Her cap of velvet could not hold
The tresses of her hair of gold.
That flowed and floated like the stream.
And fell in masses down her neck. [ Longfellow ]
An evil conscience breaks many a man's neck. [ Proverb ]
Around the neck what dross are gold and pearl! [ Young ]
Neck or nothing, for the king loves no cripples. [ Proverb ]
Beads about the neck, and the devil in the heart. [ Proverb ]
Love's arms were wreathed about the neck of Hope,
And Hope kiss'd Love, and Love drew in her breath
In that close kiss and drank her whispered tales.
They say that Love would die when Hope was gone.
And Love mourned long, and sorrowed after Hope;
At last she sought out Memory, and they trod
The same old paths where Love had walked with Hope,
And Memory fed the soul of Love with tears. [ Tennyson ]
Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
And flare up bodily, wings and all. [ E. B. Browning ]
One may as soon break his neck as his fast at your house. [ Proverb ]
It looks as well as a diamond necklace about a sow's neck. [ Proverb ]
Nay, stay, quoth Stringer, when his neck was in the halter. [ Proverb ]
Rash presumption is a ladder which will break the mounter's neck. [ Proverb ]
On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise. [ Hafiz ]
You are so tender, you dare not be hanged for fear of galling your neck. [ Proverb ]
If a louse miss its footing on his coat, it will be sure to break its neck. [ Proverb ]
As stout as a miller's waistcoat, that takes a thief by the neck every day. [ Proverb ]
If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own. [ Proverb ]
Her hair down-gushing in an armful flows, And floods her ivory neck, and glitters as she goes. [ Allan Cunningham ]
Thrice I attempted to throw my arms round her neck there, and her ghost, thrice clutched in vain, eluded my grasp. [ Virgil ]
Imagination is a mettled horse that will break the rider's neck when a donkey would have carried him to the end of his journey, slow but sure. [ Southey ]
Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone's neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]
We cannot approach beauty. Its nature is like opaline dove's-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent. Herein it resembles the most excellent things, which have all this rainbow character, defying all attempts at appropriation and use. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Phaeton was his father's heir; born to attain the highest fortune without earning it; he had built no sun-chariot (could not build the simplest wheel-barrow), but could and would insist on driving one; and so broke his own stiff neck, sent gig and horses spinning through infinite space, and set the universe on fire. [ Carlyle ]