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  • Conversely, as the beliefs became more and more mad-brained, new members from outside would inevitably be dumber and dumber.

    David Horton: Evolving Evangelicals

  • So there I was - Colonel Harry Paget Flashman, late of the 11th Hussars, 17th Lancers and the Staff, former aide to the Commander-in-Chief, and now acting-sowar and rear file in the skirmishing squadron, 3rd Cavalry, Bengal Army, and if you think it was a mad-brained train of circumstance that had taken me there - well, so did I.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • So there I was — Colonel Harry Paget Flashman, late of the 11th Hussars, 17th Lancers and the Staff, former aide to the Commander-in-Chief, and now acting-sowar and rear file in the skirmishing squadron, 3rd Cavalry, Bengal Army, and if you think it was a mad-brained train of circumstance that had taken me there — well, so did I.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • In order to form a just estimate of the labors of the socialist schools, it would be necessary to make a bold and straightforward inquiry into the object of their studies, and to discern, in the midst of mad-brained and guilty dreams, whatever flashes of light might disclose some prophetic vision of the future.

    The Heavenly Father Lectures on Modern Atheism

  • It is one thing to agree to a mad-brained scheme in the first amused interest of its propounding, even to mould it further, and bring it into shape.

    Antony Gray,—Gardener

  • "Had they seen?" he thought, "or was this some senseless freak of those mad-brained English?"

    With Haig on the Somme

  • "Your appearance here as a mad-brained person is certainly unwelcome," he retorted.

    The Stretton Street Affair

  • Fire and flame had wrought their havoc, miles of railway lines and cars had been wrecked and ruined, but otherwise the mad-brained effort had utterly failed of its purpose, and for the third time had the regulars stood almost the sole bulwark between the great city and absolute anarchy.

    A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike

  • "Look at that!" he cried, throwing aside the lower shutters, "look at that, you mad-brained, moon-blinded dreamer!"

    A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike

  • Four truculent bands had joined in the outbreak at the agency and lost their leader, half a score of mad-brained young warriors, scores of their best war ponies, but, what was of most consequence, had burned up the whole store of agency provisions and, with their squaws and children, were now lurking among the trackless Bad Lands to the north, outcasts upon the face of the frozen earth.

    Under Fire

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  • From Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, 1596.

    July 8, 2010