The bronze idol
, for instance, upon my writing case is four hundred years old, to my certain knowledge, and my tapestries were woven when in this country your walls went bare.
And when he inquired of the high priest who should first profane the altars and temples of their idols with the enclosures that were about them, Coifi answered,
And mounting the same he set out to destroy the idols.
Of these Bacon finds four sorts: idols
of the tribe, which are inherent in human nature; idols
of the cave, the errors of the individual; idols
of the market-place, due to mistaken reliance on words; and idols
of the theater
Not a town or city we passed through but had their pagodas, their idols, and their temples, and ignorant people worshipping even the works of their own hands.
Thus it was here; for wherever we came, though at these towns and stations the garrisons and governors were Russians, and professed Christians, yet the inhabitants were mere pagans, sacrificing to idols, and worshipping the sun, moon, and stars, or all the host of heaven; and not only so, but were, of all the heathens and pagans that ever I met with, the most barbarous, except only that they did not eat men's flesh.
To save you the trouble of wading through a lot of scientific detail, which I know you don't care about, I'll tell you that the story is about a queer idol
of solid gold, weighing many pounds, and, in consequence, of great value.
At last extinguishing the fire, he took the idol
up very unceremoniously, and bagged it again in his grego pocket as carelessly as if he were a sportsman bagging a dead woodcock.
In fact, placed before the strict and piercing truth, this whole story will fare like that fish, flesh, and fowl idol
of the Philistines, Dagon by name; who being planted before the ark of Israel, his horse's head and both the palms of his hands fell off from him, and only the stump or fishy part of him remained.
For instance, you have never thought of yourself as a golden idol
It is a poor saying of Epicurus, Satis magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus; as if man, made for the contemplation of heaven, and all noble objects, should do nothing but kneel before a little idol
, and make himself a subject, though not of the mouth (as beasts are), yet of the eye; which was given him for higher purposes.
A VERY POOR MAN, a Carpenter by trade, had a wooden image of Mercury, before which he made offerings day by day, and begged the idol
to make him rich, but in spite of his entreaties he became poorer and poorer.
said to a Missionary, "My friend, why do you seek to bring me into contempt?
Badly smelleth their idol
to me, the cold monster: badly they all smell to me, these idolaters.
The box was full of treasures--curios that John Pendleton had picked up in years of travel--and concerning each there was some entertaining story, whether it were a set of exquisitely carved chessmen from China, or a little jade idol