the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong

With allusion to ECCLESIASTES ix. 11 (AV) The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

1632 BURTON Anatomy of Melancholy (ed. 4) II. iii. It is not honesty, learning, worth, wisdome, that preferres men, The race is not to the swift, nor the battell to the stronger [1638 strong].

1873 C. M. YONGE Pillars of House III. xxxii. Poor child! she lay..trying to work out..why the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

1901 G. B. SHAW Caesar & Cleopatra in Three Plays for Puritans 96 The descendants of the gods did not stay to be butchered, cousin. The battle was not to the strong; but the race was to the swift.

2002 Washington Times 7 Mar. A16 The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong—but how come? One good reason: Ours is an imperfect world, full to the brim with imperfect people.


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