For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike.
In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer.
The anvil is not afraid of the hammer.
You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.
Hammer the iron that lies on your anvil instead of daydreaming about working silver.
Sometimes we are so busy being the hammer or the anvil, that we forget who really needs the shaping.
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
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.
Tell people the hammered truth, and it will ring like steel against an 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.
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.
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.
In France every man is either an anvil or a hammer; he is a beater or must be beaten.
One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
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.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
The Word of God is the anvil upon which the opinions of men are smashed.
I would rather be the hammer than the anvil
The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character.
Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
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.
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