Countries that have soldiers in charge seem, more often than not, to be the ones where democracy is but a flickering candle sitting in an open window with a forecast of rain.
[Vathek] has, in parts, been called, but to some judgments, never is, dull: it is certainly in parts, grotesque, extravagant and even nasty. But Beckford could plead sufficient "local colour" for it, and a contrast, again almost Shakespearean, between the flickering farce atrocities of the beginning and the sombre magnificence of the end. Beckford's claims, in fact, rest on the half-score or even half-dozen pages towards the end: but these pages are hard to parallel in the later literature of prose fiction.william thomas beckford
The trouble is that no devastating or redeeming fires have ever burnt in my life? My life began by flickering out.Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov
She hurried at his words, beset with fears, For there were sleeping dragons all around, At glaring watch, perhaps, with ready spears Down the wide stairs a darkling way they found. In all the house was heard no human sound. A chain-droop’d lamp was flickering by each door; The arras, rich with horseman, hawk, and hound, Flutter’d in the besieging wind’s uproar; And the long carpets rose along the gusty floor.john keats
Darling, all night I have been flickering, off, on, off, on. The sheets grow heavy as a lecher's kiss.Sylvia Plath
You will find that for a smoking flax there is no specific like heaven's oxygen; for a faint and flickering piety there is no cure comparable to the one without which all our own exertions are but an effort to light a lamp in a vacuum the breath of the Holy Spirit.
To show love, [you are taught] to flicker the eyes and this flickering is executed differently dpending on the character
Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.