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Don’t expect perfection of a mere mortal.
  human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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mortality mortal mortals
Strongly Associated with:   mortality, immortal, immortalize
Mortal has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • Don’t expect perfection of a mere mortal.
  • In the story, he was neither a mortal nor a god. He was a demi-god.
  • People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
    Albert Einstein (in a letter to Otto Juliusburger)
  • Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
    Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven

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  • merchants stood as a driving force behind the heroes of the age of discovery; this first heroic impulse to conquer the world emanated from very mortal forces—in the beginning, there was spice.
    Stefan Zweig
  • I was under strict orders from Chiron never to take my anger out on regular mortals,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Lord, what fools these mortals be!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • "It is not easy for us to tell the difference between two mortals" said the Elf.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gods are different from mortals, boy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I had to stop her from hurting the mortals.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth

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  • Few mortals have ever done this and survived:
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • You mortals and your short lives.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Poor mortals, how we labor all in vain!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough to be typified by a black veil.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • ...dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • Lestat hunted for mortals every night,
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Now Lucy had wanted very badly to try the other spell, the one that made you beautiful beyond the lot of mortals.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Here I am at your mercy, princess—
    are you a goddess or a mortal?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ...what mortal imagination could conceive it?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • "Percy," she said, her voice tight, "Rachel is just a mortal."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • It is our mortal lot to suffer and...
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But the voice of God
    To mortal ear is dreadful:
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For it is perilous for mortal man to walk out of the world of this Sun,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • who has suffered almost more than any mortal can bear.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Granma said the understanding run deeper as the years went by, and she reckined it would get beyond anything mortal folks could think upon or explain.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Jonathan Shadowhunter called on me then, and begged me to mix my blood with the blood of mortal men in a Cup and create a race of warriors who would rid this earth of demonkind.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Brother Daniel was talking of the last moment we knew of in Mary’s human life... Our Blessed Mother had been taken up into heaven, body and soul. What did we think of that? We went around the room, everyone declaring it was an honor for a mere mortal.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Pierc’d the proud Grecian’s only mortal part:
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • No mortal man has gone this way before,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • I will be ready to risk my life at any time ... for the mortal world with whose safety we are charged.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • You unrivaled lords of jealousy—
    scandalized when goddesses sleep with mortals,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Now, think of the most unlucky mortal ever born—
    since you ask me, yes, they say I am his son."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • We live too far apart, out in the surging sea,
    off at the world’s end—
    no other mortals come to mingle with us.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But so many other things we suffered, past that count—
    what mortal in this wide world could tell it all?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It’s light work for a willing god to save a mortal
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Show me the trick to trap this ancient power,
     or he’ll see or sense me first and slip away.
    It’s hard for a mortal man to force a god.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • bringing light to immortal gods and mortal men,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Odysseus journeys home—the exile must return.
    But not in the convoy of the gods or mortal men.
    No, on a lashed, makeshift raft and wrung with pains,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So now at last, you gods, you train your spite on me
    for keeping a mortal man beside me.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • and Odysseus took the seat that Hermes just left,
    while the nymph set out before him every kind
    of food and drink that mortal men will take.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Hardly right, is it,
    for mortal woman to rival immortal goddess?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She is mortal after all
    and you, you never age or die .
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Ino, a mortal woman once with human voice...
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • there he sits and takes his wine, a mortal like a god.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • As the sun sprang up, leaving the brilliant waters in its wake,
    climbing the bronze sky to shower light on immortal gods
    and mortal men across the plowlands ripe with grain—
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I’m just a mortal man.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mortal [1] , mortality [2] , immortal [1] , immortalize [6] , immortal [1] , mortality [2] , immortalize [6]
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