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Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser

FIFTEEN THOUSAND USEFUL PHRASES

A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK OF PERTINENT
EXPRESSIONS, STRIKING SIMILES, LITERARY.
COMMERCIAL, CONVERSATIONAL, AND
ORATORICAL TERMS, FOR THE EMBELLISHMENT
OF SPEECH AND LITERATURE, AND THE
IMPROVEMENT OF THE VOCABULARY OF THOSE
PERSONS WHO READ, WRITE. AND SPEAK ENGLISH

BY
GRENVILLE KLEISER

FORMERLY INSTRUCTOR IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AT YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL, YALE UNIVERSITY; AUTHOR OF |HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC,| |HOW TO DEVELOP POWER AND PERSONALITY IN SPEAKING,| |HOW TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE IN SPEECH AND MANNER,| |HOW TO ARGUE AND WIN,| |HOW TO READ AND DECLAIM,| |COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUBLIC SPEAKING,| ETC.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
FRANK H. VIZETELLY, LITT.D., LL.D.

FIFTH EDITION

FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
NEW YORK AND LONDON
1919

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY
FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
(Printed in the United States of America)
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Copyright under the Articles of the Copyright
Convention of the Pan-American Republics
and the United States, August 11, 1910
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Published. October, 1917

One cannot always live in the palaces and state apartments of language, but we can refuse to spend our days in searching for its vilest slums. -- William Watson

Words without thought are dead sounds; thoughts without words are nothing. To think is to speak low; to speak is to think aloud. -- Max Muller

The first merit which attracts in the pages of a good writer, or the talk of a brilliant conversationalist, is the apt choice and contrast of the words employed. It is indeed a strange art to take these blocks rudely conceived for the purpose of the market or the bar, and by tact of application touch them to the finest meanings and distinctions. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
-- Southey

No noble or right style was ever yet founded but out of a sincere heart. -- Ruskin

Words are things; and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. -- Byron

A good phrase may outweigh a poor library.
-- Thomas W. Higginson

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