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sticks and stone


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sticks and stone a general term for building materials
    • ***


  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  • Eric Idle
    Eric Idle
    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.


In literature:

You must love every stick and stone within sight.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
Donald had told tales of forked sticks and heavy stones, but her hands were too inexperienced for those things.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Monkeys and apes throw sticks and stones.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The boys of Domremy would go out and fight the Maxey boys with fists and sticks and stones.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
But now came the tap of a stick on the stone, and Mme.
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
He felt a sudden lightness as the stone fled from shaft, and he was left holding a stick trailing vines at the end.
"The Beginning" by Henry Hasse
At the end of every day those at home and the one who has departed throw away one of these stones or sticks.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
The wild tribe had no weapons but sticks and stones.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He brought up handfuls of sticks and small stones, and the debris of the water's bed.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
The ground is good to sleep upon but not stones and sticks.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
A rope was tied round her body, and she was dragged through the streets while the mob beat her with sticks and stoned her.
"Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines" by Henry Charles Moore
They kill leopards with sticks and stones very often, and even tigers.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
At Mendota a crowd of men hurled sticks and stones at the flying train.
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
At dark the man and me started on, I stubing my toes against sticks and stones.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nurse began to scream; but the man raised the stick he had in his hand, and she stood as if turned to stone.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
The others did the same, two of them picking up sticks and the others arming themselves with stones.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
Sticks and stones and barricades were their method of combating rifles and trained armies.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
In her hand she carried, for walking-stick, a stone club, and a quiver full of arrows hung at her side.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
These animals are taught to run after sticks or stones, and to bring them to their masters.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Luji had been engaged for some time pelting it with sticks and stones, but the agile brute was too much for him.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley

In poetry:

With stick, and stone, and weapon mean
She drives the wretch away,
And then, with fluttering heart, pursues
Her solitary way.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
In the April sun at baby-house she plays.
Her rooms are traced with stones and bits of bricks;
For warmth she lays a hearth with little sticks,
And one bright crocus makes a merry blaze!
"By the Fireside II" by William Canton
Cleeve will front sunset, Birdlip shall have its road
Flung angled and noble on its breast broad.
Many things shall stay, but the stone Chimney
Leckhampton's mark has fallen, like a stick or a tree.
"Leckhampton Chimney has fallen down" by Ivor Gurney
Now tremble you ye wicked wights therefore,
which sowed are so thicke
Throughout ye world, & worship now such store
of gods of stone and sticke,
which you your selues wt wicked hads do carue,
To call vpon and vainly for to serue.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
As vonce I valked by a dismal swamp,
There sot an old cove in the dark and damp,
And at everybody as passed that road
A stick or a stone this old cove throwed.
And venever he flung his stick or his stone,
He'd set up a song of "Let me alone."
"All We Ask Is To Be Let Alone" by Henry Howard Brownell

In news:

Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words well, the old adage might need a revision.
MUZZLES ON CAMPUS July 11, 2012 Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
Name-calling may not cause the same kind of hurt as sticks and stones – but the common taunts of "freak," "retard," or "sissy" can cut deep.
Why waste one's energy hurling sticks and stones when slander will do the job without lifting a finger.
My name is Lance Wolf and my company is Sticks and Stones and Stuff.
In most instances, Mom and Dad would trot out the old sticks-and-stones routine and tell their kid to persevere.
We've all heard the saying, "sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me".
When I was a kid, "sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me" was a popular saying conveyed to children by parents and teachers everywhere so the kids could deal with the world's jerks.
LG and Samsung hit each other with sticks and stones.
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me".
Some funny stuff out of Team USA's training camp in the video below, where we learn definitively whether sticks and stones break bones, but names (or trash talk) can never hurt.
Otters have been observed wrestling with one another, playing games, as well as playing with objects they find such as stones, sticks and even other animals.
While most construction — or trash — pumps are for moving relatively clean water, the company's WT series trash pumps can move water contaminated with sticks, leaves, stones, and other waste materials.
In his former line of work, names could hurt you, but it's the sticks, stones and bullets that do most of the real damage.