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  • Personally, I believe that it was an accident and that Ellis Wyatt perished in the fire.
  • You’d let the whole world perish rather than soil that immaculate self of yours with a single spot of which you’d have to be ashamed.
  • It’s just that there’s no profits for them-that’s why they’re letting you perish, those greedy parasites!
  • He had changed the ancient Greek myth to his own purpose and meaning: Phaethon, the young son of Helios, who stole his father’s chariot and, in ambitious audacity, attempted to drive the sun across the sky, did not perish, as he perished in the myth; in Halley’s opera, Phaethon succeeded.
  • He had changed the ancient Greek myth to his own purpose and meaning: Phaethon, the young son of Helios, who stole his father’s chariot and, in ambitious audacity, attempted to drive the sun across the sky, did not perish, as he perished in the myth; in Halley’s opera, Phaethon succeeded.
  • If we are to perish, let’s make sure that we all perish together.
  • If we are to perish, let’s make sure that we all perish together.
  • We must put an end to it, once and for all, or perish-we, the men of the mind.
  • What difference does it make to you whether I perish with the railroad or away from it?
  • The day when the looters will perish, but we won’t.
  • If Taggart Transcontinental is to perish with the looters, then so am I.
  • And you knew you were leaving it to perish?
  • It must grow or perish.
  • But, you see, my father was a bishop-and of all his teachings there was only one sentence that I accepted: ’All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.’
  • This was his glory and his guilt-that he let them teach him to feel guilty of his glory, to accept the part of a sacrificial animal and, in punishment for the sin of intelligence, to perish on the altars of the brutes.
  • She was seeing-in the chaos of a perishing continent —the precise, mathematical execution of all the ideas men had held.
  • "By the grace of my love"-for you, said his eyes-"for the man," said his voice, "who did not perish in your catastrophe and who will never perish," She stood silently still for a moment, as if in respectful acknowledgment.
  • "By the grace of my love"-for you, said his eyes-"for the man," said his voice, "who did not perish in your catastrophe and who will never perish," She stood silently still for a moment, as if in respectful acknowledgment.
  • And farms are perishing all over the country-for lack of tools.
  • No, they had not perished, but who had?
  • They stopped, like men on an ocean liner propelled by ten-thousand-horsepower generators, but perishing for lack of a safety pin.
  • People are perishing-and it’s you who could save them!
  • Who had perished to pay for their manner of survival?
  • You have no country to save, if its industries perish.
  • Don’t sentence us to perish!
  • Now choose to perish or to learn that the anti-mind is the anti-life.
  • I am answering in the name of all your victims: Perish with and in your own void.
  • Perish, because we have learned that a zero cannot hold a mortgage over life.
  • Who are the victims, condemned to remain unacknowledged and to perish in silence, lest their agony disturb your pretense that they do not exist?
  • I am the first man who would not suffer martyrdom at the hands of those who wished me to perish for the privilege of keeping them, alive.
  • You will perish in and by your own unreality.
  • Do not pretend that you will perish for a noble ideal-you will perish as fodder for the haters of man.
  • Do not pretend that you will perish for a noble ideal-you will perish as fodder for the haters of man.
  • Choose whether you wish to perish for a morality you have never believed or practiced.
  • Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.
  • "You say that if we don’t give up the system, we’ll perish?" he asked.
  • Then, since we’re holding you, you will perish with us?
  • "If …." started Mr. Thompson, and his voice cracked suddenly into a moan, "if he dies, we all perish!"
  • If he goes, we perish.
  • But I know that they’re doomed, both of them, and so am I, and so is everybody, and she was all I had left…… It was so great, to be alive, it was such a wonderful chance, I didn’t know that I loved it and that that was our love, hers and mine and yours-but the world is perishing and we cannot stop it.
  • Take a look at them now, when you face your last choice-and if you choose to perish, do so with full knowledge of how cheaply how small an enemy has claimed your life.
  • …. all those years …. while the railroad was perishing …. while I was searching for men of intelligence …. while I was struggling to hold onto any scrap of it I could find ….
  • The life of a man of ability who might have perished in that catastrophe, but will escape the next one, which I’ll prevent-a man who has an intransigent mind and an unlimited ambition, and is in love with his own life …. the kind of man who is what we were when we started, you and I. You gave him up.
