Today’s Definition: To be “an Icarus” or to “fly too close to the sun” is to fail or be destroyed because of lack of caution or excessive ambition.
Sentences: In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist, Montag, is finally turned in to the authorities for daring to keep books in his house. Beatty, the antagonist, comments: “Well,’ said Beatty, ‘now you did it. Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he’s burnt his damn wings, he wonders why.”
When I told my roommate I thought I could attend the all-night party and still do well on my final exams for the next day, he said, “I have just one word for you—Icarus.”