Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

    Author: Grenville Kleiser

    The classic book titled ‘Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases’ is written by Grenville KLEISER (1868 – 1935). The book was first published in 1910. Let’s also read the eBook version to get the full experience. You can find the zip file download link or the individual part-by-part mp3 links here. By the way, this book is in the public domain meaning that it is a copyright-free book that is free to share and re-use.

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    1: Introduction (duration: 00:12:20)
    2: How To Use This Book (duration: 00:04:52)
    3: Plan Of Study (duration: 00:04:52)
    4: Useful Phrases: abandoned hope - ample culture (duration: 00:05:13)
    5: Useful Phrases: amusing artlessness - azure sky (duration: 00:04:10)
    6: Useful Phrases: babbling gossip - bygone period (duration: 00:03:57)
    7: Useful Phrases: cabalistic phrase - collateral duties (duration: 00:02:47)
    8: Useful Phrases: collective wisdom - contingent reasons (duration: 00:02:43)
    9: Useful Phrases: continuous endeavor - cynical disregard (duration: 00:04:07)
    10: Useful Phrases: damaging admission - diligently propagated (duration: 00:06:27)
    11: Useful Phrases: dim comprehension - dynastic insolence (duration: 00:05:51)
    12: Useful Phrases: eager animosity - entrancing sadness (duration: 00:05:50)
    13: Useful Phrases: enveloping presence - exultant condition (duration: 00:04:54)
    14: Useful Phrases: facetious mood - flickering conscience (duration: 00:02:53)
    15: Useful Phrases: flighty obstinacy - futile babble (duration: 00:03:16)
    16: Useful Phrases: gabbling reminiscences - gymnastic agility (duration: 00:04:31)
    17: Useful Phrases: habitual deference - hysterical agitation (duration: 00:04:53)
    18: Useful Phrases: iconoclastic attitude - incipient fancy (duration: 00:07:05)
    19: Useful Phrases: incisive critic - inquisitional rack (duration: 00:05:45)
    20: Useful Phrases: inquisitive observer - isolated splendor (duration: 00:05:46)
    21: Useful Phrases: jaded sensibility - lying equivocations (duration: 00:05:30)
    22: Useful Phrases: maddening monotony - meteoric splendors (duration: 00:04:25)
    23: Useful Phrases: methodical regularity - mythical kingdom (duration: 00:03:51)
    24: Useful Phrases: naive manner - overworked drudge (duration: 00:06:19)
    25: Useful Phrases: pacific disposition - political malcontent (duration: 00:07:26)
    26: Useful Phrases: polluting taints - pyrotechnic outburst (duration: 00:08:56)
    27: Useful Phrases: quailing culprit - remarkable sagacity (duration: 00:03:20)
    28: Useful Phrases: remedial measure - ruthless commercialism (duration: 00:02:33)
    29: Useful Phrases: sacerdotal preeminence - shuddering reluctance (duration: 00:04:49)
    30: Useful Phrases: shuffling preliminaries - starched sterility (duration: 00:05:02)
    31: Useful Phrases: starlit eminence - systematic interaction (duration: 00:03:54)
    32: Useful Phrases: tacit assumption - tyrannical disposition (duration: 00:05:07)
    33: Useful Phrases: ubiquitous activity - undue predilection (duration: 00:04:04)
    34: Useful Phrases: undulating hills - unpalatable truth (duration: 00:04:07)
    35: Useful Phrases: unparalleled atrocities - utmost scorn (duration: 00:04:13)
    36: Useful Phrases: vacant stupidity - vulnerable foe (duration: 00:03:07)
    37: Useful Phrases: wabbling enterprise - zoologically considered (duration: 00:03:11)
    38: Significant Phrases: abashed and ashamed - awkwardness and crudity (duration: 00:04:15)
    39: Significant Phrases: babel and confusion - civilized and cultured (duration: 00:04:52)
    40: Significant Phrases: clamorous and wild - cynical and contemptuous (duration: 00:05:06)
    41: Significant Phrases: dangers and pitfalls - digressive and wanton (duration: 00:03:39)
    42: Significant Phrases: dilatory and hesitating - dwindle and disappear (duration: 00:04:44)
    43: Significant Phrases: eagerness and ecstasy - exuberant and infectious (duration: 00:06:16)
    44: Significant Phrases: fabulous and fabricated - futile and untrustworthy (duration: 00:04:47)
    45: Significant Phrases: gaiety and grace - hypocrisy and impudence (duration: 00:05:17)
    46: Significant Phrases: ideas and achievements - indomitable and dogged (duration: 00:03:24)
