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Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse. Sophocles
There is a curse on your ship. Leave this place or you will all die. Star Trek s2e7: Cat’s Paw
The prospect Smiler was a manic farmer. Few men I think can have been as unfortunate as he; for on the one hand he was a melancholic with a loathing for mankind, on the other, some paralysis had twisted his mouth into a permanent and radiant smile. So everyone he met, being warmed by his smile, would shout him a happy greeting. And beaming upon them with his sunny face he would curse them all to hell. Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie
The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it. George Washington
Some said that [Bruce] Lee died from a family curse. The first victim was not Bruce, but his older brother who died as an infant. Unsolved Mysteries
In the English village of Thirsk mounted on the wall of the town’s antique museum hangs an antique chair. But it’s not on display for its rarity. The locals claim that this chair is cursed with an astonishing and lethal power ... Thomas Busby’s curse has echoed through the centuries ... the Chair of Death. Unsolved Mysteries
Curses can kill people, curses can make people sick, curses can ruin people’s finances. Curses can certainly ruin love lives. Donald Cosentino, voodoo specialist
Orson Welles, influential director of the film classic Citizen Kane, a larger than life character with one of Hollywood’s most recognisable voices. But he was also a student of the occult. And a believer in the power of the curse. Unexplained Mysteries
King Tutankhamun’s tomb was found in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. He told his sponsor in England Lord Carnarvon of his wonderful discovery. Carnarvon rushed to Egypt at once to examine the treasure. But warning voices sounded. Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe, citing Carnarvon
Untented woundings of a father’s curse
Pierce every sense about thee! William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear I iv 294-295, Lear
Vengeance, death, plague, confusion! ibid. II ii 260, Lear
Looked black upon me, struck me with her tongue
Most serpent-like upon the very heart.
All the stored vengeances of heaven fall
On her ungrateful top! Strike her young bones,
You taking airs, with lameness! ibid.
You nimble lightning, dark your blinding flames
Into her scornful eyes. Infect her beauty,
You fen-sucked fogs drawn by the pow’rful sun
To fall and blast her pride. ibid. II ii @323, Lear
No, Regan. Thou shalt never have my curse ...
Do comfort and not burn. ’Tis not in thee
To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train,
To bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes,
And, in conclusion, to oppose the bolt
Against my coming in. ibid. II ii @328, Lear
For this be sure tonight thou shalt have cramps,
Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up. Urchins
Shall forth at vast of night, that they may work
All exercise on thee. Thou shalt be pinched
As thick as honeycomb, each pinch more stinging
Than bees that made ’em. William Shakespeare, The Tempest I ii @327, Prospero
You taught me language, and my profit on’t
Is I know how to curse. ibid. I ii 365-366, Caliban
Cursed is the ground for thy sake ... Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee ... In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread. Genesis 3:17-19
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. Genesis 4:5-17
And he [Noah] said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Genesis 9:25
For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. Leviticus 20:9
And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:
But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:
Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The Lord make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the Lord doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;
And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. Numbers 5:19-22
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee ...
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou harkenest not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee. Deuteronomy 28: 15&45
The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. Deuteronomy 29:20
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. Deuteronomy 30:6-8
And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal. Judges 9:57