Hints Quotes

Hints Quotes by Jean Shinoda Bolen, Smedley Butler, Terry O’Quinn, Robert Frost, Rebecca Harding Davis, Russell Page and many others.

Insights from myth, dreams, and intuitions, from glimpses of an invisible reality, and from perennial human wisdom provide us with hints and guesses about the meaning of life and what we are here for. Prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action are the means through which we grow and find meaning.
I had a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. l might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents.
Yeah, I like working in television, a lot. I really enjoyed my time on ‘Lost.’ I like developing that hint of family with people. I mean, if you‘re on a happy set. If you’re on a set where there’s some sour apples, then I don’t like working in television.
Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.
Sitting by the chimney corner as we grow old, the commonest things around us take on live meanings and hint at the difference between these driving times and the calm, slow moving days when we were young.
A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.
If thousands are thrown out of employment, it suggests that they were not well employed. Why don’t they take the hint? It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?
It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.
The thing is to sift out
the important sounds, little syllables and vowels that bring
hints of their lost words, and not to mistake the fossil for
the life, or the kiss for the love, not to mistake the fragment
for the sentence.
We lisp in numbers, in the U.S. We are deluged by ample, often mysterious statistics. … Like many in this country, I have come to regard statistics with doubt and merely as a hint of the probable shape of fact.
I say to the Christians and to every missionary on the reservations, you’re welcome to have a church here if you can support yourself. But if these churches can’t support themselves, then take the hint and quit using our poverty for your direct mail solicitations.
The most welcome joke to me is the one that takes the place of a heavy, not altogether innocuous thought, at once a cautionary hint of the finger and a flash of the eye.
All those hints and glimpses of a larger and more satisfying democracy, which literature and our own hopes supply, have a tendency to slip away from us and to leave us sadly unguided and perplexed when we attempt to act upon them.
His parents called him Youngster. They did this in the subconcious hope that he might take the hint. Wensleydale gave the impression of having been born with a mental age of 47.
The Clintons represent the highest level of corruption, but no one has the courage to mention it. Instead they talk about Rudy Giuliani. Over a lifetime of excellent service, there’s never been a hint of corruption in his behavior but everybody investigates him.
Surprise parties are strange ’cause people jump up and they yell the word, ‘surprise‘ at the party. I came home and you emerged from my furniture. You don’t have to tell me how to feel. I don’t need a hint.
Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
A first hint of the power of the electronic media to bring disaster directly into living rooms came with the radio broadcast of the explosion of the zeppelinHindenburg,” in 1937 . . .
One goes to Nature only for hints and half-truths. Her facts are crude until you have absorbed them or translated them … It is not so much what we see as what the thing seen suggests.
Trivial facts are often the best hints to what is going on.
Even the elders can give a number of helpful hints.
I revere the memory of Mr. F. as an estimable man and most indulgent husband, only necessary to mention Asparagus and it appeared or to hint at any little delicate thing to drink and it came like magic in a pint bottle; it was not ecstasy but it was comfort.
I dream of vague shapes that hint of my heart‘s desire.
I try not to be overly literal. When I’m writing songs, I write down a lot of words, and then I try to simplify it. I like to give people hints or words that make visual pictures for them.
Listen to presences inside poems,
Let them take you where they will.
Follow those private hints,
and never leave the premises.
If we get chased out of Iraq with our tail between our legs, that will be the fifth consecutive Third-world country with no hint of a Navy or an Air Force to have whipped us in the past 40 years.
The instructions of the teacher consist then merely in a hint, a touch-enough to give a start to the child. The rest develops of itself.
Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous.
In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same.
I feel like I’m broken—like I don’t fit together anymore. Like there’s no more room for me in the world or something. Like I’ve overstayed my welcome here on Earth, and everyone’s trying to give me hints about that constantly. Like I should just check out.
A writer who wishes to be read by posterity must not be averse to putting hints which might give rise to whole books, or ideas for learned discussions, in some corner of a chapter so that one should think he can afford to throw them away by the thousand.
Our life seems not present, so much as prospective; not for the affairs on which it is wasted, but as a hint of this vast- flowingvigor.
Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul When hot for certainties in this our life! – In tragic hints here see what evermore Moves dark as yonder midnight ocean‘s force, Thundering like ramping hosts of warrior horse, To throw that faint thin fine upon the shore!
maybe there is more to a person than a body and a mind. maybe something else figures into the mix— not a soul, exactly, but a spirit that hints you might one day be greater, stronger than you are now. a promise; a potential.
Unless a man or woman has experienced the darkness of the soul he or she can know nothing of that transforming laughter without which no hint of the ultimate reality of the opposites can be faintly intuited.
With girls, there’s an insecurity that starts early on. It hangs around them, like some annoying kid from down the block who won’t take the hint and go home when dinnertime comes. And moms are usually not great at giving their daughters confidence.
