Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill.
History of Jews is full of deception, trickery, rebellion, oppression, evil and corruption. They always seek to cause mischief on the earth and Allaah loves not the mischief-makers.abdul rahman al-sudais
In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.Edward Gibbon
He used to say that personal beauty was a better introduction than any letter; 18 but others say that it was Diogenes who gave this description of it, while Aristotle called beauty "the gift of God"; that Socrates called it "a short-lived tyranny"; Theophrastus , "a silent deceit"; Theocritus , "an ivory mischief"; Carneades , "a sovereignty which stood in need of no guards".diogenes laërtius
Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all their panaceas, potable gold, and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases? But, as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale,'tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health, hellish, devilish, and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.1621Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.2, section 4, member 2, subsection1.
I retaliated by visiting on them all manner of mischief, but I concluded, after some centuries of chronic relapsing on their part, that rage and punishment was not the best way to hold a clientele. It is only the most primitive of mortals who is swayed by that sort of thing.piers anthony
Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases...but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health, hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.robert burton
No one returns with good-will to the place which has done him a mischief.phaedrus
The policy of the law of England, and indeed the true principles of all government, will rather suffer many private inconveniences, than introduce one public mischief.Wright, J., Sir John Wedderburn's Case (1746), Foster's Cr. Cas. 29.
It is a general rule of Judgment, that a mischief should rather be admitted than an inconvenience.William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, L.C., Devit v. College of Dublin (1720), Gilbert Eq. Ca. 249.
Uncertain ways unsafest are, And doubt a greater mischief than despair.Sir John Denham, Cooper's Hill, line 399.
The whole scope of the essay is to recommend culture as the great help out of our present difficulties; culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world; and through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits, which we now follow staunchly but mechanically, vainly imagining that there is a virtue in following them staunchly which makes up for the mischief of following them mechanically.Matthew Arnold
Oh, Diamond! Diamond! thou little knowest what mischief thou hast done!isaac newton
When I meet gay men anywhere in the world, there is a spontaneity and a spirit of fun and mischief that lesbians seem incapable of.camille paglia
If the Soul sees, after death , what passes on this earth , and watches over the welfare of those it loves, then must its greatest happiness consist in seeing the current of its beneficent influences widening out from age to age, as rivulets widen into rivers, and aiding to shape the destinies of individuals, families, States, the World; and its bitterest punishment, in seeing its evil influences causing mischief and misery , and cursing and afflicting men, long after the frame it dwelt in has become dust, and when both name and memory are forgotten.albert pike
"Fraud," in my opinion, is a term that should be reserved for something dishonest and morally wrong, and much mischief is, I think, done, as well as much unnecessary pain inflicted, by its use where " illegality" and "illegal " are the really appropriate expressions.Wills, J., In re Companies Acts; Ex parte Watson (1888), L. R. 21 Q. B. 309.
The wolf commits no mischief at home.As quoted in Henry G. Bohn, A polyglot of foreign proverbs, (1857)
By utility is meant that property is any object, whereby it tends to produce benefit, advantage, pleasure, good, or happiness(all this in the present case come to the same thing) or (what comes again to the same thing) to prevent the happening of mischief, pain, evil or unhappiness to the party who whose is considered: if that party be the community in general, then the happiness of the community; if a particular individual; then the happiness of that individualjeremy bentham
It is not the actual differences of Christian men that do the mischief, but the mismanagement of those differences.Philip Henry, p. 189. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Why were there not then among the generations before you those possessing understanding, forbidding mischief in the earth, except a few among them whom We delivered? And the unjust pursued the enjoyment of plenty, and they were guilty. And thy Lord would not destroy the towns unjustly, while their people acted well.116-117 Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
Balancing a nominal budget will solve nothing, and attempting to achieve such a spurious balance will produce much mischief.William Spencer Vickrey, in Full Employment and Price Stability p.4
The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature's mischief!Lady Macbeth, Scene V
A Learned Woman is thought to be a Comet, that bodes mischief, when ever it appears.1673 An Essay to Revive the Antient Education of Gentlewomen In Religion, Manners, Art and Tongues, With An Answer to the Objections against this Way of Education.
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