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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.
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • For those who perished on the line
    He did not seem to care,
    His engine being more to him
    Than all the people there.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • CREON The patriot perished by the outlaw’s brand.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They’d perish if they went outdoors in this weather!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • Love each other or perish.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • They perish from hunger and from the claws of the wild beasts...
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Shaking in every limb, I groped my way back to the wall; resolving there to perish rather than risk the terrors of the wells,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • ...government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from this earth.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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  • Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • But when he was held, rootless, in mid-air, by Hercules, he perished easily.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Here, homeless and friendless, after thirty-seven years of bitter captivity, perished a noble stranger, natural son of Louis XIV.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • If I marry you, When your time has come to perish Then the maiden whom you cherish Must be slaughtered, too!
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Even an acknowledgment from someone who hates him is better than having no one but strangers watch him perish.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • And if something should happen to it—if, for example, it died—he would perish with it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The farmer had died of the plague, and the remnants of his family had fled to the nearest town, where they, too, succumbed, adding their numbers to the billions who perished in the 3rd Wave.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Stewardess Who Perished in Crash Warned Sister
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • He perished in the great silence epidemic of 1712.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • These will be punished, for without the help of all, all must perish.
    Scott O’Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Tens of thousands of people scrambled for their lives, became trapped and confused; most figured out how to escape, but scores of people perished in    dead-end streets.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Was it destined to perish in this tomb of ice along with all those on board?
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But just as time heals the marsh grasses that wither and perish in the winter cold, so does it quell the storms that often threaten the human soul.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Sink or swim, survive or perish," wrote a young Kentuckian who went with the South, "I will fight in defence of my country."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Even more wrenching to recount, I, too, had come to Okinawa only days after Eddie had perished (who knows, I have often wondered, perhaps scant hours after he took his mortal wound), to encounter no enemy, no fear, no danger at all, but, through the grace of history, a wrecked yet peaceful Oriental landscape across which I would wander unscathed and unthreatened during the last few weeks before Hiroshima.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "You shall perish," said the coach.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Before he perished, Bruder was able to tell a remarkable story to his rescuers.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916
  • "Your parents," Mr. Poe said, "have perished in a terrible fire."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • The snakes, and indeed everything in the Reptile Room, were the last reminders the Baudelaires had of the few happy days they’d spent there at the house—the few happy days they’d had since their parents had perished.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • "I havena got any clothes on, and it’s perishing in the corridor.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Well —" he rolled his eyes—"I was still a bit green, but I realized at that rate I’d be perishing of old age before I ever got out of there.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "I’m ’bout to perish," said Dill.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Then all your children would have perished, the div said, for they would have been cursed anyway, fathered as they were by a weak man.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • They had had to give up trying to get to the yards, and had nearly perished in a drift.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Without local support their primitive supply line would perish, and they would rapidly begin to lose recruits.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The vicomte said that the Duc d’Enghien had perished by his own magnanimity, and that there were particular reasons for Buonaparte’s hatred of him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We cannot let him perish at our very gates.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I must have perished with cold, but that, the coldest nights, I used to steal a bag which was used for carrying corn to the mill.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The earth goddess whom you have insulted may refuse to give us her increase, and we shall all perish.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Good-bye until the next time, dear Celie, from a pitiful, cast-out woman who may perish during the rainy season.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • My father and mother and my sisters perished in the flames.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • O, how fit a word Is that vile name to perish on my sword!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • At twenty-three he had perished in action.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But that is gone, and we must so work, that other poor souls perish not, whilst we can save.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Fishes are, of course, unable to live in it, and those which descend through the Jordan, the Weber, and other streams soon perish.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • At one Illinois mental hospital, new patients were dosed with milk from cows infected with tuberculosis, in the belief that only the undesirable would perish.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • How we wives and mothers do perish at the hands of our own righteousness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • When I appeared on deck the master said, "Here is our captain, and he will not allow you to perish on the open sea."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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