    47: Significant Phrases: indorsed and applauded - isolated and detached (duration: 00:03:37)
    48: Significant Phrases: jabber and chatter - luxury and pomp (duration: 00:04:07)
    49: Significant Phrases: madness and folly - mystic and wonderful (duration: 00:02:55)
    50: Significant Phrases: nagging and squabbling - overworked and fagged (duration: 00:04:10)
    51: Significant Phrases: pains and penalties - puzzled and affected (duration: 00:06:09)
    52: Significant Phrases: quackery and incompetence - rust and disuse (duration: 00:04:58)
    53: Significant Phrases: sad and melancholy - spacious and lofty (duration: 00:03:48)
    54: Significant Phrases: sparkling and spontaneous - sympathetic and consoling (duration: 00:04:06)
    55: Significant Phrases: taciturn and laconic - tyrant and oppressor (duration: 00:04:48)
    56: Significant Phrases: unaccountable and grotesque - vulgar and artificial (duration: 00:05:49)
    57: Significant Phrases: wandering and erratic - zigzag and deviating (duration: 00:02:17)
    58: Felicitous Phrases: ability, humor, and perspicacity - busy, active, and toiling (duration: 00:04:11)
    59: Felicitous Phrases: curious, fantastic, and charming - calculated, logical, and dispassionate (duration: 00:04:11)
    60: Felicitous Phrases: dwarfed, scant, and wretched - danger, difficulty, and hardship (duration: 00:04:32)
    61: Felicitous Phrases: eagerness, heartiness, and vehemence - fustian, padding, and irrelevancy (duration: 00:04:35)
    62: Felicitous Phrases: gaunt, desolate, and despoiled - humor, fancy, and susceptibility (duration: 00:03:40)
    63: Felicitous Phrases: idle, profuse, and profligate - luxurious, whimsical, and selfish (duration: 00:04:20)
    64: Felicitous Phrases: magnificent, sumptuous, and stately - overriding, arrogant, and quarrelsome (duration: 00:03:51)
    65: Felicitous Phrases: pain, toil, and privation - puzzles, tangles, and questionings (duration: 00:03:45)
    66: Felicitous Phrases: quarrels, misunderstandings, and enmities - rush, roar, and shriek (duration: 00:02:38)
    67: Felicitous Phrases: sacredness, dignity, and loveliness - sympathy, service, and compassion (duration: 00:04:05)
    68: Felicitous Phrases: talent, scholarship, and refinement - wrinkled, careworn, and pale (duration: 00:05:08)
    69: Impressive Phrases: able, skilful,... - business, profession,... (duration: 00:04:41)
    70: Impressive Phrases: candid, sincere,... - dull, heavy,... (duration: 00:06:04)
    71: Impressive Phrases: earth, air,... - gross, academic,.. (duration: 00:06:18)
    72: Impressive Phrases: habit, custom,... - lucidity, impressiveness,... (duration: 00:05:41)
    73: Impressive Phrases: malice, anger,... - purpose, meaning,... (duration: 00:05:40)
    74: Impressive Phrases: quack, imposture,... - symmetry, proportion,.. (duration: 00:04:20)
    75: Impressive Phrases: tact, courtesy,... - worry, annoyance,... (duration: 00:04:10)
    76: Prepositional Phrases "of": abandon of spontaneity - business of life (duration: 00:04:35)
    77: Prepositional Phrases "of": cadences of delirium - dust of defeat (duration: 00:03:52)
    78: Prepositional Phrases "of": earnestness of enthusiasm - futility of pride (duration: 00:04:12)
    79: Prepositional Phrases "of": gaiety of spirit - irony of life (duration: 00:04:01)
    80: Prepositional Phrases "of": jangle of sounds - overflow of vitality (duration: 00:04:10)
    81: Prepositional Phrases "of": page of desolation - ruts of conventionality (duration: 00:04:52)
    82: Prepositional Phrases "of": sadness of soul - system of aspersion (duration: 00:03:34)
    83: Prepositional Phrases "of": taint of megalomania - zone of delusion (duration: 00:04:16)
    84: Prepositional Phrases "by": affected by externals - hushed by denial (duration: 00:03:05)
    85: Prepositional Phrases "by": impelled by duty - wrenched by emotions (duration: 00:03:33)
    86: Prepositional Phrases "in": absorbed in meditation - kept in abeyance (duration: 00:03:16)
    87: Prepositional Phrases "in": landmarks in memory - weak in conception (duration: 00:03:47)
    88: Prepositional Phrases "into": abashed into silence - goaded into action (duration: 00:01:59)
    89: Prepositional Phrases "into": hushed into silence - withdraw into solitude (duration: 00:01:51)
    90: Prepositional Phrases "to": addicted to flattery - hostile to progress (duration: 00:01:50)
