Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.
Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.
And it's sad because it's like a surprise to people - almost an anomaly - when artists are actually refined and trained on an instrument. That's the last thing people think about.
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles, from the most primitive literary expressions up to the most refined products of the baroque.
So what this is is us, our personalities refined down on to a stage performance. In other words, the way we play is the end product of the way we live - we live in the cities, you see.
I've refined my mechanics, refined my pitches. I've gotten more confidence, and I've gotten more determination. I've got a better idea what I'm doing out there.
Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows.
I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling.
The eye is the most refined of our senses, the one which communicates most directly with our mind, our consciousness.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
We developed already, before the first servicing mission, this has been further developed on the second servicing mission and we refined it this time, all the terminology.
Our demand for meat, dairy and refined carbohydrates - the world consumes one billion cans or bottles of Coke a day - our demand for these things, not our need, our want - drives us to consume way more calories than are good for us.