You can't expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal's return.
He was in LOGIC a great critic, Profoundly skill'd in analytic; He could distinguish, and divide A hair 'twixt south, and south-west side: On either which he would dispute, Confute, change hands, and still confute, He'd undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man's no horse; He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an owl, A calf an alderman, a goose a justice, And rooks Committee-men and Trustees.Canto I, line 65.
* But my knowledge of Marxism was limited to knowing that Marx was a Jew, and that he had a long white beard. I said to Lunatcharsky (the political communist commissar for Education, 1918, fh) ‘Whatever you do, don’t ask me why I painted in blue or green, and why you can see a calf inside the cow’s belly, etc. On the other hand you’re welcome: if Marx is so wise, let him come back to life and explain it himself’. I showed him my canvases.marc chagall
The distant dogs howled, the melancholy kine complained, and the winds went on raging, whilst furious sheets of rain drove along the roof; but the Majesty of England slept on, undisturbed, and the calf did the same, it being a simple creature, and not easily troubled by storms or embarrassed by sleeping with a king.mark twain
Be a clown, be a clown, All the world loves a clown. Act the fool, play the calf, And you'll always have the last laugh.Cole Porter, in "Be a Clown" from The Pirate - YouTube video
He'd undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man's no horse. He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a Lord may be an owl, A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice, And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part I (1663-64), Canto I, line 71.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.Oxford King James Bible, Isaiah 11:6 (1769).
He is looking as a wolf looks at a calf.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
We wish our calf could butt wolves.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
While Moses on the top of Mount Sinai conversed with God, the rebellious people on the plain below adored the golden calf. Notwithstanding my youth, my spirit has no fears of falling into a like rebelliousness. I might commune with God in full security, if the enemy did not come to attack me in the sanctuary itself.Juan Valera, in Pepita Jimenez (1874), "May 7th"