Cling” in literature

And they ceased talking, each agreeably surprised by the other’s sympathy. It was on his lips to say, “We are both elderly people now, and must cling to each other.”

George Augustus Moore – Sister Teresa

There is no doubt that the almost invariable result of suffering and want is to create selfishness in the sufferer, and cause him to cling desperately to the little he may possess.

Augustus J. Thebaud – Irish Race in the Past and the Present

But a foolish man might perhaps think thus, that he should fly from his master, and would not reflect that he ought not to fly from a good one, but should cling to him as much as possible; therefore he would fly against all reason; but a man of sense would desire to be constantly with one better than himself.

Plato – Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates

Perché non lasci nei commenti una tua frase che utilizza cling?

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Author: Tony

Born and raised in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Educated at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. Living in the foothills of Mount Etna since 1982 and teaching English at Catania University since 1987.

15 thoughts on “Cling”

  1. One of the things I hate most is going into a room where the smell of smoke has clung to the walls and everywhere.

    It’s wonderful to look at my nephew who is clinging to his mother.


    1. Nice Dino! May I make a suggestion regarding the verb tense in the first one? How about:
      “…where the smell of smoke clings to the walls and everywhere.”
      In the second one you could actually eliminate “who is” and just go straight to the gerund. I think it would sound more natural.


      1. Thank you Tony, I’ll try again.
        If you need to cling to something, please check it’s not an anchor: sometimes, they go under.


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