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  • Trite suffering, but suffering nonetheless.†   (source)
  • How trite.†   (source)
  • "What about you?" he said. "What's your favorite word?"
    She put on her idiot face. "Gosh oh golly, there are so many! Let's see. 'Vacation.' Jackpot.' Then there's 'free.' Sale.' Bargain.' You know, the usual."
    He had laughed throughout, and she felt pleased. "Seriously," he said. "What?"
    Seriously? She plucked at what surfaced in her mind, but they sounded trite: peace, love, happiness.†   (source)
  • But I didn't think it would be some trite human thing… prom!†   (source)
  • She is about to lambada this trite conveyance.†   (source)
  • It would be trite to say that you're all grown up, so I won't.†   (source)
  • Or is that a trite answer?†   (source)
  • "This sounds trite, but I just think you've changed," Colin said as they walked down the oldster's driveway.†   (source)
  • Only one viewer was rapt, leaning forward in her seat, nodding at each trite sentiment, smiling while dabbing at wet eyes.†   (source)
  • I would like to be able to say, with trite and silly melodrama, that I am sorry that my father did not live to see his son's name on a book.†   (source)
  • The most trite and common things as well as the more nice relative either to customs, manners, arts, policy, or constitution are equally known to him.†   (source)
  • It's so trite and such a common complaint-although I did think I had a husband who prides himself on being different from lesser men.†   (source)
  • He'd thought through his little speech a hundred times, but now it sounded trite and stupid.†   (source)
  • It is as true as it is trite: men differ over nothing so quickly as the payment of money.†   (source)
  • That's such a trite expression,' said the analyst with a derisive laugh.†   (source)
  • I cannot live without him, she heard herself whisper aloud in Polish, aware of the triteness of the thought but also of its absolute truth.†   (source)
  • It was the very triteness of the feelings and expressions that moved him most; he mistook Dudorov's reflection of prescribed feeling for a genuine expression of humanity.†   (source)
  • Because it was an ending, no matter what Eric, the valedictorian, had to say about commencement meaning "beginning" and all the rest of the trite nonsense.   (source)
    trite = lacking impact
  • Even the lessons were commonplace. It hurts to be shot. Dead men are heavy. Don't seek trouble, it'll find you soon enough. ... These were hard lessons, true, but they were lessons of ignorance; ignorant men, trite truths.   (source)
    trite = lacking impact -- because it is so well known or heard
  • For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.   (source)
  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.   (source)
  • I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.   (source)
  • the trite metaphor "quick as a rabbit"
  • It's a really trite effect, Hiro and Da5id are already laughing, The avatar is a stark naked Brandy.†   (source)
  • 25-caliber Zumwalt automatic, fire three bullets into his viscera for maximum slowness, depth and intensity of pain, wipe the weapon clear of prints, place the weapon in the victim's hand to suggest the trite and predictable suicide of a motel recluse, smear crude words on the walls in the victim's own blood as evidence of his final cult-related frenzy, take his supply of Dylar, slip back to the car, take the expressway to Blacksmith, leave Stover's car in Treadwell's garage, shut the…†   (source)
  • It would be trite to say that this event changed everything, but it would also be true, and so I will write it down: This event changed everything.†   (source)
  • He talked to her in a reassuring, trite and slightly compulsive way, like a first-timer nervous in a singles bar.†   (source)
  • I know it sounds trite, but I used to wake up in the mornings and tell myself that I only had to be strong for one day.†   (source)
  • So young and lithe and trite.†   (source)
  • So trite.†   (source)
  • Acey grew up in Chicago, where both parents were teachers, and she began to do pen-and-ink sketches, she began to do West Indian collages pretty much in the tritest manner possible, according to her own account, and had a sexual adventure with a member of the Black-stone Rangers, a very sizable street gang, and eventually packed a bag and went to Los Angeles, where she married a professor of sociology and enrolled at Cal Arts and got a divorce and found her karma as a painter.†   (source)
  • The sweetest story ever told—and the tritest.†   (source)
  • None of us was capable any longer of an exalted emotion; all had trite, monotonous feelings.†   (source)
  • But even the trite has to be originated by someone at some time.†   (source)
  • Honestly, I know it does sound trite, but what else can I say?†   (source)
  • Professor Toynbee arrives at his misconstruction by way of a trite and incorrect interpretation of the Oriental ideas of nirvana, Buddha, and Bodhisattva; then contrasting these ideals. as he misinterprets them, with a very sophisticated rereading of the Christian idea of the City of God.†   (source)
  • Two rough sentences and a trite phrase.†   (source)
  • The trite religious word upon the tongue, the joke to ease the way, the ready acceptance of other people's homage … a happy man.†   (source)
  • And since, in practice, the phrases one can use in a telegram are quickly exhausted, long lives passed side by side, or passionate yearnings, soon declined to the exchange of such trite formulas as: "Am well.†   (source)
  • Mt. Olympus became a Riviera of trite scandals and affairs, and the mother-goddesses hysterical nymphs.†   (source)
  • The triteness and untruth of 'for ever' shocked him a little: a poem like this ought not to be in a child's hands.†   (source)
