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Flags. Forty flags with their silver stars,
That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
Flattery.— Flattery is the bellows blows up sin. SHAKESPEARE, Pericles, i, 2
Flattery's the food for fools.
SWIFT, Cadenus and Vanessa
Flea. That's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion. SHAKESPEARE, King Henry V, iii, 7
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.-SWIFT, Poetry, a Rhapsody Fleas. A reasonable amount o' fleas is good fer a dog — keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog.
E. N. WESTCOTT, David Harum, xxxii
MILTON, Paradise Lost, IX, lines 914-9161
SHAKESPEARE, Hamut, i, 2
A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine:
Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh;
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
SHAKESPEARE, Merchant of Venice, iv, 1
O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!
SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet, ii, 4
Thou art a collop of my flesh.
SHAKESPEARE, King Henry VI, Part I. v. 4 * See also Paradise Lost, IV, line 483: VIII, line 495. IX. lines 958, 959
Flibbertigibbet.-This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet; he begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock; he gives the web and the pin, squints the eye, and makes the hare-lip; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of earth. SHAKESPEARE, King Lear, iii, 4
The fire i' the flint
Shows not till it be struck.
SHAKESPEARE, Timon of Athens, i, 1
Flog.- O ye! who teach the ingenious youth of nations,
It mends their morals, never mind the pain.
Flogging.There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other. SAMUEL JOHNSON, Life, by Boswell, 1775
Flood. You may as well go stand upon the beach
ELLEN C. HOWARTH, 'Tis but a Little Faded
One thing is certain, and the rest is Lies;
OMAR KHAYYám, Rubáiyát (trans. Fitzgerald), st. 63
Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
TENNYSON, Flower in the Crannied Wall
Flowers. He who hunts for flowers will find flowers; and he who loves weeds may find weeds.- H. W. BEECHER, Lectures to Young Men, Portrait Gallery, The Cynic
Flunked. A keerless man in his talk was Jim,
I reckon he never knowed how.
JOHN HAY, Jim Bludso of the Prairie Belle, st. 2
Fly. His back against a rock he bore,
SCOTT, Lady of the Lake, Canto v, st. 10
Foam. The cruel crawling foam.
KINGSLEY, The Sands of Dee, st. 4
Foe. Whispering with white lips "The foe! They come! they come!"I
BYRON, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto iii, st. 25
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
SHAKESPEARE, King Henry VIII, i, 1
Folly. When lovely woman stoops to folly,
GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield, II, 5 Shoot folly as it flies.
POPE, Essay on Man, Epistle i, line 13
Where lives a man that has not tried,
SCOTT, Bridal of Triermain, Canto i, st. 21
Fool. A fool must now and then be right by chance. COWPER, Conversation, line 96
A fool there was and he made his prayer
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
KIPLING, The Vampire, st. I
'And the neigh of the steed and the multitude's hum, And the clash and the shout, "They come! they come!' BYRON, The Siege of Corinth, st. 22 2 So doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor. Ecclesiastes, x, I
No creature smarts so little as a fool.
POPE, Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, line 84
A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest,
"Good morrow, fool," quoth I. "No, sir," quoth he, "Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune."
O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley's the only wear.
Jaques. I was seeking for a fool when I found you.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. Ibid., v, I
They fool me to the top of my bent.
SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet, iii, 2
How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!
A fool's bolt is soon shot.
SHAKESPEARE, King Henry V, iii,
Dost thou call me fool, boy?
Lear. Fool. All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.
SHAKESPEARE, King Lear, i, 4
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
There's no fool like the old one.
TENNYSON, The Grandmother, st. II
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
YOUNG, Love of Fame, Satire ii, lines 281, 282
Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the world. JOHN SELDEN, Table Talk: Pope
Fools.- Fools for arguments use wagers.
BUTLER, Hudibras, II, i, line 298
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow,
POPE, Essay on Criticism, lines 438, 439
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.-Ibid., line 625
What fools these mortals be!
SHAKESPEARE, Midsummer-Night's Dream, iii, 2
She was a wight, if ever such wight were,-
Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
Foot. Now as they bore him off the field,
His very foot has music in 't
SHAKESPEARE, Othello, ii, 1
My foot is on my native heath, and my name is
HOOD, Faithless Nelly Gray
W. J. MICKLE, The Sailor's Wife, st. 5
Footprints. Lives of great men all remind us
Footprints on the sands of time;1
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
The kindest and the happiest pair
Psalm of Life, st. 7, 8
COWPER, Mutual Forbearance, lines 37-40
Forbearance.- There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. BURKE
2 So when a great man dies,
For years beyond our ken,
1So from the bosom of darkness our days come roaring and gleaming,
LONGFELLOW, A Fragment, August 4, 1856
LONGFELLOW, Charles Sumner, st. 9