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LIONS
[ Also see Animals Mammals ]

The lion is beyond dispute
  Allow'd the most majestic brute;
    His valor and his generous mind
      Prove him superior of his kind.
      - John Gay

The Lyon is not so fierce as they paint him.
  [The lion is not so fierce as they paint him.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Poor conquer'd lion--from that haughty glance
  Still speaks the courage unsubdued by time,
    And in the grandeur of thy sullen tread
      Lives the proud spirit of thy burning clime.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Do not pluck the beard of a dead lion.
  [Lat., Noli
    Barbam vellere mortuo leoni.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Epigrams
         (bk. X, 90)

They rejoice
  Each with their kind, lion with lioness,
    So fitly them in pairs thou hast combined.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 392)

Rouse the lion from his lair.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Talisman
         (heading of ch. VI),
        part of the Tales of the Crusaders

A lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing; for there is not a more fearful wild-fowl than your lion living.
      - William Shakespeare

A lioness with udders all drawn dry,
  Lay couching, head on ground, with catlike watch,
    When that the sleeping man should stir; for 'tis
      The royal disposition of that beast
        To prey on nothing that doth seem as dead.
      - William Shakespeare

The man that once did sell the lion's skin
  While the beast lived, was killed with hunting him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, iii)


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