Yes,Iama fatal man,Madame Fribsbi.Toinspirehopeless passion is my destiny.william makepeace thackeray: 1848-50 Mirobolant. Pendennis, ch.23.
A preoccupation with words for their own sake is fatal to good film-making. It's not what films are for.Raymond Chandler: 1951 To Dale Warren,7 Nov.
Nothing really wrong with himonlyanno domini, but that's the most fatal complaint of all, in the end.1934 Goodbye, Mr Chips, ch.1.
A littlesincerity isa dangerousthing, and agreat deal of it is absolutely fatal.Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde: 1891Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.
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: Letter to Thomas Jefferson (3 September 1816), published in Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams (UNC Press, 1988), p. 488
It [i.e., his look] held the fatal mixture of stupidity and cunning that lurks at the bottom of all evil.brian aldiss: Chapter 22 (Hothouse (1962))
Unity is the great goal toward which humanity moves irresistibly. But it becomes fatal, destructive of the intelligence, the dignity, the well-being of individuals and peoples whenever it is formed without regard to liberty, either by violent means or under the authority of any theological, metaphysical, political, or even economic idea. That patriotism which tends toward unity without regard to liberty is an evil patriotism, always disastrous to the popular and real interests of the country it claims to exalt and serve. Often, without wishing to be so, it is a friend of reaction – an enemy of the revolution, i.e., the emancipation of nations and men.mikhail bakunin: "Federalism, Socialism, Anti-Theologism" (Fédéralisme, socialisme et antithéologisme), presented originally as a Reasoned Proposal to the Central Committee of the League for Peace and Freedom, at the League's first congress held in Geneva (September 1867)
In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects. Of these effects, the first only is immediate; it manifests itself simultaneously with its cause — it is seen. The others unfold in succession — they are not seen: it is well for us, if they are foreseen. Between a good and a bad economist this constitutes the whole difference: the one takes account only of the visible effect; the other takes account of both the effects which are seen and those which it is necessary to foresee. Now this difference is enormous, for it almost always happens that when the immediate consequence is favourable, the ultimate consequences are fatal, and the converse. Hence it follows that the bad economist pursues a small present good, which will be followed by a great evil to come, while the true economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil.frédéric bastiat: That which is seen and that which is not seen (Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas, 1850), the Introduction.
Terrorism is tempting with its tremendous possibilities. It offers a mechanical solution, as it were, in hopeless situations. ... the principles of terrorism unavoidably rebound to the fatal injury of liberty and revolution. Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. A people that knows not liberty becomes accustomed to dictatorship: fighting despotism and counter-revolution, terrorism itself becomes their efficient school. Once on the road of terrorism, the State necessarily becomes estranged from the people.alexander berkman: "The Bolshevik Myth" in Anarchism : A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Vol. 1 (2005) edited by Robert Graham, p. 312
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: P. 242. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Literature was a vast minefield occupied by enemies, except for a few classic authors (just a few), and every day I had to walk through that minefield, where any false move could be fatal, with only the poems of Archilochus to guide me. It’s like that for all young writers. There comes a time when you have no support, not even from friends, forget about mentors, and there’s no one to give you a hand; publication, prizes, and grants are reserved for the others, the ones who said “Yes, sir,” over and over, or those who praised the literary mandarins, a never-ending horde distinguished only by their aptitude for discipline and punishment — nothing escapes them and they forgive nothing.roberto bolaño: "Meeting with Enrique Lihn" (The New Yorker,December 22, 2008)
One may ride upon a tiger's back but it is fatal to dismount.ernest bramah: "The Story of Kin Wen and the Miraculous Tusk"
Yet the ultimate problem is more fundamental. I have long believed that the death penalty is in all circumstances a barbaric and inhuman punishment that violates our Constitution. Even the most vile murderer does not release the state from its constitutional obligation to respect human dignity, for the state does not honor the victim by emulating the murderer who took his life. The fatal infirmity of capital punishment is that it treats members of the human race as non-humans, as objects to be toyed with and discarded.brennan, william j., jr.: Writing in Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence (1997)
The law has outgrown its primitive stage of formalism when the precise word was the sovereign talisman, and every slip was fatal. It takes a broader view to-day. A promise may be lacking, and yet the whole writing may be "instinct with an obligation," imperfectly expressed. If that is so, there is a contract.benjamin n. cardozo: Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, 222 N.Y. 88, 91; 118 N.E. 214 (N.Y. 1917).
