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be all and end all


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n be all and end all the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim "profit is the be-all and end-all of business"
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.”
  • Harold J. Seymour
    Harold J. Seymour
    “When the leadership is right and the time is right, the people can always be counted upon to follow -- to the end at all costs.”
  • John Updike
    “That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.”


The be all and end all - The phrase 'The be all and end all' means that a something is the final, or ultimate outcome or result of a situation or event.


In literature:

All drain pipes should be proved to be watertight by plugging up the lower end of the drain pipe and filling it with water.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884" by Various
At the end of November 1884, we were packing up to leave, and all the big cases were in the stable-yard ready to be carted away.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
May thy glory be the end of all my efforts in life, and thy love the propelling power in all I do.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
All the twelve matches must be fairly used, and there must be no duplicated matches or loose ends.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
That but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
And that all future contracts shall be deemed void, as to what shall remain unpaid at the end of thirty-four years from their date?
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Earth's highest station and meanest place ends in the common receptacle to which we shall all be taken.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
For the Gospel must be preached in all nations before the great tribulation, and end of the world.
"Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John" by Isaac Newton
This animal is the be-all and end-all of Lapp existence.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
Else all literature will presently be choked up, and the making of books come to an end.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
She has been brought up to think that marriage is the be-all and end-all of her existence.
"The Land of Contrasts" by James Fullarton Muirhead
I have done all that could be done to repair the injury, and there the affair must end.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)" by Thomas Moore
We were sure that after awhile they would be attracted by our happy home, and by our fireside all their wanderings would end.
"Gifts of Genius" by Various
You'll be A1, and we'll all play up no end.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
All would be begun and ended in a few weeks or even days.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Oh, what would this earth be were it all in all, and what were life if ending in the grave?
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Perhaps, after all, it might be better to accept De Burgh, and end her uncertainties.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Before a fortnight's end they will have swarmed over all Wessex, and Guthrum will be lord of the land.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
All the elegancies and outward charms of life were delightful, if only they could be used as the means to some end.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Would it be better to end it all and go out quite?
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn

In poetry:

May He be as a hedge around her,
As he's been all along,
And let her live and die in peace
Is the end of my song.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
And when they are ours in the end
Perhaps after all
The skies will not open for us
Nor heaven be there at our call.
"In The End" by Sara Teasdale
I think I 'd say right manfully,—
And so it all would end,—
Than any other woman's love,
I 'd rather be her friend!
"A Woman's Mood" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Never love with all your heart,
It only ends in aching;
And bit by bit to the smallest part
That organ will be breaking.
"Song In Spite Of Myself" by Countee Cullen
Lady! could I seal thy future,
All of bliss and love 'twould be;
And when time with us is ended,
Spend eternity with thee.
"The Valentine" by Mary Weston Fordham
Nay, but lately she was yearning
To be quit of life's turmoil,
In the land of no returning,
Where all travel ends, and toil.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Fitzgerald 's All-Pro talents are being wasted with the Cardinals' unsettled quarterback situation, and with just three games left in the season, his streak of 1,000-yard seasons is in jeopardy of ending at five.
The streak of fool's gold victories finally ended at six on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals, of all teams, and Kevin Kolb, of all opposing quarterbacks, decided they weren't going to be anybody's fool.
But MTS chief Paul Jablonski said by the end of the summer all center-city platforms will be rebuilt, and Green-Line passengers will finally get a one-seat ride downtown.
Of all the terrible things to happen to daytime TV, like the end of soap operas and way too many hours of the 'Today' show, this one may be the worst: There's a very distinct chance that Kris Jenner may soon have her own daytime talk show.
FOX's The Simpsons could be in serious danger of ending and all due to the production company that makes the show forcing a pay cut, or it needs to stop creating new episodes of the shows 23rd season.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks can be devastating because the end-targeted system as well as all systems maliciously used and controlled by the hacker are affected.
The NBER typically takes a long time to declare the start and end of recessions, waiting for all the economic data to be revised and finalized and making sure that any change in direction of the economy is long-lasting.
It seems everyone is in agreement that the sooner the NFL gets their real officials back on the field and this lockout ends the better it will be for all concerned.
Results of the state's new achievement test for public school students, the STAAR end-of-course exam, are out, and they mean thousands of teenagers who didn't plan on summer school could be heading back to classes after all.
Like the Cx4, the shotgun 's length of pull may be adjusted with 1/2-inch spacers (one included), while the soft rubber grip inlays on the stock and fore-end ensure a firm grip in all situations.
If only " Smash " hadn't concluded its first season with a cliffhanger -- we might be able to end our love/hate relationship once and for all.
All I know is that the kid tries to be a badass and ends up running away crying.
No matter where they stand on the issue of time-out s, proponents and opponents agree on one thing: Time-out s were never intended as the be-all and end-all of discipline.
Some people think their vacation should be all about the journey-load up the car, hit the road and see where you end up, or, head to the airport and grab a flight to places unknown.

