For God hates utterlyThe bray of bragging tongues.
But who is this who rides in silver whiteAttire that shames the stars across the night?Helmet and shield and corselet all a-gleam,Like some crusader from a drifting dreamUpon a prancing jackass shod with flame—Rise, heralds of the past, bray forth his namerobert e. howard
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.george eliot
Let statesmen bluster, bark and bray, And so decide who started This bloody war, and who's to pay, But he must be stout-hearted, Must sit and stake with quiet breath, Playing at cards with Death. Don't plume yourself he fights for you; It is no courage, love, or hate, But let us do the things we do; It's pride that makes the heart be great; It is not anger, no, nor fear Lucasta he's a Fusilier, And his pride keeps him here.robert graves
All the lessons learned, unlearned; The young, who learned to read, now blind Their eyes with an archaic film; The peasant relapses to a stumbling tune Following the donkey`s bray; These only remember to forget. But somewhere some word presses On the high door of a skull and in some corner Of an irrefrangible eye Some old man memory jumps to a child Spark from the days of energy. And the child hoards it like a bitter toy.stephen spender
Nay, if he take you in hand, sir, with an argument, He'll bray you in a mortar.Ben Jonson
The vicar of bray will be vicar of bray, (Manser, 2007 p. 286)
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