Magic words and incantations are as fatal to our science as they are to any other. Methods, when classified and separated, acquire their true bearing and perspective as a means to an end, not as ends in themselves. We seek to find peace of mind in the word, the formula, the ritual. The hope is illusion.benjamin n. cardozo: Pages 66 – 67.
Those two fatal words, Mine and Thine.Miguel de Cervantes: Ch. 3. (Part I)
In order to receive forgiveness, we need to place our trust in Christ as our Savior and the Lord of our lives. But if we reject Christ, then we reject God's mercy and fall back on His justice. And you know where you stand there. If we reject Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, then there is simply is no one else to pay the penalty for your sin – except yourself. I truly wish with all my heart that universal salvation were true. But to pretend that people are not sinful and in need of salvation would be as cruel and deceptive as pretending that somebody was healthy even though you knew that he had a fatal disease for which you knew the cure. Heaven may not be a possible world when you take it in isolation by itself. It may be that the only way in which God could actualize a heaven of free creatures all worshiping Him and not falling into sin would be by having, so to speak, this run-up to it, this advance life during which there is a veil of decision-making in which some people choose for God and some people against God. Otherwise you don't know that heaven is an actualizable world. You have no way of knowing that possibility.william lane craig: The Craig-Bradley Debate: Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? (1994)., quoted in Muehlhauser, Luke (2011-04-27). "William Lane Craig vs. Ray Bradley (debate review)". Common Sense Atheism. Retrieved on 2011-10-21.
The decadent writer writes shamelessly of himself, convinced that his life is special enough to impress those who have ... made miserable by frankness , his handsome condescension , his elitism, and his perfect lack of candor were fatal gifts, ...The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, in The Devil's Advocates: Decadence in Modern Literature, p.52
The fatal day, th' appointed hour, is come.Virgil, in the Aeneid (29–19 BC), Book II, Line 324, as translated by John Dryden
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: The Coming People (1897)
As formas superiores do pensamento tem uma tendência fatal a tornar-se na futura lei revelada: e toda a filosofia termina, nos seus velhos dias, por ser religião.josé maria eça de queiroz: Superior forms of thought have a fatal tendency of later becoming revealed law: and all philosophy ends, in its last stages, by becoming religion.
It is time to be old,To take in sail: -The god of bounds,Who sets to seas a shore,Came to me in his fatal rounds,And said: 'No more!ralph waldo emerson: Terminus
The demand for a statement of a candidate’s religious belief can have no meaning except that there may be discrimination for or against him because of that belief. Discrimination against the holder of one faith means retaliatory discrimination against men of other faiths. The inevitable result of entering upon such a practice would be an abandonment of our real freedom of conscience and a reversion to the dreadful conditions of religious dissension which in so many lands have proved fatal to true liberty, to true religion, and to all advance in civilization.Theodore Roosevelt's Letter to Mr. J.C. Martin concerning religion and politics (November 6, 1908).
The graveyard of any industry is filled with the headstones of companies who decided to keep doing things the same old way. Playing only on the margin, making things just a little bit better. That strategy works....for a while, but ultimately it's fatal. Over the years our industry has come to accept progress simply by what’s on the screen.reggie fils-aime: Source: E³ 2006 Press Conference
Thy fatal shafts unerring move; I bow before thine altar, Love!Tobias Smollett, Roderick Random, Chapter XL, Stanza 1.