A plague of all cowards, I say. [ William Shakespeare ]
A plague of sighing and grief!
It blows a man up like a bladder. [ William Shakespeare ]
The plague of gold strikes far and near. [ Mrs. Browning ]
Music exalts each joy, allays each grief.
Expels diseases, softens every pain,
Subdues the rage of poison and of plague. [ Armstrong ]
Nature made every fop to plague his brother,
Just as one beauty mortifies another. [ Pope ]
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us. [ William Shakespeare ]
May widows wed as often as they can,
And ever for the better change their man;
And some devouring plague pursue their lives,
Who will not well be governed by their wives. [ Dryden ]
If a daughter you have, she's the plague of your life,
No peace shall you know though you've buried your wife!
At twenty she mocks at the duty you taught her -
Oh, what a plague is an obstinate daughter! [ Sheridan ]
Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. [ Proverb ]
It is not good to come near the plague, though to cure it. [ Proverb ]
If you make money your god, it will plague you like a devil. [ Proverb ]
I vow and protest there's more plague than pleasure with a secret. [ Colman ]
Fear of hypocrites and fools is the great plague of thinking and writing. [ J. Janin ]
The want of occupation is no less the plague of society than of solitude. [ Rousseau ]
The windflower and the violet, they perished long ago.
And the brier-rose and the orchis died amid the summer glow;
But on the hills the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood,
And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.
Till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men.
And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland glade and glen. [ Bryant ]
In the great majority of things habit is a greater plague than ever afflicted Egypt. [ John Foster ]
Here's such a plague every morning, with buckling shoes, gartering, combing and powdering. [ Farquhar ]
Trifles we should not let plague us only, but also gratify us; we should seize not their poison-bags only, but their honey-bags also. [ Richter ]
There is a world of science necessary in choosing books. I have known some people in great sorrow fly to a novel, or the last light book in fashion. One might as well take a rose-draught for the plague! Light reading does not do when the heart is really heavy. I am told that Goethe, when he lost his son, took to study a science that was new to him. Ah! Goethe was a physician who knew what he was about. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]