In science:

Let Let the two end cycles of Ti be zi and z (cid:48) all the 2N end cycles of the N literal tubes have equal length.
Quantifying Homology Classes II: Localization and Stability
Insert the new house into the official town’s list of buildings. City is responsible for painting of all the houses (look into Paint()), but I want every new house to be shown on top of all previous, so I always insert the new house on zero position and the painting is going from the end.
Design of moveable and resizable graphics
Using (2.3), νloc can be expressed as a sum over all the closed orbits starting and ending at the point r .
Many-Body Physics and Quantum Chaos
But at the end all entries are chosen, and hence the value of goal will be exactly the number of bad events that hold for the codewords we have chosen.
Explicit Non-Adaptive Combinatorial Group Testing Schemes
For end-users, the potential ‘evil’ of an all-seeing big brother can be turned into ‘good’ by eliminating manual tasks and facilitating other repetitive processes based around spreadsheets.
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good
One topic that comes to mind perhaps is the thorniest of them all – what are the processes involved in massive star formation? But this is clearly one of the key research areas and we would be surprised if fundamental progress had not been made in this arena by the end of the next decade.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
One fact, the fact S from which all paths within the structure originate, is resident throughout run-time and provides the only point through which the resident structure can be entered by any reader; this fact will contain information allowing facts, currently at the latest ends of lists, to be addressed.
Information science and technology as applications of the physics of signalling
Fourier mode over the time interval [tb, te ] (from the beginning of the statistically steady part of the simulation at t = tb to the end of the simulation at t = te ), and (cid:104)Etot (cid:105) is defined similarly with Etot being the total energy in all Fourier modes.
Breakdown of the large-scale wind in \Gamma=1/2 rotating Rayleigh-B\'enard flow
At the end of this step, all gas and radiation quantities are updated to time step n + 1, and the entire algorithm can be repeated in the next cycle.
A Godunov Method for Multidimensional Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics based on a variable Eddington tensor
The need to perform end-to-end simulations goes in the direction of perform an analysis of the system performance that will be as complete as possible, taking into account all the features of the system and the real design parameters.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
After that we shall extend ζ1 to a biunique correspondence ζ2 of end vertices of Φ and Φ′ in such a way that tE (Φ) = tζ2 (E ) (Φ′ ), pE (Φ) = pζ2 (E ) (Φ′ ) and bE, D (Φ) = Bζ2 (E ),ζ2 (D) (Φ′ ) for all end vertices of Φ.
Assembling Lie Algebras from Lieons
Add to it all dees of the form ⌊E |B ⌉ with E being an end vertex of Ψ and B a bottom vertex of PE (B = CE, if PE =
Assembling Lie Algebras from Lieons
Note, however, that the simple assumption that all effects are decoupled breaks down at the low SNR end, where the errors are no longer small and cannot be linearly decomposed into the different components.
Spurious Shear in Weak Lensing with LSST
In fact, the argument given at the end of Section II.A can be generalized: it has been shown that to leading order in Gµ, but all orders in α, the radiative corrections to muon decay in the V -A theory are finite after mass and charge renormalization (Berman and Sirlin, 1962).
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
To that end, we introduce an intermediate Erlang representation of the WSDL types; a representation that can be directly mapped to PropEr generators, while at the same time is easier to work with and can be used to handle all constraining facets of the XSD Schema.
Automatic WSDL-guided Test Case Generation for PropEr Testing of Web Services