White and shining virgin of all human virtues, ark of the covenant between earth and heaven, tender and strong companion partaking of the lion and of the lamb, Prayer! Prayer will give you the key of heaven! Bold and pure as innocence, strong, like all that is single and simple, this glorious, invincible Queen rests, nevertheless, on the material world; she takes possession of it; like the sun, she clasps it in a circle of light.
And dar'st thou then To beard the lion in his den, The Douglas in his hall?1808 Marmion, canto 6, stanza14.
Wenn ein L o« we sprechen k o« nnte, wir k o« nnten ihn nicht verstehen. If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.1945 Philosophische Untersuchungen (Philosophical Investigations), pt.2, section11 (translated by G E M Anscombe).
My sick heart shows That I must yield my body to the earth, And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe. Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge, Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle; Under whose shade the ramping lion slept: Whose top-branch overpeer'd Jove's spreading tree, And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.Henry VI, Part III (c. 1591), Act V, scene 2, line 8.
Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.John Bunyan, p. 577. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
An army of stags led by a lion is superior to an army of lions led by a stag.Attributed to Chabrias, in The New American Cyclopaedia : A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge (1863), Volume 4, p. 670
An army of sheep led by a lion are more to be feared than an army of lions led by a sheep.Attributed to Chabrias, in The Older We Get, The Better We Were, Marine Corps Sea Stories (2004) by Vince Crawley, p. 67
Before the throne was something resembling a glassy sea, like crystal. In the midst of the throne and around the throne were four living creatures that were full of eyes in front and behind. The first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature was like a young bull, and the third living creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.Revelation 4:6–7, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
Though the scorpion be little, yet will it sting a lion to death; and so will the least sin the sinner, unless pardoned by the blood of Christ.Thomas Brooks, p. 551. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.Proverbs, XXVIII. 1. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
I am more afraid of one hundred sheep led by a lion than one hundred lions led by a sheep.Attributed to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754 – 1838) Variants: I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
A lion among ladies, is a most dreadful thing.Bottom, scene i
The Zebra is striped all over so that the lion can see him and eat him. Some people say he is striped so that the lion can not see him. These people believe that the stripes of the Zebra simulate the bars of sunlight falling through the tall jungle grasses and that therefore the Zebra is invisible and that the earth is flat.will cuppy