What shall I say? I must tread a fine line between glaciosity and friendlinosity. With just a hint of ‘you don’t know what you are missing, my fine-feathered friend.
There are three kinds of explanation in science: explanations which throw a light upon, or give a hint at a matter; explanations which do not explain anything; and explanations which obscure everything.
The great eventful Present hides the Past; but through the din Of its loud life hints and echoes from the life behind steal in.
When the weak want to give an impression of strength they hint menacingly at their capacity for evil. It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it would be rhubarb fool, which I make with ginger and a hint of elderflower cordial.
Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.
Businesses that have gone through an episode of hyperinflation become understandably alert to the threat of it: at the first hint of inflation, they’re likely to increase prices, since they’ve learned that if they don’t, and inflation hits, their businesses will be wrecked.
A lump rises in our throat at the sight of beauty from an implicit knowledge that the happiness it hints at is the exception.
Will Thisbee gave me The Beginner‘s Cook-Book for Girl Guides. It was just the thing; the writer assumes you know nothing about cookery and writes useful hints – “When adding eggs, break the shells first.
Semicolons . . . signal, rather than shout, a relationship. . . . A semicolon is a compliment from the writer to the reader. It says: “I don’t have to draw you a picture; a hint will do.”
Men are much more unwilling to have their weaknesses and their imperfections known, than their crimes; and, if you hint to a man that you think him silly, ignorant, or even ill-bred or awkward, he will hate you more, and longer, than if you tell him plainly that you think him a rogue.
The mystic cannot wholly do without symbol and image, inadequate to his vision though they must always be: for his experience must be expressed if it is to be communicated, and its actuality is inexpressible except in some hint or parallel which will stimulate the dormant intuition of the reader.
I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.
The ratman froze, staring at me. “Why are you laughing?” His voice held just a hint of unease. Good. I was hoping that the vampires would come for me soon and save me. You’ve got to admit that’s funny.
The nonchalance and dolce-far-niente air of nature and society hint at infinite periods in the progress of mankind.
We must be careful to avoid spiritual elitism. Everything we are and anything we possess as believers in Christ is a gift of grace. Pure hearts before God must be cleansed from any hint of spiritual pride.
My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They’re just horizontal lines. There’s not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.
The Bible gives no hint that a Christianbelief system” might be isolated from the life of the Church, subjected to scientific analysis, and have its truth compared with competingbelief systems“.
Peter Leithart
The desert wears… a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive hint of something unknown, unknowable, about to be revealed. Since the desert does not act it seems to be waiting — but waiting for what?
I am so used to hints and mixed messages, saying things that might mean what they sort of sound like they mean. Games and contests, roles and rituals, talking in twelve languages at once so the true words won’t be so obvious. I am not used to a plainspoken, honest truth.
I want to build spires in their minds and dance shadows through like marionettes, chased by whispers and hints of the unspeakable.
A skittish motorbike with a touch of blood in it is better than all the riding animals on earth, because of its logical extension of our faculties, and the hint, the provocation, to excess conferred by its honeyed untiring smoothness.
When you do television, you have this opportunity to drop these subtle hints everywhere. The way you say things, for example, sometimes those seeds turn into trees.
You’re a peach full of poison, you know that?” Mosca snapped back, but could not quite keep a hint of admiration from her tone.
Something about her eyes or voice has always suggested the hint of a free spirit, trapped in a Peck and Peck cage, dreaming of making rude noises at public gatherings of Republicans.
Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.
This elaborate Golden Dawn system became part of Crowley’s own inner world … He carried it further than even the Golden Dawn principals had envisaged. I know of nothing within the Order documentary that even hints at the kind of visionary and spiritual experience that Crowley managed to get out of it.
Like Mahmoud Abbas. He is not gaining anything. He puts conditions and Israel ignores them. Israel doesn’t give him any hint that they will accept a single one of his conditions. Let me tell you. Arafat went to Oslo and signed [the agreement]. What did Israel do? They confined him in Muqata in one room and killed him.
I come from a theater background, so I always like to dissect the scene and try to get some hint about what the author was trying to get at. I still look up the meaning of the name of the character to see if there are any clues in that.
Take hints from other women in the office. We are very fortunate to be in a generation where there are a lot of older women in the office. Take a look at what they’re wearing.
Photographs and reality are just night and day. In reality, the information is all there. A photograph is just kind of a hint.
We sometimes from dreams pick up some hint worth improving by reflection.
The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
Lot of people wondering if John Kerry supports gay marriages. Here’s a hint … he gets $1,000 haircuts.
Although we have no actual written communications from the world of emptiness, we have some hints or suggestions about what is going on in that world, and that is, you might say, enlightenment.В  When you see plum blossoms or hear the sound of a small stone hitting bamboo, that is a letter from the world of emptiness.