    91: Prepositional Phrases "to": impervious to suggestion - yield to reason (duration: 00:02:28)
    92: Prepositional Phrases "with": abounding with plenty - intoxicated with joy (duration: 00:02:23)
    93: Prepositional Phrases "with": kindle with enthusiasm - work with zeal (duration: 00:02:29)
    94: Business Phrases (duration: 00:24:37)
    95: Literary Expressions: A bitterness crept into her face - A nimble-witted opponent (duration: 00:06:53)
    96: Literary Expressions: A painful thought was flooding his mind - A wordless farewell (duration: 00:06:27)
    97: Literary Expressions: Absolutely vulgarized by too perpetual a parroting - Awaiting his summons to the eternal silence (duration: 00:08:18)
    98: Literary Expressions: Bandied about from mouth to mouth - Dull black eyes under their precipice of brows (duration: 00:06:47)
    99: Literary Expressions: Earth danced under a heat haze - Guilty of girlish sentimentality (duration: 00:04:06)
    100: Literary Expressions: Half choked by a rising paroxysm of rage - Humiliating paltriness of revenge (duration: 00:09:26)
    101: Literary Expressions: I capitulated by inadvertence - Kiss-provoking lips (duration: 00:05:06)
    102: Literary Expressions: Laden with the poignant scent of the garden honeysuckle - Rudely reminded of life's serious issues (duration: 00:10:45)
    103: Literary Expressions: Sacrificed to a futile sort of treadmill - Swift summer into the autumn flowed (duration: 00:07:27)
    104: Literary Expressions: Taking the larger sweeps in the march of mind - The hungry curiosity of the mind (duration: 00:08:09)
    105: Literary Expressions: The idiosyncratic peculiarities of thought - The swing of the pendulum through an arch of centuries (duration: 00:09:37)
    106: Literary Expressions: The tempered daylight of an olive garden - Twilight creeps upon the darkening mind (duration: 00:05:34)
    107: Literary Expressions: Unapproachable grandeur and simplicity - Your mind enthroned in the seventh circle of content (duration: 00:03:39)
    108: Striking Similes: A blind rage like a fire swept over him - And the smile she softly uses fills the silence like a speech (duration: 00:10:55)
    109: Striking Similes: As a child in play scatters... - Awkward as a cart-horse (duration: 00:06:39)
    110: Striking Similes: Babbling like a child - Dull as champagne (duration: 00:06:33)
    111: Striking Similes: Each like a corpse within its grave - Great scarlet poppies lay in drifts ... (duration: 00:04:36)
    112: Striking Similes: Hair as harsh as tropical grass and gray as ashes - Hushed like a breathless lyre (duration: 00:09:19)
    113: Striking Similes: I had grown pure as the dawn and the dew - Kingdoms melt away like snow (duration: 00:03:36)
    114: Striking Similes: Laboring like a giant - Like a yellow silken scarf the thick fog hangs (duration: 00:07:03)
    115: Striking Similes: Like an alien ghost I stole away - Like sweet thoughts in a dream (duration: 00:06:31)
    116: Striking Similes: Like the awful shadow of some unseen power - Lovely the land unknown... (duration: 00:06:32)
    117: Striking Similes: March on my soul nor like the laggard stay - Quivering like an eager race-horse to start (duration: 00:06:49)
    118: Striking Similes: Rage, rage ye tears, that never more should creep... - Swifter than the twinkling of an eye (duration: 00:10:25)
    119: Striking Similes: Talking and thinking became to him... - The music almost died away... (duration: 00:06:35)
    120: Striking Similes: The name that cuts into my soul like a knife - Then the lover sighing like furnace (duration: 00:08:27)
    121: Striking Similes: Theories sprouted in his mind like mushrooms - Turning easily and securely as on a perfect axle (duration: 00:06:21)
    122: Striking Similes: Unbends like a loosened bow - Youth like a summer morn (duration: 00:08:18)
    123: Conversational Phrases: A most extraordinary idea! - Human nature interests me very much indeed (duration: 00:06:38)
    124: Conversational Phrases: I admire your foresight - I could never forgive myself for that (duration: 00:07:28)
    125: Conversational Phrases: I dare say your intuition is quite right - I seem to have heard that sentiment before (duration: 00:09:02)
    126: Conversational Phrases: I shall at once proceed to forget it - It has never occurred to me (duration: 00:06:45)
    127: Conversational Phrases: It is a curious fact - It would take too long to formulate my thought (duration: 00:06:17)
