole Barnacle - Author: Charles Dickens
Barnacles quotes by Charles Dickens
#6. I could see nothing behind that child's eye. 40
I have seen eyes in the street
Trying to peer through lighted shutters,
And a crab one afternoon in a pool,
An old crab with barnacles on his back,
Gripped the end of a stick which I held him. - Author: T. S. Eliot
Barnacles quotes by T. S. Eliot
#7. There are small bits of useless knowledge which stick to one's brain like barnacles to a boat. - Author: Graham Greene
Barnacles quotes by Graham Greene
#8. I descended to the ocean floor and encountered bloated, symmetrical creatures with pumping white hearts and translucent skin. Collapsed blue civilizations lived down there, fissured and antiseptic, craggy with barnacles and blistering rust. I reached into the heart of the earth, the sky, the moon. I colonized language, mathematics, schemes of chemical order and atomic weight. I studied the manufacture of automobiles, microcircuitry, Kleenex and planets. I memorized the gross national products of nations and hemispheres, the populations of cities and states and principalities, the achievements of presidents, tyrants and kings. I was trying to learn what I suspect Mom had learned already: that there were journeys we all make alone that take us far away from one another. - Author: Scott Bradfield
Barnacles quotes by Scott Bradfield
#9. Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon! - Author: Herge
Barnacles quotes by Herge
#10. The pelicans paddle
in coils of waves and light. Low tide
reveals fissures of saltwater and rock.
From the smallest crevices
color insists-colonies of jade
anemones, a purple starfish harvest, barnacles
hiding beaks of unbleached linen, black mussel
bouquets. Between the air and sea,
-this, one large prayer.
I kneel. - Author: Michelle Peñaloza
Barnacles quotes by Michelle Peñaloza
#11. When the auto arrives it's hard to believe there's a functional vehicle underneath all the mud and moss and sprays of gravel, which stick to the sides like barnacles on a ship. - Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Barnacles quotes by Robert Jackson Bennett
#12. In my experience, whatever happens clings to us like barnacles on the hull of a ship, slowing us slightly, both uglifying and giving us texture. You can scrape all you want, you can, if you have money, hire someone else to scrape, but the barnacles will come back or at least leave a blemish on the steel. - Author: Nick Flynn
Barnacles quotes by Nick Flynn
#13. There is no real dignity in any of these costumes. If I'm a maid, I do what the owner of the house tells me to do. If I'm a nurse, I do whatever the doctor tells me to do. What are we as women, other than barnacles that attach themselves to higher life forms in some pathetic attempt to clean up messes? Tidy up what men have left behind- make the world a lovelier, better place for men. I would like to play a part in which I don't have a superior. - Author: Heather O'Neill
Barnacles quotes by Heather O'Neill
#14. She was pulling a rope out of the water and knew it was coming to the end when the barnacles started to appear and they became more think and clustered. Then it was strangely peaceful and the sound was turned off. She stood at the bow of a ship. If only she could have stood this way above the water and really breathed and let the waves go by like pages being turned and watched everything more closely and chosen things more carefully then she might have been able to read the spirit within herself and would not have spent her life as if she were only halfway in it.

For a moment she felt an astonishing brilliance and heat and light and all of herself flared up and the vibration after sixty-five years was not weakened by time but more dense then suddenly it was as if the flame had caught the flimsiest piece of paper for it flickered up and flew into the air then quickly sank down withered into a thin cinder of ash which blew off, inconsequential. Her life had not been long enough for her to know the whole of herself, it had not been long enough or wide. - Author: Susan Minot
Barnacles quotes by Susan Minot
#15. All hopes I had of a roommate who would help upgrade me to a higher social stratum snagged on the gleaming barnacles of Steven's orthodontia. - Author: Teddy Wayne
Barnacles quotes by Teddy Wayne
#16. Ah, whimsical. It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. As is what I do is acting on a 'whim'. If only these were gifts from God when I get an idea, but everything I have done that I really love has had a lot of hard work behind it. - Author: Michael Leunig
Barnacles quotes by Michael Leunig
#17. I don't want to interfere with my children's lives any more than you do, but I want them to be happy. Must growing up always mean a breaking up?" she asked sadly.