Mr. Bazzard’s father, being a Norfolk farmer, would have furiously laid about him with a flail, a pitch-fork, and every agricultural implement available for assaulting purposes, on the slightest hint of his son’s having written a play.
Talk of the imperial decay of your invalid port. Its gracious withdrawal from perfection, keeping a hint of former majesty withal, as it hovers between oblivion and the divine Untergang of infinite recession.
There is great exhilaration in breaking one of these things. … Ramanujan gives no hints, no proof of his formulas, so everything you do you feel is your own.[About verifying Ramanujan’s equations in a newly found manuscript.]
Thoughts there are, that need no embodying, no form, no expression. It is enough to hint at them vaguely; a word, and they are heard and seen.
I love to make music that makes people feel mood-enhancing, life-affirming brilliance but I just make whatever comes out at the time and sometimes it’s up and sometimes it down and sometimes it sideways with a hint of s smile.
The manlier you are, the harder it is to understand what a woman wants: there is not a hint of female brain in you.
Vonnegut’s earliest novels hint strongly at his familiarity with Wiener’s work, The Human Use of Human Beings, especially his first novel, Player Piano (1952), which shows his concern for the social implications of automation, the replacement of human beings with machines.
David Porush
Charles Chaplin makes a million dollars a year out of a funny, shuffling walk and a pair of baggy trousers, because he does “something different.” Take the hint and “individualize” yourself with some distinctive idea.
Why the jailer does not leave open his prison doors,–why the judge does not dismiss his case,–why the preacher does not dismisshis congregation! It is because they do not obey the hint God gives them, nor accept the pardon which he freely offers to all.
Yes, well,” said his da with a hint of a grow that told him just how worried Bran had been about him, “that’ll teach you to dodge a bit quicker next time.” “Sorry,” he apologized meekly as he sat in the passenger seat. “Good,” said Bran, shutting the door gently. “Don’t let it happen again.” -Bran and Charles
In terms of their basic biochemical design….no living system can be thought of as being primitive or ancestral with respect to any other system, nor is there the slightest empirical hint of an evolutionary sequence among all the incredibly diverse cells on earth.
He was the soul of politeness to everyone — to some with a hint of aversion, to others with a hint of respect.
Sleep is a hint of lovely oblivion.
There is only one healing force, and that is nature; in pills and ointments there is none. At most they can give the healing force of nature a hint about where there is something for it to do.
In excited conversation we have glimpses of the universe, hints of power native to the soul, far-darting lights and shadows of an Andes landscape, such as we can hardly attain in lone meditation. Here are oracles sometimes profusely given, to which the memory goes back in barren hours.
I feel in colour, strong tones that I hue down for the comfort of the pastelly inclined. Beige and magnolia and a hint of pink are what the well-decorated heart is wearing; who wants my blood red and vein-blue?
In editing, you really face what the movie is. When you shoot it, you have this illusion that you’re making the masterpieces that you’re inspired by. But when you finally edit the movie, the movie is just a movie, so there is always a hint of disappointment, particularly when you see your first cut.
To hint at a fault does more mischief than speaking out; for whatever is left for the imagination to finish will not fail to be overdone.
But at least if you hint and are rejected, the rejection is blurable rather than blistering. Whereas if you ask outright and are refused, the humiliation is as stark as a streaker on a football.
Anna Maxted
The passions seldom give good advice but to the interested and mercenary. Resentment generally suggests bad measures. Second thoughts and good nature will rarely, very rarely, approve the first hints of anger.
Shots came, I don’t know where they was sent from. Probably some bad hoes I’m bouta take the hint from
The sexual deviance – I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss that; but we do have hints of it but in a more psychological way and therefore more human way, arguably. Or certainly to the extent that the animated series takes that sexuality.
I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is
mankind’s sole purpose on this planet. If you’re wondering
what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I’ll give you
a hint… it has to do with creating and sharing.
As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.
The outlines of the needed psychology of becoming can be discovered by looking within ourselves; for it is knowledge of our own uniqueness that supplies the first, and probably the best, hints for acquiring orderly knowledge of others.
He whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.
It is possible that Mount Olympus may have supplied the poets with the hint for saying that Jupiter obtained the kingdom of heaven, because Olympus is the common name both of the mountain and of heaven.
Perhaps there is no time in a summer‘s day more cheering, than when the warmth of the sun is just beginning to triumph over the freshness of the morning–when there is just a lingering hint of early coolness to keep off languor under the delicious influence of warmth.
There is a hint of despair in the cry of ‘I told you so,’ an element of disappointment in the apparent satisfaction when idols turn out to have clay feet. The human race, when it thinks it has proved that no one is superior, is partly gratified and partly depressed.
