He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.... She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sis'e-ra, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
A strange thing has happened--while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has been born fully- clothed. It can s...ay everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
... this nation is rotten at the heart, and ... nothing but the most tremendous blows with the sledge-hammer of abolition truth, c...ould ever have broken the false rest which we had taken up for ourselves on the very brink of ruin.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent....
All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs. The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of the sea!LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Life is not precious, a thing to be cherished. The soul and the mind are the instruments God gives us for our use and half of us d...on't begin to use them. We put Life and Health on two little pedestals and spend most of our time performing acts of devotion before them. Instead of using them as a carpenter his tools, as a helmsman the rudder, to hammer or steer our way to victory, we turn ourselves into Vestal Virgins with nothing on the face of the earth to do but to feed the feeble flames of our comfort. Life is no craven thing, lurking coward-like in a corner. It is big, broad, splendid in opportunity. It is to be used, not cherished. It is to be spent, not saved.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Whatever has made, or does make, or may make music, should be held sacred as the golden bridle-bit of the Shah of Persia's horse, ...and the golden hammer, with which his hoofs are shod.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Actual philosophers ... are commanders and law-givers: they say "thus it shall be!", it is they who determine the Wherefore and Wh...ither of mankind, and they possess for this task the preliminary work of all the philosophical labourers, of all those who have subdued the past--they reach for the future with creative hand, and everything that is or has been becomes for them a means, an instrument, a hammer. Their "knowing" is creating, their creating is a lawgiving, their will to truth is--will to power. Are their such philosophers today? Have there been such philosophers? Must there not be such philosophers?LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »