September 10, 2011

No peace (or rest) for the wicked…


THE BIBLICAL ORIGIN:

“There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.”
       Isaiah 48:22 (King James version)
      
This Bible verse, and the similar line in Isaiah 57:20, gave rise to the proverbial saying “No rest for the wicked,” which eventually morphed into “No rest for the weary.” The meaning of the Bible verses is that people who do sinful, wicked things will be tormented and won’t be able to find peace in their lives.


HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“In this Kingdom of Evil,
There is no peace for the Righteous.
It is the wicked that inherited
This tortured World, engulfed
In the red, milky, cry-absorbing fog,
Guarding the wilted conscience of man.”
       Holocaust survivor Alexander Kimel
       In his poem
“We Will Never Forget – Auschwitz”


DAREDEVIL’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“They say there’s not rest for the wicked. But what about the good? The battle of Good vs. Evil is never-ending because evil always survives, with the help of evil men.”
       Daredevil (played by Ben Affleck)
       In the movie
Daredevil (2003)


DEEP THINKER’S VARIATION:

“There is no peace for the thinker, unless in some way he learns the wisdom of Professor FE Abbott’s dictum, ‘Either we must cease to think, or we must think more profoundly.’”
       Editorial in The Andover Review (June 1892)


PITY THE POOR POLITICIAN VERSION:

“There is no peace for the politician save in the grave.”
       Augustine Birrell
       In his
biography of William Hazlitt (1902)



PITY THE POOR VAMPIRE VERSION:

“There is no rest for the undead!”
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Zazzle.com


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