I was disappointed it wasn't reported that I said Rio Ferdinand was the best defender in the world.
This indictment is a kind of fever that flares up from time to time. It flared up after "Defender of the Faith," again after "Goodbye Columbus," and understandably it went way up to about 107 after "Portnoy's Complaint." Now there's just a low-grade fever running, nothing to worry about.philip roth
Whoever attacks a custom or a creed, will be confronted with a list of the names of the dead who upheld the custom, or believed the creed. He is asked in a very triumphant and sneering way, if he knows more than all the great and honored of the past. Every Defender of a creed has graven upon his memory the names of all "great" men whose actions or words can be tortured into evidence for his doctrine
If a 19th century capitalist Machiavelli had wished to cripple the socialist intelligentsia of the 20th century, he could have invented no more cogent weapon than the labour theory of value. Yet this theory was the invention, not of a Defender of capitalism, but of its greatest critic: Karl Marx.
Scratch a pessimist and you find often a Defender of privilege.
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a Defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.Bible (Old Testament)
O worship the King, all glorious above; O gratefully sing his power and his love: Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendour, and girded with praise.Sir Robert Grant