I am as free as nature first made man.
Ere the base laws of servitude began,
When wild in woods the noble savage ran. [ Dryden ]
Authors alone, with more than savage rage,
Unnatural war with brother authors wage. [ Churchill ]
A six-foot suckling, mincing in its gait.
Affected, peevish, prim and delicate;
Fearful it seemed, tho' of athletic make,
Lest brutal breezes should so roughly shake
Its tender form, and savage motion spread
O'er its pale cheeks, the horrid manly red. [ Churchill ]
As well the noble savage of the field
Might tamely couple with the fearful ewe;
Tigers might engender with the timid deer;
Wild, muddy boars defile the cleanly ermine,
Or vultures sort with doves; as I with thee. [ Lee ]
Existence may be borne, and the deep root
Of life and sufferance make its firm abode
In bare and desolate bosoms: mute
The camel labors with the heaviest load.
And the wolf dies in silence: Not bestowed
In vain should such examples be; if they.
Things of ignoble or of savage mood,
Endure and shrink not, we of nobler clay
May temper it to bear - it is but for a day. [ Byron ]
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. [ Congreve ]
The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel. [ Lord Kames ]
All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. [ Voltaire ]
It is in refinement and elegance that the civilized man differs from the savage. [ Dr. Johnson ]
There is nothing more allied to the barbarous and savage character than sullenness, concealment, and reserve. [ Parke Godwin ]
Bravery is a cheap and vulgar quality, of which the brightest instances are frequently found in the lowest savage. [ Chatfield ]
Man is at bottom a savage animal and an object of dread, as we may see (it is added) he still is when emancipated from all control. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]
Gunpowder makes all men alike tall.... Hereby at last is the Goliath powerless and the David resistless; savage animalism is nothing, inventive spiritualism is all. [ Carlyle ]
Women of the world never use harsh expressions when condemning their rivals. Like the savage, they hurl elegant arrows, ornamented with feathers of purple and azure, but with poisoned points.
Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings, - as some savage tribes determine the power of their muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Permanence, perseverance, persistence in spite of hindrances, discouragements, and "impossibilities:" it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak; the civilised burgher from the nomadic savage - the species Man from the genus Ape. [ Carlyle ]
A prolific source of obscurity is ambiguous arrangement. A member of the Savage Club, so runs the story, was one day standing on the steps of the club house. A messenger stopped and inquired:
Does a gentleman belong to your club with one eye named Walker?
I don't know, was the answer,
what was the name of his other eye? [ Sir J. F. Stephen, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]