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  • She sprinkled her remarks with the usual political platitudes that are guaranteed to be popular with both parties.
  • My platitudes don’t hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • How many times, when I presided over a funeral, had mourners delivered the usual well-meaning platitudes: "Well, she’s in a better place," or "We know he’s looking down on us, smiling," or "You’ll see him again."
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Instead of easy platitudes like Let them eat when they want to eat and You can’t hold a baby too much, she should have been telling them...
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • I’d be screaming at them, telling them how much I detested their blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence to it all, their simple-minded patriotism, their prideful ignorance, their love-it-or-leave-it platitudes, how they were sending me off to fight a war they didn’t understand and didn’t want to understand.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Or did they want platitudes?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • When I try to put it into words, it comes out one of those ... platitudes at which Bishops are expected to excel.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • So you see, when I say that I understand what it is to have your home become an unbearable place I am not just spouting platitudes.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Werner writes four lines, a smattering of platitudes—/ am fine; I am so busy—and hands it to the bunk master.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • We went through the required conversation, making sure to hit all the main points and platitudes.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • In teachers’ manuals, in the platitudes muttered by educators, in school boards, in the community, and most significantly, in myself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "bursting the bonds of tyranny," and the like, may come across to this post-Freudian age as mawkish posturing, romantic sentimentalism, hollow platitudes.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • In addition, it is a platitude by now that the Jew has found considerable fellowship among white Southerners because Southerners have possessed another, darker sacrificial lamb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Because—isn’t it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in the culture —?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We call it War, and pass it by—but do not put me off with platitudes and conventions—come with me, come with me—realize it!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Now, don’t ever waste my time with such sentimental platitudes again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And how he swallowed my platitudes!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It’s a hypnopaedic platitude.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • This is wanting in the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • You’d never think of such a platitude all by yourself.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Even for his classroom he had no platitudes, no stock of professorial anecdotes.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He experienced a sudden anger at her: fatuous old witch with her mouth full of platitudes.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I’ve heard this speech, or one like it, often enough before: the same platitudes, the same slogans, the same phrases: the torch of thefuture, the cradle of the race, the task before us.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • (You see how grovelling, how unspiritual, how irredeemably vulgar He is!) This attitude, especially during sermons, creates the condition (most hostile to our whole policy) in which platitudes can become really audible to a human soul.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Finding the tone inappropriate to the sentiment he repeated his command in the spaced and considered rhythm with which his old master, Doctor Dohmler, could cast significance on the tritest platitude.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It was not a list of pleasing platitudes to be set lightly aside when expediency required it.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Among philosophers this is so widely believed it’s almost a platitude, but for him it’s a revelation.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Petrov found himself stumbling through politically acceptable platitudes in front of a half-dozen cameras and wishing the entire affair were the bad dream it seemed to be.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • His cap was drawn down over his eyebrows, and his two thick lips were trembling, which added a look of stupidity to his face; his very back, his calm back, was irritating to behold, and she saw written upon his coat all the platitude of the bearer.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Instead of easy banter, we’d speak in platitudes and the magic would be gone, and I couldn’t bear another discussion of the weather.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • He was more out of touch with her kind than he had ever been; he would have known what to say to her in the old days, feeling no pity at all, speaking with half a mind a platitude or two.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He perceived with a flash of chilling insight that in future many problems would be thus negatively solved for him; but as he paid the hansom and followed his wife’s long train into the house he took refuge in the comforting platitude that the first six months were always the most difficult in marriage.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He had a sincere way with a platitude which he made resonate like hard-won wisdom in his tight-buttoned chest: it never rained but it poured, the devil made work for idle hands, one rotten apple spoiled the barrel.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • There is no more dangerous gift to posterity than a few cleverly turned platitudes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Poor Isabel was doubtless not aware that many women would have uttered graceful platitudes to cover the working of their observation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The fact that mass slaughters hadn’t been prevented in places all over the world — and weren’t being prevented now — didn’t argue against these attempts to preserve the memories of former massacres and the hope they represented, that someday "Never Again" might seem like more than a pious, self-enhancing platitude.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • It had been one of his platitudes that he was not afraid of death.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • One person fighting for the truth can disqualify for me the platitudes of centuries.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • I found that what I once considered empty platitudes are actually descriptions of fact.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Dudorov’s pious platitudes were in the spirit of the times.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • "More platitudes," Eugenides said.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The American literature of "inspirational" platitude is enormous and almost unique.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He used the same platitudes, such as don’t struggle and it will be easier for you.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • But this claim, itself hardly momentous, then opens onto something sadly like a forced march of the platitudes: We all like stories.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • What in another time and society might be taken as platitudes about public service were to both John and Abigail Adams a lifelong creed.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He was impatient with men who refused to stop speaking platitudes, but it was against his faith in life to suppose such stubbornness proved stupidity.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • It is a platitude that art becomes caviar to the general when the reality it imitates no longer corresponds even roughly to the reality recognized by the general.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Poor Isabel was doubtless not aware that many women would have uttered graceful platitudes to cover the working of their observation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • After a time there came a sort of ruth to Johnnie for the poor creatures, furtive, stealing glances at each other, and answering her inquiries or Uncle Pros’s with dry, evasive platitudes.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
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