"No, but it often means a breaking away," the captain said. "And you wouldn't want them to stay anchored for the rest of their existence, growing barnacles all over them and rotting away with rust. - Author: R.A. Dick
Barnacles quotes by R.A. Dick
#18. After nine nights must come ten and every desperate meeting only leaves you desperate for another. There is never enough to eat, never enough garden for your love.
So you refuse and then you discover that your house is haunted by the ghost of a leopard.
When passion comes late in life it is hard to bear.
One more night. How tempting. How innocent. I could stay tonight surely? What difference could it make, one more night? No. If I smell her skin, find the mute curves of her nakedness, she will reach in her hand and withdraw my heart like a bird's egg. I have not had time to cover my heart in barnacles to elude her. If I give in to this passion, my real life, the most solid, the best known, will disappear and I will feed on shadows again like those sad spirits whom Orpheus fled.
I wished her goodnight, touching her hand only and thankful for the dark that hid her eyes. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
Barnacles quotes by Jeanette Winterson
#19. It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. - Author: Michael Leunig
Barnacles quotes by Michael Leunig
#20. I tell people I'm big in the music business like a barnacle is big in shipping. - Author: Vance Gilbert
Barnacles quotes by Vance Gilbert
#21. At dinner one night at Osborne House, the Queen entertained a famous admiral whose hearing was impaired. Politely, Victoria had asked about his fleet and its activities; then, shifting the subject, she asked about the admiral's sister, an elderly dowager of awesome dignity. The admiral thought she was inquiring about his flagship, which was in need of overhaul. "Well, ma'am," he said, "as soon as I get back I'm going to have her hauled out, roll her on her side and have the barnacles scraped off her bottom." Victoria stared at him for a second and then, for minutes afterward, the dining room shook with her unstoppable peals of laughter. - Author: Robert K. Massie
Barnacles quotes by Robert K. Massie
#22. Illness especially, may be a blessed forerunner of the individual's conversion. Not only does it prevent him from realizing his desires; it even reduces his capacity for sin, his opportunities for vice. In that enforced detachment from evil, which is a Mercy of God, he has time to search himself, to appraise his life, to interpret it in terms of larger reality. He considers God, and, at that moment, there is a sense of duality, a confronting of personality with Divinity, a comparison of the facts of his life with the ideal from which he fell. The soul is forced to look inside itself, to inquire whether there is more peace in this suffering than in sinning. Once a sick man, in his passivity, begins to ask, "What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here?" the crisis has already begun. Conversion becomes possible the very moment a man ceases to blame God or life and begins to blame himself; by doing so, he becomes able to distinguish between his sinful barnacles and the ship of his soul. A crack has appeared in the armor of his egotism; now the sunlight of God's grace can pour in. But until that happens, catastrophes can teach us nothing but despair. - Author: Fulton J. Sheen
Barnacles quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#23. The average vice-president is a form of executive fungus that attaches itself to a desk. On a boat this growth would be called a barnacle. - Author: Fred Allen
Barnacles quotes by Fred Allen
#24. Her fingers moved among barnacles and mussels, blue-black, sharp-edged. Neon red starfish were limp Dalis on the rocks, surrounded by bouquets of stinging anemones and purple bursts of spiny sea urchins. - Author: Janet Fitch
Barnacles quotes by Janet Fitch
#25. God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling. - Author: J.G. Holland
Barnacles quotes by J.G. Holland
#26. On ships they call them barnacles; in business they attach themselves to desks and are called vice presidents. - Author: Fred Allen
Barnacles quotes by Fred Allen
#27. The ship's boards were still sticky with new resin. We leaned over the railing to wave our last farewell, the sun-warm wood pressed against our bellies. The sailors heaved up the anchor, square and chalky with barnacles, and loosened the sails. Then they took their seats at the oars that fringed the boat like eyelashes, waiting for the count. The drums began to beat, and the oars lifted and fell, taking us to Troy. - Author: Madeline Miller
Barnacles quotes by Madeline Miller
