To ruminate upon evils, to make critical notes upon injuries, and be too acute in their apprehensions, is to add unto our own tortures, to feather the arrows of our enemies, to lash ourselves with the scorpions of our foes, and to resolve to sleep no more.
A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod; An honest man's the noblest work of God.Alexander Pope
A pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.Charles Lamb
If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly: it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, 'a lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on'.Bruce Springsteen
A willing heart adds feather to the heel,And makes the clown a winged Mercury.joanna baillie
To die for the racists is lighter than a feather, but to die for the people is heavier than any mountain and deeper than any sea.huey p. newton
It had ever been the custom of the family, and by length of time was almost become a matter of common right, that the eldest son of it should have free ingress, egress, and regress into foreign parts before marriage, — not only for the sake of bettering his own private parts, by the benefit of exercise and change of so much air — but simply for the mere delectation of his fancy, by the feather put into his cap, of having been abroad.Laurence Sterne
That eagle's fate and mine are one,Which on the shaft that made him dieEspied a feather of his own,Wherewith he wont to soar so high.Edmund Waller
"And the Bastard grant us . . . in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding."lois mcmaster bujold
Like feather bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.
'Twas thine own genius gave the final blow, And help'd to plant the wound that laid thee low: So the struck eagle , stretch'd upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, View'd his own feather on the fatal dart, And wing'd the shaft that quiver'd in his heart.lord byron
It took the whole of Creation To produce my foot, my each feather: Now I hold Creation in my foot. Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly – I kill where I please because it is all mine. There is no sophistry in my body: My manners are tearing off heads – The allotment of death.ted hughes
A pun is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.Charles Lamb
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.edith wharton
A willing heart adds feather to the heel, And makes the clown a winged Mercury.joanna baillie
The sun was gone now; the curled moon was like a little feather fluttering far down the gulf.
With his silver shorts and peroxided feather do, this Aussie was more Alex Jay in a low-budget sci-fi porno than rebel retiree with an interest in the Renaissance.
Private credit is wealth; public honor is security; the feather that adorns the royal bird supports its flight; strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.junius
May the hinges of friendship never rust, or the wings of luve lose a feather.Edward ramsay
I am not of that feather to shake off my friend when he must need me.william shakespeare
Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren't go a-hunting For fear of little men; Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together, Green jacket, red cap, And white owl's feather!william allingham
The feather, whence the pen Was shaped that traced the lives of these good men, Dropped from an Angel's wing.william wordsworth