Paul envisaged the whole of mankind, both Jew and Gentile, as being in this fatal state of perdition and as needing a common savior, who is Jesus.
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Then I considered the fact that they both simply might be crazy, or outcast like Paolo and Francesca, caught up in some weird, shared perdition.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I felt myself surrounded by so many fiends from perdition.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dear lady, I had none to support me; all looked on me as a wretch doomed to ignominy and perdition.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
He would have to bury his daughter in unholy ground, and without the saving grace of the mass her soul was doomed to perdition.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
Was there not a spirit in him which, silent as it was, burned on him like the fires of perdition?
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
On the contrary, I shall have great pleasure in sending it to perdition to punish its Maker,’ exclaimed the blasphemer.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
I cannot give you up to perdition as a vessel of wrath: repent — resolve, while there is yet time.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
"And people are wrong, d’Artagnan; for death is the door which leads to perdition or to salvation."
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
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Before him is a dead sea that stretches in azure calm before the eye; but he who unwarily ventures within its embrace finds himself struggling with a monster that would drag him down to perdition.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
It is your soul that I buy from you; I withdraw it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you;—though, I know, to divide him inventorially would dizzy the arithmetic of memory, and yet but yaw neither, in respect of his quick sail.
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Was he concocting a final plan of death for her and of perdition for himself?
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Then Sir Percivale perceived it was a fiend, the which would have brought him unto his perdition.
Thomas Malory -- Le Morte D’Arthur
It’s really easier to face bereavement, dishonor, and the perdition of one’s soul—than this kind of prolonged hunger.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Stand here, make a good show on’t; this shall end without the perdition of souls.
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
But God nevertheless decided that certain people should be saved from perdition.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
Below them, black horrid figures struggled through the flames of perdition while the Black Man sat on a huge flame-colored throne with a trident in one hand.
Stephen King -- Carrie
Our quest was at a standstill, when one spake And bowed us all to earth like quivering reeds, For there was no gainsaying him nor way To escape perdition: _Ye_are_bound_to_tell_ _The_King,_ye_cannot_hide_it; so he spake.
Sophocles -- Antigone
Merlin, the mighty liar and magician, perdition singe him for the weariness he worketh with his one tale!
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
But I rather judge it the kinder feelings of nature, which grieves that so goodly a form should be a vessel of perdition.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
The direful spectacle of the wrack, which touch’d The very virtue of compassion in thee, I have with such provision in mine art So safely ordered that there is no soul— No, not so much perdition as an hair Betid to any creature in the vessel Which thou heard’st cry, which thou saw’st sink.
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
’I never found it either!’ said I. ’In the meantime, sir,’ said Mr. Chillip, ’they are much disliked; and as they are very free in consigning everybody who dislikes them to perdition, we really have a good deal of perdition going on in our neighbourhood!
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
They were worked in the yards all the seven days of the week, and they had their prize fights and crap games on Sunday nights as well; but then around the corner one might see a bonfire blazing, and an old, gray-headed Negress, lean and witchlike, her hair flying wild and her eyes blazing, yelling and chanting of the fires of perdition and the blood of the "Lamb," while men and women lay down upon the ground and moaned and screamed in convulsions of terror and remorse.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Four years after, you find me a Christian enthusiast; you then work upon me, perhaps to my complete perdition!
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Then he remembered his father and his mother, and all the arms stretched out to hold him back, to save him from this city where, they said, his soul would find perdition.
James Baldwin -- Go Tell It on the Mountain
Fermina Daza shared with her schoolmates the singular idea that the Arcade of the Scribes was a place of perdition that was forbidden, of course, to decent young ladies.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
Let it not be seen that thou art (even if perchance thou art, which I do not believe) covetous, a follower of women, or a glutton; for when the people and those that have dealings with thee become aware of thy special weakness they will bring their batteries to bear upon thee in that quarter, till they have brought thee down to the depths of perdition.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
Him the Almighty Power Hurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky, With hideous ruin and combustion, down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire, Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
And in the hopeful meantime, Tom goes to perdition head foremost in his old determined spirit.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
"Her nephew will come to perdition," Mrs. Crawley cried.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
Your spiritual power is earthly perdition.
T.S. Eliot -- Murder in the Cathedral
I find my follies are irretrievable; and all your goodness cannot save me from perdition.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
Nevertheless, that a male dissembler who by deluging her with untenable fictions charms the female wisely, may acquire powers reaching to the extremity of perdition, is a truth taught to many by unsought and wringing occurrences.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
The bodies of the Aurelianos were no sooner cold in their graves than Aureliano Segundo had the house lighted up again, filled with drunkards playing the accordion and dousing themselves in champagne, as if dogs and not Christians had died, and as if that madhouse which had cost her so many headaches and so many candy animals was destined to become a trash heap of perdition.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
He had never before been so much struck with the fact that this unfortunate bay was a roarer to a degree which required the roundest word for perdition to give you any idea of it.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
When the noise had moderated a little, the chair proposed that "our illustrious guests be at once elected, by complimentary acclamation, to membership in our ever-glorious organization, the paradise of the free and the perdition of the slave."
Mark Twain -- Pudd’nhead Wilson
But with the Catholic Question had come a slight wind of controversy to break the calm: the elderly rector had become occasionally historical and argumentative; and Mr. Spray, the Independent minister, had begun to preach political sermons, in which he distinguished with much subtlety between his fervent belief in the right of the Catholics to the franchise and his fervent belief in their eternal perdition.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
And he, and more Than he, and men,—the earth, the heavens, and all:— That,—were I crown’d the most imperial monarch, Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth That ever made eye swerve; had force and knowledge More than was ever man’s,—I would not prize them Without her love: for her employ them all; Commend them, and condemn them to her service, Or to their own perdition.
William Shakespeare -- The Winter’s Tale
This was well entertained by the whole company, who, looking at the Cardinal, perceived that he was not ill-pleased at it; only the Friar himself was vexed, as may be easily imagined, and fell into such a passion that he could not forbear railing at the Fool, and calling him knave, slanderer, backbiter, and son of perdition, and then cited some dreadful threatenings out of the Scriptures against him.
Thomas More -- Utopia
We made no promises to storm barricades; We shall go down to perdition openly.
Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago
You face the damning of your soul to perdition.
Zane Grey -- Riders of the Purple Sage
So many of the men looked so young to be traveling that road to perdition.
Russell Baker -- Growing Up
MEPHISTOPHELES Yes, one of weight, with many sighs: Three hundred masses buy, to save him from perdition!
Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) -- Faust
Then Sir Percivale perceived it was a fiend, the which would have brought him unto his perdition.
Thomas Malory -- Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
[turning on Barbara] you talk of your half-saved ruffian in West Ham: you accuse me of dragging his soul back to perdition.
George Bernard Shaw -- Major Barbara
DRUMMOND Then how in perdition do you have the gall to whoop up this holy war against something you don’t knov anything about?
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee -- Inherit the Wind
Upon what he deemed the unblushing treachery of the Bellegardes Newman wasted little thought; he consigned it, once for all, to eternal perdition.