Alas! we are the sport of destiny. [ Thackeray ]
Misery makes sport to mock itself. [ William Shakespeare ]
A day for toil, an hour for sport.
But for a friend is life too short. [ Emerson ]
Earnest and sport go well together. [ Danish Proverb ]
That is good sport that fills the belly. [ Proverb ]
The victor's pastime, and the sport of war. [ Prior ]
When age is jocund it makes sport for death. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport. [ William Shakespeare ]
What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse. [ Opitz ]
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together;
Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee; youth I do adore thee. [ William Shakespeare ]
It is a poor sport that is not worth the candle. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
The mind, relaxing into needful sport,
Should turn to writers of an abler sort.
Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style,
Give truth a lustre and make wisdom smile. [ Cowper ]
Dreams, which, beneath the hov'ring shades of night.
Sport with the ever-restless minds of men.
Descend not from the gods. Each busy brain
Creates its own. [ Thomas Love Peacock ]
There is no such sport as sport by sport overthrown. [ William Shakespeare ]
The spell is thine that reaches
The heart, and makes the wisest head its sport;
And there's one rare, strange virtue in thy speeches,
The secret of their mastery - they are short. [ Halleck ]
Genius works in sport, and goodness smiles to the last. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
The best of the sport is to do the deed and say nothing. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
When a goose dances, and a fool versifies, there is sport. [ Proverb ]
Detested sport, that owes its pleasures to another's pain. [ Cowper ]
He that laughs when he is alone will make sport in company. [ Proverb ]
Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly. [ Hazlitt ]
Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport the world knows. [ Theodore Roosevelt ]
Man, living, feeling man, is the easy sport of the overmastering present. [ Friedrich Schiller ]
Men are the sport of circumstances, when the circumstances seem the sport of men. [ Byron ]
Heaven makes sport of human affairs, and the present hour gives no sure promise of the next. [ Ovid ]
The wise man tells not what he knows. It is not prudent to sport with one's head by revealing the king's secrets. [ Saadi ]
Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on the earth in the night season, and melt away with the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world. [ Dickens ]
Why doth Fate, that often bestows thousands of souls on a conqueror or tyrant, to be the sport of his passions, so often deny to the tenderest and most feeling hearts one kindred one on which to lavish their affections? Why is it that Love must so often sigh in vain for an object, and Hate never? [ Richter ]
Though no participator in the joys of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures, in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practice toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]