"The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war - faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization."
"He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming."
"Barack Obama's life was so much simpler in 2009. Back then, he had refined the cold act of blaming others for the bad economy into an art form. Deficits? Blame Bush's tax cuts. Spending? Blame the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No business investment? Blame Wall Street."
"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."
"It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship."
"The more easily digestible and refined the carbohydrates, the greater the effect on our health, weight and well-being."