What is that sound high in the air Murmur of maternal lamentation Who are those hooded hordes swarming Over endless plains, stumbling in cracked earth Ringed by the flat horizon only What is the city over the mountains Cracks and reforms and bursts in the violet air Falling towers Jerusalem Athens Alexandria Vienna London Unreal
The rest of the world in which I lived was still stumbling about in search of a weapon with which to exterminate this monster [homosexuality] whose shape and size were not yet known or even guessed at. It was thought to be Greek in origin, smaller than socialism but more deadly, especially to children.Quentin Crisp
Well, Fitz, I looked all through that bible, it was in very fine print and stumbling on that great book Ecclesiastics, read it aloud to all who would listen. Soon I was alone and began cursing the bloody bible because there were no titles in it — although I found the source of practically every good title you ever heard of. But the boys, principally Kipling, had been there before me and swiped all the good ones so I called the book Men Without Women hoping it would have a large sale among the fairies and old Vassar Girls.ernest hemingway
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.jane austen
There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth , which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom , namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority , longstanding custom , the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge .roger bacon
consider the big fists breaking your little bones, or consider the vague bureaucrats stumbling, fumbling through Paper.gwendolyn brooks
Does not even the most sexually democratic of us, among which number I unquestionably count myself, not choke back the tiniest sob at the sight of poor old Denis stumbling along behind, struggling pitifully to hold his trilby on, as the PM strides across Goose Green with the wind managing only to make her hair look more Medusan, and the very mines praying she will not crush them under-heel?alan coren
For nearly five years the present Ministers have harassed every trade, worried every profession, and assailed or menaced every class, institution, and species of property in the country. Occasionally they have varied this state of civil warfare by perpetrating some job which outraged public opinion, or by stumbling into mistakes which have been always discreditable, and sometimes ruinous. All this they call a policy, and seem quite proud of it; but the country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.benjamin disraeli
America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred and divisiveness. Our values, our principles, and our determination to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a torch to light the way. And we will survive and become the stronger not only because of a patriotism that stands for love of country, but a patriotism that stands for love of people.jerry ford
I have grown into a Bestsellasaurus Rex a big, stumbling book-beast that is loved when it shits money and hated when it tramples houses... I started out as a storyteller; along the way I became an economic force .Stephen King
All the lessons learned, unlearned; The young, who learned to read, now blind Their eyes with an archaic film; The peasant relapses to a stumbling tune Following the donkey`s bray; These only remember to forget. But somewhere some word presses On the high door of a skull and in some corner Of an irrefrangible eye Some old man memory jumps to a child Spark from the days of energy. And the child hoards it like a bitter toy.stephen spender
There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth , which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom , namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority , longstanding custom , the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge .
Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.
We're stumbling around in a very dark age basically trying not to kill each other. So it hurts me when you say "So what?" Because you are not just different, Jeremy, I think you have a mind that we won't evolve to for like thousands of years you're maybe the man of the future right here and now.
Whilst the misguided Follower climbs with Pain, Mountains of Whimsies, heapt in his own Brain, stumbling from Thought to Thought, falls headlong down Into Doubt’s boundless Sea, where like to drown, Books bear him up a-while, and make him try To swim with Bladders of Philosophy.wilmot, john, 2nd earl of rochester
Youth is fair, a graceful stag, Leaping, playing in a park. Age is gray, a toothless hag, stumbling in the dark.isaac leib peretz
The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.
What wondrous life is this I lead! Ripe apples drop about my head; The luscious clusters of the vine Upon my mouth do crush their wine; The nectarine, and curious peach, Into my hands themselves do reach; stumbling on melons, as I pass, Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.Andrew Marvell