• WordNet 3.6
    • n laurels a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction "an award for bravery"
    • n laurels the state of being honored
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  • Carl Rowan
    Carl Rowan
    “Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.”
  • William Blake
    “The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.”
  • Julie Krone
    Julie Krone
    “With racing, you never rest on your laurels, and there are no counterfeits.”
  • Douglas Macarthur
    “Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.”


Rest on your laurels - If someone rests on their laurels, they rely on their past achievements, rather than trying to achieve things now.


In literature:

He was never to win the laurels of a great actor.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Then, ignoring Brent, he wheeled and lunged madly into the laurel.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
Keep in the woods to Laurel.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
The undertaking was a financial as well as a musical success and added one more wreath of laurels to our musical advancement in 1873.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
What laurels would not now adorn a head designed by Providence to wear them!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
On the night of June 2d he was attacked by General McClellan, with a strong force, and withdrew to Laurel Hill.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
They were old Portugal laurels which had been cut in a good deal at various times.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Join the division of Ithamar, and win fresh laurels ere we meet again.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Once again, the view of Rome seen through the laurels attracted his eyes and made his heart beat fast.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
He never allowed himself to rest content with the laurels already his.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis

In poetry:

"The hearts that now greet thee, shall moulder
"The breath that now hails thee, shall fleet;
"Leaf by leaf, from thy garland, the laurel
"Shall mix with the dust at thy feet.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
O friend, begin a loftier song.
In other minds you place no trust:
You tread your laurels in the dust:
You see no Future, Hope has fled,
Youth had its dreams, but Youth is dead.
""O Friend, Begin A Loftier Song."" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Poor little bards, so shameless in your care
To snatch the mighty laurel from his head,
Have you no fear, dwarfs in the giant's chair,
How men shall laugh, remembering the dead?
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne
Bell, laurels would we o'er thy pulsing twine,
And sing thee songs of triumph with glad tears,
If to the warring of our haggard years
Thy clang should herald peace along the line!
"The Clock-Tower Bell" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
O carry her softly! the grave is made ready;
At head and at foot plant a laurel-bush green;
For she was a young and a sweet noble lady,
The fairest young bride that I ever have seen.
"The Nobleman's Wedding" by William Allingham
Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story;
The days of our youth are the days of our glory;
And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty
Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.
"Stanzas Written On The Road Between Florence And Pisa" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

Korean automaker Hyundai won't rest on its laurels .
'King's Speech' deserving of laurels to come.
Grand Adventure Captures King Edward Laurels .
Sloan says now is not the time 'to rest on laurels '.
Consider Laurel Restaurant and Bar, which is under new management, freshly remodeled -- with valet parking at last.
Once seated, we were immediately greeted with poached edamame (fresh soybeans) -- the signature of the Urban Kitchen restaurant group that now owns Laurel .
Rieslings, Ready for Their Laurels .
Laurels for a Stately Symbol In Granite, Bronze and Slate.
IN PERSON;Many Laurels , but No Rest.
Telework triumph doesn't mean agencies can rest on their laurels .
Laurel : Blaine County commissioners were about to eliminate the Extension agent position in the county to save money.
A laurel to The Atlantic 's Garance Franke- Ruta .
Man's death in Laurel investigated.
Clarence Holmes disappeared on Laurel Lake while helping other boaters before a storm.
I loved Stan Laurel as a kid.

In science:

J Scott Carter, Daniel Jelsovsky, Seiichi Kamada, Laurel Langford, Masahico Saito, Quand le cohomology and state-sum invariants of knotted curves and surfaces, arXiv:math.
Rack and quandle homology
In Verfification and Validation for Modeling and Simulation in Computational Science and Engineering Applications, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, 2002.
Validation of the material point method and plasticity with Taylor impact tests