When the first just and friendly man appeared on the earth, from that day a fatal Waterloo was visible for all the men of pride and fraud and blood.charles fletcher dole
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.john adams
It [i.e., his look] held the fatal mixture of stupidity and cunning that lurks at the bottom of all evil.brian aldiss
Thy fatal shafts unerring move; I bow before thine altar, Love!tobias smollett
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson (September 3, 1816). Published in Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams (UNC Press, 1988), p. 488.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I regret that this isn't fatal.erik naggum
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.The Portrait Of Mr. W. H. (1889), p. 5.
When FORTRAN has been called an infantile disorder, full PL/1, with its growth characteristics of a dangerous tumor, could turn out to be a fatal disease.Edsger W. Dijkstra, "The Humble Programmer", 1972 Turing Award Lecture, Communications of the ACM 15 (10), October 1972: pp. 859–866
In Paris on a chilling evening late in October of 1985 I first became fully aware that the struggle with the disorder in my mind — a struggle which had engaged me for several months — might have a fatal outcome.william styron
All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.Baltasar Gracián, in The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Maxim 7 : Avoid victories over your superiors; as translated by Joseph Jacobs (1892)
Thou treacherous, base deserter of my flame, False to my passion, fatal to my fame, Through what mistaken magic dost thou prove So true to lewdness, so untrue to love?wilmot, john, 2nd earl of rochester
Farewell! For in that word, that fatal word, howe'er We promise, hope, believe, there breathes despair.lord byron
The fatal facility of the octosyllabic verse.lord byron
The fatal day, th' appointed hour, is come.john dryden
Man is his own star, and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man Commands all light, all influence, all fate. Nothing to him falls early, or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.john fletcher
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!jesus christ
Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... Someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never.Franz Kafka
In the social equation, the value of a single life is nil; in the cosmic equation, it is infinite... Not only communism, but any political movement which implicitly relies on purely utilitarian ethics, must become a victim to the same fatal error. It is a fallacy as naïve as a mathematical teaser, and yet its consequences lead straight to Goya's Disasters, to the reign of the guillotine, the torture chambers of the Inquisition, or the cellars of the Lubianka.Arthur Koestler
Late hours, nocturnal cigars, and midnight drinkings, pleasurable through they may be, consume too quickly the free-flowing lamps of youth, and are fatal at once to the husbanded candle-ends of age.Anthony Trollope
Besides, including <std_ice_cubes.h> is a fatal error on machines that don't have it yet. Bad language design, there...larry wall
The rout is Folly's circle, which she draws With magic wand. So potent is the spell, That none decoy'd into that fatal ring, Unless by Heaven's peculiar grace, escape. There we grow early gray, but never wise.william cowper
When trade is at stake, it is your last entrenchment; you must defend it, or perish...Sir, Spain knows the consequence of a war in America; whoever gains, it must prove fatal to her...is this any longer a nation? Is this any longer an English Parliament, if with more ships in your harbours than in all the navies of Europe; with above two millions of people in your American colonies, you will bear to hear of the expediency of receiving from Spain an insecure, unsatisfactory, dishonourable Convention?William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Denouncing the Spanish Convention of Prado in the House of Commons (6 March, 1739), reported in William Pitt, The Speeches of the Right Honourable the Earl of Chatham in the Houses of Lords and Commons: With a Biographical Memoir and Introductions and Explanatory Notes to the Speeches (London: Aylott & Jones, 1848), pp. 6-7.
The Court will always incline to lean against niceties in matters of variance. But where it is in the description of a statute or record, it is fatal.Lord Mansfield, Rann v. Green (1776), 2 Cowp. 476.
Words are transient, and vanish in the air as soon as spoken, and there can be no tenor of them . . . but when a thing is written, though every omission of a letter may not make a variance, yet, if such omission makes a word of another signification, it is fatal.Holt, C.J., Queen v. Drake (1706), 3 Salkeld, 225.
The well-being of the British people and the health of our economy are far more important than any government's commitment to a particular strategy, but to change course now would be fatal to the whole counter-inflation strategy.Geoffrey Howe In: "Chancellor determined not to change course in the fight against inflation", The Times, 11 March 1981, p. 6.
* * as that dishonest victory At Chæronea, fatal to liberty, Killed with report that old man eloquent, [Isocrates, the celebrated orator of Greece.]John Milton, Sonnet X. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
To confuse our own constructions and inventions with eternal laws or divine decrees is one of the most fatal delusions of men.Isaiah Berlin, in Essays in Honour of E. H. Carr (1974) edited by Chimen Abramsky, p. 9
There are two kinds of mistakes. There are fatal mistakes that destroy a theory; but there are also contingent ones, which are useful in testing the stability of a theory.Gian-Carlo Rota (with Fabrizio Palombi), Indiscrete Thoughts (1997), p. 202.