Quotes of superfluous

  1. Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there. – J. G. Ballard
  2. Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous – Elias Canetti
  3. But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous – Edward Gibbon
  4. Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote. – George Gurdjieff
  5. However, if the religions in essence merely repeat statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, such a Declaration becomes superfluous an ethic is more than rights. – Hans Kung
  6. The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous – Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
  7. Be convinced that, if man were able to reach the end without preparatory studies, such studies would not be preparatory but tiresome and utterly superfluous – Maimonides
  8. The question I asked Georges has now become a general one- You, who thought you were superfluous who thought there was no place for you in society, not only are you not superfluous you are needed and so those who were beggars become givers. – Abbe Pierre
  9. Let us assume that the ideal were reached; let us imagine a state of international life in which the danger of war no longer exists. Then no one would dare to demand a penny for obviously completely superfluous armaments. – Ludwig Quidde
  10. Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous – Leonardo da Vinci
  11. The superfluous a very necessary thing. – Voltaire
  12. Also a great part of Polish industry proved to have existed only to support the Soviet military industry, and it became superfluous and incapable of being transformed into anything else. We did not foresee that or the magnitude of these phenomena. – Andrzej Wajda

Usage examples for superfluous

  1. " Your repentance," I said, " is now superfluous – Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
  2. Steps were also taken to inquire into the positions held by many of the amateur lady nurses, and those whose services were deemed to be superfluous were provided with return passages to Europe. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  3. First scrape off any fine particles of bone, trim off superfluous fat, and then place in a hissing hot skillet. – Cookery for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster
  4. We cut out and chopped out all the dry branches and wild shoots, and the superfluous trees and bushes. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  5. There was more than Annie who thought that thanks to her were out of place and superfluous – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  6. I felt that I was the extra person, entirely superfluous so I murmured some good- night and started to leave the place. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  7. Then she asked her brother the superfluous question, whether he loved her, which Evan answered satisfactorily enough, as he thought; but practical ladies require proofs. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. Before taking a glance at the nature of those secrets, however, it is necessary to make a passing allusion to an event which might have seemed likely to render all pacific communications with Spain, whether secret or open, superfluous – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  9. The Prince soon found, too, that Alva was far too wise to hazard his position by a superfluous combat. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  10. Trunks, however, should not show so many superfluous low branches. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  11. The report stated that the church was superfluous – England of My Heart--Spring by Edward Hutton
  12. And since one has more merits than another, therefore some have superfluous merits. – The Apology of the Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon
  13. Commissioners were sent to visit all the cathedral and parish churches and seize the superfluous ornaments for the king's use. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield
  14. It had not been clear to Bill, who had asked no question, feeling such to be superfluous at the moment. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  15. Then why should we go there at all if discussion be superfluous – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  16. Squeeze out the superfluous moisture, roll in a clean white cloth, and leave for half an hour. – The Complete Home by Various
  17. Hence it is not superfluous to pray to the Saints. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  18. There did not seem to be a superfluous word in them. – Boys' Book of Famous Soldiers by J. Walker McSpadden
  19. Being nominated by him they can usually manage to agree with him; it is only another hindrance or superfluous affair. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  20. One would think they might be accounted superfluous – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell