(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 90.
Reminding Isabella that the laws have existed even though they have not been enforced for some time.)
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, sect. 116 (written c. 1865), published in Intimate Journals (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), revised by Don Bachardy (1989).)
Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, February 7, 1844, the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, Massachusetts. "The Young American," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).)