The nail that stands out will be hammered down.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
It's interesting, in light of Emerson's warning that faith cannot be created but must grow, that the seventh principle, which affirms our reverence for the interdependent web of all existence, was the one part of the purposes and principles that wasn't debated across the continent, that wasn't hammered out in a long and exhaustive process. I am told it came to the floor late in the Columbus, Ohio, General Assembly and it was unanimously accepted virtually without debate.
We are to regard the mind, not as a piece of iron to be laid upon the anvil and hammered into any shape, nor as a block of marble in which we are to find the statue by removing the rubbish, nor as a receptacle into which knowledge may be poured; but as a flame that is to be fed, as an active being that must be strengthened to think and to feel -- and to dare, to do, and to suffer.
Sometimes life's so much cooler when you just don't know any better and all the painful lessons have not hammered your head open yet.
The nail that sticks out is hammered down.
Growing up going to Christian school and the concept that you're born a sinner and you don't really have a choice to change who you are has been hammered into my head and created the entire reason why I made art and made a band and made records called 'Antichrist Superstar.'
You can't dodge them all. I got hammered plenty of times through the years. But you just get up and keep playing. I can tell you from experience, though. Sometimes it hurts like hell.