A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod; An honest man's the noblest work of God.
Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.Bible (Old Testament)
There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet.maya angelou
Does the eagle know what's in the pit Or wilt thou go ask the mole? Can wisdom be put in a silver rod, Or Love in a golden bowl.william blake
Love is a boy, by poets styled, Then spare the rod, and spoil the child.
I did say yes O at lightning and lashed rod; Thou heardst me truer than tongue confess Thy terror,O Christ,O God.gerard manley hopkins
I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
As fattening is the first duty of fashionable female life, it must be duly enforced by the rod if necessary. I got up a bit of flirtation with missy, and induced her to rise and shake hands with me. Her face was lovely, but her body was as round as a ball.John Hanning Speke
When we recognize the rod of a father, should we not show ourselves docile children rather than rebelliously desperate men who have been hardened in their evil doings?john calvin
Criticism is properly the rod of divination: a hazel switch for the discovery of buried treasure, not a birch twig for the castigation of offenders.arthur symons
The same qualities that made him a memorable jurist would make him a lightning rod for fierce opposition if he were named to the Supreme Court now.byron white
A light to guide, a rod To check the erring, and reprove.william wordsworth
Without his rod revers'd, And backward mutters of dissevering power.john milton
Love is a boy by poets styl'd; Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
The old notion that the savage is the freest of mankind is the reverse of the truth. He is a slave, not indeed to a visible master, but to the past, to the spirits of his dead forefathers, who haunt his steps from birth to death, and rule him with a rod of iron.james frazer
If through your vices you afflicted are, Lay not the blame of your distress on God; You made your rulers mighty, gave them guards, So now you groan 'neath slavery's heavy rod.Solon
Hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed, Or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.thomas gray
All tremble at the rod, all are fearful of death. Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill. (Verse 129)
And each blasphemer quite escape the rod, Because the insult's not on man, but God?Alexander Pope
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The twig is so easily bended I have banished the rule and the rod: I have taught them the goodness of knowledge, They have taught me the goodness of God; My heart is the dungeon of darkness, Where I shut them for breaking a rule; My frown is sufficient correction; My love is the law of the school.
People ask me if I'm the father of the Tea Party movement. I was the spark [...] that started it. If being the lightning rod that started the Tea Party is what's written on my tombstone, I'll be very happy.
A mighty fortress is our God , A sword and shield victorious ; He breaks the cruel oppressors rod And wins salvation glorious .
If through your vices you afflicted are, Lay not the blame of your distress on God; You made your rulers mighty, gave them guards, So now you groan 'neath slavery's heavy rod.