A moment's fruition of a true felicity is enough and eternity not too much.
To have noughtIs to have all things without care or thought!
The midge's wing beats to and fro A thousand times ere one can utter O.
Uncommon things must be said in common words, if you would have them to be received in less than a century.
Every evil is some good spelt backwards, and in it the wise know how to read Wisdom.
Let me love Thee so that the honour, riches, and pleasures of the world may seem unworthy even of hatred - may not even be encumbrances.
Life is not life at all without delight.
The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.
Science is a line, art a superficies, and life or the knowledge of God, a solid.
All the love and joy that a man has ever received in perception is laid up in him as the sunshine of a hundred years is laid up in the bole of the oak.
The Spirit of man is like a kite, which rises by means of those very forces which seem to oppose its rise; the tie that joins it to the earth, the opposing winds of temptation, and the weight of earth-born affections which it carries with it into the sky.
Ah, wasteful woman, she who may
On her sweet self set her own price,
Knowing man cannot choose but pay,
How has she cheapened paradise;
How given for nought her priceless gift,
How spoiled the bread and spilled the wine,
Which, spent with due respective thrift,
Had made brutes men and men divine.
If we may credit certain hints contained in the lives of the saints, love raises the spirit above the sphere of reverence and worship into one of laughter and dalliance: a sphere in which the soul says: 'Shall I, a gnat which dances in Thy ray, Dare to be reverent?'
None thrives for long upon the happiest dream.
For want of me the world's course will not fail;When all its work is done the lie shall rot;The truth is great and shall prevailWhen none cares whether it prevail or not.
The sunshine dreaming upon Salmon's heightIs not so sweet and whiteAs the most heretofore sin-spotted SoulThat darts to its delightStraight from the absolution of a faithful fight.
All reasoning ends in an appeal to self-evidence.
How light the touches are that kiss the music from the chords of life!
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