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CURSES
[ Also see Abuse Apparitions Ghosts Oaths Praise Profanity Spirits Superstition Threats Witches ]

A curse is like a cloud--it passes.
      - Philip James Bailey

We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.
      - William Blake

May the grass wither from thy feet; the woods
  Deny thee shelter! earth a home! the dust
    A grave! the sun his light! and heaven her God!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Oh! I will curse thee till thy frighted soul
  Runs mad with horror.
      - Nathaniel Lee

Curses are, like young chickens,
  And still come home to roost!
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

May those who love us love us.
  And those that don't love us,
    May God turn their hearts,
      And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
        May he turn their ankles,
          So we'll know them by their limping.
      - Old Irish Saying, an old Irish curse

But no, I will not curse them: thro' the world
  A curse will follow them, like the black plague
    Tracking their footsteps ever--day and night,
      Morning and eve, summer and winter ever.
      - Edna Dean Proctor

Curses are like processions: they return to whence they set out.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

Curses are like young chickens,
  And still come home to roost!
      - Proverb,
        (Arabian), quoted by Bulwer-Lytton "The Lady of Lyons", act V, sc. 2

Dinna curse him, sir; I have heard a good man say that a curse was like a stone flung up to the heavens, and maist like to return on his head that sent it.
      - Sir Walter Scott

All the contagion of the south light on you,
  You shames of Rome! you herd of--boils and plagues
    Plaster you o'er; that you may be abhorr'd
      Further than seen, and one infect another
        Against the wind a mile!
      - William Shakespeare

All the infections that the sun sucks up
  From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him
    By inch-meal a disease!
      - William Shakespeare

May never glorious sun reflex his beams
  Upon the country where you make abode!
    But darkness and the gloomy shade of death
      Environ you till mischief and despair
        Drive you to break your necks or hang yourselves.
      - William Shakespeare

Poison be their drink!
  Gall, worse than gall, the daintiest meat that they taste!--
    Their softest touch as smart as lizards' stings!
      Their music frightful as the serpent's hiss!
        And, boding screech-owls make the concert full!
      - William Shakespeare

Villains, vipers, damn'd without redemption;
  Dogs, easily won to fawn on any man;
    Snakes in my heart-blood warm'd, that sing my heart;
      Three Judases, each one thrice worse than Judas.
      - William Shakespeare

Whip me, ye devils,
  Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulphur,
    Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire.
      - William Shakespeare

You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
  Into her scornful eyes!--Infect her beauty,
    You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun,
      To fall and blister her pride!
      - William Shakespeare


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