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  • I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
  • Ken Kesey provided one of her favorite pithy quotes: "You can count the seeds in the apple, but you can’t count the apples in the seed."
  • "You should just think of Mrs. Allan and what would be nicest and most agreeable to her," said Marilla, hitting for once in her life on a very sound and pithy piece of advice.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • My mother, whose kitchen is decorated with pithy signs that, loosely translated, all say, in one form or another, "The Cook Is Out," made supper every night.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky

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  • ... at my typewriter writing pithy things I’ll never have the guts to say out loud.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties. ... The soldier is on friendlier terms than other men with his stomach and intestines. Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation. It is impossible to express oneself in any other way so clearly and pithily.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Years, and those experiences which befall certain shrewder men subordinated life-long to the will of superiors, all this had developed in the Dansker the pithy guarded cynicism that was his leading characteristic.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Solomon would have had a few pithy words for the occasion.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Which he did, urging her on in pithy phrases.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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  • "Clarke, define resplendent."

    "I think it’s shining, sir."

    "Pithy, Clarke, but adequate."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Miriam Wu expressed her feelings in a pithy way.
    "Ah yes. That Blomkvist. Go to hell, journalist creep."
    She broke off the connection before Blomkvist had a chance to explain what he wanted.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • "Near here, and soon," I replied, echoing what Captain Ono had pithily said to me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Before I could come up with something more pithy than No, thanks, he edged behind me and disappeared out the door.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He opened his mouth, waiting for his brain to supply the customary pithy comeback.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He knew he was no longer expected to come up with a pithy comment or any sharp question which would shed a new light on the case.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Uncas pressed closer to his side, and regarded the speaker with a look of commendation, while his father expressed his satisfaction by the ordinary pithy exclamation of approbation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They could always talk; and their discourse, witty, pithy, original, had such charms for me, that I preferred listening to, and sharing in it, to doing anything else.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But, on this occasion, up to the moment of putting his lips to the old woman’s ear, Mr. Dimmesdale, as the great enemy of souls would have it, could recall no text of Scripture, nor aught else, except a brief, pithy, and, as it then appeared to him, unanswerable argument against the immortality of the human soul.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • For I am a plodding kind of fellow, Copperfield, and had learnt the way of doing such things pithily.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I only wish I had an excellent answer, something pithy and substantive, maybe with a little alliteration, but instead I have one that’s merely short.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They may be said, in few and pithy words, to have ill served a poor purpose.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • When Time asked him to speak about the Racing Commission, Smith was typically pithy.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The consequence of all that ice was a wretched Thanksgiving of tiny tough birds, heavy pork cakes, and pithy sweet potatoes.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • You know, gentlemen, you slay me with your pithy titles.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Then, his preaching was ingenious and pithy, like the preaching of the English Church in its robust age, and his sermons were delivered without book.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In this dialogue Judith held a material part, the Delaware readily understanding all she said, while his own replies and remarks, both of which were few and pithy, were occasionally rendered into English by his friend.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Regaining his faculties by slow and faint glimmerings, he at length sat upright; and, displaying a very yellow face, a very red nose, and a very bristly beard: the joint effect of which was considerably heightened by a dirty white handkerchief, spotted with blood, drawn over the crown of his head and tied under his chin: stared ruefully at Ralph in silence, until his feelings found a vent in this pithy sentence: ’I say, young fellow, you’ve been and done it now; you have!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The proposal originated with himself, and was couched in the pithy terms, ’If your John is weak enough, ma’am, not to take it, that is no reason why you should be, don’t you see?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • With the new verbs came a great swarm of verb-phrases, some of them short and pithy and others extraordinarily elaborate, but all showing the true national talent for condensing a complex thought, and often a whole series of thoughts, into a vivid and arresting image.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • We shall not detain the narrative, to relate the quaint morals with which he next endeavoured to cheer the drooping spirits of his more sensitive companion, or the occasional pithy and peculiar benedictions that he pronounced, on all the bands of the Dahcotahs, commencing with those whom he accused of stealing or murdering, on the banks of the distant Mississippi, and concluding, in terms of suitable energy, with the Teton tribe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • After that pithy nugget from my Voice-turned-travel-agent, I said, "Well, okay, then.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • "Fresh water," resumed Cap pithily; "you are not to expect too much of the young man, Mabel.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • ] [Footnote 52: Emerson’s style is characterized by the frequent use of pithy epigrams like this.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • So he gives me the flowers he’d just bought, thrust them at me, really, and gave me a short, pithy lecture.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • She flashed her badge at security, gave him a pithy suggestion that he keep out of her face, then strode toward the ascent.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • If the typewriter keys were clattering away, she was at work on one of her novels, poems, plays, short stories, or her illustrated collection of pithy sayings—one was "Life is a bowl of cherries, with a few nuts thrown in"—which she’d titled "R.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • He wrote a pithy message.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • So he gives me the flowers he’d just bought, thrust them at me, really, and gave me a short, pithy lecture.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Dr. Krokowski showed up, smiling pithily and showing his yellow teeth under his beard.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Dr. Krokowski, however, stood up and strode over to Hans Castorp; tilting his head to one side and smiling so pithily that it revealed the yellow teeth under his beard, he placed one hand on the young man’s shoulder and with the other offered a hearty handshake.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Someone ran to get him, and he came: he broke into a rugged, pithy smile once he had the picture, his very presence demanding their cheerful trust.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • McCourt, give us a sentence with pithy.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • When his brief story was ended, the father of the sick woman stepped forth, and, in a few pithy expression, related, in his turn, what he knew.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • So he gives me the flowers he’d just bought, thrust them at me, really, and gave me a short, pithy lecture.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Clarke is pithy but adequate, sir.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Yes, despite the Dansker’s pithy insistence as to the Master-at-arms being at the bottom of these strange experiences of Billy on board the Indomitable, the young sailor was ready to ascribe them to almost anybody but the man who, to use Billy’s own expression, "always had a pleasant word for him."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • With a rugged, pithy smile he cheerfully bade them trust him as he strove to make them feel at home in these swampy, suspicious, and subhuman regions, enjoined them to see in his stout person a true leader, even for the timid and those dubious about such matters.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Beneath Dr. Krokowski’s beard, under that pithy expression that reassured and enjoined confidence, his yellow teeth were constantly in evidence as he repeated his "my d’gods" and were particularly visible as he welcomed Hans Castorp, who said nothing and looked unsure of himself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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