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
Mine eyeshave seen thegloryof the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.1862 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'.
It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.Sir Stirling Moss
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.1891Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.
It [i.e., his look] held the fatal mixture of stupidity and cunning that lurks at the bottom of all evil.brian aldiss
Dissimulation in youth is the forerunner of perfidy in old age; its first appearance is the fatal omen of growing depravity and future shame.blair hugh
That fatal day for England, the sad destruction of our dear country [dulcis patrie].william of malmesbury
Exposure as a propagandist is fatal to the would-be persuader.randal marlin
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
Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis, but now he makes a fatal error - he beings to use his own head.siegbert tarrasch
Oh! think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods, Oh! 'tis a dreadful interval of time, Filled up with horror all, and big with death!joseph addison
To me, failure is not fatal unless you quit; getting knocked down is not embarrassing unless you allow it to keep you down.john ashcroft
A friendship across sectarian lines is not a common phenomenon, in his experience. In the past, it has struck him that, apart from homosexuals, only chess players have found a reliable way to bridge, intensely but without fatal violence, the gulf that separates any given pair of men.michael chabon
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.mark twain
Man is naturally self-centered and he is inclined to regard expediency as the supreme standard for what is right and wrong. However, we must not convert an inclination into an axiom that just as man's perceptions cannot operate outside time and space, so his motivations cannot operate outside expediency; that man can never transcend his own self. The most fatal trap into which thinking may fall is the equation of existence and expediency.abraham joshua heschel
In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies to liberty; and it is certain, that this steady conduct of theirs must have been founded on fixed reasons of interest and ambition. Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds, on which it is commonly founded; and, by an infallible connexion, which prevails among all kinds of liberty, this privilege can never be enjoyed, at least has never yet been enjoyed, but in a free government.David Hume
It was that fatal and perfidious bark, Built in th' eclipse, and rigged with curses dark, That sunk so low that sacred head of thine.john milton
Moore called the Affordable Care Act “awful” and added that, “Obamacare’s rocky start … is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.” Nonetheless, Moore considered the plan a "godsend" since it provides a start "to get what we deserve: universal quality health care.”Michael Moore
Moderation is a fatal thing, Lady Hunstanton. Nothing succeeds like excess.oscar wilde
"Farewell!" For in that word that fatal word howe'er We promise hope believe there breathes despair.lord byron
We, the undersigned, visitors to Bermuda, venture respectfully to express the opinion that the admission of automobiles to the island would alter the whole character of the place, in a way which would seem to us very serious indeed. The island now attracts visitors in considerable numbers because of the quiet and dignified simplicity of its life. ... It would, in our opinion, be a fatal error to attract to Bermuda the extravagant and sporting set who have made so many other places of pleasure entirely intolerable to persons of taste and cultivation.Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton, petition to the Bermuda Legislature (c. February 1, 1908); reported in The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, ed. Arthur S. Link (1974), vol. 17, pp. 609–10. The petition, drafted by Wilson, garnered 111 signatures, including Samuel L. Clemens. The Bermuda Legislature did ban all motor cars.
And I still onward haste to my last night; Time's fatal wings do ever forward fly; so every day we live, a day we die.thomas campion
Let me have A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear As will disperse itself through all the veins That the life-weary taker may fall dead And that the trunk may be discharg'd of breath As violently as hasty powder fir'd Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb.william shakespeare
The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.p. 238 (What we live by (1932))
The fatal futility of Fact.The Spoils of Poynton
The woods appear With crimson blotches deeply dashed and crossed, Sign of the fatal pestilence of Frost.bayard taylor
Ought a man to be confident that he deserves his good fortune, and think much of himself when he has overcome a nation, or city, or empire; or does fortune give this as an example to the victor also of the uncertainty of human affairs, which never continue in one stay? For what time can there be for us mortals to feel confident, when our victories over others especially compel us to dread fortune, and while we are exulting, the reflection that the fatal day comes now to one, now to another, in regular succession, dashes our joy.Aemilius, sec. 27.
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
fatal human malice is the staple of narrators, original sin the mother-fluid of historians. But it is a risky enterprise to have to write of virtue.thomas keneally
Felix Randal the farrier, O he is dead then? my duty all ended, Who have watched his mould of man, big-boned and hardy-handsome Pining, pining, till time when reason rambled in it and some fatal four disorders, fleshed there, all contended?gerard manley hopkins