#28. Maybe a story will cheer you up ... Once upon a time there was an ugly barnacle. It was so ugly that everyone died. The end. - Author: Patrick Star
Barnacles quotes by Patrick Star
#29. I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow-sailing ship. - Author: Charles Darwin
Barnacles quotes by Charles Darwin
#30. I know not how it is, but during a voyage I collect books as a ship does barnacles. - Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Barnacles quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
#31. Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness. - Author: John Green
Barnacles quotes by John Green
#32. In strange and beautiful wares. It sells the lovely animals of the sea, the sponges, tunicates, anemones, the stars and buttlestars, and sun stars, the bivalves, barnacles, the worms and shells, the fabulous and multiform little brothers, the living moving flowers of the sea, nudibranchs and tectibranchs, the spiked and nobbed and needly urchins, - Author: John Steinbeck
Barnacles quotes by John Steinbeck
#33. He never cried, not even in his dreams, for hard-heartedness was a point of pride. A large iron anchor withstanding the corrosion of the sea and scornful of the barnacles and oysters that harass the hulls of ships, sinking polished and indifferent through heaps of broken glass, toothless combs, bottle caps, and prophylactics into the mud at harbour bottom – that was how he liked to imagine his heart. Someday he would have an anchor tattooed on his chest. - Author: Yukio Mishima, 三島 由紀夫
Barnacles quotes by Yukio Mishima, 三島 由紀夫
#34. Any character can find an audience and work if you have passion for that character. You might have to just scrape off the dirt and the barnacles and pull it out and highlight it. - Author: Geoff Johns
Barnacles quotes by Geoff Johns
#35. Sometimes I feel very young, and other times I feel like the side of a ship that's got a bunch of layers of mussels and barnacles on it. - Author: John Darnielle
Barnacles quotes by John Darnielle
#36. The Bluebook is an absurdity, but it endures, in fact thrives, impervious to criticism and ridicule. The judiciary navigates the sea of modernity, slowed, thrown of course, by the barnacles of legal formalism (semantic escapes from reality, impoverished sense of context, fear of math and science, insensitivity to language and culture, mangling of history, superfluous footnotes, verbosity, excessive quotation, reader-unfriendly prose, exaggeration, bluster, obsession with citation form) – an accumulation of many centuries, yet constantly augmented. There is little desire to give the hull a good scraping. There is fear that the naked hull would be unslightly, even unseaworthy. The fear is overblown. A week after all the copies of the Bluebook were burned, their absence would not be noticed. - Author: Richard A. Posner
Barnacles quotes by Richard A. Posner
#37. I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook
fast in a corner of his mouth.
He didn't fight.
He hadn't fought at all.
He hung a grunting weight,
battered and venerable
and homely. Here and there
his brown skin hung in strips
like ancient wallpaper,
and its pattern of darker brown
was like wallpaper:
shapes like full-blown roses
stained and lost through age.
He was speckled with barnacles,
fine rosettes of lime,
and infested
with tiny white sea-lice,
and underneath two or three
rags of green weed hung down.
While his gills were breathing in
the terrible oxygen
- the frightening gills,
fresh and crisp with blood,
that can cut so badly -
I thought of the coarse white flesh
packed in like feathers,
the big bones and the little bones,
the dramatic reds and blacks
of his shiny entrails,
and the pink swim-bladder
like a big peony.
I looked into his eyes
which were far larger than mine
but shallower, and yellowed,
the irises backed and packed
with tarnished tinfoil
seen through the lenses
of old scratched isinglass.
They shifted a little, but not
to return my stare.
- It was more like the tipping
of an object toward the light.
I admired his sullen face,
the mechanism of his jaw,
and then I saw
that from his - Author: Elizabeth Bishop
Barnacles quotes by Elizabeth Bishop
#38. A process of accretion. Barnacles growing on a wreck or a rock. I'd rather have a wreck than a ship that sails. Things attach themselves to wrecks. Strange fish find your wreck or rock to be a good feeding ground; after a while you've got a situation with possibilities. - Author: Donald Barthelme
Barnacles quotes by Donald Barthelme
#39. Her metaphors for her children included barnacles encrusting a ship and limpets clinging to a rock. - Author: Margaret Atwood
Barnacles quotes by Margaret Atwood

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