every man for himself, and God for us all

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. ix. L2 Praie and shifte eche one for hym selfe, as he can. Every man for hym selfe, and god for us all.

1615 T. ADAMS White Devil (ed. 2) 83 That by-word, Euery man for himselfe, and God for vs all, is vncharitable, vngodly.

1830 MARRYAT King’s Own III. xiii. The captain..ordered the sailor to leave the boat. ‘Every man for himself, and God for us all!’ was the cool answer of the refractory sea-man.

1979 Times 29 Dec. 12 Each for himself, and God for us all, as the elephant said when he danced among the chickens.


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