In pulp fiction it is a rigid convention that the hero’s shoulders and the heroine’s balcon constantly threaten to burst their bonds, a possibility which keeps the audience in a state of tense expectancy. Unfortunately for the fans, however, recent tests reveal that the wisp of chiffon which stands between the publisher and the postal laws has the tensile strength of drop-forged steel.
Nanos gigantium humeris insidentes. Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants.c.1128 Of modern scholars in relation to their ancient predecessors. Quoted in John of Salisbury Metalogicon (1159), bk.3, ch.4.
This is not the time for soundbites. I can feel the hand of history on our shoulders.1998 On peace talks in Northern Ireland. In the Daily Telegraph, 8 Apr.
My father worked with a horse-plough, His shoulders globed like a full sail strung Between the shafts and the furrow.1966 Death of a Naturalist,'Follower'.
The world that I regard is my selfe, it is the Microcosme of mine owne frame, that I cast mine eye on; for the other, I use it but like my Globe, and turne it round sometimes for my recreation. Men that look upon my outside, perusing onely my condition, and fortunes, do erre in my altitude; for I am above Atlas his shoulders.Section 12.
Duties are ours; events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only, can he securely lay down his head, and close his eyes.richard cecil
An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair,And fell adown his shoulders with loose care.Abraham Cowley
I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.steve martin
God grant that as our horizon of duty is widened, our minds may widen with it; that as our burden is increased, our shoulders may be strengthened to bear it. God grant to us that spirit of wisdom and understanding, uprightness, and godly fear, without which, even in greatest things there is nothing; with which, even in the smallest things there is every thing.arthur penrhyn stanley
I know a girl who just looks at her face in the medicine cabinet mirror and never looks below her shoulders, and she's four or five hundred pounds but she doesn't see all that, she just sees a beautiful face and therefore she thinks she's a beauty. And therefore, I think she's a beauty, too, because I usually accept people on the basis of their self-images, because their self-images have more to do with the way they think than their objective-images do.Andy Warhol
Elizabeth’s gaze roamed over the V of his shoulders, his strong arms, his black hair silvering at the temples. Yum.lis wiehl
He that hath a head of wax must not walk in the sun. (Ward, 1842 p. 54)Two heads are better than one.We should not expect to find old heads on young shoulders. (Strauss, 1994 p. 77)Variant: You can't put an old head on young shoulders.
I express the very deepest condolences to the family of the deceased on whose shoulders rest major events for the good of the country and serious mistakes.mikhail gorbachev
Modern man is weighed down more by the burden of responsibility than by the burden of sin . We think him more a savior who shoulders our responsibilities than him who shoulders our sins. If instead of making decisions we have but to obey and do our duty, we feel it as a sort of salvation.Eric Hoffer
There is a wicked inclination in most people to suppose an old man decayed in his intellects. If a young or middle-aged man, when leaving a company, does not remember where he laid his hat, it is nothing; but if the same inattention is discovered in an old man, people will shrug up their shoulders, and say, "His memory is going."samuel johnson
You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.mitt romney
You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.jalal al-din muhammad rumi
In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it.bertrand russell
If you're a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.Tom Brady
Duties are ours; events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only, can he securely lay down his head, and close his eyes.Richard Cecil, p. 197. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Two hands rise, separating into y?n and yáng Left and right like a y?n and yáng fish Movement springs from extreme stillness, opening then closing Relax the shoulders and sit on the leg as if embracing the moon Two hands form into y?n and yáng palms Two palms crossed over for locking joints Wait for opportunity before moving, watch for changes Create opportunity by following the opponent's forceWu Jianquan, son of Wu Quanyou - from a didactic poem quoted by his son Wu Gongzao in Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan (?), Hong Kong, 1980 (originally published in Changsha, 1935)
One man stands head and shoulders above his contemporary scholars: head and shoulders, some hold, above the Middle Ages: John Scotus Erigena.Helen Waddell The Wandering Scholars (Harmondsworth: Penguin,  1954) pp. 77-78.
Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.Book XXVIII, sec. 25 (History of Rome)
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