|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.|
BaconOn Seditions. Quoted as a Spanish Proverb.
| But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.|
BurkeSpeech on the Conciliation of America.
Henry FieldingTom Jones. Bk. X. Ch. VIII. SheridanSchool for Scandal. Act V. Sc. 1.
|Amiable weakness of human nature.|
GibbonDecline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Ch. XIV.
|Das sterbliche Geschlecht ist viel zu schwach|
In ungewohnter Höhe nicht zu schwindeln.
The mortal race is far too weak not to grow dizzy on unwonted heights.
GoetheIphigenia auf Tauris. I. 3. 98.
|And the weak soul, within itself unblessd,|
Leans for all pleasure on anothers breast.
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 271.
|On affaiblit toujours tout ce quon exagère.|
We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.
La HarpeMélanie. I. 1.
|Soft-heartedness, in times like these,|
Shows sofness in the upper story!
LowellThe Biglow Papers. Second Series. No. 7.
| If weakness may excuse,|
What murderer, what traitor, parricide,
Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it?
All wickedness is weakness; that plea, therefore,
With God or man will gain thee no remission.
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 831.
|Heaven forming each on other to depend,|
A master, or a servant, or a friend,
Bids each on other for assistance call,
Till one mans weakness grows the strength of all.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 249.
|Fine by defect, and delicately weak.|
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. II. L. 43.
|Even the weakest is thrust to the wall.|
In Scogins Tests. (1540). The weakest goeth to the wall. Title of a play printed 1600, and 1618. The weakest goes to the wall. TuvillEssays Morall. (1609).
|Weakness to be wroth with weakness! womans pleasure, womans pain|
Nature made them blinder motions bounded in a shallower brain.
TennysonLocksley Hall. St. 75.