Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.
As one sharpens a knife on a whetstone, the brain can be sharpened on dull objects of thought. Every form of assiduous thinking has its value.stanislaw ulam
'Tis melancholy, and a fearful sign Of human frailty, folly, also crime, That love and marriage rarely can combine, Although they both are born in the same clime; Marriage from love, like vinegar from wine A sad, sour, sober beverageby time Is sharpened from its high celestial flavour, Down to a very homely household savour.Rochdale
What did it mean? A stick sharpened at both ends. What was there in that?william golding
Madness rides the star-wind... claws and teeth sharpened on centuries of corpses... dripping death astride a bacchanale of bats from nigh-black ruins of buried temples of Belial...h. p. lovecraft
What we take to be our strongest tower of delight, only stands at the caprice of the minutest event the falling of a leaf, the hearing of a voice, or the receipt of one little bit of paper scratched over with a few small characters by a sharpened feather.Herman Melville
Behold the life at ease; it drifts, The sharpened life commands its course.George Meredith
Be your strong and simple words Keen to wound as sharpened swords, And wide as targes let them be, With their shade to cover ye.Percy Bysshe Shelley