    128: Conversational Phrases: Join us, please, when you have time - Surely you would not countenance that (duration: 00:07:00)
    129: Conversational Phrases: Tell me in what way you want me to help you - True, I forgot! (duration: 00:06:38)
    130: Conversational Phrases: Undeniably true - Would you mind telling me your opinion? (duration: 00:03:47)
    131: Conversational Phrases: Yes and no - Your statement is somewhat startling (duration: 00:04:49)
    132: Public Speaking Phrases: A fact of vast moment - And next I would ask (duration: 00:07:29)
    133: Public Speaking Phrases: And now allow me to call attention - Away then with the notion (duration: 00:08:01)
    134: Public Speaking Phrases: Be assured, then - But it has been suggested to me (duration: 00:04:55)
    135: Public Speaking Phrases: But it is a fact - By this time it will be suspected (duration: 00:04:20)
    136: Public Speaking Phrases: Can it be supposed - Granting all this (duration: 00:04:12)
    137: Public Speaking Phrases: Had I time for all that might be said - However, it is to me a very refreshing thing (duration: 00:03:16)
    138: Public Speaking Phrases: I abide by my statement - I am willing to know (duration: 00:06:16)
    139: Public Speaking Phrases: I anticipate with pleasing expectation - I distrust all general theories of (duration: 00:07:39)
    140: Public Speaking Phrases: I do again and again urge upon you - I hasten to concede (duration: 00:08:10)
    141: Public Speaking Phrases: I have a dark suspicion - I hope you will not accuse me (duration: 00:11:49)
    142: Public Speaking Phrases: I imagine that no one will be disposed - I rejoice to think I remark here (duration: 00:09:23)
    143: Public Speaking Phrases: I remember a reference made - I thank you very sincerely for the honor (duration: 00:09:41)
    144: Public Speaking Phrases: I think I am correct in saying - I yielded to the earnest solicitations (duration: 00:10:38)
    145: Public Speaking Phrases: If any man be so persuaded - In widening our view (duration: 00:10:38)
    146: Public Speaking Phrases: Indeed, can anyone tell me - It is my present purpose (duration: 00:09:25)
    147: Public Speaking Phrases: It is natural to ask the question - It may still more probably be said (duration: 00:05:38)
    148: Public Speaking Phrases: It must be a cause of delight - Just the reverse is true (duration: 00:05:21)
    149: Public Speaking Phrases: Language is inadequate to voice my appreciation - My regret is intensified by the thought (duration: 00:08:23)
    150: Public Speaking Phrases: Nay, I boldly say - Now, you will understand from this (duration: 00:05:43)
    151: Public Speaking Phrases: Observe again - Surely it is not too much for me to say (duration: 00:07:43)
    152: Public Speaking Phrases: Take another instance - The whole story of civilization (duration: 00:06:48)
    153: Public Speaking Phrases: Then again, in corroboration - Think of the cool disregard (duration: 00:05:49)
    154: Public Speaking Phrases: This absurdity arises - Very strange is this indeed (duration: 00:05:15)
    155: Public Speaking Phrases: We all agree as to - What strikes the mind so forcibly (duration: 00:09:02)
    156: Public Speaking Phrases: What, then, are we to believe - Your presence seems to say (duration: 00:06:57)
    157: Miscellaneous Phrases: A bewildering labyrinth of facts - A pleasant flow of appropriate language (duration: 00:07:01)
    158: Miscellaneous Phrases: A pompous failure - Ample scope for the exercise of his astonishing gifts (duration: 00:07:21)
    159: Miscellaneous Phrases: An abandoned and exaggerated grief - Awaited with feverish anxiety (duration: 00:06:03)
    160: Miscellaneous Phrases: Bandied to and fro - Dwindled to alarmingly small dimensions (duration: 00:06:58)
    161: Miscellaneous Phrases: Easy-going to the point of lethargy - Hopelessly belated in its appearance (duration: 00:09:30)
    162: Miscellaneous Phrases: I adjured him - Its dominating and inspiring influence (duration: 00:11:13)
    163: Miscellaneous Phrases: Jealous and formidable foes - Quixotically generous about money (duration: 00:10:34)
    164: Miscellaneous Phrases: Radiantly and transparently happy - Swift and vehement outbursts of feeling (duration: 00:08:02)
    165: Miscellaneous Phrases: Take root in the heart - The sycophants of the rich (duration: 00:12:00)