let the dead bury the dead

With allusion to MATTHEW viii. 22 (AV) Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

1815 L. DOW Hist. Cosmopolite (1859) 340 A religious bigot made a motion to mob me; but none would second it. A worldling replied to him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead.’

1931 J. S. HUXLEY What dare I Think? vi. Let, then, the dead bury the dead. The task for us is to rejuvenate ourselves and our subject.

1997 Spectator 8 Nov. 28 There is something repellent, as well as profoundly unhistorical, about judging the past by the standards or prejudices of another age. Let the dead bury the dead.


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