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refinements

«Blood sport is brought to its ultimate refinement in the gossip columns.»
«I see no reason why Tiger Woods won't become a great player. Man, can he smoke some shots. A little refinement on Tiger's short game and there'll be nothing. He's already pretty darn imposing.»
«I didn't go to high school, and I didn't go to grade school either. Education, I think, is for refinement and is probably a liability.»
«I'm becoming more and more myself with time. I guess that's what grace is. The refinement of your soul through time.»
«In spite of all the refinements of society that conspired to make art ? the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard?s canvases ? beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.»
«Begin to imagine what the desirable outcome would be like. Go over these mental pictures and delineate details and refinements. Play them over and over to yourself.»
«For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.»
«The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion»
«Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.»
«The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.»