Thy boist'rous locks, no worthy match For valour to assail, nor by the sword * * * * * * But by the barber's razor best subdued.
Yet hope not life from grief or danger free, Nor think the doom of man reversed for thee: Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause awhile from letters, to be wise; There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, Toil, envy, want, the patron and the jail.1749 The Vanity of Human Wishes, l.155-60.
He hath a body able to endure More than we can inflict: and therefore now Let us assail his mind another while.Christopher Marlowe
Doing what is right in the face of adversity is not always easy or popular. Critics may assail you, but the critics don't always realize what they don't know or don't understand, because they don't have access to all the information.john ashcroft
The Aristocratic Institutions of England [had] acted much like the Slavery Institutions of America...[in] demoralis[ing] large classes outside their own special boundaries...[in producing] a long habit of submission...[and in] enfeebl[ing] by corrupting those who should assail them.john bright
"Arrh! Stars and Mud, ever conjugate, a Paradox to consider, one…for the Astronomer-Royal, perhaps?" His current scheme being, to assail Maskelyne's Sanity, by now and then posing to him Questions that will not bear too much cogitating upon, most lately, Über Bernouillis Brachistochronsprobleme , 1702 by Baron von Boppdörfer ("Mind like a Spanish Blade. Read it at the Risk of your Self-Esteem.") having almost done the Trick.thomas pynchon
Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail, Our lion now will foreign foes assail.john dryden
There mark what Ills the Scholar's Life assail, Toil, Envy, Want, the Garret, and the Jail.Samuel Johnson The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749) line 159.
But nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique portatif ("A Philosophical Dictionary") (1764), Physicians.
'Twas twilight, and the sunless day went down Over the waste of waters, like a veil, Which, if withdrawn, would but disclose the frown Of one whose hate is mask'd but to assail.lord byron
If perchance there should be foolish speakers who, together with those ignorant of all mathematics , will take it upon themselves to decide concerning these things, and because of some place in the Scriptures wickedly distorted to their purpose, should dare to assail this my work, they are of no importance to me, to such an extent do I despise their judgment as rash .Nicolaus Copernicus, in The metaphysical foundations of modern physical science, p.39
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