By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright
of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are.
They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright
for very bad pottage.
Honest orthodoxy Cecil respected, but he always assumed that honesty is the result of a spiritual crisis; he could not imagine it as a natural birthright
, that might grow heavenward like flowers.
Jacob took advantage of Esau's consuming hunger to rob him of his birthright
and the great honor and consideration that belonged to the position; by treachery and falsehood he robbed him of his father's blessing; he made of him a stranger in his home, and a wanderer.
He, of course, made frantic struggles for freedom - the birthright
of every Englishman, - and, in doing so (I learned this afterwards), knocked over George; and then George, swearing at Harris, began to struggle too, and got himself entangled and rolled up.
The city was at her birthright
fete in the persons of hundreds of her best citizens, men and women whose names and lives stand for the virtues that make for honourable civic pride.
They both belonged to the class which is conscious of having lost its birthright
in these great structures and is seeking to build another kind of lodging for its own notion of law and government.
He ate burnt flesh when he would have preferred it raw and unspoiled, and he brought down game with arrow or spear when he would far rather have leaped upon it from ambush and sunk his strong teeth in its jugular; but at last the call of the milk of the savage mother that had suckled him in infancy rose to an insistent demand--he craved the hot blood of a fresh kill and his muscles yearned to pit themselves against the savage jungle in the battle for existence that had been his sole birthright
for the first twenty years of his life.