“The strongest poison ever known / Came from Caesar's laurel crown.”
“Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Force may subdue, but love gains, and he that forgives first wins the laurel.”
“LAUREL, n. The _laurus_, a vegetable dedicated to Apollo, and formerly defoliated to wreathe the brows of victors and such poets as had influence at court. (_Vide supra._)”
“Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, / And burnèd is Apollo's laurel-bough, / That sometime grew within this learnèd man.”
“Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.”
“What forests of laurel we bring, and the tears of mankind, to those who stood firm against the opinion of their contemporaries!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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