For every time she shouted "Fire!" They only answered "Little liar!" And therefore when her aunt returned, Matilda, and the house, were burned.
Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)
Source: Cautionary Tales, I907, Matilda
Contributed by: Zaady
And the men that were boys when I was a boy Shall sit and drink with me.
Source: The South Country
Physicians of the utmost fame, Were called at once; but when they came They answered, as they took their fees, 'There is no Cure for this Disease.'
Source: Cautionary Tales, I907, Henry King
Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight, But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.
Source: The Pacifist
Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.
Source: The Silence of the Sea
Matilda told such dreadful lies, It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes; Her aunt, who, from her earliest youth, Had kept a strict regard for truth, Attempted to believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her.
"Oh, my friends, be warned by me, That breakfast, dinner, lunch and tea Are all the human frame requires . . . With that the wretched child expires.
A smell of burning fills the startled air - The Electrician is no longer there!
Source: Newdigate Poem
The chief defect of Henry King Was chewing little bits of string.
Of courtesy, it is much less Than courage of heart or holiness, Yet in my walks it seems to me That the Grace of God is in courtesy.
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