Quotes of apt

  1. Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel. – Joseph Addison
  2. 'Tis very great pity that they who are so apt to over -rate themselves in smaller matters, shou'd, where it most concerns them to know, and stand upon their Value, be so insensible of their own worth. – Mary Astell
  3. The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age. – W. H. Auden
  4. There is a much more exact correspondence between the natural and moral world than we are apt to take notice of. – Joseph Butler
  5. Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course. – George Eliot
  6. Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them. – Augustus Hare
  7. The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors. – William Hazlitt
  8. Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home. – Washington Irving
  9. Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps. – Harold MacMillan
  10. As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another. – John Stuart Mill
  11. We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that. – William Penn
  12. In the past I have declined to comment on my own work: because, it seems to me, a poem is what it is; because a poem is itself a definition, and to try to redefine it is to be apt to falsify it; and because the author is the person least able to consider his work objectively. – James Schuyler
  13. It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death. – Gertrude Stein
  14. Every contrition for sin is apt to encourage a not quite charitable wish that other people should exhibit a similar contrition. – Charles Williams

Usage examples for apt

  1. There seemed no end to Patsie's powers of apt description. – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  2. This is very apt to be a big day. – Shelled by an Unseen Foe by James Fiske
  3. Besides, you're apt to get hurt. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  4. Green tea is apt to make people nervous, and boys and girls ought not even to know what it is to be nervous. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  5. You are just as apt to spoil them as you would a watch. – The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins
  6. Bess was more apt to do things because other people did them. – Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border by Annie Roe Carr
  7. " I sha'n't be apt to, thank you. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  8. Chatty- Chatty who was so gentle, so little apt to take anything upon her, even to judge for herself, was it possible that on this point she was less soft- hearted than her mother? – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  9. Young people are apt to get above their business, and we admit that we were wrong. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  10. Would they be apt to do any thing to harm them? – Sweet Cicely Or Josiah Allen as a Politician by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  11. All that I or Mowbray had mentioned before Mr. Montenero of my aversion to Fowler, now appeared to be but the dislike which an insane person is apt to take against those about them, even to those who treat them most kindly. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. Their parents are apt to leave them at school as long as possible, because they do not know what to do with them, and probably the teachers do not complain very much, but are ready to put up with these defectives who do not interfere with discipline. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  13. Unless there is a special demand for a certain subject, that subject is apt to become a thing of the past, both in theory and practice. – The Golden Canyon Contents: The Golden Canyon; The Stone Chest by G. A. Henty
  14. And when you do see them, no matter how many other wonders you may have seen in your time, such sights are rather apt to take your breath away. – The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
  15. We hold that all of us are apt to think most of ourselves on such occasions. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  16. He was apt to say a word or two about her and not answer the next question which was put to him, and presently go silently away,- but to- day Mrs. Graham had important business in hand. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  17. Sailors are apt to be such desperate characters. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  18. He closed his eyes as people are apt to do when they think. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
  19. Patient self- observation may be important, but is apt to be mistaken; and the true test of what we can do is what we do do. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren