Sometimes we are so busy being the hammer or the anvil, that we forget who really needs the shaping.
Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on His anvil into what frame He desires.
You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
The country blacksmith who employs no journeyman is never conscious of any conflict between the capital invested in his anvil, hammer and bellows, and the labor he performs with them, because in fact, there is none.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike.
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
It is a fantastic initiative by the ministry to develop Aakash Tablet, a mobile device that can be utilised by students anywhere. It was successfully tried out. The second and third versions have come out and the fourth version is on the anvil.
As great Pythagoras of yore,
Standing beside the blacksmith's door,
And hearing the hammers, as they smote
The anvils with a different note,
Stole from the varying tones, that hung
Vibrant on every iron tongue,
The secret of the sounding wire.
And formed the seven-chorded lyre.
Hammer the iron that lies on your anvil instead of daydreaming about working silver.
Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain't something you see twice. "For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, "anvils.
I keep waiting, like in the cartoons, for an anvil to drop on my head.
A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.
The Word of God is the anvil upon which the opinions of men are smashed.
We are not taught that hardship is the anvil upon which we are beaten into beauty. We are not taught that some of our greatest moments are some of our most difficult.
Every theory in medicine, if medicine is to remain healthy, must be beaten out on the anvil of skepticism. So do we weed out charlatanism.
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
[Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage,
Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]
You can't run away from your identity. Even if I went to another band, I'd still be Lips from the band Anvil. I've spent my entire life trying to be that, that's what I am. There's nowhere to run.
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