Careful Words

rush (n.)

rush (v.)

rush (adj.)

Man but a rush against Othello's breast,

And he retires.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act v. Sc. 2.

In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies;

All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.

Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes:

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.

Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,

Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 123.

The combat deepens. On, ye brave,

Who rush to glory or the grave!

Wave, Munich! all thy banners wave,

And charge with all thy chivalry!

Thomas Campbell (1777-1844): Hohenlinden.