Luck is the idol of the idle. [ Proverb ]
Honor, thou strong idol of man's mind. [ Sir P. Sidney ]
Beware of flattery, It is a weed
Which oft offends the very idol - vice,
Whose shrine it would perfume. [ Fenton ]
What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers? [ William Shakespeare ]
Do proper homage to thine idol's eyes.
But not too humbly, or she will despise
Thee and thy suit though told in moving tropes;
Disguise even tenderness, if thou art wise. [ Byron ]
Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. [ Proverb ]
Woman is an idol that man worships, until he throws it down.
A bold fellow is the jest of wise men, and the idol of fools. [ Proverb ]
Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age. [ Shelley ]
Love is a superstition that doth fear the idol which itself hath made. [ Sir T. Overbury ]
Not for herself was woman first created, nor yet to be man's idol, but his mate. [ Mrs. Norton ]
Were we perfectly acquainted with our idol, we should never passionately desire it. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
The heart of a loving woman is a golden sanctuary, where often there reigns an idol of clay. [ Limayrac ]
Many benefit by the caresses they have not inspired; many a vulgar reality serves as a pedestal to an ideal idol. [ T. Gautier ]
Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme, - to be sublimely great, or to be nothing. [ Southern ]
An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman. [ Addison ]
Those who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry - the power of their idol. It is true that, like other idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, nor understand; but, unlike other idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite. [ Colton ]