The flash of his keen black eyes
Forerunning the thunder. [ Longfellow ]
There is a Reaper whose name is Death,
And with his sickle keen.
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between. [ Longfellow ]
The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion. [ Hannah More ]
Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose,
Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes. [ Goldsmith ]
Gratitude is a keen sense of favours to come. [ Talleyrand ]
Those edges soonest turn, that are most keen;
A sober moderation stands secure.
No violent extremes endure. [ Aleyn ]
See the enfranchised bird, who wildly springs,
With a keen sparkle in his glowing eye
And a strong effort in his quivering wings,
Up to the blue vault of the happy sky. [ Mrs. Norton ]
Trade hardly deems the busy day begun,
Till his keen eye along the sheet has run;
The blooming daughter throws her needle by.
And reads her schoolmate's marriage with a sigh;
While the grave mother puts her glasses on.
And gives a tear to some old crony gone.
The preacher, too, his Sunday theme lays down,
To know what last new folly fills the town;
Lively or sad, life's meanest, mightiest things.
The fate of fighting cocks, or fighting kings. [ Sprague ]
The wounds invisible that Love's keen arrows make. [ William Shakespeare ]
Hatred is keener than friendship, less keen than love. [ Vauvenargues ]
When our hatred is too keen it places us beneath those we hate. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
Who rises from a feast with that keen appetite that he sits down? [ William Shakespeare ]
The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen as is the razor's edge invisible. [ Shakespeare ]
To leave this keen encounter of our wits, and fall somewhat into a slower method. [ William Shakespeare ]
Experience is a keen knife that hurts, while it extracts the cataract that blinds. [ De Finod ]
We pass by common objects or persons without noticing them; but the keen eye detects and notes types everywhere and among all classes. [ Thackeray ]
Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up. Labour, with keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something. Luck relies on chance, labour on character. [ Cobden ]
One (poem) courts the shade; another, not afraid of the critic's keen eye, chooses to be seen in a strong light; the one pleases but once, the other will still please if ten times repeated. [ Horace ]
Men with gray eyes are generally keen, energetic, and at first cold; but you may depend upon their sympathy with real sorrow. Search the ranks of our benevolent men and you will agree with me. [ Dr. Leask ]
If the ear is the road to the heart, and the heart to the affections, how keen must the affliction of deafness be to those who possess great tenderness of the one, and susceptibility of the other. [ J. Ellis ]
Talent is something, but tact is everything. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles. [ W. P. Scargill ]
The invention of printing added a new element of power to the race. From that hour, in a most especial sense, the brain and not the arm, the thinker and not the soldier, books and not kings, were to rule the world; and weapons, forged in the mind, keen-edged and brighter than the sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and the battle-axe. [ Whipple ]
Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up. Labor, with keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something. Luck lies in bed, and wishes the postman would bring him the news of a legacy. Labor turns out at six o'clock, and with busy pen or ringing hammer lays the foundation of a competence. Luck whines. Labor whistles. Luck relies on chance. Labor on character. [ Cobden ]