  • I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing-you who dread knowledge-I am the man who will now tell you.
  • Then Lawson said softly, half in reproach, half in scorn, "Well, after all, you businessmen have kept predicting disasters for years, you’ve cried catastrophe at every progressive measure and told us that we’ll perish-but we haven’t."
  • …fellows in the sun discovered that a drilling bit which had cost a hundred dollars, now cost them five hundred, there being no market for oil field equipment, and the suppliers having to earn on one drill what they had earned on five, or perish-then the pipe lines began to close, there being no one able to pay for their upkeep-then the railroads were granted permission to raise their freight rates, there being little oil to carry and the cost of running tank trains having crushed…
  • Armed with nothing but meaningless phrases, this boy had been thrown to fight for existence, he had hobbled and groped through a brief, doomed effort, he had screamed his indignant, bewildered protest —and had perished in his first attempt to soar on his mangled wings.
  • Just as man is free to attempt to survive in any random manner, but will perish unless he lives as his nature requires, so he is free to seek his happiness in any mindless fraud, but the torture of frustration is all he will find, unless he seeks the happiness proper to man.
  • When the looters’ state collapses, deprived of the best of its slaves, when it falls to a level of impotent chaos, like the mystic-ridden nations of the Orient, and dissolves into starving robber gangs fighting to rob one another-when the advocates of the morality of sacrifice perish with their final ideal-then and on that day we will return.
  • Sure, I could pretend-and I wouldn’t save your economy or your system, nothing will save them now-but I’d perish and what you’d win would be what you’ve always won in the past: a postponement, one more stay of execution, for another year-or month-bought at the price of whatever hope and effort might still be squeezed out of the best of the human remnants left around you, including me.
  • But not knowing any values of their own, they abandon the quest to know-in the darkness of their hopeless indignation, which is righteous without knowledge of the right, and passionate without knowledge of desire, they concede to you the power of reality and surrender the incentives of their mind-and they perish in bitter futility, as rebels who never learned the object of their rebellion, as lovers who never discovered their love.
  • …was both solemn and frantic, the shadings of expressions appearing to sway and weave, as if cast by a distant flame, some frightened, some angry, most of them uneasy, uncertain, expectant, but all of them acknowledging a fact much beyond an industrial catastrophe, all of them knowing what it meant, though none would name Us meaning, all of them carrying a touch of laughter, a laughter of amusement and defiance, the bitter laughter of perishing victims who feel that they are avenged.
  • …victories of evil, the preposterous plans and unintelligible goals proclaimed in volumes of muddy philosophy, the desperate wonder of the victims who thought that some complex, malevolent wisdom was moving the powers destroying the world-and all of it had rested on one tenet behind the shifty eyes of the victors: he’ll do something! …. We’ll get away with it-he’ll let us-he’ll do something! …. You businessmen kept predicting that we’d perish, but we haven’t…. It was true, he thought.
  • …their secession from the country, went on to the final extreme of the very evil that had destroyed them, as if fighting murder with suicide: went on to seize all property within their reach, to declare community bondage of all to all, and to perish within a week, their meager loot consumed, in the bloody hatred of all for all, in the chaos of no rule save that of the gun, to perish under the lethargic thrust of a few worn soldiers sent out from Washington to bring order to the ruins.
  • …their secession from the country, went on to the final extreme of the very evil that had destroyed them, as if fighting murder with suicide: went on to seize all property within their reach, to declare community bondage of all to all, and to perish within a week, their meager loot consumed, in the bloody hatred of all for all, in the chaos of no rule save that of the gun, to perish under the lethargic thrust of a few worn soldiers sent out from Washington to bring order to the ruins.
  • …the flour mills and grain markets of the country were screaming over the phones and the telegraph wires, sending pleas to New York and delegations to Washington, while strings of freight cars from random corners of the continent were crawling like rusty caterpillars across the map in the direction of Minnesota-the wheat and hope of the country were waiting to perish along an empty track, under the unchanging green lights of signals that called for motion to trains that were not there.
  • People are perishing and-Oh, for Christ’s sake," he snapped, "stop pacing!"

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  • ...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
  • We can work together or perish separately.

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