  • The things being done on the stage were merely trite and crass; but the undercurrent made them frightening.†   (source)
  • But the Wynand papers had no policy, save that of reflecting the greatest prejudices of the greatest number, and this made for an erratic direction, but a recognizable direction, nevertheless: toward the inconsistent, the irresponsible, the trite and the maudlin.†   (source)
  • A few lines, the structure of a few muscles showed a magnificent talent that could not be hidden, that broke fiercely through the rest; the rest was a deliberate attempt to be obvious, vulgar and trite, a clumsy effort, unconvincing and tortured.†   (source)
  • There is a world of accumulated feeling back of the trite dramatic expression—"I am going away."†   (source)
  • For the rest, whether trite or novel, it is short.†   (source)
  • Maybe I'm getting trite but I don't want to let my current ideas slide away with a few dozen glasses of beer.†   (source)
  • There was a certain triteness in these reflections: they were those habitual to young men on the approach of their wedding day.†   (source)
  • The crises and victories and secessions in Roman history were handed on to him in the trite words IN TANTO DISCRIMINE and he had tried to peer into the social life of the city of cities through the words IMPLERE OLLAM DENARIORUM which the rector had rendered sonorously as the filling of a pot with denaries.†   (source)
  • Amory was becoming trite from where he perched in the centre of the dining-room table one six o'clock.†   (source)
  • "My heart is yours," he assured her in trite, but tenderest excess, using that same melodic phrase again; now he moved up the scale to the sixth to add, "And I am eternally yours," then let his voice sink ten intervals and in great agitation confessed, "Carmen, I love you"— the last few notes agonizingly sustained above shifting harmonies, before the "you" with its grace note finally resolved the chord.†   (source)
  • She was so near that he felt his breathing change but again his training came to his aid in a boy's laugh and a trite remark.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • For a long time there was none, beyond the voice of a weak bird singing a trite old evening song that might doubtless have been heard on the hill at the same hour, and with the self-same trills, quavers, and breves, at any sunset of that season for centuries untold.†   (source)
  • Still, to a close observer, they are just as perceptible; the difference is that their media of manifestation are less trite and familiar than such well-known ones as the bursting of the buds or the fall of the leaf.†   (source)
  • If he struggles to take a different view of the same class of subjects, he speedily discovers that what is obvious, graceful, and natural, has been exhausted; and, in order to obtain the indispensable charm of novelty, he is forced upon caricature, and, to avoid being trite, must become extravagant.†   (source)
  • Kindly, as usual — and, as usual, rather trite — she condoled with him on the pressure of business he had had all day; on the annoyance it must have been to him with that painful sprain: then she commended his patience and perseverance in going through with it.†   (source)
  • But though he had a fine flux of words, and delivered his little voice with great pomposity and pleasure to himself, and never advanced any sentiment or opinion which was not perfectly trite and stale, and supported by a Latin quotation; yet he failed somehow, in spite of a mediocrity which ought to have insured any man a success.†   (source)
  • With the majority such an opinion is shelved with all those trite aphorisms which require some catastrophe to bring their tremendous meanings thoroughly home.†   (source)
  • …all that gives verisimilitude to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to find room for flowers of monkish eloquence, or trite reflections upon morals.†   (source)
  • Don't cling so tenaciously to ties of the flesh; save your constancy and ardour for an adequate cause; forbear to waste them on trite transient objects.†   (source)
  • Then take my word for it, — I am not a villain: you are not to suppose that — not to attribute to me any such bad eminence; but, owing, I verily believe, rather to circumstances than to my natural bent, I am a trite commonplace sinner, hackneyed in all the poor petty dissipations with which the rich and worthless try to put on life.†   (source)
  • …that I could not pass a single evening, nor even a single hour of the day with her in comfort; that kindly conversation could not be sustained between us, because whatever topic I started, immediately received from her a turn at once coarse and trite, perverse and imbecile — when I perceived that I should never have a quiet or settled household, because no servant would bear the continued outbreaks of her violent and unreasonable temper, or the vexations of her absurd, contradictory,…†   (source)
  • He nodded to himself as he drew off his trousers and stood up, saying tritely: —Redheaded women buck like goats.†   (source)
  • For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.†   (source)
  • For though every good author will confine himself within the bounds of probability, it is by no means necessary that his characters, or his incidents, should be trite, common, or vulgar; such as happen in every street, or in every house, or which may be met with in the home articles of a newspaper.†   (source)
  • One ground of objection is the trite topic of the intermixture of powers; some contending that the President ought alone to possess the power of making treaties; others, that it ought to have been exclusively deposited in the Senate.†   (source)
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