He gave a cry. At the last, falling backward, his face appearing to us for a second upside down before he was smothered on the floor by a pile of white uniforms, he let himself cry out: A sound of cornered-animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance, that if you ever trailed coon or cougar or lynx is like the last sound the treed and shot and falling animal makes as the dogs get him, when he finally doesn't care any more about anything but himself and his dying.
What would it pleasure me, to have my throat cut With diamonds? Or to be smothered With cassia? Or to be shot to death, with pearls?john webster
Many discoveries must have been stillborn or smothered at birth. We know only those which survived.William Beveridge
Will we ever again be able to view a public object with civic dignity, unencumbered by commercial messages? Must city buses be fully painted as movable ads, lampposts smothered, taxis festooned, even seats in concert halls sold one by one to donors and embellished in perpetuity with their names on silver plaques?stephen jay gould
The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.edith sitwell
I like my philosophy smothered in beauty and not the opposite.wallace stevens
In his own verse the poet still we find, In his own page his memory lives enshrined, As in their amber sweets the smothered bees, As the fair cedar, fallen before the breeze, Lies self-embalmed amidst the mouldering trees.