And yet, I wake up every day to a sensation of pervading disgust and annoyance. I probably ought to carry around some kind of thermometer or other instrument, to keep checking that I am not falling prey to premature curmudgeonhood.
The scholars who understand it hesitate to speak out boldly for fear people will not understand. The people, who understand it quite easily, also fear to speak out while they wait for the scholars to speak out first. The difference between our present situation and that of the story is that it is not the emperor but the people who are periodically made to go naked and hungry and insecure and discontented - a ready prey to less timid organizers of discontent for the destruction of the civilization.abba lerner
The people resemble a wild beast, which, naturally fierce and accustomed to live in the woods, has been brought up, as it were, in a prison and in servitude, and having by accident got its liberty, not being accustomed to search for its food, and not knowing where to conceal itself, easily becomes the prey of the first who seeks to incarcerate it again.Book 1, Ch. 16
The majority falls prey to the delusion popular in some circles that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth born of experience is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people.alex kozinski
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance, which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.John Philpot Curran, "Speech Upon the Right of Election" (1790), published in Thomas Osborne Davis, ed., The Speeches of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran (1871), p. 105.
It is serpent nature to wait motionless for its prey.In p.529 (Snakes: Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life)
Snake virus is a natural secretion provided for the distinct physiological purpose of enabling the reptile to secure its prey.In p.536 (Snakes: Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life)
A donkey left with nobody to keep an eye on it is prey for the wolf.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
A wolf's mouth is always covered with blood even if it did not steal its prey.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
An animal straying away from its herd is prey for the wolf.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
It is better to be torn to pieces than to become a wolf's prey.As quoted in Will Graves, Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the Ages, (2007)
Even in ordinary speech we call a person unreasonable whose outlook is narrow, who is conscious of one thing only at a time, and who is consequently the prey of his own caprice, whilst we describe a person as reasonable whose outlook is comprehensive, who is capable of looking at more than one side of a question and of grasping a number of details as parts of a whole.G. Dawes Hicks, The Philosophical Bases of Theism, p. 128, New York (1937).
The Khala awaits me, Kerrigan, and though I am prepared to face my destiny, you will not find me easy prey.Who: Fenix
They ask thee as to what is allowed them. Say: The good things are allowed to you, and what you have taught the beasts and birds of prey, training them to hunt -- you teach them of what Allah has taught you; so eat of that which they catch for you and mention the name of Allah over it; and keep your duty to Allah. Surely Allah is Swift in reckoning.4 Maulana Muhammad Ali translation