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Damocles, a courtier, companion, and parasite of the elder Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, who, having grossly flattered the monarch on one occasion, found at a magnificent banquet subsequently given in his honour a sword suspended above him by a single hair. The tyrant thus reminded him, that "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

“Let us urge forward our spirits, and make them approach the invisible world, and fix our mind upon immaterial things, till we clearly perceive that these are no dreams; nay, that all things are dreams and shadows besides them.”
–Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man