The glories of our blood and stateAre shadows, not substantial things;There is no armour against fate;Death lays his icy hand on kings:Sceptre and CrownMust tumble down,And in the dust be equal madeWith the poor crooked scythe and spade.
The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews, Not to be born is the best for man; The second-best is a formal order, The dance's pattern; dance while you can.wystan hugh auden
Angesichts von Hindernissen mag die ku« rzeste Linie zwischen zwei Punkten die krumme sein. When it comes to obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked one. See Lessing 505:47.
We shall not meet again: over the waveOur ways divide, and yours is straight and endless –But mine is short and crooked to the grave:Yet what of these dark crowds, amid whose flowI battle like a rock, aloof and friendless –Are not their generations, vague and endless,The waves, the strides, the feet on which I go?roy campbell
A hundred thousand men were ledBy one calf near three centuries dead;They followed still his crooked wayAnd lost a hundred years a day;For thus such reverence is lentTo well-established precedent.sam walter foss
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
She that would raise a noble love must find Ways to beget a passion for her mind; She must be that which she to the world would seem, For all true love is grounded on esteem: Plainness and truth gain more a generous heart Than all the crooked subtleties of art.villiers, george, 2nd duke of buckingham
Though a hundred crooked paths may conduct to a temporary success, the one plain and straight path of public and private virtue can alone lead to a pure and lasting fame and the blessings of posterity.edward everett
I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.john green
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees Is my destroyer. And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.dylan thomas
Machiavelli, however, took his bearings from people as they are. He defined the political project as making the best of this flawed material. He knew (in words Kant would write almost three centuries later) that nothing straight would be made from the crooked timber of humanity.George Will
Men that make Envy and crooked malice nourishment, Dare bite the best.william shakespeare
I think it proves that if my business could be made legal, the way off-track betting is in New York, I and women like me could make a big contribution to what Mayor John Lindsay calls Fun City, and the city and state could derive the money in taxes and licensing fees that I pay off to crooked cops and political figures.
Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge, The glow-worm lights his gem; and through the dark, A moving radiance twinkles.james thomson
A Judge must determine, not by the crooked cord of discretion,1 but by the golden mete-wand of the law! I admit that corruption is not to be imputed or supposed in any Judge, but fallibility must be admitted humanum est errare; neither would I subject the opinion of a Judge upon matters of fact to be canvassed before, or submitted to the consideration of juries.
Straight down the crooked Lane, And all round the Square.thomas hood