For me, fishing and journalism touched the same places in my head. In comparison with that of poets, the fly fishers’ and the journalistsexperiences are probably pale flavors, but they carry nonetheless a hint of ambrosia.
The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation.
Yet, if the most frequent sex and apparently the best sex is that between married partners who are faithful to one another, is there not a hint that affection might be an important aspect of sex? Even love?
When Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was before us in 1993, she said that her standard was to give no hints, no forecasts, no previews, and declined to answer dozens of questions.
Hint at the existence of wickedness in a light, easy, and agreeable manner, so that nobody‘s fine feelings may be offended.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
Autumn is a hint from God to Old Age.
Laughter to begin with was probably glee at the misfortunes of others. The baring of the teeth in laughter hints at its savage ancestry. Animals have no malice, hence also no laughter. They never savor the sudden glory of Schadenfreude. It was its infectious quality that made of laughter a medium of mutuality.
I had seen faces in photographs I might have found beautiful had I known even vaguely in what beauty was supposed to consist. And my father’s face, on his death-bolster, had seemed to hint at some form of aesthetics relevant to man. But the faces of the living, all grimace and flush, can they be described as objects?
Nature is my main source of inspiration – I will never stop taking hints from what I call ‘the greatest artist
People need to be able take the hint on Snapchat, like in real life. If you’re always the snapper and never the snappee, then maybe they’re just not that into you.
Holly Carpenter
There are plenty of things in vaults that didn’t sell in its time. So much stuff. But slowly these companies start to get a hint that these things have some value.
The reason to retire is to try to avoid embarrassment; you ought to do it before people are dropping big hints. You want to be the first to come up with the idea. You don’t want to wait until you trip and fall off the stage.
Kero and Rollo stood over it, slick with blood, both holding knives. ‘Kero, you came? Why?’ asked Naif. ‘Maybe I just needed someone to show me how to be brave enough,’ he replied with a hint of a dangerous grin.
Better be an old maid, a woman with herself as a husband, than the wife of a fool; and Solomon more than hints that all men are fools; and every wise man knows himself to be one.
When I was 17 or 18 I wanted to become a wine expert, and my parents wouldn’t let me drink. So I was devastated. All I could do was read, and I read and I read. And I’d read something like, you know, ‘Subtle hints of cassis.
A hint of a frown touched his mouth. “I told you that wasn’t about feeding.” “No, it was about you making your point.” I skewered a bite and chewed. “Next time, maybe use something other than my jugular as your Exhibit A?
Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
Suffolk has something more than the coziness of Kent and Surrey. There is a hint of wildness in its tamed beauty, and the tang of the North Sea is never far away.
Don’t bring the ocean if I feel thirsty, nor heaven if I ask for a light; but bring a hint, some dew, a particle, as birds carry only drops away from water, and the wind a grain of salt.
Olav H. Hauge
The real world was far too real to leave neat little hints. It was full of too many things. It wasn’t by eliminating the impossible that you got to the truth, however improbable; it was by the much harder process of eliminating the possibilities.
That faculty of beholding at a hint the face of his desire and the shape of his dream, without which the earth would know no lover and no adventurer.
Weeds don’t need planting in well-drained soil; they don’t ask for fertilizer or bits of rag to scare away the birds. They come without invitation; and they don’t take the hint when you want them to go. Weeds are nobody’s guests: More like squatters.
Norman Nicholson
Like all art, poems are only hints and guesses that draw our attention to something larger.
When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint; Don’t state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.
Any action, like any act of magic, is in some sense an act of faith … I’ve seen the desert bloom, the flower that emerges from the barest hint of water, and I know the power of life will rise, stubborn and persistent to be renewed. May our actions be the wind that brings the rain.
If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all these religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth.
The book smelled dusty and old but also carried a sweet tang, a hint of something inviting. She opened to the first page and started to read, pronouncing the words in a reverent whisper.
And I add this part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true Sense of things, they will find Deliverance from Sin a much greater Blessing than Deliverance from Affliction.
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch‘s brew.
Rose never would have done anything like that,’ he countered. He paused to reconsider, and I could’ve sworn there was a hint of a smile there. ‘Well at least not in such a public setting.’- Dimitri Belikov
So many people have said that to me, that what they really like about Alex is what she brings out in Marissa, and what this situation brings out in her, a hint of happiness and another side to her character.
I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That’s what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy‘s wing.
We women aren’t good at hints. We like solid declarations of love and forever.
The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.
Being that rare sort of old girl that she receives Good to her arms without a hint that it might be Better and catches light from any little spot of darkness near her.
There’s a fine line between masturbating while you look out a window, and masturbating while you’re looking in a window. I’ll give you a hint: one of ’em is super illegal.
But how little we know what would make paradise for our neighbours! We judge from our own desires, and our neighbours themselves are not always open enough even to throw out a hint of theirs.