„Shall the iron argue with the smith what it would be?
Or, shall the wrought iron reason with the monger
To whom it would be sold?“

"Benzaquen", p. 113.
Along the Trail (1898)

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Richard Hovey
écrivain américain 1864 - 1900

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Algernon Charles Swinburne photo

„Not with dreams, but with blood and with iron,
Shall a nation be moulded at last.“

—  Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic 1837 - 1909

A Word for the Country.

Thomas Friedman photo

„Sooner or later, Mr. Bush argued, sanctions would force Mr. Hussein's generals to bring him down, and then Washington would have the best of all worlds: an iron-fisted Iraqi junta without Saddam Hussein.“

—  Thomas Friedman American journalist and author 1953

The World; A Rising Sense That Iraq's Hussein Must Go, New York Times, July 7, 1991, 2008-01-13 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CEFDC1530F934A35754C0A967958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all,

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„Whom none could overcome with iron or gold.“

—  Ennius Roman writer -239 - -169 avant J.-C.

As quoted by Cicero in De Re Publica, Book III, Chapter IV
Iron is a metonym for sword/warfare, and gold for money/bribery.
Original: (la) Quem nemo ferro potuit superare nec auro.

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„No easy hope or lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul.“

—  Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936

For All We Have and Are, Stanza 4.
Other works
Contexte: No easy hope or lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul.
There is but one task for all—
One life for each to give.
What stands if Freedom fall?
Who dies if England live?

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„Would you buy a book proudly stating on the cover that its reader is a dummy? Or would you think "of course it's ironic?"“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009

read the fine manual, please http://groups.google.com/group/comp.emacs/msg/821a0f04bab91864 (Usenet article).
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous

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„Iron sharpens iron.“

—  Mike Tomlin head coach of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers 1972

As quoted in "Inside Tomlin's style: Humility, words matter for Steelers coach" by Jarrett Bell, in USA Today (31 January 2009) http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/steelers/2009-01-29-tomlin-cover_N.htm
Derived from Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

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„Would you please publish the enclosed manuscript or return it without delay, as I have other irons in the fire.“

—  Elinor Glyn British novelist and scriptwriter 1864 - 1943

A covering note sent with a manuscript submission, which was supposedly returned with the answer, "Put this with your other irons." The same story had much earlier been told about Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Piozzi in Kate Sanborn Home Pictures of English Poets (New York: Appleton, 1869) p. 215.

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„If gold rusts, what then can iron do?“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, livre The Canterbury Tales

Source: The Canterbury Tales

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„Aluminium, however, will not stop at downing copper. Before many years have passed it will be engaged in a fierce struggle with iron, and in the latter it will find an adversary not easy to conquer. The issue of the contest will largely depend on whether iron shall be indispensable in electric machinery. This the future alone can decide. The magnetism as exhibited in iron is an isolated phenomenon in nature. What it is that makes this metal behave so radically different from all other materials in this respect has not yet been ascertained, though many theories have been suggested. As regards magnetism, the molecules of the various bodies behave like hollow beams partly filled with a heavy fluid and balanced in the middle in the manner of a see-saw. Evidently some disturbing influence exists in nature which causes each molecule, like such a beam, to tilt either one or the other way. If the molecules are tilted one way, the body is magnetic; if they are tilted the other way, the body is non-magnetic; but both positions are stable, as they would be in the case of the hollow beam, owing to the rush of the fluid to the lower end. Now, the wonderful thing is that the molecules of all known bodies went one way, while those of iron went the other way. This metal, it would seem, has an origin entirely different from that of the rest of the globe. It is highly improbable that we shall discover some other and cheaper material which will equal or surpass iron in magnetic qualities.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

The Problem of Increasing Human Energy (1900)

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